In My Kitchen – October 2014

I am joining Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial again for another In My Kitchen post. What a busy month we had in September.

Ritter Sport
First my mom returned from a trip to Europe. She and my dad went to Amsterdam and then traveled in Germany. My mom went to an art class in Berlin and did some shopping there. Among the goodies she bought were chocolate for us. She went to the Ritter Sport store where you can design your own chocolate bar. Imagine the fun the boys would have there!! She brought back a custom bar for each of the boys and one for me and Josh along with some Jamaican rum chocolates. My friend Jens also sent some seasonal flavors home with my dad, thanks a bunch! Yummy!

German Goodies
My mom also got me a bunch of glasses and some cookie cutters. I still need to perfect the thickness of the cookie dough to get the best imprint design. I haven’t even decided how to use the glasses yet, but I’m sure you’ll see them at some point on the blog again! I also love the little bottles and little pottery crock.

September Birthday Cakes
We also had two birthdays in September. Josh turned 40 and had red velvet cake, with an alien courtesy of the boys! Sean turned 4 and had an apple cake with caramel frosting and chocolate sprinkle dinosaurs!

Mommy's Helper
Sean has also been quite the helper in the kitchen this month. He enjoys helping mommy while his brothers are at school. I made him some dinosaur cookies for his birthday and let him decorate them all by himself. He was over the moon THRILLED! Normally I do the decorating since I want them to look nice but this year I figured we would eat them ourselves and Sean could have at it.

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And finally here is my new cutting board from Michael’s Woodcraft. I absolutely adore it and can’t wait to use it more on the blog and for entertaining. It is pictured with two baking pumpkins I bought at Trader Joe’s yesterday. I don’t have high hopes of my pumpkin plants producing anything and yesterday was the first day of October….I can’t wait any longer and must begin baking with pumpkin!

What is happening in your kitchen? For a link to all the other In My Kitchen posts head on over to Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

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41 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – October 2014

  1. Michael's Woodcraft

    Hi Gretchen! Nice post and thank you for picturing the board with a link back to my site!! I sure hope you are enjoying the board! πŸ™‚ I had to make my wife one almost exactly like it because she loved it so much! thanks again!

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  2. ardysez

    Wow, custom chocolate bars, the mind boggles. I love red velvet cake but I’ve never had it with ‘alien’ before! Thanks for playing with us!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I would love to make my own custom chocolate bar as well! As for the alien on the cake, leave it to a six year old to come up with that! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      He certainly had fun decorating them! I suppose he is going to expect to help decorate Christmas cookies now too! I love that board too, I don’t even want to chop anything on it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. natasha

    Wow awesome stuff…loved your cookie cutters…loved the dinosaurs cake…wow..your kitchen seems full…I heard about the idea of design your own chocolate bar for the first time…wow…

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I wish we had someplace here to design your own chocolate bar, it would be so fun! Sean certainly had fun with the cookies and I’m sure there will be more soon as Jack has a birthday coming up! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    what great presents from your mum – customised chocolate sounds such fun – and she is brave to travel with the glasses – I worry about such things breaking (and have had pottery break in my suitcase on a flight). I really want those cookie cutters and love all your birthday baking – enjoy the pumpkins

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I can always count on my mom to bring great things back. She tried the flea markets but couldn’t find anything fun there so ended up with glasses. Somehow she managed to get it home safely! The other cookie cutter is a teapot, absolutely adorable! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. emmabarrett1508

    I love the chopping board. It is beautiful. It looks like you have all been having a lot of fun in your house of late. I love the chocolate sprinkled dinosaur and the dinosaur biscuits as I am a big kid myself. What wonderful treats from Europe. The best chocolate I have ever tasted was when I went to Paris with my husband. I will never forget the shop as long as I live. They had a grand piano on display made entirely of chocolate and they had filled the part of the piano under the lifted lid with macaroons in every colour you could imagine. It was fantastic. Emma xx

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      What a wonderful memory of Paris! Food creates some of the best memories! The chopping board is definitely one of my favorites now. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      It has been busy! When we made the dinos I doubled the recipe, made pumpkin cookies for the October birthday boy and froze them along with some of the dough for future fun!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks! He certainly had a blast decorating the dinosaurs. Maybe I’ll get to that store someday and make my own chocolate bar too! Thanks for popping by my kitchen.

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  6. hotlyspiced

    The dinosaur cookies are very cute and it’s great that your youngest is keen to help you in the kitchen. I love your new chopping board. The red velvet cake looks delicious – even with the alien! xx

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      The alien certainly didn’t scare anybody off from eating the cake! I am lucky that all the boys like to help in the kitchen, though their version of help isn’t always helpful! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I planted four varieties of baking pumpkins, unfortunately they aren’t doing well. The cookies were certainly a fun adventure for the little guy to decorate.

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  7. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    Gretchen, look at your little man with the piping bag! How gorgeous is he!! Lovely birthday cakes, and I really like the bicycle cookies, I think they’ve imprinted really well! The glasses your mom bought are the perfect blog prop, and you can never have too many of those! πŸ˜€

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Never enough glasses! I look forward to using them soon. Sean had a blast decorating, the piping bag may have found its way in his mouth too! Maybe next month I’ll have a good imprint of the teapot cookie cutter to post. Thanks for hosting and peeking in my kitchen.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I am going to look into designing my own chocolate bar closer to home! The cake is definitely delicious, without the chocolate dinosaurs. Sometimes I just have to let the little guy have his way, especially on his birthday! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Ngan R.

    I enjoyed seeing all the chocolates and kitchenware you received this month. I especially love that bicycle cookie cutter. Both cakes look delicious, and your little one is so sweet to help you out in the kitchen. He looks like a natural! Your cutting board just reminded me I have to go over to Michael’s woodcraft and get my own board!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I am definitely enjoying the cookie cutter and look forward to testing,out the teapot shape. The chocolate is still around too, only because I hide it from everyone The cutting board is truly beautiful, go to Michael’s site now and find one for yourself.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks! I can’t wait until Tour de France now! Maybe the boys will decorate,the bike cookies too, yellow, red polka dots, green and white. They would love that.

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  9. Liz

    Thank for sharing, Designing own chocolate is such a great idea. Sean looks double cool in a an apron I hope he had a wonderful birthday. I love the new kitchen board the colour blends so well with the pumpkins. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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