Sunday, April 3, 2022

IN MY KITCHEN- - April

Time to take a peek INTO MY KITCHEN and see what's going on this month. 

As most of you know, we had some difficult family times last month, so we are getting back to normal but I haven't been doing much cooking or entertaining. Therefore not as much going on in my kitchen.

I have some things that I use that I do want to share.




Fat Free Oil Free Hummus 

I keep this delicious hummus stocked in my refrigerator. It doesn't have fat or oil, thus reducing the calories significantly. I like to snack on it with celery sticks or carrots sticks. It provides a good deal of protein in this low fat and low calorie hummus. Regular hummus contains about 10 grams of fat per serving (which is about a tablespoon or two). 
I have only been able to find it at Whole Foods Markets. 

My new spring kitchen mitts 


I like to get new kitchen pot holder mitts when the season changes. These are my clean new spring mitts! 

I went to IKEA and bought this serving piece. It has a wooden base ( I haven't taken off the plastic yet) with grooves to hold each bowl. I'll use to serve dips, nuts, or candy. 

I realized that Homegoods sells the same size but colorful and decorative little bowls which I will be able to interchange.



I bought a fresh whole papaya the other day and was waiting for it to ripen up a bit. It might be just about ready to eat. I'll be cutting this afternoon.




Papaya, Fruit, Food, Ripe, Healthy


Do You Buy Rubber Bands? 
I finally went to the dollar store (where everything is now $1.25) and bought a package of rubber bands!!!
 I usually just save rubber bands from produce and flowers that I buy, but I never actually think of buying them. 
Well I did and now I have a year's supply!! 
I use rubber bands to wrap bags of crackers, beans, pop corn, and really anything that comes in a bag. The rubber bands work better than clips that keep breaking on me.


Rubber Bands, Kitchen Utensils, Tools, Multicoloured
This is only 1/4 of the bag that I bought


Passover is in less than 2 weeks away (Sundown on April 15), and I'm thinking about the holiday foods I will be making and the serving pieces I will be using. One of the traditional ceremonial foods that we make is Charoset .  
The charoset link will give you 2 recipes: 
The first recipe for Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Charoset which is made from apples, nuts and wine, and the other for my husband's family Sephardic recipe which is made from dates, raisins, and nuts. Click this link for the Charoset recipes . 

Passover Seder Plate
One of the grandkid's  plastic ceremonial Seder Plates which we use on the holiday. It contains a spot for all of the ceremonial foods: bitter herbs, parsley, shinbone, hard boiled egg, and lettuce. Each food is symbolic from the story of Passover or blessings for the spring season. 

It was our 50th wedding anniversary at the end of March and we received beautiful flowers from our kids and other beautiful flowers from my sister- in- laws. My friend Fay made us these t-shirts on some sort of machine that she has and hand decorated the champagne glasses too.
We also received a bottle of champagne! 



Quote Of The Day
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think"
Margaret Mead 


Sharing on Image-in -ing 

 Joining Sherry at Sherry's Pickings for her monthly share of In My Kitchen and sharing my post.

                                        

26 comments:

  1. Nice Tshirts! Your friends are really nice and know you well :-)) Love the hand decorated glasses. Happy Golden Anniversary!

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  2. What a good idea to change out your potholders each season. I tossed a particularly suspect one recently and thought, how did I let it get this way?! That papaya looks gorgeous and makes me think of a tropical vacation. Way to score a year's worth of rubber bands at the dollar store -- even if they were $1.25 instead of $1.00. I heard about that and thought it was weird; maybe they should change their name. Most importantly, though, congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary! That's absolutely wonderful! The tee shirts your friend made are so cute, and you both look happy in them with your champagne and flowers. :)

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    1. I don't know why I had never thought of actually buying rubber bands before! Thank you for the good wishes

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  3. Mazal Tov on the 50th! I just love the shirts. Sorry to read you had difficult family times last month. I hope things are getting better :)

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  4. Congratulations on the significant anniversary!

    I always wonder about those seder plates that have a little 1-inch indentation for the symbolic bone, which is almost as big as the plate itself. I’m sure most people put the bone on another plate, but then why have a space?

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae- in regard to the seder plates-
      The one I displayed is for kids so that's probably why it is exceptionally small. However, I agree that most of them are not large enough for what's needed.

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  5. Congratulations on 50. We are 50 in May. Love the T shirts. Did you have them made?

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    1. Thank you for the good wishes. My friend has a machine and she made the t-shirts and the decoration on the wine glasses

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  6. Happy Anniversary!....you and your husband look great!...What a wonderful friend you have!....the t-shirts are beautiful!....I love your new dishes.....Abrazotes, Marcela

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Wow 50 Years! That's inspiring. I love the Ashkenazi chraroset with apples and nuts. I'll send you an early Passover wish for health and happiness!

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  8. Happy anniversary you two! And many more!

    The Charoset looks delicious in all its forms!

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  9. Mazel tov on your 50th anniversary! What a wonderful thing to celebrate, even during trying times. I love your tee shirts! We are not far behind. I wish you many more years of health and happiness together.

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  10. The new bowls look great on the wooden base. Happy Anniversary to both of you and many more!

    -Soma

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  11. congrats on your anniversary! good work :-) Love your new kitchen mitts. Hope your family woes are getting better. Yay for hummus. i often some in the fridge too. i use it instead of butter on my corn thins for lunch. Keep well, and thanks for joining in this month with IMK.
    cheers
    sherry

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  12. I've tried that Cedar's brand of hummus, and it really is very good! I'm a big hummus fan myself! :)

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  13. Happy Anniversary! Good stuff in your kitchen this month. I should really change out potholders more than I do -- great idea.

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  14. Happy anniversary! My husband died 5 months shy of our 50th anniversary, which will be on June 3. I think that will be a hard day for me. 50 years is such a milestone! Mazel tov!
    Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/04/a-few-more-botanical-drawings.html

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  15. Happy 5oth Anniversary! You bot look great! I wish you many more decades of good health and happiness. Love the fun t-shirts.
    We love hummus and always have a tub in our refrigerator that we like to eat with carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers for lunch.
    The Sephardic charset sounds a lot like the filling I put in Italian cookies, with the addition of dried figs in mine.

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  16. Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary, Such an achievement and worthy of a wonderful celebration.We love papaya here too, and just so good for us all. I try to keep hummus in the frig, such a great standby. You've reminded me to buy some fresh oven mits, I use mine all the time. Yours look great, and I don't buy rubber bands either but use the ones that appear in my kitchen on fresh produce etc. Its so useful to have a large supply of them. Take care, and better times ahead. x

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  17. Happy anniversary! I'm so sad that the photo didn't load for me, but I'll check back later because I'm so curious :) I love those adorable floral bowls.. in fact I was looking at my cupboard the other day and thinking how I could have possibly accumulated just so many little plates, saucers and bowls

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  18. I always keep hummus in the fridge as I like it for sandwiches or just snacks. What a great idea to buy new pot holder every season. I need some new ones.

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  19. Happy Passover and very Happy Anniversary! I use rubber bands for the smae things! And those cute little black and white bowls...Can't wait to see how you use them!

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  20. Happy Anniversary Wishes.

    I do like the decorative bowls, they look very nice.

    All the best Jan

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  21. Happy Anniversary! I will look for that hummus, I haven't seen it anywhere here. Love the oven mitts.

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