As you may have noticed I have not posted much lately. It has been beyond crazy busy here. I was busy planning our school’s spring carnival and it finally happened last weekend. As if I wasn’t already stressed, Jack decided to fall and cut himself just as setup for the big event began. I took him to the school nurse who said he really should go to Doctor’s Care. The cut was too big for DermaBond so it took three people to hold him down while another put in three stitches. STRESS!!! Luckily we made it back before the carnival began and I had an awesome committee and volunteers who set it all up while I was gone.
Then this past week was Teacher’s Appreciation week at school. We had treats for the whole school staff all week. One day I baked an Apfelkuchen, Mandelkuchen, and blueberry crumb bars. Another day I felt like I spent all afternoon cutting watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple and making fruit kebabs. The last day it was a batch of chocolate chip cookies and double dark chocolate chipotle cookies.
April is also a busy month that has both my birthday and our anniversary. And school is winding down with end of the year events….. And, and, and…. So anyway, I have been too busy to post lately. I am finally less busy so that I am making it just in time to get up my In My Kitchen post. Thanks as always to the lovely Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this monthly event.
In my kitchen kitchen is some strawberry syrup. Ewan’s class had a field trip to the strawberry patch and Sean and I tagged along. Ewan picked a quart and Sean and I picked a gallon bucket. The next day I made three bottles of strawberry syrup (we have already finished one bottle). It is great in cocktails, both adult and virgin versions.
My mom got me this cookbook, Sitting in Bars with Cake by Audrey Shulman, for my birthday. The illustrator, Jennifer Orkin Lewis, is in one of my mom’s online collage groups. This cookbook has both great recipes and hilarious anecdotes with each recipe. The premise of the book is a single woman taking a cake to a different bar every week to lure in the man of her dreams so clearly this provides some entertaining stories! The recipes also look scrumptious, I can’t wait to try some out.
Let me start off by saying the lighting in the kitchen refuses to cooperate so you’ll have to look past the blurriness of this photo! Josh got me this Blendtec blender for my birthday. Our last blender was hardly blending anything and this is a HUGE improvement. I think Josh uses it more than me, he makes a smoothie for his breakfast nearly every weekday morning.
Josh and I had our 11th anniversary and stainless steel is the traditional gift. With that in mind we got ourselves a new griddle. This big baby covers the entire stove top! We got one that covers two burners for Christmas, but let’s face it, our boys eat a lot and will only eat more as they get older. This size is great for making lots of pancakes and other goodies.
I certainly have plenty of other new things in the kitchen this past month including all new dishes for everyday use, just not enough time to get them up this month. Maybe next month. Pop by Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to find the links to other kitchens around the world.
Though not in my kitchen, this is food related. Here is what my boys think about me… Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mamas out there!
Jack (age 7)
Ewan (age 6)
Seems they hey like my cooking!! Score one for Mommy!!!!!