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Sep. 15, 2010 11:50 am 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2010 1:50 pm
I thought I would start to blog what we are eating as a family and what recipes we're trying.  We are a family of 7, so cooking and baking is a big part of day-to-day life.  We have our main meal at lunch time, or early afternoon, so I could clean it up and digest it before the evening.  Today on the menu...
Homemade Hummas which was a combination of the curried hummus recipe and Holly's hummus recipe http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Hollys-Hummus/Detail.aspx<
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Curried-Hummus/Detail.aspx<
Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Wheat-Crackers/Detail.aspx<  which were topped with Kosher salt instead of table salt.

Then we had Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (which I change every time I make, but I did send it in to be published and there hasn't been a response yet, despite the 6 month wait!) http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62368126/Delicious-Spaghetti-Sauce/Detail.aspx<
with Ravioli
topped with Monterey Jack spiced cheese

For dessert ...well I've been working my way through some of Martha Stewarts recipe books and I've made cookies called pfeffernussen cookies, they are spice cookies rolled in icing sugar (delicious!) http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pfeffernusse-Cookies/Detail.aspx<  similar to these, but not quite the same recipe
or we have homemade chocolate chip/nut cookies the boys made with grandma
or blueberry cupcakes in martha Stewart's cupcake book, but I halved the flour and put in half whole wheat so it's more of a muffin,
or banana cupcakes, where again I halved the flour and put in half whole wheat and again it's more of a muffin and also put in a bunch of chocolate chips
ah yes, we also have one coconut cupcake left with seven minute frosting.

What is happening in all of your homes at this time?  We've been baking and starting to cook soup again, we have
split pea soup with ham  in the fridge
and a homemade soup mix with beef ( lots of beans and lentils)

Of course this is all homemade.  I think if this keeps going I'll start getting pictures taken of what we have and all the creations we make.

Over the past 5 years I have found the baking and cooking I do is much better than you can find in any of the resaurants around here, I always feel so discouraged when I go out now and a little upset that I spend all that money on a meal I could have made better at home! 

In recent news around home, I've decided to stay home and be a full-time stay at home mom!  Big news, it is many thousands of dollars less a month, but I think it will all work out in the end.  Hubby just got a pay raise and is working in a new area, so it will be interesting to see how it all works out.

I think this will mean more baking and cooking around the house, I find whatever I make, if some don't like it others will and it all gets eaten up quicker than I could often keep up!  I usually make large batches of whatever I bake at least 3 dozen or 3 cups of flour if it's cookies or it's gone in one sitting (usually 10 minutes) after hours of work...and I also bake in batches of three, so 2 cookies and a cake, all at once.   I've found I'll do all the dry at once (flour, salt, etc.) then begin mixing, usually the blandest mixing first, (shortbread) to the spicy recipes.  I also have a sink full of hot water to wash the dishes as I use them or I find there are mountains of dishes all around me when I'm done and I'm usually to tired to get to them after all that baking!  Especially if your doing a lot of cookies and they only take 8-10 minutes, it's a lot of multitasking.

Enough about me...am I the only one like this?!  I have a feeling I'm not alone...let me know, and I'll just continue to blog!
 
Comments
Sep. 15, 2010 1:26 pm
Nope! You are not alone. Most all of our food,we are only 3, is made from the basics-no heat & serve. I confess to hiding 8 cookies out of my batches so I will at least have 1 or 2 for a week. I would love to hear about your crackers. I've made my own graham cracker and that came out well after a few attempts(you can see the recipe on the blog I posted Wes. if you have a minute). I tried making herbed ones this summer for a garden party and they weren't bad but any tips would be appreciated. There seems to be a fine line between pretty good and not with homemade crackers. What's happening here today-homemade zucchini/potato/carrot/rice soup and canning enchilada sauce out of the garden.
 
Sep. 15, 2010 1:49 pm
We were a family of seven, five kids. I know exactly how you cook as I used to do that quite often. I still find it hard to cut back and my husband and I usually eat leftovers for days and days, which in some cases is still better than eating out. I love to cook so this is hard for me to cut back on my cooking. I try many more new recipes now that it is just my husband and me and have discovered many new things. The hard part about baking cookies with a large family would be all the dishes. That was the one thing I hated. When my daughters got older they baked the cookies and cleaned up afterward so that helped. Now I will back about 2 doz. cookies and that is plenty for both of us and only use a couple pans. Enjoy being home with your family. Not everyone can enjoy that luxury.
 
Sep. 15, 2010 1:50 pm
We were a family of seven, five kids. I know exactly how you cook as I used to do that quite often. I still find it hard to cut back and my husband and I usually eat leftovers for days and days, which in some cases is still better than eating out. I love to cook so this is hard for me to cut back on my cooking. I try many more new recipes now that it is just my husband and me and have discovered many new things. The hard part about baking cookies with a large family would be all the dishes. That was the one thing I hated. When my daughters got older they baked the cookies and cleaned up afterward so that helped. Now I will bake about 2 doz. cookies and that is plenty for both of us and only use a couple pans. Enjoy being home with your family. Not everyone can enjoy that luxury.
 
Sep. 15, 2010 2:49 pm
Your enchilada sauce sounds great Cat Hill, I would love to get the recipe. Everyone around here is making salsa right now, but I find I still have a case or two left, so I just froze the tomatoes after chopping them up this year. It was the least effort with the most beneficial for my family at this time. The other years I made a tomatoe sauce, but I wasn't to fond of it and had to eat it for 6 months. It's hard to find a recipe you love! As for the crackers, they were good with the hummus, but I too would like to find one with herbs or spices. I have an Ina Garten or Barefoot Contessa cook book with herbed cheese crackers I should make. Everything I make from here recipe books are good. Your soup also sounds great. I love making different soups, it seems like the variety is endless, like you can put pretty much anything into them if you follow the right steps, it can be healthy and a delicious way to eat!
 
Sep. 15, 2010 2:54 pm
My parents seem to be in the same boat as you are are Golden, my mom often freezes her baking and when the children go over she pulls it out, it's quick and easy and seems to mean less stress when they come over with the grandchildren or come over unexpectedly. I do love being home, we live in Canada and have a 65 week maternity leave which I was on, but I just decided to stay home permanently and it feels like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders. What kinds of things are you discovering with your cooking at this time?
 
Mrs. C 
Sep. 15, 2010 7:35 pm
We had six in the house and I tried to cook what everyone would eat, but work and school schedules really complicated things. Now we are three, and I always have leftovers! Still, I like baking and stewing and chopping and using fresh ingredients. Homemade can not only be a healthier tatier way to eat, but much more fun, right?
 
Sep. 16, 2010 7:39 am
I agree Mrs. C, it is hectic and busy, but really worth it in the end, knowing you're not eating processed food and eating healthy makes all the differnce. It tastes so much better to!
 
Sep. 16, 2010 1:22 pm
Dear bountiful-life - thanks for asking. I am more adventurous with my cooking. I use many more herbs and spices. I think the quality of food is better now, not that I didn't try with a large family, but sometimes we had to extend soups, stews, casseroles to last for a couple days. I still make a lot of soup, different kinds, but with children I stuck to chicken noodle or vegetable, beef and of course chili. I still like to cook soups and will freeze some of them. Don't bake as much bread or cinnamon rolls as I used to. I will experiment with pork and beef now, but try to keep it fairly simple. We don't use as much ground beef as in the past, more fish now too. My children used to live closer to me and I would give them half a pan of food or desserts if I made them but now they have moved far enough away so I don't cook with them in mind. I guess that was half the fun of cooking, knowing I could give it to an appreciative mom or dad who worked hard all day and looked forward to a home cooked meal with dessert. I got such satisfaction from doing that. Now I will have friends over for a dinner party, play games and try a new dessert. I enjoy that too. Enjoy your new found freedom of being home. Your family is important and they need you there. Happy cooking/baking.
 
Sep. 16, 2010 1:26 pm
By the way, I love Ina Garten too. She really has class and knows how to cook.
 
Sep. 16, 2010 1:50 pm
Finally made it back! The sauce well, do you garden? I grew the supposedly perfect(I'd have to go look at the name) peppers to make the enchilada sauce. I don't have a recipe. I smoked the peppers then peeled them then pureed them and added vinegar to taste. We will see what I end up with! :) I did Ina's blue cheese crackers, that's what started me. Then I decided to try my own graham crackers to control the trans fat. I gave an herb class this summer(master gardener that specializes in herbs)and I'm always trying to find recipes showcasing herbs to try and wow anyone that comes to the class. Win them over to the herbal side so to speak. They were OK but they need some work. Now to see your other blog!
 
 
 
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