Making Your Home a Haven: Focus on the Kitchen {Week 3}

Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge

Welcome back to the Making Your Home a Haven series! I am tragically behind Courtney’s schedule, due to a lot of school activities and the birthday last week, but I’m still plugging along with her fun challenge.

During week 3, Courtney asked us to get into the kitchen and make our families some yummy treats.  This is right up my alley, because I love to make special things for my husband and kids!

Getting into the Kitchen

A few weeks ago, I decided to roast a turkey that I had been saving in my freezer since last Thanksgiving.  I bought 2 extra turkeys when they were on sale after the holiday, cooked one for Christmas, and saved the other for the spring.

Well, not only has spring come and gone, but summer too!  It was time to get that turkey out of the freezer and cook it, plus with the cooler weather, it felt like a good time to have something roasted for dinner.

That turkey tasted so good, and it gave us a lot of extra meat that I turned into Turkey Corn Chili and Turkey Enchiladas later in the week.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Satisfying that Sweet Tooth

I also took the opportunity to make some sweet treats for the family last week.  One thing that everyone loves is my chocolate chip banana bread…I never have enough to put into the freezer!

My little boy helped me make two loaves; he loves to dump in all the ingredients after I measure them.  He even cracked eggs for the first time and didn’t get any shells into the mix.  Even though this took twice as long as it would have had I been doing it alone, it made for some great memories for me and my sweet boy 🙂

My daughter has also been helping in the kitchen more often and is becoming quite a good little cook herself.  She isn’t quite tall enough to look into a pot on the stove, so she is anxious about doing any actual cooking just yet. (I think I’ve also scared her over the years with all my stern warnings not to touch the hot stove!)

Birthday Eats

We celebrated my husband’s birthday last weekend by going on a short trip, so I didn’t have the opportunity to make his favorite dinner (breaded pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, and corn) or bake him his favorite cake (Chocolate Chip Oatmeal), so I cheated and bought him a cake at the bakery. Our son picked out the design and we asked them to add “Happy 40th Birthday Daddy” on the top.

In our family, the birthday boy or girl gets to pick what they want for dinner as well as the type of cake they want.  Our kids usually go for Chuck E. Cheese, but this year my daughter said she wants to go to Lancaster County for her birthday weekend.  I’ll take that over CEC anytime! 😉


Sally Clarkson always says that feasting together helps a family grow closer, and that’s something we never have to be reminded to do!  I hope our special feasts and family recipes remain in their hearts as they get older.

Are you participating in the Making Your Home a Haven challenge? How do you make your kitchen a special part of your home? 

**I hope you’ve enjoyed this Making Your Home a Haven challenge as much as I have. To see other posts in this series, head over to my Making Your Home a Haven page, where you will find my other posts from this year and previous years.

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2 thoughts on “Making Your Home a Haven: Focus on the Kitchen {Week 3}”

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    My kids love to help in the kitchen. My son will run and get a folding chair so he can see to help. He is getting much better at helping. My daughter can really a lot on her own now but she likes to me oversee just to make sure she doesn’t forget anything. I have fond memories of helping my mom with baking cookies and candy at Christmas each year and I really like that my kids like to be in the kitchen too.

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