Exploring … the kitchen

The windows have been open all day.  Love the fresh air and the sunlight! Summer is here and I’m loving it, aren’t you?

There is a theme this week in Picture Inspiration, a suggestion that we explore something.  Silly as this may sound I chose to explore my kitchen.  Got out the cookbooks and did some serious cooking. This banana bread is just as yummy as it looks…and I was wise enough to store it away instead of eating it all in one weekend.  It will be great for breakfast with my coffee. Among other things I made some gazpacho, that delicious cold soup that is filled with tomatoes, veggies, and cucumbers. Most likely I will be giving some of it away since Mr. Mark is kind of picky when it comes to veggies.


In the crock pot I combined some Polish sausage, chunk pineapple, green peppers, onion, carrots, and some corn on the cob, and let it cook most of the day.  I’ve seen this done with hot dogs… but me and hot dogs are not on good terms so I chose the sausage. This was very good, except for the corn. I’ll leave it out next time. 

The best part of the day was just being in the kitchen, creating good wholesome food.  We go through spells of eating out a lot then eating at home, then eating out…. you get the idea.  Swinging back and forth like a pendulum.  So to have the day to just create at home, trying new stuff, was very satisfying.  

After all that cooking, dish washing, sampling, tasting, and putting away, I wanted to get a photo that spoke of exploring my culinary skills.  (cough, cough ***)  This last one is the best I could do, and it looks like a magic mirror at the county fair.  

The kitchen is my favorite room in our home. Not only a place to create, but a gathering place, filled with beautiful light from the old windows. This theme of “exploring” implies going where you’ve never gone before, learning something new, examining something up close.  There are weeks that go by when I hardly cook a thing (please tell me you know how that is…I’ll feel better), and then comes a time when I just have to be in there trying new things.  

That’s just part of my story. How about you? Do you cook every day? Do you prepare stuff in advance and have it ready on the spur of the moment?  What cooking websites do you enjoy?

Thanks for stopping by!

8 Replies to “Exploring … the kitchen”

  1. How fun this post is Deborah, I love cooking/food posts of all kinds. Your banana bread looks so yummy and the veggies look bright. How wonderful for you to spend time in the kitchen making new things and exploring. In our house today since a small cold front has come in we are making chili today and I'm also making my favorite Rachael Ray bbq meatloaf muffins and her smashed potatoes. I've been craving them so this will be my lunch for the next 3 days.
    In our house this summer I'm teching the kids more about eating better and trying new things. So they each will have a day that they plan the menu and help cook that meal. Going to try one new fruit/veggie every week as well. I have a hard time enjoying cooking lately since the kids have each turned picky on me and rarely like the same dish, so I sometimes cook 2 different things for dinner, crazy isn't it. Not anymore though, from now on one dinner and you eat some of it and make a sandwich. Sadly most of my foods are out of the box frozen ones so we are going to quit doing that and start making fresher homemade meals. We eat out at times too and trying to cut back on that too.
    Sorry I left you a whole book here to read, believe me I could go on and on because this is my favorite subject after scrapping. Thanks again for sharing and enjoy your Sunday.

  2. Dawn, I love that you left a book to read!!! I think cooking is a challenge no matter how many you have at home. It's just Mark and I now and that makes it hard for me because I still want to make too much. Thank goodness for freezer containers..I try to store back the extra amounts so that we can enjoy the food another day as well. It's great that you are teaching your kids about cooking and meal planning. Maybe I'll read some about that on your blog? I hope so! Thanks for your comments today.

  3. Deborah, thanks for being so kind. Your post had me thinking all day about what you said and some weeks are good and some weeks it's take out or pizza/chicken nuggets. I really wanted to learn how to have a good balance of fresh foods this summer for our family and how to pack better lunches for my kids when school starts up again. My husband and I keep saying how nice it will be to cook for just the 2 of us, thinking it will be easier and cheaper,lol..didn't think about all the leftovers though,hmmmm. I am planning a post on this coming soon. Thanks for your nice words too, and reminding me how nice it is too cook for our loved ones. I'm working on a picture to post for you too about my kitchen,lol

  4. Mom, I distinctly remember hearing you…ahem…disagree with hot dogs late one night after we had eaten dinner with a family from Northside Church of Christ. Why…WHY do I remember such things?

  5. Oh! That banana bread–I would love a piece right now…it looks so good.

    There's nothing quite like homemade cooking–sounds like you had a great time exploring.

    Thank you for sharing, Deb. I always love coming here.

  6. Deb, it all looks delicious! I'm glad you had such fun exploring what at other times may seem common place. I am trying to get to a point that we eat in more often, but we often eat out. I love going to allrecipes.com and going through recipes; my virtual recipe box is bursting! One day I will become adventurous enough to pull a few out to try. 🙂

  7. Debbie,
    Love your photos and reading your blog! I find myself much more at peace these days with the world and enjoying the simple moments of exploring routine things but seeing them with fresh eyes. Thanks for your inspiration.
    Jenny Trimmell

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