It was another busy month at our house so let’s just jump right in. I was home alone two weekends when the guys all went camping with the Cub Scouts. While the quiet was certainly enjoyable, all the cleaning and organizing wasn’t as fun. It needed to be done though and there was time to play as well.
One of those weekends I tackled our mountain of blood oranges. I zested most of them and made a large batch of arancello. It should be ready just in time for Mother’s Day! I then juiced the oranges and made a blood orange sangria. There was enough juice left to make some mocktails for the boys. The last of the blood oranges were made into a curd.
I also bought some lovely new pottery on Etsy. I’ve been wanting some textured plates to use in my food photography and finally found what I’ve been looking for. I also use them, I don’t believe in having it just for show! I may have just ordered a few more plates from this potter in Poland…
These beauties are from a potter in Turkey. The cup and saucer are perfect for those days when I indulge in an afternoon treat. It was incredibly dark and stormy when I took these photos so it doesn’t quite do them justice.
It was also a month of independence and cooking lessons for the boys. Early in the month I made some scones in the evening and put them in the fridge. With very detailed notes on the counter the boys had instructions how to bake them in the morning. The tray was set up and instructions left for making coffee and tea. All in all they did a fantastic job fixing and delivering breakfast in bed!! Of course they did make themselves a big bowl of popcorn to eat while we were still upstairs and get crumbs all over the family room floor….
Then there was the cooking lesson for all of us. For our Instagram cookbook club one of the challenges in March was a croquembouche. I’ve never even made a cream puff! With tips and tricks from others in the group and constant support I did it. The boys and I are quite proud of our little tower. They helped every step, thought I dipped the puffs in the hot caramel for them (no need for little burnt fingers)!
Perhaps even more fun was eating it! It was quite the family affair and fun was had by all. Plus of course it was delicious, especially the orange cardamom cream filling. Ewan really packed it away eating the most. I swear that boy is a bottomless pit!
That about sums up our month. Pop on by Liz’s Bizzy Things to find links to other bloggers across the globe. It’s always fun to peek into everyone’s kitchen! Special thanks to Liz for hosting this monthly roundup of In My Kitchen posts. She puts in a lot of hard work and this is her last month hosting as she’s a very busy woman.