Monthly Archives: October 2015

Tidbits

Just thought I would get in a short post to let ya’ll know we haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth! I know I’ve talked about how busy we get sometimes but lately it is even worse. Somehow this time of year is the busiest, school activities, swim, field trips, boys’ birthdays….

So here are a few of our Instagram pics to keep you in the loop. Not the best quality given the time of day they are taken or using the phone camera but you get the idea. 

 
Oreo torte for Jack’s birthday. 
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Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola
It’s still pumpkin season, yippee! My favorite time of year. We go through granola phases and I had an epiphany last time I roasted some pumpkins. I was going to roast the pumpkin seeds and then realized we were in need of granola. Gee, think maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and put the pumpkin seeds right in the granola and roast it all together?!

Sometimes I amaze myself! Okay, so maybe I’m not the first person to come up with this idea. It did save me from an extra set of dishes and two rounds of pans in the oven though. I’m all for that.
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Peanut Butter Apple Roll-up

Peanut Butter Apple Roll-up
All right, today’s post is not some ground breaking recipe. It is, however, a school lunch that I make the boys often and get lots of comments so I thought I would share it. It seems many people need a little school lunch pick me up and everyone likes this idea. Hmm, perhaps a school lunch box series is in my future…

Pay close attention, this is very difficult. NOT! All you need is a tortilla, regular or whole wheat, peanut butter and an apple. Spread the peanut butter on the tortilla, place apple slices along the middle in a row and roll it all up.
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Cider Martini

Cider Martini
On our recent apple picking outing we got some cider. I just love cider this time of year, it’s great hot or cold. The boys enjoy it with some seltzer mixed in. The grow ups, however, get to play around a little more!

Over the weekend the weather was gorgeous Sunday so we had cocktails on the porch. I tinkered around with a couple cider drinks, and while they were good it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
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In My Kitchen – October 2015

It’s another month and time for a peek in my kitchen. I thought September was busy with both Josh and Sean having birthdays plus school, scout and swim schedules to contend with. We also had a water line break in the neighborhood resulting in mandatory water boil for drinking and cooking.

Then October started off rainy and dreary and I was unable to blog much since lighting for photographs was horrific. And then the Columbia Flood happened. October is off to a mad start and I’m feeling very fortunate with our situation. Homes, belongings, cars, power, running water and lives have been lost in our beloved home town. We are extremely lucky to have very little damage.

While I may complain about being cooped up in the house another day with three very active boys, I’m glad we are all safe and sound. Josh made it to work late this morning with one road closure detour. It is going to take a long time for the city to recover, but life is going on somewhat normal for us.

So thanks to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this monthly event. It’s nice to have some normalcy in life right now!
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Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup
Now that it is slowly cooling off it’s time to get my soup groove on again. I just love soups, so versatile, easy and healthy. Let it sit on the stove all day and it’s ready to eat by dinner time. That is very important to me on swim days when I don’t have time to cook at dinner time, it must be ready as soon as I arrive home with three very hungry boys!

Not only is this black bean soup easy and healthy, it’s also pretty darn cheap. A bag of dried black beans won’t set you back much at all and the rest of the ingredients are usually around the house anyway.
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