Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Zucchini Hostile Takeover

Second week of school is almost complete(woo) and August too!

Turns out, the month of August is really great for Zucchini.  Now, if you've never grown Zucchini before, you may have received some from your neighbors, because IT NEVER STOPS GROWING!  You end up with so much Zucchini that you have to give it away or your brains will turn into Zucchini.

Anyway, so we decided this month that we would only spend $20 on groceries because the garden was doing pretty good (and because we frequently overspend our grocery budget).  As you may have surmised by now, the thing that has been most in season is the Zucchini (which are HUGE plants by the way).  Nevertheless, we have been eating a LOT of our friendly green gourd (much too the amusement of all of the teachers at lunch).

I've used a lot of parentheses.

Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite Zucchini recipes:

Curried Zucchini Quesadillas
*Grate, throw in olive oil and curry powder and cook until you feel like it's done, then top your cheese with it!
Zucchini Turkey Meatloaf
*Make your meatloaf, except, use less ground turkey, instead throw in some grated zucchini!
Zucchini Bread (It's not my grandma's but it's better for you!)
Spiced/Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Roasted Vegetables (Mostly Zucchini)
*Spray a pan with cooking spray and broil veggies until soft.

--and of course, if all else fails, grate and freeze it for later use.

Also, a few never to be tried suggestions from the other teachers:

Zucchini Smoothie
Zucchini Ice Cream

Monday, August 20, 2012

In honor of his birthday...

We had a fabulous day celebrating the day of this guy's birth..

And on honor of him I entered a giveaway on The Color Issue.  Check out that Copper River bag giveaway!

Saturday, August 11, 2012


So I've been told on multiple occasions that if there was ever a zombie apocalypse that we would survive.  Here's ten reasons why:

1.  I love my 72 Hour Kit and food storage.
2.  Noah makes our milk(from almonds).
3.  We love camping and have plenty of gear to high tail it to the middle of nowhere.
4.  We can make sprouts!(Thanks Esther.)
5.  Noah bakes bread(and sometimes he hand grinds the wheat.  I know you are all jealous of my domestic husband.  Don't tell him I called him that on the internet.)
6. We garden.
7.  I know how to make cheese.
8.  We dream of living on our own farm/B&B in the middle of some abandoned stretch of land.
9.  We own a book about dying our own clothes from plants.
10.  I sewed my own dress.

Which brings us to the real reason I'm putting up this post.  I made a dress.  I spend quite some time on Pinterest oogling over maxi dresses and decided I didn't want a pattern--I was going to make it up.  Scary right?  If you think that is scary, try reading or attempting an actual dress pattern.  The dress I just made took: 3 yds. of fabric cut into 4 pieces, a sewing machine(and other various sewing equipment), and about 3 hours.

I didn't make the belt.  I bought that at Downeast.

So this will be my first day of school dress.  Bring it on zombies!