In My Kitchen: April 2018

I was meant to post this on Friday but have been terribly slack. Actually that’s a lie. I was flat out coordinating and running the cake stall at our daughter’s primary school this weekend, so this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down to write this post.

My cactus collection is growing…my sweet nephew bought me this lamp for my birthday because he knows I like cactus. We’re having him for a sleepover sometime in the next couple weeks and I’ve got a special surprise in the works for him.

And my mom came through in a big way when I told her I desperately needed some new hanging hand towels in my kitchen. She found some cactus and some pumpkin tea towels and sewed the tops on herself. Such a great birthday present that will seriously be used all day every day.

Speaking of gifts from my mom – the package she sent also included some new flavors of Oreos…the cinnamon ones are by far my favorite!

Then I spotted these at Woolies and had to buy a couple bags – one for us and one for my mom, I’m sure she’s never seen these before!

See that little red ring on my coffee machine. That is the difference between happiness and chaos. There used to be a little greyish green one like the one behind there but it broke off the other day. Who knew that something so small could mean that we couldn’t make coffee?!! Aaron luckily found the red one on the milk steamer wand that we don’t use very often and repurposed it. We’d been buying coffee for several days (this was over the course of the fete weekend) and it is just soooo much nicer to be able to make it on demand.

This has been adorning the kitchen window above the sink for the last few weeks. Miss 6 has been learning how to draw with the help of YouTube and she’s getting really good at it. Belle is my favorite Disney princess so I’ve happily left her on display.

My cake stall contribution…3 batches of caramel slice…

…3 dozen red velvet cupcakes…and (not pictured) 45 gluten free custard yoyos with roasted strawberry icing. It was a busy couple days in the kitchen.

My library cookbook shelf atm – so many books I had to move the kettle. This is getting out of hand!

 

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In My Kitchen: March 2018

Things are back in full swing now that school is in session, but my kitchen this month has still seen the benefits of summer produce and generous friends…

…but first, PSA, I am not a morning person. And the morning school drop off time has been extended by half an hour. In order to get out the door and maximise my sleep, I just had to buy this cactus travel mug for my morning double shot latte…

…it reminds me of this vintage cookie jar my mom gave me 5 years ago now. I love seeing the kids lift the lid to find its hidden treasures.

One of my Hebrew translating friends was blessed with a huge tray of these delicious figs and was kind enough to offer me some to take away. Of course, I didn’t refuse them…

…or the HUGE jar of fig preserves she gave me. We’ve enjoyed this with Camembert and crackers and are quickly getting through it!

The blackberries atop these friands were picked by my husband on our first urban foraging expedition last month. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to go get more and we think the season may be passed now. But there’s always next year.

At school pick up today a friend handed me a container of eggs from their backyard chickens. Such a treat!

We finally got our hands on the chocolate that has been all over Facebook land. I see why people are mad for it, it is sooooo good. (I only bought 3 bars in case we didn’t like it.)

My cookbook “shelf” this month  – it’s gotten so full I’m running out of space for my bread bin and kettle.

 

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In My Kitchen: February 2018

January we were in full swing school holiday mode, with lots more busyness about the house for a change!

Anybody else have an odd cheap container that you have in multiples?! We picked up 10 of these from Kmart for $2 each last year for a Year 9 science project and I’ve found that they make the best containers for proofing bread doughs. Now I wonder how I lived without them.

Zucchinis and more zucchinis from work friends and playgroup friends. We love zucchinis so will never refuse!

Another generous gift, a small jar of raspberry rhubarb jam. Had this on toast for breakfast quite regularly this month.

Sick company while making a birthday cake for my now 12 year old. Our poor gorgeous daughter refused to lie down anywhere more comfortable unless Aaron or I were with her.

Speaking of birthday cakes – this special boy of mine chooses the same flavour every year, caramel apple, no matter that it’s January and that’s more of an autumn flavour, his wish is my command. (Notice that 24 hours later, the princess is smiling again!)

And here she is with her morning cup of tea…what is this habit that we have started (don’t worry, it’s camomile)?!!

Every time I grab a recipe from this card file I want to smile and cry at the same time. These ladies gifted me this at my bridal shower almost 17 years ago and I wish we weren’t separated by a great big ocean all the time.

The 2 year old sampling the results of that previous recipe. We picked up this learning tower second hand a few months ago from a lady who made it but it didn’t suit her kitchen – and it even matches our bench tops!

Care package from my mom included this cute little packet of gingerbread peeps. I love marshmallows more than just about anything so these were a lovely afternoon tea treat one day. Nevermind that they’re like 100% sugar.

A present given to one of the kids that graces my kitchen window. To me it’s a little piece of home.

Teenage invaders. We found these recliners on gumtree for a steal and bought them to go in their bedroom under their loft beds so they had a place to sit and chill and read. They spent a fair bit of time this month playing Mario Odyssey in front of the aircon instead, well, until the tennis started and they got kicked out.

My current cookbook spot with library books, food magazines and a few extra books from home.

 

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In My Kitchen, January 2018

Food, food and more food…that pretty much sums up Christmas time in our house. Where to start?!

I got a couple of cute $2 cookie stamps at Coles and just had to try them out on some soft gingerbread tiles with rum butter glaze.

Speaking of cookies, this is only a portion of the cookie baking I did to give away a dozen filled trays like the ones above to school staff, church, family friends, etc.

Then there was the head to head battle of the buche de Noel recipes to see which I preferred – and the result, I’ll be Frankensteining the one I make next Christmas. =)

There was our last day of school tradition making a homemade gingerbread house then completely covering it in lollies that we crack open on New Years Eve.

A Christmas Eve dinner to remember: our first ever standing rib roast with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, glazed carrots and brussel sprouts, with a lovely red wine jus…on the dinner set that we use all December each year that is starting to become too small (place setting wise) for our growing family.

Our drowning gingerbread man trifle that we ate for Christmas Eve dessert while watching Carols by Candlelight.

Christmas morning orange and cranberry pluckets for breakfast.

Too many apricots, sadly rotting faster than we can eat them or otherwise use them. This photo is from one small section of our abundantly fruiting tree.

My cookbook haul from our local library last month next to my Tupperware Santa containers that house leftover baking that didn’t make trays, just in case you need something to go with your cuppa.

 

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