Author Archives: Gretchen

Jalapeño White Cheddar Scones, #ISW2017

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It seems another year has flown by and it’s International Scone Week again!  The lovely Tandy over at Lavender and Lime is hosting this roundup again so pop on over to find links to all the scones everyone is baking.

My first thought was to make a white cheddar dill scone, I have plenty of the dill in the herb garden and it’s a good flavor combination.  Plus I was making a tomato soup that day and they would go well together.

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In My Kitchen – August 2017

And so another month has whizzed on by!  It was a month full of swim practices, swim meets and finally some time away from home.  The boys and I had a road trip up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enjoyed ourselves.  Yes, I survived driving them all by myself!

Between our travels and my parent’s 4+ week road trip I have a lovely collection of goodies from all over the States (and Canada)  for this month’s post.

First let’s begin with items my fantastic mom found for me.  They spent over four weeks driving across the country.  The highlight was of course visiting my brother in Seattle.  From their stop in New Mexico we got these lovely goodies.

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Josh and I are big salsa fans so we can’t wait to open these.

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In My Kitchen – July 2017

Summer is in full swing now and it’s chaotic here!  The boys have swim practice every weekday, a couple days are doubled up on practices (summer swim team and year round swim team).  I’m having trouble keeping my head above water.

I still manage to get to the gym 3-4 days a week and when we get home after the gym or swim practice and have a late lunch it’s nearly two in the afternoon.  We are all tired and cranky sometimes!

Despite all that craziness our kitchen has still been busy, perhaps adding to my fatigue.  Let’s start with the aforementioned swim schedule.  Between practices the boys need a snack so I keep busy packing snacks.  They also have meets two nights a week so I have to pack dinners too.  Here’s a glimpse of a few of the things I’ve been packing.  Luckily they only have one more night meet (that being said they still have City Meet this coming weekend and State Meet the next weekend).

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The garden also keeps me busy.  While it is wonderful having fresh produce, it is quite a bit of work.  I don’t keep up with the weeding as well as I should but oh well!  The month started out squash/zucchini heavy and by the end of June we were getting more tomatoes, watermelon, eggplant, jalapenos and peperoncini.

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Hazelnut Roll

Hazelnut Roll
We are now in our second week of summer break and I kind of sort of have a routine going. It still doesn’t allow much time for recipe testing or blogging, but I had to squeeze this recipe in.

Last week I made this hazelnut roll cake for a cookbook challenge on Instagram. It was so delicious I thought I’d share it.

The original recipe is for a walnut roll so already you can tell I made a couple changes!! I personally can’t stand walnuts so switched those out for hazelnuts. Obviously you can use whatever nut you like.

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In My Kitchen – June 2017

This month I can truly say time flew by, I haven’t even posted anything since the last In My Kitchen post.  May was insanely busy with end of school year activities, field trips, helping with testing at school, promotion ceremonies and then just the usual craziness that is life.

Now I’m trying to adjust to our new summer schedule and will attempt to get better about posting.  Part of our schedule issues now are time to cook and photograph.  Many days we don’t get home until it’s time for a late lunch.  Then I’m lucky if I have time or energy to cook and get nice photos.  This month we have a dark theme for IMK, the only time I had to photograph was during a dark and dreary stormy day!  In the meantime here is an In My Kitchen post, I’m linking with Sherry over at Sherry’s Pickings for this monthly linkup.

Despite being insanely busy I did manage to still cook most meals and spend plenty of time in the kitchen.  First off we have my Mother’s Day gifts.  Josh went on a tray shopping binge, he knows me so well.  The first one has already been used often, it’s the ideal size for a cup of tea and snack or breakfast by myself.

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In My Kitchen – May 2017

April was a busy month for us so let’s just dive right on in!  My favorite season began, strawberry picking time!!  I took the boys during spring break and they each picked a gallon.  I intended to make jam but just never found the time.  We ate many of the berries as you can imagine.  Some were put on top of the turrets of a vanilla cake, served with more berries and whipped cream.  The rest were frozen for later use.

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April also happens to be my birthday and anniversary month.  I’ll try not to overwhelm you will all the kitchen goodies I got, saving some for another post.  I got this lovely hammered tray which I’ve used quite a bit already.

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In My Kitchen – April 2017

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.

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