So I have been MIA for a while now. I have barely cooked or baked anything decent in over 9 months! BUT my family did welcome a new addition to the family in July. Our sweet Miss Lydia has joined the family.
It has been a crazy summer break but I am looking forward to getting back to a schedule, getting back in shape, and cooking! This time around I will be focusing on cooking healthy and clean eating. Well, I will try to do that anyway. I hear Chrissy Teigen’s new cookbook is coming out next month and if it is anything like Cravings, it will make this resolution very difficult. But here’s hoping!
Since it has been summertime, we have hardly cooked at all. It has been so hot and humid here in Colorado that we basically have been surviving off popsicles.
We went on an overnight camping trip and made Chrissy Teigen’s chili, why do I always make chili why we are camping? (the answer is; growing up we always had hot cha cha AKA a Frito pie bar so I just have to make it every single time we go camping) Of course, we had to make s’mores because a camping trip isn’t complete without them!
These past couple weeks, I have only made a handful of dinners but I have been sticking with Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings, We made her meatloaf, – which is the BEST meatloaf you could eat- with a side of mashed sweet potatoes. I also made prosciutto wrapped chicken. If you haven’t tried Cravings recipe for prosciutto wrapped chicken, DO IT! It is so good, just do not, under any circumstance, tell your kids -or husband- it has goat cheese in it.
As a fun activity with the girls, we made homemade jam. It was seriously so easy and tasty that I may never buy jam again.
To make it all you need is:
-1 cup sliced strawberries
-3 Tbsp cold water
-2 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp sugar
Layla put the strawberries in a saucepan and mashed them with a fork. Lucy, using a small bowl, mixed the cold water and cornstarch, I added the sugar after. We combined them into the saucepan and heated until it started to boil, turned down the heat and cooked for 5 minutes. We had to stir constantly, which for the girls was the hardest part. We put the jam in a fancy bowl and let it chill.
The result was delicious. Lucy had hers with cream cheese, while Layla and I had it with peanut butter.
It is no secret that I L.O.V.E. summer. Yes, I know it gets hot but I grew up in Riverside okay! I would much rather be all hot and sweaty than freezing my backside off. To each their own. Summer to me means VACATION and I love me some vacation. The girls have been on summer vacation since Memorial Day and I have been trying to keep these kids entertained, healthy, and happy.
On Monday, Lucy asked if we could do a daily activity based on the alphabet (I think it’s because she wants to make sure we go to the zoo this summer). So today was ‘C’ and we did Creepy-Crawly Day. The girls dug outside for worms and then we decided to make a Creepy-Crawly pie.
A graham cracker pie crust, Jell-O chocolate pudding mix, crushed Oreos, and a bag of gummy worms later we had our pie! To be honest I could not eat the gummy worms once they were in the pie, it grossed me out too much. Let me tell you – they don’t look like gummy worms when they are covered in pudding and the dirt oreo!
The girls had so much fun making and eating this simple dessert. I love making memories that last a life time, even the simple ones.