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in my kitchen

I’m in the kitchen a lot.  Probably because I cook a lot.  We are not a family that eats out-I think the last time  we ate out was Mother’s Day lunch.  Meals at home just taste better and we know exactly what we’re eating that way and it is definitely cheaper.

I like being in my kitchen.  That wasn’t always the case.  The cabinets were originally gross discolored knotty pine.  I painted them white when I was 8 months pregnant and Randy was out of town.  My nesting instinct extended beyond just the nursery!  There was also lattice wallpaper with strawberries all over it.  Pretty.(that was typed in a sarcastic tone)

There was a boring light fixture, so I replaced it with this vintage italian tole chandelier that I got while working at an antique store.

I love this little recipe box.  I think it was 1.99 at Goodwill.  I keep handwritten recipes that Randy’s mom gave me one year for Christmas in there.  Randy already had the yellow crock that we use for our utensils-his mom gave it to him,too.

That clock really cracks me up every time I look at it.  It’s an old guy selling flowers off a flower cart-so funny!  It was a $2 junk store find and it works! You can see how I made my personalized spice rack here.

One of many vintage pyrex mixing bowls that I have.  This one reminds me of the Partridge family-remember the opening of that show?  The little nesting partridges pop out and line up on the screen.  I guess I’m giving away my age now!!  But, at least I don’t have a crush on David Cassidy anymore!

My kitchen does have another side to it- the sink, fridge, microwave-there must have been dirty dishes in the sink the day I took these pics!!  Just keepin’ it real!! So go on and get happy!!  Have a great Thursday!  -amy

we grew all these veggies, now what?

When people find out that we have a garden, usually the next question is, “how do you cook ________(insert name of  any garden vegetable here)?”.  It can be a little overwhelming at first but, can be fun too!  If you think of cooking as another creative outlet instead of a chore, it becomes fun!  Especially if the outcome tastes really good!!   And  with the help of the internet and Rachael Ray this isn’t too hard!

On a side note, I got a little obsessed with Rachael Ray last year after having Ollie.  I had two of her cookbooks at the time (it was before we got internet-crazy, I know).  The Express Lane Meals and Just In Time cookbooks.  I cooked about thirty different recipes from these two books.  All good.  Sometimes I look at a recipe and think, this is not going to be good-the combination is too strange!  But, they always end up being really good!! And the flavors are awesome-seriously, the woman knows what she’s doing!!

Back to vegetables and recipes…I just made these eggplant rollups last night and they were delicious and super easy!  Even Ollie liked the eggplant!!  And it’s budget friendly, too!!

I made this pasta using some fresh cabbage that a neighbor gave us-very strange combo of potatoes, cabbage, and pasta-but, oh my goodness! So yummy!  This would also be great in the winter-can you say, comfort food!

"Cabbage and Hay" Spaghetti

If you have fresh basil or fresh peas, this peasto recipe is something I make at least once a week! It uses whole wheat pasta which adds to the nutty flavor!!  It’s wonderful and Randy really loves it!

Spring Pea-sto with Whole Wheat Penne

So, there you have it, 3 great recipes that use your fresh veggies from your garden! Now, go have fun and cook something yummy!!  Your stomach and your family will thank you for it!-amy

*third and fourth photos courtesy of Rachael Ray.com

fun on the fourth

We had a great 4th of July!  But, before any parties were attended I had some projects to finish.

I made these cupcakes for our cookout with Will and Kathleen.  Yes, I did take some liberties with the holiday colors!  I like turquoise and pink for the fourth!!  Randy said if I was President that would be my first act-change the nation’s colors to turquoise and pink!  And then redecorate the White House!

I also wanted to finish up these shorts for Ollie.  It’s kind of hard to tell but, there is a small paisley print in white on the chambray fabric.

I still need to add some cute buttons to the pockets.  Funny story, after we took these pictures I was putting Ollie in his swing and noticed he busted the seam on his shorts-his whole diaper was hanging out!  It was kind of funny!  So, we went back in and I sewed them again-this time with a smaller stitch, hopefully it will hold up to this wild man!!

After Will and Kathleen’s, we went over to  Ashley’s,  Randy’s sister.  There’s Ollie having a snack with his sweet cousin, Abby.

His other cousin, James cooling off with a drink while Randy tries to give Ollie some yummy potato salad.

Ollie with his color coordinated sippy cup!  That was just a coincidence-I’m not that kind of Mom!

It was a fun day and we were all exhausted when we got home around 10:30!!
Yeah, we are party animals!! Hope you had a good fourth as well! -amy

Photobucket NightOwlCrafting

eggs coming out of our ears

We have chickens. They are crazy ladies that lay an enormous amount of eggs.  We are thankful for that! But, sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to consume 4-6 dozen eggs at a time! This is what Randy brought home the other night from the farm.

Wow!! That’s a lot of eggs!! And we already had 3 dozen in the fridge! Funny little side story…Randy came in with that basket, which I had never seen before.  I said, “honey, where’d you get that cute basket?”  He said, “oh, it was in the garbage pile at the job site and I took it to the farm and washed it with some bleach water and now it’s my egg basket!”  Ok, maybe you have to know Randy to think this is funny but, only Randy would save a little basket from the garbage pile, then take the time to wash it with bleach to use for collecting his eggs!!  It cracked me up! What other man would do that?

Anyway, needless to say, we’ve been eating a lot of eggs! Boiled eggs on salad, egg salad, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, quiche(we had that last night-YUM!).  I’m running out of ideas.  Do you have any suggestions for other egg recipes?  Leave me a comment, c’mon help a girl out…6 dozen eggs, people!! -amy


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