I have cooked dinner for three straight nights and am feeling pretty accomplished. It has been a rough couple of months for the kitchen and finally feeling like she and I are syncing back up.
No one ever tells you when you are nestling a freshly popped newborn that they turn into these older kids. All the sage advice and anecdotes are about when their kids were wee just like the one that fits perfectly in that little space in your arm. Well… they do get bigger (stop fitting in your lap for sure) and as we have learned over the years, they become more themself with every year that […]
We have a whole load of special to account for this week – the 11yo heads off on her first school trip of the year and we’ll be celebrating her 12th birthday as soon as she gets back. We (the adults) are going to take advantage of the few nights to by treating ourselves to some well-deserved, nice dinners out and about. Hope everyone has a great first week back at school!
For lots, today is the last day of summer break. Hope you all have a blast with your kiddos (big and small) and that you’ve had a great summer.
I have cooked nothing. We did manage to eat all of the following – cheesy pasta, cheesy bread, donuts, and pizza. Tomorrow’s vegetables already taste good.
A drawer for all my lunch-packing essentials is a real sanity saver once the school year kicks in. If you don’t have an entire drawer to spare, try finding a spot for a small basket or container that will corral everything and make yourself a little lunch-packing zone. I am a strong believer in having your insides match your outsides and this philosophy definitely carries over into my kitchen. Clearing out and re-prioritizing this space is one […]
Switching to shelf-stable pickles ’til we eat our way through all the fermented stashes in the fridge.
The 11yo starts middle school on Friday, so we are officially in reset mode. That means practicing portion control for packed lunches, getting up and being dressed (and fed) by 8am, and having a dinner plan in place for *most* nights. This is no small task if you take into consideration how slammed we have been with work and how much I have relied on eating out the past couple of weeks. Today was a […]
I see pix of tomatoes and berries in far away (mythical) places, but in Central Texas we are deep in the okra, pepper, and eggplant groove. This week’s CSA stash consisted of okra, zucchini, eggplant, lots of carrots, cucumbers, beets, radishes (my favorites!), basil, potatoes, jalapeños, and cantaloupes! Good batch of veg to kick off our back to school reset.
We don’t have long supply lists at the beginning of the school year, so lunch boxes and lunch packing paraphernalia is where I get my back-to-school urges satiated these days. I’ll pick up a couple of sauce containers here and there or try a snack-size container in hopes of finding a new dependable gem, but it is the stuff below that has held strong in our lunch-packing drawer for years now. We’ve had some of these containers since the […]