Author Archives: Gretchen

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.

Tray

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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.

Strawberry Picking Collage

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.

Hammered Tray

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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.

Blood Oranges

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Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Spread

Bacon And Cheddar Cheese Spread

Last summer we had a new Kroger open nearby.  Since it was summer break I had all three boys with me when I went to the grand opening.  They quite enjoyed themselves, between all the samples and seeing many of their friends it was a fun day.

One of the samples they had was a cheese spread.  It’s actually a local product that comes in many flavors.  Ever since then Jack has been a little hooked! Continue reading

Catching Up with Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Scotchies

Every time I plan to get caught up blogging something seems to happen lately.  I think I’m going to have to come to the realization that our lives are just permanently hectic!

Jack was recently home from school for five days.  It wasn’t so bad the first couple days.  He actually napped a bit and was pretty cuddly and adorable.  Lack of energy will do that to him.  By the last day, once he was already fever free for 24 hours, he was driving me completely insane.

His energy was back.  His appetite was back.  His attitude was back.  I was miserable.

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Bounty Brownies

Bounty Brownies

For a couple months now I’ve been joining Deborah Balint of Rainy Day Bites on Instagram for a monthly cookbook club. Each month Deborah chooses a new cookbook and anyone who wants to join in can cook along and post photos.

Needless to say I’ve come across many delicious recipes this way and so I decided to share some with you. Today I’m going to share this recipe for Bounty Brownies from Home Baked by Yvette van Boven.

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