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.
Also while visiting my parents we had our family birthday meal for Jack. He turned 8 and is growing way too quickly! He chose an Oreo torte for his cake and it was incredible. I’ll have to try to remember to get a picture of that cookbook for next month. I loved it because it was a small 6 inch cake so no leftovers and it revolutionized the way I will make cream cheese frosting!
We also went to the farmer’s market while up in the mountains. I got these lovely preserves. I love plum jam and unfortunately we don’t have any plums since one of our trees died before they ever fruited. I also got hot pepper garlic jelly with mangoes and hot pepper garlic jelly with strawberries.
In my kitchen is this new bottle of Domaine de Canton. This is really delicious and I’m finding many ways to use it! We celebrated Halloween with friends and we women enjoyed it in our margaritas.
In my kitchen we have new stainless steel containers for packing school lunches or snacks when we are out and about. I already had one of the containers on the far left but needed another to pack two school lunches. It is perfect for a sandwich on the bottom and fruit/veg on the top and a small container for fruit and nuts or a treat.
And finally in my kitchen we have what is probably the last of the zinnia from my garden. With the temperatures cooling off at night and a long hot summer the plants are looking sickly. I’ll miss them cheering up my kitchen, but spring is close….or so I would like to think! After all we start our garden seedlings in February, only three months from now!
Oh yeah, also new to my kitchen, well more like the bonus room where I take pictures, is a reclaimed piece of barn wood. I got it at the salvage store up in the mountains. It was my first time in that store and I shouldn’t be allowed back, I’m not sure I can control myself again! The zinnia and a few other items are photographed on it. I need a bigger piece of wood, it was a little more narrow than I wanted…another trip to the store may be in my future. Too bad I couldn’t get a whole barn door back home! Pop on over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what is happening in kitchens across the globe.
** So apparently the month was even busier than I thought. How could I possibly forget the Columbia Flood 2015. We were very fortunate to have minimal damage but had to boil water for what seems like forever. It is very time consuming to prep, cook and clean when you need to clean your water too! Luckily we had a platypus for cleaning water when we camp. This was my kitchen during those miserable days and days and days…