Finding Contentment in My Kitchen

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I am enjoying finding a regular blogging groove again after the intensity of 31 Days of Simplified Grocery Shopping! I didn’t make it every single day, but I hope you still enjoyed it and learned some new tips and tricks for making the most of what can be a boring chore. I also wrote 31 Days of an Organized Homeschool at my other blog, Simply Convivial. If you homeschool, you won’t want to miss that. It was a lot of fun!

round button chicken

It has been a pretty standard week around here. Saturday is my day for getting “ahead” on food preparations. This Saturday I made 3 dozen whole-wheat rolls for lunches, 3 medium loaves and 3 baby loaves of whole-wheat oatmeal cinnamon bread for morning toast, and whole wheat cinnamon rolls for Sunday morning. I also made a birthday cake for Geneva’s first birthday and ice cream and an apple pie for a dinner party that night. The pictures are below!

When I’m really on top of it (or there’s a dire need), I also clean out the fridge on Saturday. That didn’t happen this time. But there’s always another Saturday! We can hold out hopes for that one!

Pretty Birthday Girl!

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Our youngest turned one over the weekend and we had family over after church on Sunday to celebrate. I served sausages (my husband grilled them), mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and apple slices. My mother-in-law brought grapes, which made all the children rejoice. It was an easy way to feed a lot of people quickly!

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Happy Baking Saturday

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It took about 3 hours to make the rolls, bread, and cinnamon rolls this week. The pleasant thing about a baking day is the evidence afterward of one’s productivity. Look at the piles of bread!

The children were all anticipation for the coming week when they saw the good things coming out of the oven (and the bread made sandwiches for dinner that day, too).

Funny Squasher of Squash

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We had mashed squash as a side dish one night. This is my strong-man dinner helper that night. It was just butter and salt in roasted winter squash. Everyone loved it, so it might become a fall specialty.

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Then the next day we had squash soup with the roasted squash in chicken broth. I tossed it all into the crockpot in the morning with an onion and an apple, both chopped, and then pureed it just before dinner with my immersion blender. It was fantastic.

Real Lunch

My tomato “soup” is actually just microwaved V-8. It works.

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