My friend Tara has recently started a food blog: In the kitch with T Mitch where she is sharing some delicious recipes and it has inspired me to work on this project again. I have the photos I have just been lazy about editing the recipes, but I'm determined. Not that you care what we eat, but it's a fun project to document and the girls use the recipes I have posted nearly weekly. I am committed girls, our family cookbook is moving up on my priority list. (Thanks for the inspiration Tara)
Each year my darling mother in law makes gingerbread people and has the grandchildren come and decorate them. It's a tradition that has been happening since John was a little boy and the children look forward to it every year.
His cookies were notorious for having some gruesome looking cookies: blood, horror, and mayhem.
As you can see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Rock's first cookies involved some horrible story about how the leg and arms were ripped off the little guy and then the big person is eating another little guy. It's morbid at times.
Fred is really happy to have her picture being taken. I don't think I have one of her not giving me a frustrated face. Love this age.
See what I mean? Sorry sweetie, but this was too priceless.
The first decorated cookie is always eaten with as much icing as possible. See not only is this cookie recipe amazing, but the icing is spoonful worthy and I don't like icing so this is high praise from me.
It made me laugh to find all of the girls enjoying the last of the icing.
Pulling ourselves together and finally updating our recipe blog. I have the pictures it's just getting the recipes down. It helps that Whitney has been asking for some recipes so I'm more motivated to organize and post. So here it is another edition of "what we ate" carb edition:
Since Munch has been home from Italy, our home has been filled with delicious aromas and wonderful food. We have frequented our local Italian market more than my budget would like, but the end result is divine.
Munch took a cooking class while she was studying in Sienna over the summer, and we have enjoyed the fruits of her knowledge. It will be fun to see what she learns on her second time in the country. John is a great Italian cook. He learned quite a bit from the darling Sicilian women in his different areas.
While Munch and the other girls made the pici Loaf found this...
I was photographing this beautiful assortment of amazing meats, but all Loaf could focus on was the peperoni which we bought at the local supermarket as we didn't know what the younger children would think of the new delights.
Loaf was happy with everything on the tray. She adored the olives! All the children enjoyed the meats, baguettes, and amazing olive oil. We were so full from the anti-pasta that we didn't have room for the the pici, but after a few taste bites we saved the rest for another day.
Our quality control guy. He loves to help taste test. We have all decided that someday we might have to get real Italian food in Italy. Wouldn't that be lovely?
Finally another edition of what we ate, not that anyone cares except my girls when they are trying to make dinner and can't find the recipes on the food blog. I love having such great cooks in the house.
We are having a quiet day, John is home from his business trip and I feel like I can relax (as much as you can with our wild crew) because all the day to day details are not all on me. I know if something tragic were to happen he could be here in a flash. I don't have to go around and check on each of the children 10 times in the middle of the night to make sure they are still breathing. The house makes different sounds while he is gone.
I realize it's all a bit absurd, especially once you know that he is deaf in one ear and so at night when he is sleeping on his good ear things could fall apart and he might possibly sleep through it. However I always know he is there and I can wake him up.
Back to the quiet day. All the children are gone at school so Loaf and I are hanging out.
She loves to play with her horses and if the real horses outside are running up and down the field she is mesmerized looking out the window.
I did a little bit of studying. I treasure my time to learn and contemplate. Loaf likes to try and help me color and make my scriptures extra pretty.
We ran outside in our bare feet to get the mail. I love her little footprints.
The smell of banana bread still fills the air. I love quiet days. Days when I can catch up on a few loads of laundry and there are no pressing engagements. I need quiet days every once in a while.
One of our favorite "features", finally getting around to adding more recipes. Please note that I am not a gourmet chef. I am all about simplicity when it comes to my crew. Also I'm not really very good about plating our food to photograph, it is a seperate art form I'm just not really ready to tackle.
Another edition of what we ate, it's fun to start cooking again. It has been a long time, not since we've cooked, just since I have worked on this project. I'm slowing adding the recipes from past posts. As always the photos link to the recipes on our food blog: Simple Food.
2. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay: This book was recommended by some aunts and it did not disappoint. It was lovely, thought provoking, and heart wrenching. Can't wait to discuss this at book group tonight.
3. Kari's Pico de Gallo: I don't really like salsa (or cilantro), I know: What kind of Mexican am I? My grandfather has asked me many times. I'm just don't like really spicy things or rather they don't like me. But I loved Kari's (my neighbor) fresh salsa and found myself eating it straight from the jar. It's a basic pico de gallo recipe and it's delicious. (Click on the photo for the recipe)
4. Tank's new glasses. It took him a long time to decide which pair he liked best. He knew what he wanted and I just had to stay out of the way until he settled on this pair. He likes to wear them a little lower on his nose like me. He sure is darling, even if he won't smile.