This is my first official food post for Joan’s Kitchen. I’m still trying to figure out how I want to do all this. I thought I would take an ingredient and make a few things with it. This time I made four different recipes that contain walnuts.

It’s taken me all week, several runs to the market, one flop (fudge) that I had to do over, waiting on the bananas to ripen and then timing it all so it’s still fresh to wrap, ship and get to its destination before it grew mold…. I think I need to do better next time. Making four things is going to be way too much. I need to scale back or I’ll be done with this project by Valentines Day.  I’ll do my homework on what to make all week but I think one day of shopping and cooking and the next day shipping everything is a reasonable plan I can live with.  I need to be more organized.  ….and I need to remember to TAKE PICTURES!!!!!


  • All the recipes for baklava are very similar. I tried a different one this time but prefer the one I used before. I linked the first one.
  • I like my banana nut bread recipe better but it’s at home in Colorado
  • Banana nut bread is better in a big loaf
  • When making fudge follow the directions exactly.
  • Hot boiling sugar really burns if it gets on your skin.
  • Packaging is a challenge.
  • Shipping is almost cost prohibitive.

I’m shipping this off to my kids today, I hope everything gets to its destination intact.  Enjoy!


Maple Walnut Syrup

Walnut Fudge

Banana Walnut Bread

Goodie Boxes


Just Checking In

I’ve had a bit of withdrawals from not posting something daily so I guess when I feel like it and have something to say this is a good place to say it. I’ve been working on some baking projects this week, I have three of them done and in the freezer. On Sunday I’ll do the last one and get them in the mail on Monday. Steve’s wondering why I’ve made so much stuff and he’s not getting much of it. He’s getting the tail ends… too many sweets will really be the death of him. After a year of What I Feed My Husband we need to scale back on so much eating. I think two meals a day is ideal and a couple of healthy snacks in between should be enough. We’ll see…. This last week I haven’t cooked anything for dinner….. lol.

Just the Beginning

The holidays are behind me and now my new project starts. I hope to have something soon so if you subscribe to my blog you’ll know when I’ve posted something…..