Posts Tagged ‘Zucchini’

After a quiet and relaxing weekend, we packed quite a bit into today.

Alex mowed the yard.  The fertilizer for the new grass seed along with regular watering and a good rain has made our lawn go crazy.  Hooray!


Do you see all of those happy baby grass blades??


As usual, Jack supervised.


I spent the morning giving baths to our stinky kids.


Who now smell quite pleasant. Thankyouverymuch.


(It was random that they’re both looking the same direction… We need to work on directing attention to the camera.)

Then, this afternoon I baked some Spicy Zucchini Cookies. (Thanks Donna for the zucchini!)


They aren’t as “spicy” as I’d expected, but are very tasty.  I even took some over to our neighbors to share :).

And my wonderful hubby grilled up a very yummy dinner – steaks, grilled zucchini (again, thanks Donna!), and garlic mashed potatoes.


(Can we say Holy Huge Steak, Batman?!  I got these steaks on sale earlier this summer for a great deal.  We ate two when I bought them and froze two for a treat later in the summer.  It isn’t often on splurge on huge deliciousness like this.  But Alex is definitely a meat and potatoes man, so I think it’s a nice treat for him.)


(I think I’m a real blogger now, I’m taking pictures of everything!… Did I just share a picture of raw meat on my counter with the whole internet? … But do you see those savings??)

Finally, I’ll leave you with the bloom I discovered on the deck this evening.  It’s been opening for a couple days, but really popped today.



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This journey really begins a week ago.  We spent a few days kitty sitting for the in-laws and the last time we went by to feed and visit their 3 cats, Alex forgot his phone in their truck.  When he went to pick it up, they’d left us a few gifts (thanks Steve and Donna!) from their vacation along with this zucchini:


When Alex brought it home I thought, ‘Are you sure that is for us?’  It was.  They had just harvested it form their garden, but had a lot of zucchini of their own too. 

I weighed it. 5 pounds 5 ounces!

I search the Internet for fun things to make with zucchini and when one of my favorite blogs published this recipe here, I knew I had to make it.  So we invited the in-laws over for dinner and planned the meal entirely around dessert.

It was very fun to make,


When presented with dessert we told everyone, “This is Zapple Pie” and they asked the obvious “what makes it Zapple?” and we said “well, thatz the zecret.”  When suggested the Z was a hint, zucchini was quickly guessed, but they were shocked that there wasn’t any apple in it, and without the Z hint, they said they wouldn’t have guessed it was zucchini.  It really does taste like Apple Pie.  Delicious!  Thanks so much to Kim and her Aunt Cathie for sharing this.


I’ve still got 2+ pounds of zucchini.  I’m hoping to try this recipe later in the week.

*For anyone who wants to try Zapple Pie, I made a couple modifications: (1) I used butter instead of margarine; (2) there are a couple glitches with the google doc, it should read 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon; (3) I softened the butter so I could mix up the bottom crust and topping in my kitchenaid mixer; and (4) I used pecans as my nut of choice.  Oh, and it did bake about 50 minutes or a little longer.

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