Archive for July, 2011

You say Zucchini and I say Courgette: Zucchini Recipe Challenge!

One of the many advantages of being in Planina, is having friends who garden.  It just so happens this year has been a great year for a certain skinny green squash.  After making jokes about sneaking their zucchinis INTO the grocery store and leaving them in the produce aisle, it was proposed that we have a ZUCCHINI CHALLENGE!  Please Join Us!  Post on your blog or Facebook.  It will be a Zucchini Revolution!  Well not really. (Always looking for good ways to use them.)

So today I bring you:

Zucchini Oven Chips

The original recipe came from the Cooking Light website but I changed it up quite a bit.

Preheat oven to 425.  (I used the toaster oven.  It was 98 degrees today! Plus my toaster oven is a convection oven so it cooks just a bit faster.)

Slice the squash.  Dredge in a little bit of milk than in a combination of cornmeal and seasoned salt.  I didn’t measure.  I suggest a 1 to 8 ratio of salt to cornmeal.  Mine was closer to 1 to 3 and was way too salty for me.  Everything else, texture, doneness, was pretty good. (Including kid friendliness).  Place the coated squash on a wire rack sprayed with cooking spray and bake for about 20 minutes for done, 30 min for crispy.  Kids dipped them in ketchup.  But seriously.  What DON’T they dip in ketchup?


The last one (hopefully)

So I went in Wednesday for what is hopefully the last reconstruction surgery.  Last year, if you’ve been following, I had a second lat flap to replace the infected expander on the right side.  This surgery was a revision of that lat flap and putting the finishing touches on the foobs.  Plastic surgeon said the surgery went well (I can’t tell, it looks pretty horrific to me.  But then they always do in the beginning.)  Mostly I’m itchy and thanks to the heat and instructions not to shower, stinky.  Bleah.  I’m trying to decide if I can get my arm up high enough to wash my hair in the sink.   I’ve got a pretty big incision on the right side under my armpit that makes me nervous about stretching.

So anyway, me and my friend Vicodin are hanging out and catching up on Covert Affairs on Hulu.


So today there was a post on craftzine about this book, Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara.  There was a link to a One Hour Skirt tutorial and I thought, “I have an hour!  I can sew in a straight line!  Hancock Fabrics is having a 1/2 off sale!”  So after swim lessons, I took the kids over to the fabric store and the girl and I picked out some fabric.  I love her choice.  🙂

Probably work on mine after surgery.  Yep.  More reconstruction.  Hopefully done after that.

Minnows, Trout and Stingrays

So the kids started swimming lessons this week.  Every summer we sign them up for a session and they get a couple kicks closer to actually being able to swim.  The girl has really hit her stride this year, overcoming her fear of the diving board and become a swimmer.  This is the same kid that spent 3 years in the Minnow class (level 2).  (I probably jumped off the diving board only as many times as necessary in order to pass my swimming class.)

And speaking of proud.  And Minnows.  The boy was supposed to be in the Minnow class this summer and I someone mistakenly signed him up for the Trouts.  He was so scared.  It is with a strange mixture of pride and remorse that I watched my youngest in the Trout class these last two days.  Between momentary sobs and shaking with fear, he did everything the instructor asked him to do.  And lest you think me the meanest mother ever, I did pull him from the class and enroll him in the correct level.  I talked to his instructor and we agreed he could probably push through and stay in the Trout class but he might benefit more from gaining some confidence back with the Minnows.  Don’t want him hating to swim.  I did tell him though, through towel wrapped hugs, how proud I was of him.  It is an amazingly brave thing to be that afraid of something and do it anyway.

To look into the deep, close your eyes, hold your breath, and let the water close over your head.

So, so proud of my kids today.  🙂