I bought this cookbook a few weeks ago and I am loving every single page of it. The Homemade Pantry is written by Alana Chernila and it’s full of homey goodness. I love the introduction, the recipes, and the story before each recipe. I love the photos. I love it all. Today I spied a jar of Lotus Biscoff Spread at the store. It’s a peanuty-flavored spread that doesn’t contain peanuts. Ever on the lookout for peanut butter alternatives, I put it in my shopping basket and served it to my girls for lunch. Unbeknownst to me, it’s a sweet spread, perfect for cookies and desserts. It makes a very sweet luncheon sandwich! I packed it back up after making sandwiches and told the girls that it would be delicious with a dessert.
True to my word, this afternoon I put together a dessert that highlights the spread perfectly. Page 57 had the recipe I was thinking of: Toaster Pastries. It requires a wee bit of forethought and planning, as you will need to make the pastry dough, chill it, then shape, stuff and bake it. For a special treat it’s worth it.
Toaster Pastries! Left: tofutti cream cheese and homemade blueberry jam; Right: Biscoff spread
As the week comes to a close I am acutely aware that we do too much every day. Too much running around, to be exact. I love all of our homeschool groups and field trips, but every hour spent out of the home is… an hour spent out of the home. It cuts down on our sit-down lessons, afternoon reading time (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Young Folks’ Edition is our current family read), time spent playing with the chickens and working in the garden. I know there’s a better way – I just have to find it.