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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!

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

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As usual, Jack supervised.

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I spent the morning giving baths to our stinky kids.

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Who now smell quite pleasant. Thankyouverymuch.

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(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!)

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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.

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(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.)

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(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:

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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,

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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.

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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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