In My Kitchen – October 2016

Wow, another month has passed and I’m caught with few pictures to share.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a busy month with two birthdays.  I’ll have to settle and use some phone pictures.  Maybe this month I’ll have the time to take actual pictures {note to self}!

We have a lovely new hostess for In My Kitchen.  Please welcome Liz over at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.  She has a running list with links to everyone posting for this month’s In My Kitchen link up.

The month started with a trip to the mountains.  This is my favorite time of year, the weather cools a little and there is so much yummy fresh produce.  We went on our annual (sometimes a couple times a year) apple picking trip to Sky Top Orchard.  This time of the season the galas, jonagolds and golden delicious were ripe.  We picked a half bushel of each.

apple collage

Josh’s birthday is the first of the “birthday season” as I call it.  He wanted a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  Sean helped add some sprinkles!  Last year I started making little six inch cakes for birthdays and it’s the best thing ever.  With two birthdays eight days apart we certainly don’t need two bigger cakes.

josh birthday

Along with the birthday theme, Sean was up next.   My youngest turned six, where does the time go?!  Sean chose a carrot cake, mango curd filling and cream cheese frosting.  It became more festive with sprinkles in the frosting as well as on top of the cake.  He may have snuck a handful of sprinkles as well.

sean birthday

After seeing one of Liz’s Instagram posts I was reminded that I needed a spätzle maker.  My mom had one and I thought I inherited it after their move.  I couldn’t find it though and having been wanting to make spätzle now that the weather has cooled a little.  After our trip to Germany and Austria the boys have a love of schnitzel and spaetzle.  Now I can easily make it at home.

spaetzle maker

This cute little plate was an impulse purchase at Target.  Some people are drawn by the candy and soda at the checkout aisle.  I’m drawn to little items in the home department!


bread plate

It wouldn’t be October without some pumpkin!  I’ve got these three beauties waiting to be roasted and pureed.  I’m not sure what they will be baked into, something delicious though.  My favorite is pumpkin muffins, a childhood favorite.  What’s better than stocking the freezer with grab and go muffins for rushed mornings?!  Sean has also requested roasted pumpkin seeds.

pie pumpkins

We’ve also enjoyed smoking on the grill lately.  Josh did ribs and pork belly last weekend.   Talk about delicious home smoked bacon, yum!  Maybe I’ll manage to get some pictures for next month.  Pop on by Liz’s site  and see what is happening in kitchens across the globe.

9 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – October 2016

  1. tiffinbitesized

    Wow – love all of those apples. It’s too hot for bushels of apples at any time of the year in our part of the world so of course, I adore all of those autumn recipes with apple and spices. Love the cakes – do the kids know that (round) sprinkles are called 100’s & 1000’s in Australia? xxx

    1. Gretchen Post author

      Next year I’ll have to plan better. With the smaller cakes I frequently have a layer leftover which I freeze. I should make the first three guys a chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cake. Then Ewan could have a Neapolitan cake using the frozen layers!

  2. tiffinbitesized

    Hi Gretchen – I left a comment for you but I’m not sure where it went. One of the things I mentioned was to ask if the boys knew that sprinkles are called 100s & 1000s in Australia? I thought they may find that interesting. cheers

  3. Liz

    Belated birthday greetings to both of them, I’m sure they enjoyed the birthdays with all the cooking and decorating. I would have opted for a carrot cake too! Best wishes!


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