Monthly Archives: August 2015

Maple Cinnamon Vanilla Cream Cheese

Maple Cinnamon Vanilla Cream Cheese

We survived the first half week of school and now are in week two. I’m not sure who it was harder on, me or the boys. Last week Jack and Ewan were extremely cranky and tired after school which made my life miserable.

This week we are off to a better start. So far no after school meltdowns. Of course we have had some hiccups. Yesterday the boys were late getting home. Turns out their bus broke down and they had to change busses. This meant they walked in the house, put swim trunks on and grabbed a snack to eat in the car on the way to swim.
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Pasta Salad with Tuna

Pasta Salad with Tuna

Summer is almost over, I am counting down the days until school begins. These last couple of weeks have been pretty rough. The boys are getting bored, fighting, grumpy, tired… They certainly have their great moments, they are just fewer than usual. Plus for some unexplained reason they refuse to sleep. They are up around 5:30 in the morning which makes them tired and grumpy in the afternoon. The witching hours have returned.

Naps aren’t usually feasible, besides I want them to go to bed on time so Josh and I get a little adults only time. Speaking of which, Josh has been working long hours and six day weeks. This means it’s just me and the boys even more, making running errands insane to impossible. And of course the boys miss Daddy, Jack gets sad and cries at night if he hasn’t seen his Daddy that day.

So like I said it’s been rough. Because of the insanity of errands I have resorted to more cooking from the pantry and fridge. This is the first week I haven’t planned anything because I simply couldn’t get to the store.

The boys had a swim day so I needed a meal that I could make early in the afternoon and pop in the fridge. Then when we arrive home right at dinner time with three very hungry boys dinner would be ready to put on the table immediately.

Pasta Salad with Tuna

This meal fit all my needs and it used ingredients from the pantry, fridge and garden. Pasta salads are ideal this time of year since you can make it early in the day, thus boiling the pot of water before it gets too hot. Then you enjoy a cold meal when the heat is at it’s most ridiculous!

In my scavenging I came up with bow tie pasta, a favorite with the boys. Veggies were a little slim, tomatoes from the garden and some lettuce. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of protein since they would be famished after swim so I went with canned tuna and hard boiled eggs. Then to up the protein even more and add fiber I put in some chickpeas which I always have on hand for salads. The dill was pathetic looking so fresh thyme from the garden would have to do. And finally for my little addicts, some capers. If the boys had it their way they would eat a whole jar of capers!

This pasta salad really was a winner. The boys were over the moon happy with it. Ewan asked for seconds before he even finished his first serving. Jack had two servings as well. They asked if they could have it for breakfast. The only negatives in their eyes were the red tomatoes which they don’t like and not enough capers. I’m pleased they enjoyed it so much, hopefully you will too.

Pasta Salad with Tuna

Pasta Salad with Tuna
1/2 lb. pasta
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 c. chickpeas
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
2 (5 oz.) cans tuna, drained
2 Tbs. capers
1/2 onion, diced
Fresh chopped herb of choice (dill, thyme etc.)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 hard boiled eggs, quartered or sliced

Cook the pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Stir until the pasta is thoroughly coated. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the eggs and stir until combined. Place slices or wedges of egg on top, cover and put in the fridge until chilled.

Yield: 6 servings

Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Maple Butter

Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Maple Butter

It’s time for International Scone Week once again. Last year was my first time participating and I am excited to bring you another scone recipe this year. International scone week is the second week in August. The lovely Celia is one of the co-founders. This year Tandy at Lavender and Lime is hosting the annual event so please click on the link and check out all the other wonderful scone recipes being posted this week.

I had grand plans of developing a recipe for my favorite scone at Bracken Mountain Bakery but life got in the way as usual. Every time we go up to the mountains the bakery is on the must visit list, several times if the boys have it their way! They make a great chocolate banana scone which I always intend to make at home and never get around to.
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Chocolate Banana Yogurt Pops

Chocolate Banana Yogurt Pops
Here in South Carolina August is pretty much the dog days of summer. It’s been hot up until now, but this is the month things really kick into high gear. As in highs in the upper 90s to low 100s with humidity to match. I vividly remember being very pregnant with Jack in August of 2007 which had 14 days of 100 degrees or hotter! Continue reading

In My Kitchen – August 2015

Another month has come and gone. I’m very excited about it being August, it means the boys start school soon!! Yeah me!! I may get my sanity back yet. If nothing else I’ll at least be able to enjoy the silence for a short while. Sean will be in preschool for the first time and only gone mornings, but that alone is enough time away from him to get more done. Plus he talks ALL THE TIME, I look forward to it being a little more quiet.

So with another month under our belts it’s time for an In My Kitchen post. Our gracious host Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial is busy with family so instead of clicking on the usual links in the sidebar look for everyone’s links in the comments section of her post.

Last month I forgot a few things for my In My Kitchen post so I’ll get them in this month. My parents moved up to their newly renovated mountain house full time in June. This means they downsized TREMENDOUSLY, thus resulting in my getting first pick of everything they were getting rid of. Among those goodies are this handmade cup and saucer set, a Limoges set (actually two sets as my set was somehow still at their house…Mom and I got them at a flea market in Paris years ago), and these lovely tartelette pans. We already used them for fruit tarts Father’s Day.

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