In the kitchen

A day in the kitchen

A day in the kitchen
March 20, 2011
In the kitchen

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard The week is over, DS was home for spring break which he unfortunately spent healing from a flu-like virus.  He got all the rest he needed, he is now ready to head back to college.  The weekend is therefore dedicated baking!  Yesterday I spent the day cooking and I need to thank all the wonderful food bloggers out there for their talent and willingness to share.  I am a recipe cook, I do not create really in the kitchen so I am always looking for something fun and new to try. For breakfast we tested Silvana’s Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Sticky Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Maple Icing (minus the icing, they were plenty sweet for us without).  Absolutely delicious and sinful!  I took a small shortcut with Kind Arthur Flour gluten-free pancake mix which we were planning to …Read more

The pantry…

The pantry…
March 10, 2011
Home management

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. John Keats (1795 – 1821) The pantry is done!  DD and I tackled the toughest job over the weekend and were so proud to use it to bake Banana Bread Sunday afternoon.  What a pleasure to cook and bake when everything is in its place, easy to reach!  I feel like I am finally home.  The cabinet pull-out organizers were unfortunately not going to work, the kitchen space is an odd shape and size so cabinets are not standard. I used open bins to act as pull-outs for better access.  The Container Store had the right combination of sizes.  I like the handled bins though they cannot handle heavier items such as canned goods.  We will take a long detour to the Natik Mall to be able to inspect some of their other open bins.  I will take advantage of that field …Read more

Weekly menu

Weekly menu
March 9, 2011
At school

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it. J. Petit Senn A day later with my menu than usual, I have been working on my pantry and made the last few days “eat out of pantry” days instead of my scheduled meals.  It has been both fun and a source of peace of mind to have the menus and follow them.  DD is in the kitchen every time a new meal is cooked  and even looks forward to leftovers!  I am going to plan slow cooker meals or larger meals again to restock the freezer. Wednesday: Robin Miller’s Sesame-Ginger Pork with Soba Noodles Thursday: Quinoa and Carrot Salad and Tempeh Bolognes Friday: Hungarian Beef Goulash Saturday: The Nourished Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Lamb Roast (this recipe is from her weekly menu plan). Sunday: leftvoers Yesterday was Mardi Gras, tradition dictates a sinful menu.  We baked Martha Stewart’s …Read more

Making changes…

Making changes…
February 24, 2011
For the soul

Every single moment of our lives presents us with a choice: either awaken to the reality of the present moment, or stay sleepy and push aspects of that reality away. Sensations are here every single moment. Why don’t we feel them? The visual field, in all its dazzling play, is here every moment that our eyes are open. Can we remember to look and actually see? Will Johnson This was the quote of the week and it could not have happened at a more opportune time.  Why don’t we feel the sensations of every moment?  How do we learn to reach that state of awakening or alertness?  I continue to work each day at making lasting, mindful changes in my life, my lifestyle.  Why is it often so hard to make the best changes for you?  Breaking habits… we get into comfortable routines and breaking those can be more than …Read more