this week in my kitchen

I’m linking up for another fun week of peeking in each other’s kitchens! You can check out the rest of the great blog hop over at Beauty That Moves.

honey butter popcorn - sparrowhopes.com:: love our whirly pop! for a little change of pace I made some yummy honey butter popcorn… it never lasts long! ::

superfood salad - sparrowhopes.com:: another spin on the superfood salad. J’s family is here visiting us (hurrah!) and they brought a little americana with them… N is loving it! ::

black forest cake - sparrowhopes.com:: black forest cake, made by my wonderful mother-in-law to celebrate our sister-in-law’s birthday ::

sparrowhopes.com - pizza night:: friday night is pizza night ::

poached egg and toast - sparrowhopes.com:: since living in the UK I’ve developed a deep love for runny eggs ::

maple tamari salmon - sparrowhopes.com:: grilled salmon with a maple tamari glaze, adapted from here. try it, I think you’ll love it as much as we do ::

grilled asparagus - sparrowhopes.com:: grilled asparagus. why does everything taste better cooked over charcoal? ::

whole wheat cheddar crackers - sparrowhopes.com:: whole wheat cheddar crackers to celebrate N’s last Steiner playgroup before the summer break. love those dear mornings together ::

oven yogurt - sparrowhopes.com:: found ourselves with an abundance of milk and decided to have a go at making yogurt. seriously easy and tasted great! we’ve changed our milk order to have an extra 2 liters delivered each week so we can keep up the practice, yum! and yep, we have a milkman… isn’t that fantastic?! :) ::

homemade breakfast - sparrowhopes.com:: simple delights. homemade yogurt with homemade granola, local raspberries and raw honey. bliss. ::

beans and rice - sparrowhopes.com:: weekly beans and rice, the variations are endless ::

chocolate pavlova - sparrowhopes.com:: chocolate pavlova with strawberries, whipped cream and nutella. you can find the recipe here. ::

It has been a busy few weeks getting ready for guests, wrapping up the end of term activities with N, and catching up with friends before we all head in various directions over the summer. Good, full days that leave you tired out in the best ways. J’s parents and brother and sister-in-law arrived this past weekend for a two week visit. It is such a blessing to have family that will travel all this way to spend time with us. And little N is beside himself to have so many loving adults at his beck and call. They’ve all flown over because tomorrow J officially graduates with his PhD in Ethics and Practical Theology. He earned his degree last fall, but put off the actual ceremony until this summer because his family all wanted to be here to celebrate, and July is a much nicer time to visit Edinburgh than November. This is such a big day in the life of our family. We’ve been working our way to this moment for over ten years now, in three different countries, on two continents. Pretty surreal to officially no longer be students, as one or the other of us has been working on graduate degrees since we got married! I, for one, could not be a prouder wife. It’s really something to get to walk along side your best friend on such a long, and sometimes difficult journey, and to now be on the other side together. This is a milestone that I want to savour, and having family here to add to the festivities makes it all that much sweeter. Little N (who is not the biggest fan of doctors) proudly walks around cheering for ‘Dada Doctor Teacher’. He’s worked out that J isn’t the kind of doctor you visit when you’re sick, but is still trying to sort out, what, exactly, it is that Papa does all day. To quote a friends’ precocious little one whose father is also a theologian, “He’s a doctor, but not the kind that helps people.” :)

  • Nathalie Chernoff

    Friday night is pizza night for us too! homemade pizza dough = my fav. Congrats to J! I fully agree about the emotion of the occasion, I was a mess this time last year! A happy and proud mess :)

    • http://sparrowhopes.com Katy

      Homemade pizza dough is the best. Thanks so much for the well wishes. I’m just realizing the full extent of emotion that is wrapped up into this week for me… it’s kind of hitting me in waves. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold it together tomorrow! :)

      • Nathalie Chernoff

        I totally made a little (unplanned) speech and cried right in front of the in-laws at dinner afterwards. Embrace the emotion! Those feel ings of pride and love are so deserved and so wonderful!

  • Sarah Matichuk

    Congratulations to both of you! I hope you all have a wonderful celebration. I love seeing the glimpses into your kitchen. What kind of cutters are using for those crackers? The little guy loves crackers so much that I am actually hardly buying them in an effort to widen his eating. But, I am also looking for more nutritious ways to let the family have some.

  • http://sparrowhopes.com Katy

    Thanks Erin! I love that monograph, we often joke about how J loved school so much he wasn’t able to keep himself from going, so we decided he may as well earn a couple more degrees while he’s at it. :) Do you teach? What was your PhD in? Always fun to connect with a fellow PhD survivor!

  • http://www.ock-du-spock.com OckDuSpock @ ock-du-spock.com

    You have a delicious looking kitchen. I know what you mean about everything tasting better on the BBQ!!! Couldn’t agree more.

    • http://mycountryworld.blogspot.com Valeria Poggi

      CONGRATULATIONS!! And… we also have “friday night pizza” every week ^_^

  • http://sparrowhopes.com Katy

    Erin your book sounds truly fascinating. Wish we could sit down over a cup of coffee to discus it! I have a Masters in Social Work with a particular interest in working with immigrant populations. I think we could have an interesting chat! :)

    • Erin O’Connor

      It would definitely be fun to sit down and talk work/world! I so admire the kind of work that you do.

  • Marla Lipscomb

    Ahhhh! So wish we could’ve been there to celebrate! Such a truly remarkable ten year journey. I have learned so much watching the two of you journey together. We couldn’t be prouder of our Dr. Kidwell! (And his love/confidant/best friend/biggest fan:) I was trying to explain to Faith that Uncle Jeremy is now a doctor…a teacher doctor…a doctor of books not people (I could see her wheels turning picturing her Uncle J gently putting band aids on books all day;)