April 14, 2011

Food and Stuff (original, I know)

We've been doing a little bit of experimental cooking around here. Nothing crazy, just recipes that we hadn't tried before. The favorite was this Fruit Pizza which I found on one of my favorite blogs, Fly through our Window. The girls didn't really like the name, they thought I was making actual pizza with fruit when I told them it was part of dinner BUT they let it go once they tried it. It's delish! I also had TONS of plans for what I was going to make with all of those juicy oranges that we had. I zested them and juiced them with that pitiful little wooden handheld piece of crap in the picture (I bought something more suitable the very next day). Then we ended up just drinking the juice! We couldn't help it, one sip and we were hooked. So orange creamsicle jelly will just have to wait until next time : (
Lastly, I made Nigella Lawson's Toad in the Hole from her new cookbook. I'd heard of this dish but never really knew what it was. When I was reading through her new book, Nigella Kitchen, and realized that I had all of the ingredients I had to make it. I am so glad that I did, it's really tasty! I can't believe how easy this is to make also. It's basically sausage made into patties (or cut up I suppose is more traditional) fried for a minute or two in a bit of oil and then topped with a popover batter and tossed in the oven. I thought it was pretty funny how looking at the finished product tells you how this dish got its name.
I also tried out a co-op that is available locally. I got all of this produce for $15 which is kind of a steal. The only drawback is that I had to be there at 7AM on a Saturday and was therefore sneaking out of the house trying not to wake anyone up at 6:45 on our only sleep-in day. I'm not sure yet if I'll do it again as not all of the produce has been great. The one thing I do like is that everything is locally grown, we'll just have to see if I actually use everything.
This camera shy girl is turning 12 in three days!! Yes, I said 12!! Where has all of the time gone?
We've also been enjoying as much time outside as we can get. It's still beautiful here for hopefully another month or two so we'll just keep at it until we can no longer take the heat.
Gelsey taught Frank how to hopscotch, pretty hilarious if you ask me!!

Sorry for the brain dump, it's been a little while since I've been on here I'd built up a backlog of stuff. Next time I'll give updates on the garden : ) Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber

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