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Brrr! Cozy Cooking!

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With an unexpected entire Sunday stretching ahead of us we thought of so many things to do, including going to a Russian Fest. After all, we had such a good time at ScanFest, why not try another one? But there was an actual chill in the air today, along with a drizzle, and instead we had a very cozy day at home filled with Wii Sports, Lego building, and the like. And what better way to really start that cozy at home feeling that with the very first fire of the season!
First Fire of the Season

Once that fire was lit I found myself daydreaming about Christmas parties. But clearly I’m getting ahead of myself. For a nice cozy dinner I decided to make a Shepherd’s Pie. I don’t know if I’ve made this before or not, but the kids loved it.
The mashed potatoes were nicely roughed up so they would brown nicely

And for dessert, a classic simple jellyroll cake.  I felt especially farmwifey when I went outside and collected four eggs, brought them inside, and immediately cracked them into my batter.
Turn out onto a clean tea towel heavily sprinkled with confectioners' sugar
My mom was coming for dinner and I know she’s always impressed by my rolls,  plus it was easy, plus a jellyroll cake needs no shortening and I was out of butter at the time. For a filling I used one of my jars of peach jam that I made last month.
Reroll and dust with powdered sugar or frost

I’ve had a string of good meals lately, which I haven’t bothered to write about unless it’s coming from the garden. So let me just say that I totally recommend, from this month’s issue of Everyday Food, the Turkey Sloppy Joes and the Chicken Parm Meatballs.  They were both totally delicious, though Clark didn’t really like the sloppy joes. But who cares about that-I loved it! By the way, my cookies in the freezer plan definitely ran into a snag: knowing the delicious homemade cookies were in the freezer we just kept dipping in to them! Perhaps tomorrow I’ll replenish.


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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  1. That picture of your fireplace has me dreaming of Christmas parties, too! 😀

    Needless to say, all your food looks and sounds fantastic. And I love that you guys kept eating your freezer cookies. That’s why I can’t ever keep a stash in the freezer either.


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