Once again it is the beginning of the month and time for another IMK post. Where does all the time go?? Days in the summer drag on since the boys are with me ALL THE TIME, yet in general the summer is whizzing by quickly. Thanks to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this wonderful event.
It has been another busy month in our house. We continue to dine twice a week at swim meets and I am so out of ideas. It is an adventure getting the kids packed up to swim, let alone fixing and packing dinner for everyone! Luckily we only have two evening meets left, I’m counting down until our dinner schedule is back to normal. Better yet, when my sourdough schedule isn’t interrupted. Between the late afternoon practice twice a week and evening meets twice a week I am having to squeeze in my bread whenever I can.
So here is what else is happening in our kitchen this month. Tomatoes, lots of cherry tomatatoes. The cherry tomatoes are the first to come in and they are growing like crazy. I pick them every couple days. Sean and Ewan will eat a couple but otherwise it’s just me. As a result I make roasted sauce with them, I can only eat so many tomatoes (don’t want to repeat my tongue problems from last year eating too many tomatoes)! The orange cherry tomatoes were made into four jars of smoked paprika tomato jam. It’s quite tasty with a kick, thanks to red pepper flakes and cayene pepper. The full size varieties are also starting to ripen. The first BLT of the season was fantastic.
Last weekend we went blueberry picking and came home with three gallons of blueberries. Wow, that’s a lot of blueberries. We ate many of course and baked a lemon poppy seed cake with blueberries. Then it was time to make jam, a great way to enjoy the blueberry flavor year round. We now have LOTS of blueberry jam, ginger blueberry jam and maple blueberry jam. The boys enjoyed biscuits with jam already! I also made a blueberry simple syrup and the grown ups enjoyed some delicious cocktails.
During our trip up to Brevard, North Carolina I was able to enjoy browsing the town shops by myself while the boys were in art camp. It was wonderful! I finally could leisurely look at things, no kids whining or wanting something. I had lots of fun in a little tea and spice shop, Spice it to a Tea. After looking at everything I settled on a tea sampler including black lychee, orange spice, Irish breakfast, English breakfast, and mango ceylon. I also got a bigger bag of peach oolong. The spices that spoke to me were African peri peri, Greek seasoning and zaatar. I can’t wait to use everything!
Here’s something in my kitchen I received as a birthday gift back in April. It’s actually more of a gift for the boys. They always ask what’s for dinner so now that they (well Jack and Ewan anyway) can read it was time to put up a menu on the fridge. Enter this magnetic chalkboard. It also helps me plan meals a little better, not always though! I write the menu and the boys add a little artwork at the bottom. The lighting by the fridge isn’t the best so sorry for the photo quality.
This is my new favorite kitchen find, chalkboard mason jar lids by Mason Tops. I just love them!! I use mason jars to store some pantry staples as well as leftovers. These labels are a fun way to label them, a nice alternative to using my washi tape and a marker.
That was a glimpse in my kitchen this month. What is happening in your kitchen? Check out Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what is happening in kitchens across the globe.