It’s been quiet here for the past few weeks, not because I haven’t been making anything, but mostly because I’ve just been preoccupied with other things that have priority.
Like sleep, or in our case, the lack of it.
We’ve had a rough few weeks, with baby popping teeth and needing extra snuggles from mommy at all hours of the day. Personally, I actually love snuggling with a warm baby at night, but with baby waking up 4+ times every night wanting to nurse again, even though it isn’t necessary from a nutritional standpoint, my brain hasn’t had the energy to come up with anything new. Call it blogger’s block.
So for the past few weeks, instead of coming up with my own ideas, I’ve been poring over other blogs and sites for things to make. It’s been a nice reprieve to just take a recipe and make something delicious, rather than having to make test batch after test batch, tweaking and adjusting until everything is right. I still feel the satisfaction of making things from scratch, my family is eating well, and we all have a little more time to just spend enjoying our time with each other. Life is still delicious.
Here are a few of my favorite things that have come out of my kitchen lately:
- Homemade Slow Cooker Yogurt by Granny Miller: This really is an incredibly easy thing to do at home. Yogurt is one of the little one’s favorite foods, so we go through it at an increasingly fast pace in our house. It does seem to save some money, though not a mind-blowing amount (unless maybe you buy milk in bulk?), but mostly I like it because my homemade yogurt tastes better (richer, creamier) than anything I can buy in the store, and also, I can make ricotta out of the leftover whey. That’s like getting free ricotta. Awesome.
- Sunday Night Stew by Pioneer Woman: Beef stew in the middle of summer? Yes, please. If this isn’t a classic recipe, I don’t know what is. I omitted the parsnips because where can you get parsnips in July? Instead, I added potatoes and peas, because potatoes and peas make everything fantastic. I’m putting this on the list of things to make and freeze for quick dinners.
- Chocolate Ice Cream via David Lebovitz: A recipe for creamy, dreamy chocolate ice cream that doesn’t have eggs. It’s so rich that neither my husband nor I could eat more than a few spoonfuls at once. But that didn’t stop us from finishing it all within a week.
- Homemade KIND Bars: I admit, I have never actually had a real KIND bar. But I made these, and boy are they fantastic. My favorite are the cherry-chocolate bars, because they’re basically packed with everything I love: dried cherries, chocolate, and coconut. Instead of the nuts she suggests, I used hazelnuts–to. die. for.
- Shrimp Scampi: Also a classic. I made this for my husband’s birthday a few weeks ago and we both loved it. Everything I made that night was simple: foil-baked salmon, cacio e pepe, roasted potatoes and cauliflower, and a salad with unfiltered apple cider vinegar, feta, and toasted almonds, and a birthday ice cream cake. It was one of the best homemade meals we had since before baby was born. Birthday dinners at home forever and ever.