Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rock On

Have you ever had one of those days that make you feel like a domestic rock star? I feel like those days are gifts thrown our way to remind us that we totally have a handle on things. Yesterday was a rock star day for me. Sweets and I did our grocery shopping early (ahh, the bliss that is the supermarket on a weekday morning) and spent our day in the kitchen dealing with the aftermath of my overzealous trip to the farmer's market last weekend. I was amazed how long Sweets was content to be my little helper, standing next to me on a kitchen chair, dumping things in bowls, stirring, and splashing in the sink. We had a great time! Behold, the fruits (quite literally) of our labor:

We love us some apple butter in the fall, and when I came home from the market with like 10 pounds of incredibly ripe peaches, I thought this would be the perfect use for them! It.Is.Incredible.

I've been hearing alot about kale as a superfood, and specifically that you can make chips out of it. Weird? Sure. But Sweets has a serious love of salty, not-so-good-for-you snacks, so I wondered if I could trick him into eating a leafy green. He didn't scarf them down by the bowlful, but he did try them and that's a victory in my book!

For some reason, our zucchini plants are struggling this year. That doesn't thrill me, but at least they're only 50 cents each at the farmer's market! We always have a few overripe bananas hanging around, and the combination of them together in these muffins is tasty and nutritious!

In the midst of all that baking, I managed to get this delicious meal marinated, grilled, and on the table...

...and this one into the crockpot for dinner tonight. It was rainy and cool, and we got home late from Sweets' 2 year well visit, so it was fabulous to walk in the door to a house smelling like comfort food!

And last but certainly not least, the remainder of those peaches went into a mouth-watering crisp that was pure perfection! This recipe truly was everything you could ask for in a fruit crisp - simple, sweet, crunchy and perfect with vanilla ice cream. We can't keep our spoons out of it!

I am loving playing part-time stay-at-home mom this summer! I've been working about 3 days a week getting ready for school to open in September, and it's truly been the perfect balance for me. And I have to say, I attribute most of that to this:

Not Sweets per se (although he is a dreamboat to parent), but do you see how many kiddos are in this photo? One. I've become quite obsessed with having one child lately. Life has just gotten so easy compared to the days of infancy, and he's so perfect, our little buddy, our sidekick, our great sleeper! I can't imagine rocking the boat, nor do I have any desire to!

1 comment:

  1. I bow down to you, Domestic Goddess! I've been trying to get all of our canning done, but it's been so gosh darn hot here that I have a couple of hours in the morning of cooking time. After that it's all, "close up the house and don't turn any lights or appliances on" to keep the house at a cool 80 degrees. Ack!