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Getting Re-aquainted With My Kitchen 
Jan. 27, 2013 2:42 pm 
Updated: Feb. 10, 2013 11:50 am
Some people may think it a little strange, if not out-right nuts - but today was a great day; and I spent it in the kitchen.  I hadn't really planned to spend all day in my kitchen, it just turned out that way - and I am sooooo glad it did!  

Last night as we sat in front of a roaring fire with a glass of wine, conversation moved toward what was on the schedule for Sunday.  Lately we've been pretty busy on Sunday and hadn't really spent much time at home.  Jon said he wanted to sleep in then have a nice, big breakfast and if it was warm enough he was going to go outside and work on our house some more.  I said I planned to read and maybe clean the bathroom. After I enjoyed my peaceful cup of coffee in the livingroom, in the dark with just my dog, Suzy and a cat curled on my lap I headed to the kitchen to start that big breakfast.  I made pancakes using half buttermilk for the milk and I threw in a good-sized handful of blueberries that we picked off of our bushes this summer.  They were fantastic - of course they were smothered in homemade maple syrup from our friend's sugar bush.  To go with them we had applewood bacon and Jon had 2 eggs, over easy. 

Then I cleaned up that mess and I did clean my bathroom.  But then I sat down to see what was happening in Facebook World.  I found out that today was National Chocolate Cake Day!  I couldn't ignore that day - not me! I'm a bonafide chocoholic!  So.... I decided to make a chocolate mayonnaise cake - my mom's recipe that I've had in my recipe box since I got married and I haven't made it in a few years.  Back to the kitchen I headed and I whipped up that cake, I made some awesome Hershey's Chocolate Frosting.  I can't wait for dessert time!

I was planning to make lasagna for dinner.  I found a recipe in one of my trusty old cookbooks that looked pretty easy - the sauce was simply a pound of ground beef browned with onion and garlic and then throw in a can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and some Italian seasonings.  We're going to have a tossed salad to go with the lasagna and I wanted to make some sort of rolls.  I went through my recipe box I have on this site and found a roll recipe I hadn't made in a while:  GarlicAndParmesanDinnerRolls. I remembered we liked them so I got busy making a batch of these rolls.

Jon got to work outside as it was warm enough.  He finished one side of our house.  Yippee!  It looks great and it is so nice to be able to have something wonderful come from what could have been a far worse disaster!  I do miss seeing that grand old oak tree at the top of our hill, though.    Jon came in around lunch time looking for something warm and filling.  Luckily I had leftovers from the Italian Vegetable Soup I had made yesterday.  We each sampled one of those rolls which were hot from the oven.  They went great with a steaming bowl of soup!

After cleaning up from lunch I got to work on the lasagna.  It is four layers of awesome-ness. Lots of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese just waiting to go in the oven!

I feel like this weekend was a definite success! I managed to spend some time in my kitchen cooking and baking; something I have vowed to spend more time doing this year.   Tomorrow evening we're off to our daughter's house for dinner so Jon can install her new motor in her washing machine. Then on Tuesday we always eat at the restaurant since we go there to do book-work.  I'm not sure when I'll spend any time in my kitchen next - so until then I'm content with having had a whole day just me and my kitchen!
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Jan. 27, 2013 4:28 pm
Hello Mother Ann,your blog is very interesting,nice to have days like that isn't it?Very happy you had yours,and your meals sound wonderful.Glad your house is coming along also,have a great day.
Jan. 27, 2013 4:38 pm
Hi manella! Thank you, yes, it is so nice to have a day once in a while with nothing to do but cook and bake!
Jan. 28, 2013 2:15 pm
Pass me a piece of the chocolate cake please! I like being in the kitchen too. As long as it isn't nice outside. Like it is today. 72 degrees completely wonky weather for us.
Jan. 28, 2013 5:23 pm
Cat - we took the cake over to my daughter and SIL's house tonight - there are only 2 pieces left so I'll pass them on! ;) We're supposed to have 60+ temperatures tomorrow, totally not normal for us in January!
Feb. 10, 2013 11:50 am
I love to read your blogs. Glad you got to spend the day in the kitchen. Something about cooking up a storm makes me to feel like something was accomplished.
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About Me
I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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