It’s a new year and a fresh start with blogging. Maybe I’ll finally find time to do what I would like with the blog this year. Until then it’s always fun to start the year off with an In My Kitchen post, hosted by the wonderful Sherry.
The obvious place to begin is with Christmas gifts. As always I received several gifts related to the kitchen. First off are two cookbooks from the boys (though they deny it since Daddy did the shopping for them)! The recipes and photos in both books are drool worthy and I can’t wait to get cooking/baking.
First our summer was insanely busy and then fall arrived. Between back to school, birthdays, swim, Cub Scouts and everything else time escapes me far too quickly. I haven’t found my blogging groove and really need to work on that. In the meantime, I’ll gladly post another In My Kitchen update. This monthly roundup is hosted by the lovely Sherry over at Sherry’s Pickings.
The month of September we had two birthdays. Fortunately my cookbook club for the month was a baking book (Bake From Scratch) and the cake challenge fell right between the two birthdays. I made this super delicious citrus cake to celebrate Josh and Sean’s birthays at my parents’ house. I used a different cream cheese recipe since the one in the book was way to sweet for my taste. Continue reading →
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.
Josh and I are big salsa fans so we can’t wait to open these.
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.
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.
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.
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 know February is a short month but boy did it ever fly by in the blink of an eye! It’s already a few days into March and I still don’t believe it.
We had another busy month as usual, though I didn’t manage to capture much as far as photos go. Here’s what I’ve got in my kitchen this month….
My sweetie got me two gorgeous wooden bowls for Valentine’s Day. He know the way to my heart! The first is a huge antique bowl which currently holds all our blood oranges and cara cara oranges. It sits on the kitchen table which is currently covered with plastic and acting as a greenhouse with all our seedlings (hey, just keeping it real this month)!