this week in my kitchen

Not too many pictures this week, but here is what I was able to capture.

Pulled Pork in the crockpot, which was nice because I was able to keep the oven off and the house cool. I’m not a big crockpot fan, but this one was a winner. The recipe was from 100 Days of Real Food and was quite good.IMG_2570 IMG_2569Before Boy #2 went of to camp, we made his favorite dinner of BLTs.IMG_2599And while the boys were away, the Girl got a few days of her favorite dinners, which I mostly forgot to photograph, but the first night was a simple pasta with red sauce. salad, and garlic bread. That was probably my my favorite dinner at her age too. She is so my child.IMG_2656 IMG_2658I am absolutely enjoying summer fruits right now, especially cherries. It makes me sad that they are so expensive, so I never really get my fill before they’re gone. And we are all still enjoying the homemade strawberry jam on toast almost every morning. IMG_2666I never took a picture of it, but in place of my morning latte, the last few mornings I’ve been enjoying a London Fog. Here is how you make it:

  • Brew up a half a cup of Earl Grey Tea
  • Warm up a cup of milk with a splash of vanilla and a little honey
  • Froth it up with a milk frother (optional)
  • Pour it into the tea
  • Enjoy!

Linking up with Heather over at Beauty that Moves.

 

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this week in my kitchen

Summer is in full swing here and we’ve been keeping dinner simple. We call this dinner the  “funny dinner”. When the kids were little, one of them said that it was a funny thing to have for dinner, and well, the name stuck. I posted this pic on Instagram and it seems fairly common for people to call it “snacks” for dinner. This meal makes me feel very French, and obviously red wine goes perfectly with this and was enjoyed as well.
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Fish tacos went over well this week. I basically used this recipe for the sauce and it was delicious. I’ll use a fresh jalapeno next time to kick up the spice a bit and we were out of capers, but I think that would be a nice addition.IMG_2526 IMG_2529

Of course, you must have margaritas with fish tacos, right?

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Another easy dinner was just when we needed when two of the three kids were out doing their own thing for dinner. When you have a family of five, it just doesn’t seem worth it to do a whole dinner for just three people. So we whipped up some quick nachos, and had a fun time eating them while rewatching Episode 1 of Sherlock (Season 3). That was a treat in an of itself, since we don’t usually eat and watch TV, but, hey, that’s what happens when only one kid’s at home.IMG_2543

I love an easy summertime breakfast. And when strawberries and blueberries are in season, what is better than yogurt, berries, and a sprinkling of granola?IMG_2537Isn’t this the most beautiful tea? Those are little roasted grains of rice and they pop like popcorn. It is Genmaicha Green loose leaf tea. It has a very different flavor, and I love it. I drink it all morning long while I’m working on the computer at home. I must have a hot beverage in my hands at all times until noon.

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OK, I don’t actually drink it all morning long since sometimes I make myself a latte with my handy-dandy Aeropress coffee maker. To make the whole latte, beginning to end takes about 3 minutes and I can have it exactly the way I like it for a fraction of the cost of heading out the door to Starbucks.IMG_2443 IMG_2445Linking up with Heather at Beauty That Moves. So many ways to be inspired!

 

this week in my kitchen

A busy week for us, winding up the school year. But there is always something happening in the kitchen.

Once a week, the kids have to cook dinner, we call it Kids Cook Night. The Girl is perfecting her Pasta with Red Sauce technique, and is quite good! Here’s what she looks like while she tends the pot.

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Baked Chicken Parmesan from Skinnytaste is another people-pleaser in our house. Everyone else had pasta as a side dish, but I skipped it this time.IMG_1976-001

My favorite way to eat the rainbow, chicken stirfry.

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Linking up with Heather at Beauty That Moves. Click over to be inspired!

this week in my kitchen

All kinds of things happening in the kitchen this week, starting off with Chocolate Chip Scones on Sunday morning.

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Always a favorite over here is Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss from Rachael Ray.10-IMG_1663 1-IMG_1670

I just made up a recipe for shrimp fajitas, which were pretty good, but I’ve got some notes on how to improve them next time (buy cleaned and deveined shrimp and add jalapenos to the pepper mix).04-IMG_178801-30 shrimp fajitas

My neighbor Minki sent down a delicious plate of chicken topped with pesto and hot pepper. It was delish.06-IMG_1743

And another batch of banana bread. One topped with chocolate chips. That one was gone the first day.05-IMG_1783

It was nice to have on hand when a friend stopped by for tea and a chat. It was so nice to be able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.02-4 teaLinking up with Heather at Beauty that Moves. Pop on over there to get all kinds of kitchen inspiration.