I love my kitchen and spend a lot of time here. As a stay at home mom with the kitchen to turn to whenever the mood strikes (and even when it doesn’t), I now have almost 20 years of cooking and baking experience, and there is always something new to learn. My goal this week is to try making an angel food cake for the first time.
They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Life-giving nourishment is lovingly prepared and served here, and around the kitchen table so much family history is made; games to play with loud laughter, puzzles to quietly work on, food to eat, books to read, prayers to pray.
It’s fun to have fresh baked treats to offer when the children come home from school, and the baking urge usually hits me at around 1:30.
On this day, Davy came home from school and said, “Oh good! You made enough to last a whole day!” And then promptly took half a dozen. I had a lot of fun placing the m n m’s on each cookie, just so.
Homemade bread, which used to be so very common, is now a special treat. I love my new pullman bread pan, which makes a perfectly lovely square loaf. I recently made fresh apple bread, with sweet vanilla scented dough. Recipes from Sarabeth’s Bakery lovely cookbook.
Yesterday I made a copycat recipe for Nabisco Nutter Butter cookies.
I tried a new banana muffin, with crumb topping. Hannah passed the recipe along to me, and recommended adding a teaspoon of vanilla, which I did. They were delicious.
I made my husband’s favorite muffin this morning for breakfast; blueberry.
Of course, we don’t always eat baked goods and each afternoon I consider the question we all ponder daily, “What’s for dinner?” Usually by the time I get it on the table, there isn’t a thought in my head to take a picture. I think my favorite new recipe that I tried was Alton Brown’s recipe for Swedish meatballs. Yum!
I make Sarah do the dishes. It takes her all day.
This spring, I’m getting an updated kitchen! We are replacing the cupboards and adding another dishwasher and a double oven. I took a picture of the email we got, with the draw-up.
We are taking out the long counter and putting in a huge island, with bar stools. At the end of the island will be a bookcase for all my cookbooks. The new cupboards will go to the ceiling, and I requested some open shelving so that I can display my fiestaware collection.
At the same time as the remodel, we will also be putting on an addition off the kitchen, with a new space to put the table, and also a big pantry.
It’s going to be a lot of chaos for a while this spring, but it will be worth it.
“You will be surprised how much adventure can enter into ordinary things.” Laura Ingalls Wilder