In My Kitchen – March 2015

It seems another month has passed. While our kitchen has been pretty quiet lately due to my recent surgery (curious and need a laugh, check this out), we have still had a busy month. Thanks as always go to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting such a fun round up of posts.

This month in my kitchen the boys have been showing more curiosity and desire to learn. It began early in the month the boys waking up early and getting ready to prepare breakfast in bed for Mommy and Daddy. They made this adorable list (they are rather obsessed with notebooks right now)!
Breakfast in Bed

We came down before they got too far in their preparations. They had the coffee grinder FULL of beans, only in the bottom, not the top where they belong! We helped them and fixed breakfast together. After this they requested some cooking lessons.

While they usually watch and help in the kitchen I wanted their first lesson to be something super easy. We opted for a family recipe for chocolate pie. It is beyond easy (after I made the homemade crust of course) and clearly chocolate pie was something the boys were excited to eat! They all took turns whisking and pouring and were pleased with their work. We will have to work on getting that recipe on the blog soon, when I have time to actually photograph without boys devouring everything!
Cooking Lesson
We also had a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration. Sean and I made some chocolate conversation heart cookies. It was another fun way to use my cookie stamps! Sean also enjoyed being chief licker and taste tester while his brothers were at school!!
Chocolate Conversation Heart Cookies

Taste Tester
Valentine’s Day began with a tasty brunch. Up until my surgery we were having brunch every weekend, it is my favorite meal and now the boys too. We had fruit, frittata, brioche and bubbly drinks. The kids had their cocktails which they love, Sean kept pulling out the orange peel garnish and making quite the mess!
Valentine's Brunch
Valentine's Brunch
Valentine's Brunch
Also in my kitchen are our seedlings. They reside on the kitchen table and are coming along. The first tray was planted several weeks ago and the second just this past week. We have a little bit of everything going, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, tomatillos, broccoli, napa cabbage and so much more. We also have lots more that go directly into the garden. It shouldn’t be long now, we usually plant in mid March to late March. We are very much looking forward to our summer garden!!
Seedlings
Finally, we have the pride and joy of my kitchen. My sourdough starter arrived just the other day! I am so excited to start baking with it. As per Celia’s request I named my new offspring of Priscilla. I wanted to go with a Southern name since we are in the South after all. I also decided to go with a movie theme and chose the name Scarlett from Gone with the Wind.
Sourdough Starter
This is her after her first two feeding, this morning and early afternoon. Hopefully she’ll come to life soon!
Sourdough Starter

Once again thanks to Celia for rounding up all the In My Kitchen posts. Swing by Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to find the links to all the other blogs participating. Check out what is happening in kitchens across the globe!

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42 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – March 2015

  1. Liz

    oh so sweet! Lots of busy in your kitchen. Which is even more amazing considering your last few years. Hope you have some downtime in your life, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      What exactly is down time?! I’m sure your life is insane as well. It’s just a fact of life with kids. I minimize it with just one activity, so far anyway! We are at least done with double swim duty and eating dinner at the gym!! We’ll see what culinary adventures come,our way now, especially now that the weather is slowly warming, plus Pi Day is this month. Pie post anyone?!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Somehow I don’t think people would think I was cute if I was covered in chocolate like that! Insane maybe, have me committed?! It is nice to be young, carefree and exploring everything in the kitchen.

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  2. My Kitchen Stories

    Oh wow how lovely, all that cooking with your boys. hoe you have healed up ok. i am sure you will be getting food and yoghurt in bed soon.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      They are too funny sometimes! Not sure what kind of “food” they had in mind! Soon enough they will hopefully be able to really bring us breakfast in bed, train them well and train them early!

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  3. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

    You are a culinary goddess, Gretchen. And, of course, everything you make I want to eat. That frittata and fruit! The muffins! The perfectly baked and shaped cookies (chocolate and coffee in one post is always a good thing!). Of course you ordered a sourdough starter. Upping the ante for the rest of us, as usual. So impressed; beautiful post. And your sons are getting so big and grown up!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      They grow so quickly. Some days I look at our oldest and amazed how much he has grown, it is tricky having tall children since they look older than they really are! Thank you for all the compliments. We certainly enjoy cooking and eating, both healthy dishes and occasional indulgences. Brunch is indeed a favorite though, you just can’t go wrong with an egg dish, fresh fruit, something slightly sweet and a bubbly cocktail!

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  4. Kavey

    I’ve just introduced my daughter of Priscilla too — her name is Pussy Galoaf. Hope your first loaves are as good as ours were!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      The boys are always thrilled with a chance to lick bowls! They also eat veggies as I chop them and nibble anything left out. I am enjoying watching the seedlings grow and look forward to planting them. Good luck with your seedlings!

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  5. Fiona Ryan (@TIFFINbitesized)

    What lovely boys. I still remember once making my mum and dad breakfast in bed. A huge doorstep wedge of bread cut crookedly from the loaf, buttered thickly with an additional very thick layer of vegemite. It would have been quite a challenging breakfast for them to be sure. Scarlett is an excellent name for your sourdough. Hoped it bubbling along by now. cheers

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Scarlett Is bubbling away indeed. I can only hope once the boys bring us breakfast in bed that it will be a pleasant eating experience! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Nancy |Plus Ate Six

    I’ve just seen your Scarlett post so I know she came good in the end – that was never in doubt I’m sure. I’m an end girl too – the more crunch the better. Your sous chefs are totally adorable.

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  7. Kim Bultman

    Gretchen, your 3 sons are going to wonderful accomplices — oops, meant sous chefs ๐Ÿ˜‰ — in your kitchen! Hopefully you’re recovering swiftly from your surgery. Goodness, your pregnancies redefined the term “growing boys!” I also loved your analogy to ‘tenants’ — fun way to look at it.) I just received Priscilla in the mail today (yippee!) and you and I are of the same mind… I named mine Prissy. So glad to meet Scarlett! Wonderful post.

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  9. Elizabeth

    Finally getting around to everyones blog this month… just in time for April ๐Ÿ™‚ Itsn’t it wonderful when kids get and interest is cooking, I think it is such a wonderful thing! your seedlings, look great… I have some ready, but it is a bit hot here still in March on the Gold Coast Queensland! and Yay for sourdough, can’t wait to se your first loaf! Thanks for sharing! Liz x

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      We have certainly been enjoying our sourdough! I love it when the kids get so excited about cooking, I am looking forward to the day they can cook for me!

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