Monthly Archives: August 2012

And Now, Let Us Eat Summer Squash

Summer squash, or yellow squash, is another garden item that tends to give you a lot of produce!  If you know exactly what to do with it all, WAY TO GO!  If not, here are some (possibly) new ideas to use it up:

 

Yellow Squash - This is a quick and simple recipe, and it has a 4 1/2 star rating, based on 56 reviews.  It’s definitely a way I never would have thought of to make it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Squash and Peppers -

This recipe is very healthy, and gives you the opportunity to use up other produce as well.  It would make a fantastic side dish, or even small lunch meal or something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Squash Puffs

These may not be as healthy as the dish above, but they look just as tasty.  I bet that if you wanted to make them sweet instead of savory, you could simply omit the onions and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar.  This is a recipe I think I’ll try, and I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on it!

 

 

 

Summer Squash and Green Rice -

Here’s a really tasty and easy looking recipe from The Neelys.  It’s a nice, simple, and frugal dish that can be a full meal all by itself!

 

 

 

 

 

August Spending Total – Groceries, Toiletries, etc

Well, since the month is almost over and I’m outta cash, I think it’s safe to say I won’t do any shopping this week….maybe on Saturday, September 1, ha ha.

 

This is what was purchased since I last updated:

 

Reams:

  • 5 lbs Norbest ground turkey ($1.79/lb)
  • 2 lbs red grapes ($0.88/lb)
  • 3 kiwi (3 for $1)
  • 4 lbs bananas ($0.44/lb)
  • 1 lb strawberries ($0.99)
  • 1 bag Dole salad )$1.59)

Reams Total:  $16.71

 

Winco:

  • 2 lb Cocoa Munchies cereal from bulk ($1.84/lb)
  • 1.25 lb brown rice ($0.56/lb)
  • 0.5 lb semi sweet chocolate chips ($2.24/lb)
  • 1 Anaheim pepper ($1.48/lb
  • 10 herbal peppermint tea bags ($0.11 each)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoning ($0.22)
  • 1/2 lb tapioca starch ($1.32/lb)
  • 2.5 lb red grapes ($0.88/lb)
  • 1/4 cup nutmeg ($1.07)
  • 3 green bell peppers ($0.48 each)
  • 1 jalepeno pepper ($0.58)
  • 2 lb cheddar cheese ($4.48)

Winco Total:  17.87

 

August Spending Total:

$292.76 – $150 gift card

Out of Pocket August Spending Total:

$142.76

Thoughtful Thursday – For Labor Day

Here is a quote that I love from President Abraham Lincoln (who is my great, great, great, great, great, great uncle, by the way:-)) that I thought appropriate for the upcoming holiday:

 

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

Abraham Lincoln
Read more quotes at Brainy Quote

Eversave End-Of-Summer Deals

Eversave currently has a huge amount of End-of-Summer deals available, and I wanted to share! I personally am looking forward to trying the Gluten Free snacks…perfect for when I start up at work again and am running around!

Have a great day, friends.:-)


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I’ve requested mine, and can’t wait to see what it’s all about!

What To Do With All That Zucchini

I’m not an expert gardener by any means, but luckily for me, zucchini plants provide enough harvest to make even me look half decent at gardening!  Every year we get a lot of zucchini, and I love finding new ways to use it up.

 

I’ve been browsing the web looking for some new great-looking recipes using zucchini, and I wanted to share some of my finds with you!  I haven’t tried all of these recipes, but they’re definitely on the “to-try” list.  I hope you enjoy!

 

   Zucchini and Apple Bread.  

This recipe, from the Food Network, uses 1 cup of finely grated zucchini along with 1 cup of apple.  I have not tried it, but boy, it looks so delicious!  It has great reviews too, which is something I always look for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Zucchini Carbonara - 

From the mastermind cook Jamie Oliver comes this fantastic recipe/idea for carbonara.  It calls for 6 medium zucchini, so it’s gonna make you a nice, big batch of pasta goodness!  It looks like a pretty easy recipe as well, which is always a plus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Zucchini Crisp Recipe - 

I found this recipe on Taste of Home’s website.  It cooks up and tastes just like an apple crisp, and I absolutely loved it!  I had to use a gluten-free flour for the topping, so my “crisp” had a different texture than I’ve had with other crisps.  I do think that’s due to the different flour I used, though.  It makes a really big batch, so you can freeze any leftovers in squares and have a nice treat on hand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Chocolate Zucchini Bread - 

This recipe from Food.com has a lot of ratings, and a score of 5 stars!  You can make it as a loaf of sweet bread, or make some fun cupcakes as pictured.

 

 

   

 

Wonderful Parmesan Strips - 

This recipe, like the others, has fantastic reviews, and I look forward to trying them tonight!  It uses 4 small zucchini.  Make sure to use SEASONED bread crumbs, as some reviewers thought without the seasoning they were a bit bland.  They look fantastic, don’t they?

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Gathered the Harvest…Now What? Spaghetti Sauce with Zucchini and Yellow Squash

We had a good time yesterday plucking food from our garden.  We finally picked a few tomatoes, and we also have two large zucchinis, 3 yellow squash, some basil, parsley, and grapes.  Made me smile, looking at my proud Buddy Boy holding his basket of produce.:-)

 

Now, to make sure it doesn’t go to waste.

 

In the past, I’ve made lots and lots of zucchini bread.  I thought the whole family liked it, as they have assured me, and I enjoyed eating it too….however, since going off gluten, I can’t have it. I made a batch for my family, and it went MOLDY.  Unused, uneaten, unloved.  I have more in the freezer that is destined for freezer burn, since apparently my family only eats it when I do, too.  So, so sad.  I need to try a GF version, perhaps.

 

In the meantime, I found a fun recipe for spaghetti sauce that calls for yellow squash.  I made the stuff and LOVE it.  I’ve read a lot of positive reviews that suggest using zucchini as well.

 

 

What a great way to use up some of those veggies!!  I made mine without meat.  I made a big batch and froze, so I’ll just add meat when I reheat it or something.

 

(Bad bad Evelyn, I didn’t take a picture!)

 

Here’s the recipe (adapted from Jeanne’s Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce):

 

  •  2 quarts peeled, diced tomatoes (I used about 9 large ones)
  • 1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 medium yellow squash, peeled and diced
  • 2 small zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1 small green pepper, minced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary

 

In a slow cooker combine tomatoes and tomato paste.  Turn slow cooker on high.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion, squash, zucchini, bell pepper and garlicin oil until onions are translucent.  Optionally, puree the vegetables (my family doesn’t like chunks).  Add to the slow cooker along with remaining ingredients to season.  Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

 

 

Rare Earth by Davis Bunn book review

Dispatched to audit a relief organization, Royce is thrust into the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps. But his true mission focuses on the area’s reserves of once-obscure minerals now indispensable to high-tech industries. These strategic elements–called rare earths–have inflamed tensions on the world’s stage and stoked tribal rivalries. As Royce prepares to report back to Washington, he seizes on a bold and risky venture for restoring justice to this troubled land.

But this time, Royce may have gone too far.

 

 

Just like the first book in this series, Lion of Babylon, I highly enjoyed Rare Earth.  The main character, Marc Royce, is such a cool, calm, collected individual, and yet so highly passionate about doing the right thing, and I just love the guy.  His complete sincerity makes others feel at ease around him almost immediately, and makes his character highly likable.

I loved the geographical aspect of the book:  set in  Kenyan refugee camps, where so many people live, and are, unfortunately, treated poorly and taken advantage of.  I could feel the tension and chaos of living there…I could smell the sickness, taste the food, feel the dirt everywhere.  This is a book that should be made into a movie, and it’ll be action-packed, intense, and entertaining.  That’s my vote, anyway.:-)
 

If you’d like to see the Rare Earth Trailer, you can view it on You tube HERE.
 
I’m giving Rare Earth 4 stars.  I really liked it.

 

*I was not paid for this review. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. The opinions are mine alone.