Wow, Independence Day is already behind us! How was your July 4th celebration? We had a fabulous day - started off with a parade right through our neighborhood, the kids and Ryan went fishing after lunch, then went to BBQ for dinner. A walk late in the evening with my oldest son to look for fireworks was a an unexpected treat - we had such a sweet conversation (does anyone know where I can find a recipe to freeze my children at their current ages?). All in all, it was a wonderful day full of time with friends and family.
This week I did have the kids help me organize my loose recipes, and they each picked a new recipe to try out. Another stipulation they had was to be the only helper in the kitchen when we cooked their dish. What happens when you let the kids pick the recipe? Oh my word - you end up with out of season meals, but very happy children. My daughter picked a tater tot casserole, and my son picked a cream based pasta dish. While I admit both recipes were in my basket of recipes that I've torn out over the years, I am not sure I would have made either of these any time soon. They both earned keeper status, but I think both recipes are better served in the late fall or winter rather than early July.
The casserole Hannah picked would be perfect to put in the oven as you and your spouse head out the door on a date. Have the babysitter serve this and all the kids will be happy. The pasta dish Owen selected was really good but still belongs on the table when the weather is cooler. I actually presented it 2 ways - a small reserved amount of the sauce before the cream sauce was added, and the rest as the recipe indicated. I preferred it without the cream and cream cheese, and everyone else liked it both ways. I bet you can guess which way I'll be serving it this fall!
Bookmark or pin these two keepers for later in the year!
Tater Tot Casserole