Finding My Routine

19 Sep

It’s the new school year, the kids have been back to school for two weeks now, and I’m trying to get a smooth routine running. I drew up a timetable for Big Kid and he appreciates it. He likes having a schedule, that kid. He likes to check the chart, stuck on the fridge, to see what he should be doing. I need a schedule too to make my life more organized and productive. The big thing now for me is the daily meal planner. Big Kid has after-school programmes every day except for Fridays. I have to plan the dishes according to how much time I have to cook e.g. Mondays – I have 30 minutes to cook and I do my prep in the afternoon, Wednesdays – dinner has to be ready by 5pm the latest and we’re out of the door a quarter to 6pm. The last two weeks have been a trial run for both of us since most of his programmes have not started.

French Fridays have taken a back seat until I find the time to make the recipes. (Blogging too for that matter!) I could have made the honey-spiced madeleines, which is this week’s recipe, this past weekend but I made Dorie Greenspan‘s Brr-ownies as York Peppermint Patties 8-pack were on sale for $1 at Wallyland. Furthermore, a family has invited us over for dinner and, I could be wrong but, I think brownies make better desserts to bring over than madeleines.

These brownies are a pretty good snack but they sure aren’t pretty to photograph! However, these fudgy brownies with bites of peppermint patties were eaten so quickly that I could only get a photo like that before they were all gone.

Since I have sour cream to use up, I also made Dorie’s Nutty, Chocolatey, Swirly Sour Cream Bundt Cake, another not-so-pretty-to-photograph cake. (Click the link to the recipe for a second recipe from Dorie.) I used only pecans and mini chocolate chips for the swirl as Hubby doesn’t like raisins. I love the flavour combination of the swirl – cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans and chocolate – and it goes so well with the buttery, orangy cake.

I’m not surprised there was no picture for this recipe in the book but it really tastes better than it looks. 🙂

One new thing this year that I’m very happy about is Little Guy going to school twice a week at the school just 10 minutes from the house. As long as the weather permits, we would walk there and back. This morning I let him cycle to school on his bike that has never seen the outdoors before. It has always been an indoor toy and now that it’s almost time to give it away, I decided to let Little Guy use it on the streets before he really outgrows it!  Time to seek out a new bike for him…


Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Baking, Food, Life


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9 responses to “Finding My Routine

  1. Betty

    September 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    It is hard to get into a new routine- I’m having the same problem. 🙂 Both your brownies and your bundt cake look delicious!

  2. Reeni

    September 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    The sour cream bundt cake looks incredibly delicious! I love the filling in the middle.

  3. kaliesthoughts

    September 20, 2011 at 12:37 am


  4. Three-Cookies

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Peppermint and chocolate is a great combo.

    “I think brownies make better desserts to bring over than madeleines” – if in doubt try both:)

  5. yummychunklet

    September 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I absolutely loved Dorie’s peppermint brownies. They were a hit with everyone who tried them!

  6. Liz

    September 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Oh,your little guy is SO cute!!! And I think I’d rather have those peppermint brownies than madeleines anyway 🙂

  7. kitchen flavours

    September 22, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Routine! Our life is centred around routine, especially with school-going kids! But I don’t mind routine, it makes planning easier!
    Your little son is so cute, how they grow real fast! My son has outgrown his bicycle too, which he hardly use! Will be giving it away to his little cousin soon.
    Your brownies and the bundt cake looks great! You are right about the brownies, they make lovely gifts! And I like the bundt cake too, really good!
    Have a lovely day, KY!

  8. Quay Po

    September 22, 2011 at 6:20 am

    What a happy little guy! That smile on his face worth a million bucks! For me peppermin brownies please:D

  9. Teresa

    September 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Peppermint patty brownies sound amazing! It’s funny how many delicious things are impossible to photograph well, isn’t it?

    Love the photo of your little guy on his bike – he looks like he’s having a great time. 🙂


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