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Today in my kitchen

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Nothing makes me happier than a new batch of jam (my first go at raspberry jam) & several batches of bagels. Except maybe my new roman shades over my kitchen window that I snagged for $10 each at World Market. Thank you clearance rack!

A Popover afternoon

I became so inspired a week ago to get in the kitchen and whip up a few of the delicacies that my aunts blog about every day.  Here was my first venture. Let me just say…AMAZING. The recipe was so simple. It was the perfect starter to get in the mood for more kitchen creations. I was quite encouraged. Here’s Brenda’s recipe:

Popovers
Makes: 6 large popovers

Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Honey or jelly

Melted butter in the ramekin first is the secret.

Freshy fresh

Amazing! I felt like super mom making this scrumptious treat for my little one's snack. The ultimate let down was Joss refusing to try hers & Trip sleeping past the puffy climax of his Popover.

The most beautiful kitchen help I could ever find.

These are a few of my favorite things (Fall ’10)

Here are a few things I have been loving these last few weeks, either around the house or just in our daily lives…

Cake decorating with friends: Rachel (Joss calls "Ranchel") & Sarah.

Sweets & Smiles

Thoughtful surprises from friends: an embroidery from Jenny. It filled that spot perfectly!

Another fall treat from Jenny-so precious!

A cute, crafty squirrel on a handmade tote for Trip, from my mom. He is my favorite!

Jossi's "fall bag" as she calls it, also stitched by my mom with love

Sunday naps on the couch.

The geese in the park. (this one is for the Duck Bothers-I miss yall!)

Park pics of my sweet ones...

always a good swing model.

I hope this list gave you a little glimpse into our everyday lives. That is the part we miss the most for each of you. Halloween weekend turned out to be a blast-thank goodness! I was a little worried about homesicknesses sneaking up on me. But we stayed busy & had a great time. Pics of that to come. I’d better get back to it. Mondays are packed with laundry, fresh sheets & clean bathrooms. Tuesday is a great day to drop by-in case you’re in the neighborhood!  😉

~KJ

Banana Squash Bread

Ok here it is…the yummiest banana bread I have ever made! And healthier too! My little people & even hubby didn’t even notice that it there was an unusual ingredient. It just makes it really moist. I don’t make mine with nuts, but if you are a nutty person-go for it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups ripe bananas (approx 6 large bananas)
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated yellow squash (approx 2 small or 1 large crookneck squash)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease & flour your 2 8x4x3″ loaf pans. Stir flour, salt & baking soda together. In a large bowl, mix shortening, white & brown sugars, masked bananas, eggs & squash. Add flour mixture & stir until batter is blended & no more.

hidden vegetable tool of implementation

Pour into loaf pans & bake 50-60 minutes, or until a tooth pick or butter knife comes out clean. Remove from oven & let cool for 5 minutes before turning out.

Now sit down with a large glass of milk, or coffee-pick your poison-be sure to give the kids a slice of their own, & enjoy the silence & the taste of the best veggie bread  you’ve had in ages!

Uncle Jake visits Camp Thorkildsen

Uncle Jake, who some time ago was renamed by Joss “Big Buzzard” came to visit last weekend. Joss & I baked a cake for his belated birthday. Then daddy & Joss decorated it. It was quite a sight. I know Jake loved it even more for it’s uniqueness!

We had to check out the Black Canyon again-this time we took a 2 mile hike with the kids in tow. Every one was a trooper-Jake included. He even carried Trip the 2nd half of the hike when I couldn’t last another step.

For some reason Joss insisted she carry her walking stick over her head. I’ll never understand this girl!

I know you think this is a dinosaur egg-but it is not! It is a mushroom we found in the forest. And we all knowhow fascinated I am by flora, fauna & fungi!

I put my foot next to it so you could see how big it was. Cuge! As Jossi would say (that’s a combination word for huge & cute that she uses often).

Boys will climb…

The pack mules

The man about to become a real man (Jake’s getting married in less than 2 weeks!)

For the faint of heart or those who posses weak stomachs skip this one (mom that’s you).
Trip fell asleep right at the end of the hike. He was pooped & Jake was a sweet uncle to put up with him!

Who do you love to bake with?

Jossi loves to bake. She asks me every day what we can bake today. We make birthday cakes for any one & everyone, cookies for daddy & muffins “for Trip” (we all know the truth about that one!). As much as I loathe mini-muffin tins & washing them when you don’t have any little paper cups, I love Jossi’s excitement over them even more. She definitely got a love of miniatures from me. I am obsessed with them & have been since I was little. So we started whipping up a yummy batch of muffins the other morning. She always hugs me while we are baking, grinning & tells me “momma, I love baking with you.” It’s really so precious. This time, of course since I had the video camera out, this is what she decides to say…

the cake

The finished cake
The mess
Home made vanilla strawberry buttercream icing
Dyed fondant
Marshmallow fondant

How could i forget the most important pic?! The cake!