In the Kitchen
Last year at this time, I was working madly to sew and write Think Big. This year, I’ve promised myself to keep the creativity in the kitchen and focus more on my family and really enjoy our time together.
Yesterday I spent a couple of hours finalizing my recipes, shopping list and making a plan for my week. I always feel more prepared once I’ve mapped things out!
I thought I should share some of our favorites and a few new things I’m trying this year. Along with links here, you’ll find these in my In the Kitchen pinterest board :)
Best Ever Green Bean Casserole – really good and fresh! This year I’m not going to make my own onion topping, it’s been hard to get right.
Good Eats Roast Turkey – I’ve used the brine for a number of years, finally going to … Read More »
Earlier this month this new book came out with a ton of great projects in it! All for your kitchen and dining spaces!
My contribution to Kitchen Stitches is this sweet table runner and napkin set, called Cartwheels. To the right you can see a peek of all the beautiful pieces included in Kitchen Stitches!
Have you sewn for your kitchen lately?
I love having a runner on my table, it always brings a smile to my face, to see a bit of quilty amongst the busyness of each day! Looking through the book there are few other projects that I would love to add to my kitchen too – someday soon. Obviously most of the projects are quilted pieces, but there are some great wall decor items too! Great inspiration for your … Read More »
and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Many Blessings –
Cookies pictured :
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
Chewy Ginger Cookies
I’m working on a little of this, and a little of that lately. Friends at AdornIt asked for a quilt (in a hurry) with these sweet prints, and thankfully I had just the project in my files already! I cut it out in an hour, yesterday, and look forward to sewing it up this week.
Last week I was having fun sewing up a new table runner pattern! It will be a free pattern available next month via Baby Lock. I’ll let you know when the pattern goes live!
I wanted to show the versatility of the pattern, and sewed it up twice, and I’m still trying to decide which is my favorite.
With the cooler weather here in the mountains (we had our first snow last week!), I’ve … Read More »
All last week I was wanting and really needing to bake chocolate chip cookies for my family. I finally found the kitchen to myself, and took an hour to bake them!
Baking these was my cookie break on saturday, from quilt math and a little pattern writing. It was a good break!
I thought I would share our favorite recipe, it’s from ” Once Upon A Tart…” which is full of delicious recipes.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
20 tablespoons, unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together in a big bowl, using a whisk attachment attachment of an electric mixer on high speed, until they are fluffy and light lemon-yellow in … Read More »
We’ve made a tradition of spending a day baking Christmas cookies, to share with neighbors and friends. My girls are big enough to be a help too, so the day went smoothly, and very fast!
Early in the day, Ella was rolling balls of dough, then Owen covered them with sugar. Emmalie and Sophia were outside for a few minutes, when I remembered to take a picture, they always know when to come in for a taste test though!
We made :
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
Toffee Butter Crunch
Ginger Cookies, Plain Fudge, and Peppermint bark
Now I’m just hoping that everyone has slept off the sugar rush! Poor Owen had a upset tummy, he must have been sneaking extra cookies while I wasn’t looking.
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I’ve been waiting and watching for raspberries to finally ripen here, while at the farmer’s market asking about availability and such. The ladies at one stand, that I like to frequent, mentioned that they usually just have a couple flats and they go fast! So I added the opening time to my calendar, with a reminder earlier in the day – and purchased their only two flats!
Therefore, this is what I did over the weekend:
Lots and lots of jam!
Of course there’s a bit of a back story — growing up in Washington state, there were berries everywhere. We would pick the wild blackberries, and my dad’s raspberries, and he would make jelly and jam for anyone, and everyone that would have it. I also remember visiting you-pick farms and gathering strawberries for … Read More »
I’m participating in the Recipe Box Swap with Randi today! Today is the soup/stew edition, which perfect for this time of year. I’m always looking for something warm and comforting at the end of a long day!
I’m sharing a new favorite – White Chicken Chili – we love it! I’ve been making it every week for the last month.
White Chicken Chili
2 -3 T of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 med onion diced small
2 large cloves of garlic – crushed and minced
1 ½ lbs of Chicken Breasts – diced
2 cans of Beans (Pinto, Cannellini, (add 1 of Black beans for variety)
1 small can of green chili’s – diced
1 med can of Las Palmas Green Enchilada Sauce
1 jalapeño minced (if you like it hot don’t remove the ribs or seeds)
½ t of cayenne (optional)
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
2 teaspoons … Read More »
We are away from home, but have made plans to make this incredible French Toast! I thought I should share just in case you need something fast and easy~
Oven Baked French Toast
1 loaf of French bread
1 1/2 C half & half
1 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 T sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
dash of salt
Slice bread into 20 one-inch slices. (Our local grocery sells an enriched egg loaf, made in the store. . . really good and eliminates cutting) Arrange in a generously buttered 9×13 baking dish. Layer and overlap the slices.
In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients – beat until blended but not bubbly. Pour mixture over bread slices evenly. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
1/2 C butter
1 C brown sugar, packed
1 C pecans
2 T light corn syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Combine well. Sprinkle over French toast before baking.
Preheat oven to … Read More »
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My bread dough is in the fridge, waiting for me to figure out what’s for dinner!
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After school yesterday – we went to check out a few books! The only thing on Owen’s mind is a “choo-choo book” – thankfully the librarian came to put one away as we were searching for Thomas. Emmalie and Sophia each look for the books with interesting covers, today there were a few sparkles on the pages. :) And Ella is free to roam the chapter books in search of something that will hold her attention – she devours books!
After they have made their selections, we all went trooping upstairs – there’s a few seating areas, and they mostly looked through their books while I took a few minutes to look around. I rarely have the chance, as I’m usually chasing Owen, or making sure the girls use their quiet voices (like, none!).
I found this treasure! Artisan Bread in … Read More »
Hi there! Today is the day – my girls are so excited to see Grandma & Grandpa. I’ve done just about all the scrubbing and vacuuming that is going to happen! We woke up to snow falling yesterday, and so I put the girls to work. Ella and Emmalie are easily motivated with a quarter, and each happily earned a dollar for the extra chores.
Thankfully it stopped snowing and they went out to play for the afternoon. I’ve gotten stir crazy with them inside ALL the time! I think spring is worse than winter around here – snow is easy to play in, but not mud. uck!
While the girls played outside and Owen napped, I scrubbed the kitchen and made banana bread. Our snack supply has been low, and the bananas were turning, perfect solution!
I thought I would repost the … Read More »