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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In My Kitchen – March 2017

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)!

Wood Bowl

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Blood Orange Ginger Fizz

blood orange ginger fizz

As I mentioned in my last post this is the year we are embracing citrus season. This is the first year I’ve been able to find blood oranges locally (mind you they are from California).  Sean has developed a LOVE for blood oranges, frequently I’ll peel in the morning to pack in his school lunch.

My first memories of having blood oranges were when Josh was working in Italy back when we lived in Germany in 2005.  I made the trip with him a couple times and the hotel where we stayed has fresh blood orange juice every morning for breakfast.  It was so incredibly tasty. Continue reading

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

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For some reason this seems to be the first year I’ve completely embraced citrus fruits.  I think the biggest factor is that I can finally find the “good stuff”.  For me that means blood oranges, cara cara oranges and meyer lemons.

In the past they’ve all be hard to come by.  So now the boys and I might be a little addicted, especially to blood oranges.

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