A transition has occurred at the Fitzgerald household.
We've gone from being involved in three sports and harvest to being involved in one sport and finishing harvest.
I celebrated the transition by coming down with bronchitis and spending a beautiful Southern Idaho autumn week inside the house, pretty sure I was never going to breathe again. Nonetheless, we had evenings at home together this week. We spent a Saturday at home. I can't even remember the last time that happened.
The timing was perfect though. We had friends over for a football party last weekend. This, of course, coincided with running lagoon water through the pivots surrounding the house. Fortunately, all of our friends are farm friendly and didn't notice the smell, which really wasn't that bad anyway. Then my nephew came up from Boise to spend the weekend hunting with his uncles and cousins. I was not feeling great, but just good enough to crave something warm and wonderful for a great fall meal. Plus, I knew my great white hunters would need something hearty to fill their bellies before they hit the trail again the next day.
I have shelves on top of shelves of cookbooks, but I opted to flip through Pinterest and found the perfect selections.
First, I found a recipe for Italian Sausage Soup. I played with it a little because I didn't have all the right ingredients. I used a regular pork sausage and added Italian seasonings. I used red beans, I added a huge chopped zucchini, just because it sounded good, and threw in two handfuls of dried kale I had on hand. I wanted lots of veggies to help me conquer this bronchitis! This is the recipe I used as base. It turned out great!
I put this soup in the crockpot, so it would cook and stay warm since I didn't know when the hunters would be home. After tasting it though, I decided it needed some Italian bread. I really didn't have the energy for kneading a loaf or two of bread so I went in search of something quick. I didn't know if such a thing existed, but I found this recipe. Quick and easy and really good.
I figured since I was on a roll, I should find out a dessert. I had noticed something come through my Facebook feed earlier in the day and thought I'd give it a try. It was well worth it. Simple, easy and yummy. I'm not sure this is the original poster but the furthest I could track this back on Facebook was to a person named Lori Johnson in New Hampshire. This is the recipe with my own pictures.
CINNAMON ROLL CAKE ( YUM, Favorite in my house)
3 c. flour
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.
2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.
My hunters came home empty-handed but hungry and the meal filled them up.
I have to admit, I felt better after working on the meal for my family. It was rather nice to cook without the deadline of a game or harvest to get to. I doubt we will have many more of these days as basketball season starts next week and once the weather turns nasty, my favorite dairyman will be extra busy on the farm.
But I’m glad our world slowed down just a bit so we could enjoy a weekend at home. Home and a home-cooked meal – that’s something to be thankful for.