Monthly Archives: November 2015

Honey Mustard Cranberry Sauce

Honey Mustard Cranberry Sauce

One of the great Thanksgiving dinner debates is cranberry jelly or cranberry sauce? Whole berries or puréed? Which do you prefer? For me, the answer is neither. I couldn’t care less if there was anything cranberry for dinner. Cranberry dessert, sure that’s great. Dinner, not so much.

So in an effort to come up with something cranberry for the meal that I was actually going to eat I went the mustard route. Josh and I are condiment lovers and I have seen and had all kinds of mustards, cranberry being one of them.

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Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

The other day Sean noticed something on the counter. It went like this….
SEAN: Why is the popcorn bowl out Mommy?
ME: Because Daddy had popcorn?
SEAN: When did Daddy have popcorn?
ME: After you went to bed last night.
SEAN: That’s not fair. Why don’t we get any?

You can guess that I’ll never win this little discussion. Especially since Sean thinks he is always right! To avoid discussing this all day with him I let him know that the boys could have popcorn after school if everyone behaved.

Well Jack and Ewan got home from school and started homework immediately since it was a swim practice day. They had some fruit and nuts while they worked. Then Jack had a major meltdown over his spelling homework.
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Homemade Chicken Sausage

Homemade Chicken Sausage

It seems as if the boys are slipping into a breakfast rut. They usually want toast or cereal. While I like that this is easy, it really doesn’t fill them up and fuel them up for the day.

Jack has been known to come home from school saying I didn’t pack enough lunch. What, how much more can I pack?? He barely finishes in his allotted time. Maybe if he had a better breakfast he would stay fuller. As it is now he wants several snacks when he gets home from school. Growth spurt maybe?! All I know is I can’t even fathom the teenage years!

So in an effort to fill the boys up in the morning I decided to make a batch of chicken sausage. I’ve made it in the past and enjoyed it, time to bring it back to the table. With all the news lately about processed and cured meats this is a great alternative to regular sausage, besides obviously being lower in fat.
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Maple Bourbon Onion Jam

Maple Bourbon Onion Jam
Over the weekend I finally got around to making homemade hamburger buns thanks to an excellent recipe from Celia. What better way to enjoy delicious homemade buns than to take the burgers up a notch.

I got to thinking and decided I wanted to finally made onion jam. I’ve had it in restaurants and enjoyed it. I knew the boys would like it, hello, they LOVE any kind of jam!! So that was my mission then, to create an onion jam for our burgers that everyone would enjoy.

It really wasn’t that difficult. While there are so many ways to make an onion jam, I tend to believe that most versions taste good. It’s a matter of personal taste and what you have in the pantry.
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Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding

Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding

Halloween may be over but it is definitely still pumpkin season! I need to get more pumpkins to roast, purée and freeze for my stash before the season is over.

This little treat is the perfect autumn sweet. It is quick and easy to make so in my book that is just awesome! Then of course it can be packed in glass or stainless steel containers for a school treat. The boys beg for pudding cups which I refuse to buy, this homemade version though is perfect.
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In My Kitchen – November 2015

Good riddance October, you were an insanely busy month!  All right, we had lots of fun last month even during all the madness.  It’s funny to say, but I think with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up our schedules are actually slowing down.  It’s time to join Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for another roundup of In My Kitchen posts, forcing me to remember some of what happened during this crazy month.

Lets start with our outdoor kitchen.  We went to visit my parents and one night we went camping.  It was gorgeous weather, though a little chilly at night.  The leaves were changing and the colors were beautiful.  This time Josh set up a proper camp fire and we were able to hang the pot for cooking.  We got a new larger pot which made cooking for the family easier.

Dinner was red beans and rice.  It was entertaining to see us in the store, reading all the package labels for the lowest sodium and highest fiber content!  Can you tell we don’t buy package meals much?!  To that we added fresh zucchini, onion, okra and smoked sausage.  We also made a pumpkin camp cake for dessert and hot apple cider.  Breakfast was hot chocolate and oatmeal.  All in all a good camping trip, except of course for me hardly getting any sleep.

Camp Kitchen
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