I had a very busy week in the kitchen. It all started Sunday. I knew I’d have kids and grandkids here on Monday for what we call “big family supper”. It just means that whoever is around comes for supper. It’s pretty much a standing invitation.
In light of that on Sunday I decided to make some food. First it was Cherrio Bars. They are a favorite with everyone. You can find the recipe HERE.
I made a batch of Brazilian Feijoada. A blog reader sent me a recipe for it. You can find it HERE. The recipe is awesome. The meat is great for any type of Mexican dish. We had it with Tacos.
This recipe is so good because one…we love it and two, it lets me use up any meat in the freezer, even the undesirable cuts like boiling beef. I often hide some meat in it that needs to get used up. This time around I had a couple of pork chops that were okay but were looking like freezer burn was going to set in.
The little boys even liked it.
Here is Eli…
Here is Emmett.
I’m happy to report that even Kalissa’s wildly fluctuating all day-morning sickness, could handle the meat.
I also tried this recipe for roast brussel sprouts
This is the recipe. It was from the Cookbook from Nashville Needlework Market. I didn’t have carrots so left them out. We liked this but next time I think we would half the amount of pepper. As is they were too spicy for the kids.
I had the neighbor’s kiddos here last week. I was doing back up childcare. Kalissa didn’t work her and Gannon came over. We had a great time. I think the kids did too. The kids played and Kalissa and I chatted. It’s been a bit since we’ve had the chance to chat.
We ended up taking that meat from the night before and made a pizze with it. I put guacamole and queso on the bottom for a sauce. I added a little salsa and then the meat. The kiddos got cheese pizza.
After it came out of the oven, we added taco pizza type toppings, lettuce, Doritos, black olives, onions… Kalissa said it was the best homemade pizza I’ve ever made.
That same day Kalissa said it had been a long time since I made homemade doughnuts. She was right…so I made doughnuts.
I love my mixer. I will forever be so grateful for a childcare family who gave me gift certificates for my birthday, Christmas and Valentines one year back in about 2002 to the local kitchen supply store. I saved the certificates, added money to it and I bought my mixer and have loved it ever since. This is by far my most used gift EVER.
I had a helper making doughnuts…even Rosie is licking her lips!!
Kalissa was the froster. Maple flavor frosting is always the favorite around here. We actually made a double batch. She took some out to the farm where Craig works.
The next day Kalissa was by again. This day…it was spaghetti with my yard sauce. Find the yard sauce recipe HERE. It was so good…and for a treat, we made pumpkin flavored Whoopi Pies. You can find that recipe HERE.
Kalissa was over again the next day. On this day it was leftover spaghetti and be made Grandma Kramer’s Coffee Cake. I don’t have the recipe for that on the blog and I forgot to take pictures.
Now you can see why the title of this post was Kithen Happenings as there has been a lot happening in the kitchen this past week. I have a new recipe I plan on trying for Maple Cookies. I’ll have to let you know how they are.