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We love food. We love to cook at home and eat together at the dining room table. If we are standing around in the kitchen eating, Connor will beg to go sit at the dining room table.
Just a couple of things I have been enjoying (maybe a little too much) lately:
Toad in the Hole – reminded by The Pioneer Woman just how great this one is…
I want a big version of this salad. Mixed greens, avocado, sliced strawberry and homemade chia seed dressing (was supposed to have poppy seeds, but we use what we have on hand). Here is the recipe for the dressing:
Poppy Seed Dressing
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c champagne or white or red wine vinegar
1 t Dijon mustard
1 1/2 T poppy seeds (or chia seeds in our case)
1 t salt
1/2 small onion
1 c olive oil
Mix vinegar, sugar and mustard well in a small bowl. Place onion in blender or food processor and add the liquid. Blend until mixed. Add oil in small stream until emulsified. Return to bowl and stir in poppy seeds.
All of the picture taking, creating, and cooking send me further down the spiral as it were…my friend Phoe is an evil temptress. Okay, so she really is not evil at all. But she still is a temptress.
Originally, she got me hooked on Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock sock yarn. Which in turn started my sock obsession. Most recently, she posted a recipe link and amazing pictures of something she just baked…so of course I had to do a little clickety-clicking and found myself salivating at the keyboard.
Have a look-see over here. I will wait.
I know, right?
And I don’t even like damn cheesecake!
But I couldn’t shake it. I thought about those brownies for at least 24 hours.
Then I did it…I made them…
I have to put cream cheese on my grocery list again *licking fingers*.
I have no awesome reason for not blogging lately. I have just been keeping incredibly busy with life. These two boys of ours make the days go by so quickly that it is hard to remember what day it is most of the time.
I do have lots of things to share with you over the next few weeks, my way of getting caught up. For now, I will just share something very sweet that we did many times this summer…
Blueberry Lime Jam. We picked the wild blueberries, and canned the jam all by ourselves. I was pretty excited, it was the first time I have canned anything without the sage advice of a veteran canner in the house. And it is tasty! We have also made cranberry-orange and strawberry-rhubarb. YUM!
I know, Solstice was a few weeks ago. I just been so busy, uh, spinning, that I haven’t had a chance to share my pictures. We were so lucky to be blessed with a gorgeous sunny day. What better way to celebrate the Solstice than by having an impromptu picnic!
Top plate clockwise: pecan halves, apricot slices, strawberries, blueberries
Bottom plate clockwise: sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, cheese topped bagel
Getting in on the action:
Little Brother enjoying an apricot slice (with intense supervision):
We will have to come up with something pretty awesome for the winter Solstice to top this experience.
In addition to my crazed crafting, I have been doing some cooking.
Behold, the apple pie.
First we peeled, cored and sliced the apples (Granny Smith’s). I adore my gizmo that does it all in one fell swoop. Mine is from Pampered Chef, but I know that there are others out there. Makes it incredibly easy. My personal record for peeling, coring and slicing one apple is 11 seconds. Yeah, I am a dork and timed myself.
Then you sprinkle on some sugar…
Have to let it cool a bit!
Gosh, it was divine.