It’s been another crazy month. I don’t know if it’s just having fall birthdays, Halloween, the cooler weather or what…but autumn is always very busy for us. This month wasn’t any different.
In the beginning of the month we had my parents visiting. They came to watch the boys while Josh and I went to Charlotte for the night and then come home and celebrate Jack’s birthday a little early. Things changed when Hurricane Matthew came to town. Our night out was cancelled, but we certainly still celebrated Jack’s birthday.
We didn’t suffer any major damage from the hurricane since we are well inland. Just some heavy rain and high winds at times. We had a plum tree uprooted which we managed to get up again and staked it do the ground, fingers crossed it stays up and healthy. The power flickered a few times and went out while I had pumpkin muffins in the oven. We finished breakfast by candle light.
Not only has another month passed by, it’s a whole new year! The time just keeps flying by. I’m joining Maureen at Orgasmic Chef for another month of In My Kitchen. Maureen is our new fearless leader so stop on by her site and check out all the links.
Back in early December, which seems ages ago, I had a diverticulitis flare up which meant complete exhaustion, antibiotic side effects, pain and limited diet. Needless to say not much happened in my kitchen. Then came the holidays and the kids were with me constantly. Josh worked insanely long hours. We were all exhausted.
Despite all all that madness we had the best Christmas yet. It was quiet and relaxed. Brunch was fantastic and dinner was superb. I didn’t get all the baking done I wanted to, but my mental and physical health were more important as I recovered. Maybe we’ll make our mini gingerbread houses for Valentine’s Day!
Anyway, here is what happened in my kitchen. Let me introduce you all to my new pantry. My best husband ever built this and we put it in the kitchen the weekend before Christmas. This is another reason I got less baking done since I was moving everything around in the kitchen! It was so worth it.