Is it really December already?! Where has the time gone? November was another extremely busy month for us. Among the usual madness it was also Ewan’s birthday and Thanksgiving of course. Now it is already time to get ready for Christmas. Some day things may calm down a little, hopefully in January after the holiday break.
So a new month brings a new In My Kitchen post, thanks to the lovely Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Here’s what has been happening in our kitchen….
First off is this set of letters, numbers and symbols to stamp cookies along with some new cookie cutters. We have already used them several times.
I used them to stamp the cookies used in our new header. In the header the images were too small so I had to type the text over the cookies, but if you look closely here the cookies are stamped. I also used them to make farewell cookies for the aquatics director at our gym. We already miss our dear Miss Lindsay. She started Jack and Ewan with private swim lessons when they were nearly three and four years old and has helped them grow and improve. They love to swim thanks to her. Finally, I stamped the name of each child and teacher in Ewan’s class for his Thanksgiving program on a pumpkin cookie sprinkled with orange sugar. They were the centerpiece of each placesetting. The kids were all surprised and excited.
Okay, this isn’t in my kitchen. There is a food story behind it though so I thought I would include it. Several weeks ago Sean and Ewan were playing in the garden. The only things left in there were a huge squash, cucumbers and the peppers. They somehow decided to play with the peppers. They picked several and did who knows what with them. I can say for certain that they opened up the peppers. First Ewan came running and crying in the house, his eyes hurt. He obviously rubbed his pepper hands on his eyes and they burned, badly. Josh and I calmed him down and got some eye drops in. While Josh was trying to calm him a little more Sean came running and crying in, his mouth hurt. So I washed him off and when I turned to get a towel he rubbed his eyes, before I washed his hands! After more eye drops and many tears shed, this is a photo of the boys napping after their pepper ordeal! I’d like to say they learned their lesson, but somehow I’m not so sure of it!
Then we had Ewan’s sixth birthday. He is our foodie and had a fantastic day. It started with opening his presents from Mom and Dad….the kitchen utensils he requested! He then started helping make French toast using his whisk and flipping with his laydybug spatula. He was incredibly excited! He also used his utensils to help make his birthday cake, yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Like his brothers, he got to decorate his own cookies too, he chose dolphins and palm trees.
I couldn’t do a December post without an introduction to Christmas. We were out of town for Thanksgiving weekend and didn’t return home until November 30. That left me the morning and early afternoon of December 1 to throw together this Advent calendar for the boys. Nothing like last minute stress! I used several sizes of canning jars, lined them with Christmas paper, tied a ribbon around the top and added the numbers on the outside. Every night after dinner the boys get to pick out what is in the jar for that day, anything from pencils to stickers, candy, clementines, etc.
So that sums up what has been happening in our kitchen and lives this past month. It was so hectic many of this month’s photos were taken with my iPhone or iPad, also in the dark hours of the morning or night so I apologize now for the quality. December the madness continues with Christmas preparations. The boys and I are working on our list of cookies we want to bake, along with all the other goodies. We have Christmas brunch and dinner figured out too. What is happening in your kitchen? To see what everyone else is up to check out the list at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.