Stella Cooks Dinner….

Upon our leaving from New York, one of Stella’s friends gave her a kids cookbook (Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book).  They decided they could cook together from it using either FaceTime or Skype – love it!!!  The cookbook is not a great one, but if it gets kids to start cooking – then that is a good thing.

We are getting settled in Virginia and it is taking Stella more adjusting than me.  As an adult and one that has moved several times – I know that I will make friends and get into a groove of life here – for Stella this is all new.  She just left pretty much the only home she really knew, along with all her friends and all that was familiar.  There have been many melt downs and a lot of anger (which she has directed towards me) – but she will get through it and so will I – I just need to remember to not take the anger and outbursts personally.

After Stella went through the cookbook, she asked if she could cook dinner for me – I of course said yes.  She read through the ingredients and added the items needed to the grocery list. She would be making an appetizer and dinner – by the ingredient list I was not sure what I was going to be eating!!!  I asked her to take pictures so that I could blog about it – since I was told that I was not allowed in the kitchen!  On the day she was going to cook, she changed her mind and said that I could take pictures because she was going to need my help since she was using the oven.

Fruit & Peanut Mix (appetizer)


1/2 cup dried apricots (which we had dried over the summer)
1 cup Annie’s organic cheddar bunnies
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried cherries and raisins (cherries we dried over the summer)
1 cup peanuts

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Stella decided to cut up the apricots, so they were bite size.

2. Can store the snack mix in an airtight container or plastic storage bag for 2 days or you can freeze for longer keeping.

Bake Sweet Potatoes with Toppings


2 sweet potatoes

1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes – you can use regular potatoes, but Stella loves sweet potatoes and we had many from our CSA delivery!

3. Line a baking dish with tin foil. Prick the potatoes with a fork and place in the baking dish.  Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour – checking to see if done along the way.

4. While the potatoes are cooking, cut up the broccoli into florets.

5. Saute in coconut or olive oil the broccoli or you can steam them.  When done place in a bowl.

6. Fill a bowl with grated cheese (Stella used parmesan).

7. Place the potato on a place cut open and add some butter.

Stella set our table with flowers, a reserved sign and place cards.  It was a lovely dinner and I loved that she had wanted to do it!  Since she cooked I did the dishes.

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2 Responses to Stella Cooks Dinner….

  1. Candace says:

    Kudos to Stella!! What a great job and a delicious dinnere. The table looks so pretty and the signs are excellent. Give her a BIG hug. And I think it was part of your birthday gift. Happy Birthday!! xxox

  2. Jo says:

    That looks lovely…..Oh, goody, when Stella comes she can cook for us? What do you think Stella?

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