In My Kitchen ~ March 2014

Gosh, it’s March already. I’ve missed posting IMK so long now that I am sharing items from Christmas … which now seems like forever ago. Not really, just some seasons of life can feel like they last longer than usual and it’s the less pleasant seasons that seem so. As I’ve been dealing with a health issue since last fall, time has stood still and slipped by simultaneously. It’s a mystery how that happens, but I’ll share more about that in my next post.

In my kitchen …

is the window that serves as my weather forecast. Sunshine, clouds rolling in, or glistening snow, each day brings a new picture to the world outside. Though it isn’t snowing today as I write this, it has been a common scene and the beauty of the snow against the blue morning sky is really something to behold. As eager as I am for spring, I’ll savor it just a little longer.

March 2014 IMK - window (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is a new cookbook that is as much fun to read as it is to browse the recipes. I love the heart they have for gathering friends around the table and their practical encouragement for the next generation to do so.

March 2014 IMK - Kinfolk Cookbook (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is a small bouquet of spring flowers from a friend … just because. She’s like that. A friend that just knows when you need a spray of spring to remind you of renewed, flourishing, abundant life. I love the lesson of spring ~ beauty and hope just beneath the hard crust of winter.

March 2014 IMK - spring flowers (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is a new marble rolling pin from my mom. It arrived just in time for Christmas baking and honestly it took some getting used to as it did not require bearing down when rolling out dough. It sits on my counter—not because I bake that often—because it’s like having my mom right there with me. (As you can see, Silas is always there with me.)

March 2014 IMK - marble rolling pin (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is a Blackberry Jalapeno Compote I picked up at Venice Olive Oil Co the other day. Its assignment? Goat cheese and just about anything else I can think of to spread it on … yes, ma’am!

March 2014 IMK - Blackberry Jalapeno Compote (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is one of the most treasured Christmas gifts I have ever received. A handmade walnut cutting board and two hand carved spoons from my daughter. Yes, she chiseled them out of a block of wood. I keep them on the counter as I haven’t brought myself to use them yet. These were a gift of sacrifice and love, the best kind.

March IMK - cutting board (1 of 1)

March 2014 IMK - spoons (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

Silas is ever at my side. I think he’s noticed I’m not in my kitchen like I used to be, but it’s all the same to him. He’s not picky about where we are, just so long as we are together.

March 2014 IMK - Silas (1 of 1)

What’s happening in your kitchen this month?

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  1. says

    I’m such a fan of Kinfolk as well, although I haven’t looked through their cookbook yet. Just reading their articles gives me such a sense of peace. Your Silas must do the same for you.. his face is so gentle and his coat is beautiful! I love the two special items in your kitchen, your mom’s gift of a rolling pin and your daughter’s handmade gift. However did she do that?? Is this her hobby or her career? They’re so beautiful!xx

    • says

      Hi John, the cutting board is so smooth to the touch I haven’t been able to bring myself to use a knife on it. Although I think I’m going to have to as the last couple times my daughter has been home to visit she has asked if I’ve used it … I suppose worn is well loved too. :)

    • says

      Hi Sally, thanks for stopping by! I’ll be over to visit your blog too. Yes, our pups are a special part of our kitchen adventures, most especially the clean up crew. :)

  2. says

    Your kitchen is filled with love. I know all about gifts that are hard to put away for the simple pleasure of seeing them daily. My oldest son made me a shelf of church organ pipes from the old organ they pulled out of his church. I plan on hanging it in my kitchen- but I just like it sitting in front of me where I can lay hands on it often.
    I have one of those rolling pins- I forget to use it because I have such an emotional investment in my wooden pins (gifts from my sisters and handed down from my mother)- but it is great for caramel and also for pie dough- heavy though- so heavy for my arthritic wrists.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
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    • says

      Hi Heidi, I know what you mean about having these things close enough to touch, I often run my fingers across the smooth cutting board imagining the work it took. These gifts have special meaning to both the giver and the receiver — priceless.

  3. says

    Oh yes, I found some goat brie at Whole Foods yesterday for that Blackberry Jalapeno Compote — two firsts!

    The handmade gifts and the friend are treasures I cherish, for sure. :)

  4. says

    Judy, I’m so sorry to hear you haven’t been 100% – I hope you’re on the mend now. We’ve missed you! It’s so good to be looking out your kitchen window again – I love watching the seasons pass through it. What a glorious and precious gift from your daughter! xx
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  5. says

    Judy, I hope all is well with you. Lingering health issues make the days run together, or so it seems. Your IMK treasures are so special — flowers from your dear friend, handmade gifts (gorgeous spoons & cutting board) and gifts from family — I hope they made you feel very loved! Silas is such a sweetie. :) All I can think of to say about the Blackberry Jalapeno Compote is “yes ma’am” back at’cha! That sounds really, really good.
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