Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stuffed Zucchini

Have loads and loads of zucchini again this year?

You know, I purposely only planted one zucchini plant this year and I still have more than I know what to do with.  Seriously!!!

So I was at a loss with what to do with it all.  I am pretty sure my friends were avoiding me so I wouldn't 'offer' (aka force them to take 3 or 4) them a zucchini or 2.  Whatever...

So I was talking to my mother on the phone and she gave me another brilliant idea… Stuffed Zucchini!  Woot Woot.  I was so excited I cooked it that night for dinner and just and to share it with you so you would have a brilliant idea too!

Conversation went something like this…

me, 'so, what are you having for dinner, I don't know what to make?'

mom: 'we are having stuffed zucchini, you know, like peppers but with zucchini.'

me: 'I think your a genius, I'm pretty sure its hereditary, and I'm awesome too.'

Ok, maybe not that last part but I was super excited!

This recipe is so easy, and one of my all time favorites growing up.  Just altered for zucchini lovers like us!  So here it is...

You are going to need:
2 large zucchinis
1 pound ground beef
1 cup rice, cooked
1/2 lemon
1 can tomato paste
seasoning of your choice
      I usually go with salt pepper garlic and onion powder

slice your zucchini in half and scoop out most of the insides.

Brown some ground meat, how much will depend on how many people you are feeding.  I will generally do a pound for our family of 4.  And there are always leftovers.  With a pound of meat there was enough filling to fill 2 large zucchinis.

Anyway, now add some lemon (fresh squeezed if you have it, about a Tbsp of lemon juice of not) and a can of tomato paste.

add in your seasoning and rice and mix it all together.

Now stuff your zucchinis and place them in the oven and cook at 350˚ for about 30 minutes.

now plate and done!  This meal is great with some garlic bread and parmesan.  If you want you can put the cheese, any cheese you like ,on top before you cook it and let it get all melty in the oven too!

And a beautiful meal to serve your family and get rid of some of that zucchini in the pantry.  

Woot woot, double bonus!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lighted Monster Bottle Halloween Decorations

DIY Up-Cycled Wine Bottles to Halloween Decorations

I found a really cute idea on Pinterest the other day but of course being the resourceful gal that I am I tweaked it a bit to fit the supplies I had on hand.

Here is the original pin I saw that inspired these.

And here are the ones I made,

Lighted Monster Bottles

Aren't they so cute!?! I just live then, and the kids could even helps me them. That was the best part.

• empty wine bottles
• old Christmas lights
• tissue paper in different colors
• black and white card stock
• google eyes (if desired)

ok, so you will start off with your empty wine bottles.

Then you will want to soak them in water for a few minutes.  This will loosen the glue so you can get the labels off.  

Remove the labels...

 Paint them with your Mod Podge and start covering with tissue paper.

Make some funny faces on your bottles with your card stock.  You will want to stick with simple shapes that will be seen easily since it will be back lit.  

 Add google eyes if you like, just to give them more character when they are not lit up.  

Now take your old christmas lights... 

 and start stuffing!  This is the most time consuming part...

 but aren't they worth it?  
I just love them and little one really loved working on a craft project with mommy!  I think they look so cute up there, I have them on my mantle.  I can't decide if I want to keep them there or if I will move them near the front door on Halloween but I suppose I have a little time to decide.

Halloween is getting closer and my kids are getting excited already.  Do yours know what they want to be yet?


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