Dinner Tonight…

Was not the most creative. My husband worked tonight so it was just me and the kiddies. Earlier I blogged about a French cookbook I am gaga about. I also mentioned that there are no more kid themed dinners….well not quite 100% true. Tonight was BLT at the kitchen counter…with only half a tomato to use between the three of us. (well two of us…sorry son…didn’t think you would miss it) Kids enjoyed and I think this was the first time they had BLTs. (or a BL) I certainly enjoyed my sandwich and the clean up that followed. We had plenty of time to read and get ready for bed…ON TIME! So not so bad.
I do like to have something handy for those nights when it is just the three of us. Something other then chicken nuggets or pasta. I found a great recipe for mini homemade mac and cheese muffins which can be frozen. I made them once a few months ago and they were great to pop out and reheat for lunch or dinner. There is a great recipe on the Happy Home Fairy blog similar to the one that I had used. Will file this one away. I will have to make those again to have on hand. I think mac and cheese would go well with a BL.

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Cooking like the French…My Favorite Cookbook

Last summer I read two books about Americans living in France and their adjustment to the culture. I found them fascinating…from how French women maintained their figures to how they raised their children. After reading about the ways of the the French, one of my goals I had set for family was that we all eat together by the end of the year. Normally I would make dinner for my two children ages 3 and 1 1/2 and then begin the nighttime rituals. Once they were in bed…anytime between 7:00 and 7:30, my husband and I would then START our dinner preperations. Which of course meant we ate late and had no time to do much else at night.
A few months ago my sister in law gave me a book that she no longer wanted- Bonne Femme Cook Book by Wini Maranville. I started trying the recipes…WOW! My husband gave me a standing ovation! I started to have the whole family dine together and the children enjoyed the dinners as much as my husband and I did. It was great to finally have the kids eat the same as we did. No more kiddie themed meals.

A go-to cookbook!

A go-to cookbook!


One of my favorite recipes is the Everyday Rice. We never have any leftovers and the serving is for four adults. Another favorite side is the pan fried potatoes. They come out crunchy and buttery.
The one complaint I have read is that butter is used in the cooking. I think butter makes things better and really, not much is used.
I highly recommend the book if you want something different and delicious. I have honestly used this book at least four times a week for the past two months. Read more reviews at www.amazon.com.
Wini Maranville also has a website and blog! I just found it….yeah!

Welcome to Clover Cottage

Hello and welcome to my blog! So excited that you are here and reading this. This blog is dedicated to me finding my way and creating a home for my family. Why Clover Cottage? That is the name of my house. Yes! My house has a name…very cool. But really, I am on a journey to become more organized, a better cook, and just an overall better home manager. I am in no way an expert.
In my research I viewed MANY blogs about cooking and cleaning and organizing and WOW I want to move into those homes. You will not find that here. But we will have some fun and try new things. Hope you join me on this new adventure for 2013!