Red Velvet

RedVelvet

Every Christmas morning we have brunch and some sort of bubbly cocktail. It started out as mimosas. Later it evolved into prosecco with pear liqueur or St. Germaine.

This year my brother was here for Christmas, a first ever. He introduced us to prosecco and framboise lambic (a Belgian raspberry beer).

Leave it to Nick to get me to drink a beer and prosecco cocktail! Ok, I do actually like a raspberry beer. It tastes more raspberry than beer.

What isn’t to like really, bubbly and raspberry?! This version is less sweet than just adding a raspberry liqueur. And I must say I actually like it better. Who would have thought!!

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In My Kitchen – January 2018

It’s a new year and a fresh start with blogging.  Maybe I’ll finally find time to do what I would like with the blog this year.  Until then it’s always fun to start the year off with an In My Kitchen post, hosted by the wonderful Sherry.

The obvious place to begin is with Christmas gifts.  As always I received several gifts related to the kitchen.  First off are two cookbooks from the boys (though they deny it since Daddy did the shopping for them)!  The recipes and photos in both books are drool worthy and I can’t wait to get cooking/baking.

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Sourdough Heaven

I’ve neglected this blog for quite some time now. Life is always busy. Summer was absolutely insane and I thought once the boys were back in school things would change, they are just as busy if not busier. I think I’ve finally come to realize that our lives will always be busy, at least until the boys are older.

Along with that realization is a decision to change the direction of the blog. I simply don’t have time to develop recipes as much anymore. As a result, expect to see more cookbook reviews along with recipes tried from cookbooks or just photos of what I throw together to feed my hungry growing boys.

So today I’ll share my most recent cookbook purchase and obsession, Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa. For those of you that have an offspring of Celia’s Priscilla sourdough starter you may already know Emilie, also author The Clever Cookbook and The Clever Carrot blog.

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In My Kitchen – October 2017

First our summer was insanely busy and then fall arrived.  Between back to school, birthdays, swim, Cub Scouts and everything else time escapes me far too quickly.  I haven’t found my blogging groove and really need to work on that.  In the meantime, I’ll gladly post another In My Kitchen update.  This monthly roundup is hosted by the lovely Sherry over at Sherry’s Pickings.

The month of September we had two birthdays. Fortunately my cookbook club for the month was a baking book (Bake From Scratch)  and the cake challenge fell right between the two birthdays. I made this super delicious citrus cake to celebrate Josh and Sean’s birthays at my parents’ house.  I used a different cream cheese recipe since the one in the book was way to sweet for my taste. Continue reading

Jalapeño White Cheddar Scones, #ISW2017

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It seems another year has flown by and it’s International Scone Week again!  The lovely Tandy over at Lavender and Lime is hosting this roundup again so pop on over to find links to all the scones everyone is baking.

My first thought was to make a white cheddar dill scone, I have plenty of the dill in the herb garden and it’s a good flavor combination.  Plus I was making a tomato soup that day and they would go well together.

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