The kitchen is the heartbeat of our home. There is always something going on here. Always a gathering of bodies. Here are some of the things we've been up to during the week...
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:: Fried potatoes and eggs... so simple and yummy I wish I'd thought of it! Alongside is a pan of roasted veggies. I have to have beets at least once during the week, it seems. What a weird craving to have. Maybe not so much of a craving. It's just that beets and I have a whole lot of catching up to do - like 3 decades.
:: Steamed string beans with beef chunks. A favourite around here. (That pot was not enough for us!)
:: Oatmeal banana cookies. A nice way to use up the overripe bananas that needed to be eaten. And a healthy treat to pack for school during the week.
:: Zucchini boat pizzas. If you've never made them, you don't know what you're missing. SO good. I didn't expect them to be that good. It's really like eating a pizza - you don't miss the crust at all. Hurray for culinary discoveries! Alongside is a huge shepherd's pie. I figure that should be enough for a day or two this weekend. We are usually out and about on the weekends, so it's nice to come home and have dinner (or lunch) ready and only needing to be heated up.
:: Apple custard pie. I had to try this. I've had it with pears before, but this is my first go with apples. It's funny how pie baking seems to be becoming a weekend tradition this fall. Mostly everyone I've been running into is enjoying apple pies too. Personally, I'm looking forward to donuts! (The apple cider variety... sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.)
I had to share these last two photos of J. She is changing so much! I love watching her little personality spring forth. She is independent, mischievous and kind. She loves to read, loves to play with S, loves to run. When D plops her in the swimming pool, her little legs never stop. She is so eager to accomplish whatever M does. Most days, she is my helper - a very conscientious helper. She loves getting out her own little rolling pin and playing with dough. In fact, she asked me so mournfully on Friday to make some zaatar (I didn't have dough on hand), that I was guilted into making salt dough ornaments. A perfect way to spend a rainy morning. Now we have some of our Christmas preparations underway in October! At the very least, I had a happy 3 year old