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!
In my kitchen I have these new produce bags. They were my monthly delivery from Mighty Nest. They will come in handy when shopping. Heck, I can even use them to pick from my own garden!
In my kitchen I have some new grown up drinks! Josh and I had a date night and went to Copper Horse Distilling. It was perfect, we got a personal tour since it was close to game time for our local Gamecocks! We learned quite a bit and enjoyed the tasting room. We brought home a bottle of their vodka and salted chocolate truffle cream liqueur. Good times ahead!
In my kitchen the smells of autumn have arrived with pumpkins! Last weekend the boys and Josh went camping (in the rain) with the Cub Scouts. That left me home alone, yippee! While I wasn’t in the kitchen as much as I would have liked (I spent my time cleaning the boys’ rooms from top to bottom and getting out/washing their cooler weather clothes), I did manage to roast two pumpkins and freeze the purée for later use. What didn’t go into the freezer was made into a pumpkin granola which included the pumpkin seeds. The recipe is hopefully coming soon, it needs a minor tweak first.
This weekend I thawed some of the pumpkin and made these chocolate and cinnamon chip pumpkin oatmeal bars. This turned out well and went with us to our neighbor’s house for a night together. We needed time to get our boys together for some wild times after being cooped up during the rainy day! The boys will declare them delicious….because I couldn’t see them they were able to sneak some. By some I mean Sean had two, Jack had five and Ewan got caught eating his fourth! Ewan later complained of a stomach. I sent him to the bathroom and he threw up. Adults get sick drinking too much with friends, apparently my kids get sick eating too much! This recipe also needs to be tweaked a little before it is blog worthy.
I also have a few photos from Sean’s birthday party. The quality isn’t the best. I still haven’t figured out how to be a caterer, hostess, party planner, photographer and mom all at once! Fun was had by all and that is all that matters.
Hopefully things will be up and running smoothly in my kitchen soon. Boiling water gets old pretty quick, though it beats the alternative of not having any at all. Take a peak into kitchens around the world by stopping by Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.