How did it get to be September so quickly?! While I’m glad the kids are finally all in school it seems life is still crazy. Josh has been working extremely long hours lately and usually on Sunday too so the end of summer was crazy being stuck with the kids all the time. Needless to say we’ve all been tired and I’m still living in a bit of a fog.
A new month brings another In My Kitchen post. Thanks to Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this monthly event. As I said it’s been a hectic month but we’ve had a bit of fun along the way.
We took another trip up to the mountains which included an overnight hiking/camping trip. We learned a few things from previous trip so this time our outdoor kitchen was a little better. This time we learned we need a bigger pot, it takes too long to cook for five people in small pans!! For dinner we had couscous with sausage, onions and zucchini. We just finished dinner when it began to rain. Jack was upset since the camp cake was still cooking and we hadn’t started a fire for the marshmallows yet. After some time in the tent Josh was able to get a small fire going and we roasted marshmallows for dessert!
While up in the mountains we went to Skytop Orchard. We love to go apple picking there and this is the first year we got there early enough in the season to get Gala and Honeycrisp apples. These apples are still sitting in my kitchen, though there are many less. We made one apple pie and the rest have pretty much been eaten plain. Their flavor is excellent.
Josh and I managed to get in a date night while we were in the mountains too. After some great drinks and dinner in Asheville we stopped by Ingles Supermarket. I know, we are wild that way! It’s fun to browse the store with no kids and ingles had such a great organic and local selection. I have never seen such a large selection of Bob’s Red Mill products and was happy to find these poppy seeds. Those little jars never last long if you bake with them so this should be fun to play with.
In my kitchen we have a few goodies from the garden. I used the tobascco peppers to make a hot sauce. It is quite hot and will go well on so many things, we are a hot sauce family! The other is an adult libation Josh made with the elderberries. We planted elderberry bushes in the spring and already had berries this summer. Although the elderberry liquor is good next year we’ll use the elderflowers instead. Josh has a bit of a thing for St. Germaine and the elderflower will hopefully allow us a chance to create our own delicious liqueur.
The boys managed to break one of the salad plates. Shocker, I know!! The funny part is that Ewan first chipped a plate and then Sean broke one. The odds were one in twelve, but the broken one was actually the chipped one! So instead of losing two plates it was only one. I finally got around to ordering a replacement, three actually since I may as well plan ahead for future breaks. These cute little plates managed to find their way into my order, imagine that!
I also got my monthly MightyFix shipment from Mighty Nest. This time it was these reusable snack pouches. I have several others that are fabric and zip which I like. These are nice since they can go right in the dishwasher. Mighty Nest is a great company I love both for their environmentally products and their charity. When you place an order they donate 15% of your purchase to the school of your choice. By the way they have a great selection of Weck jars and good prices.
Finally we have design plans for my new pantry. Josh designed this in my kitchen and the pantry will go on the wall by the table. We’ve talked about a new pantry for some time and he always promised he would build it. While in the mountains promises were made and you should be seeing the final product for the January 2016 In My Kitchen post (I may have had to do go underwater in a freezing cold mountain creek to get a promise of delivery by Christmas this year)!! I look forward to a pantry where I can actually find things better and getting my hall closet back to being an actual closet!
That’s a peek of what’s been going on in our kitchen. I hope to someday soon get more sleep and get into a better routine. Until then it’s less planned than usual but still home cooked meals for us. What has been happening in your kitchen? Check out what is happening in kitchens across the globe over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.