Shaved Summer Squash Salad

I love to take advantage of summer squash while it is in abundance in our baskets, at farmer’s markets or from friends who are eager to get rid of their bumper crop.  Wherever you are getting your summer squash fix, they are perfect for blending with other ingredients or in very simple preparations because of their subtle flavor.

This salad is perfect on a hot evening when a cheesy or fried squash dish just won’t do.

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Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Thanks to Bountiful Baskets I can not only make my cake I can eat it too. I used my homemade applesauce and fresh zucchini from one of my baskets to make a moist and light cake. I did a semi sweet chip frosting to keep it simple. Every one deserves a special treat once in a while so why not try this, you won’t be disappointed.

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake


  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups zucchini


  1. Beat sugar and oil together for 1 minute
  2. add eggs, applesauce, vanilla and beat for another minute
  3. add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sour milk and beat until combined
  4. stir in zucchini
  5. put in a 9 x 13 prepared pan
  6. bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  7. cool
  8. frost as desired


To make sour milk add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and then fill with milk. Let set for 5 minutes then add to recipe.

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End of the Basket Salad

Ever wonder what to do with your produce from the last basket a few days before the new basket is coming. I do a end of the basket salad. Never the same twice but it is always fantastic. I am surprised how creative some of them can be. Change them up with your own favorite dressing and enjoy! Continue reading “End of the Basket Salad”

Stir fry Spaghetti Squash

Stir Fried Spaghetti Squash

I  love spaghetti squash!  It is one of the most versatile vegetables to use for dinner.  I like to think of it as a surprise inside the bright yellow outer shell.  When baked the inside is filled with hot, steaming strands of yellow squash that are a great substitute for pasta.  We usually have it as a spaghetti for dinner one evening and the leftover is used in a stir fry.  I try to use lots of the vegetables from our Bountiful Basket in the stir fry.  I hope you will enjoy this recipe!
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Here’s a fun festive little dish I use when cleaning out my fridge after Bountiful Baskets.  It’s just two of us, so I don’t necessarily go through as much of the food as we should as quickly as we should.  I love how pretty this is sitting on the table…. and even more than that I love how it looks like a rainbow when I take it to work for lunch all chilled and cool the next morning. Continue reading “Ratatouille”

Veggie scramble

I really need a protein rich breakfast to get my day started. One of the easiest and healthiest protein breakfasts is for me to scramble up some eggs. This is a great recipe to use up a variety of vegetables and it is fast so it is perfect for weekday mornings. I will pretty much use whatever I have on hand but some of my favorites are tomatoes, spinach, kale, onion, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, leeks, and potatoes. Continue reading “Veggie scramble”

Zucchini and Carrot Muffins

I used to love to bake, but then my oven started acting weird and unpredictable, and nothing would ever bake right.  I pretty much stopped.  Now that I have an oven that works, though, I’m getting back to baking.  And with my zucchini from Bountiful Baskets (and then zucchini from a neighbor) I wanted to find something yummy and somewhat healthy that wouldn’t involve heating up the kitchen too much.
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Cindy – Pizza and a Movie

Use what talent you possess:
the woods would be very silent if no birds sang
except those that sang best.

I’m having one of those “less than perfect” days. Nothing is particularly wrong, I just can’t seem to get something right. I had HIGH hopes of offering up a wonderful meal to my family and to you tonight, but for the second time in a row it was less than perfect. Which got me thinking about the lenses that we see each other through.

In my old neighborhood I had a neighbor who was the epitome of perfect. Her hair was perfect, her make-up was perfect, her clothes were perfect, her house was always tidy and ready for guests, she hosted fun luncheons and even figured out how to balance all of that and stay in shape. I was the polar opposite of her. I rarely did anything more than a ponytail with my hair, makeup was a luxury that was just out of my grasp, my clothes covered my body, nothing more nothing less (I was just grateful for the days that I could escape, unscathed, by the onslaught of baby food that was being hurled at me) and my house, though it was tidy, it was never guest ready. If someone stopped by unannounced I would either pretend I wasn’t home or holler at them through the door that they would have to wait for a second while I quickly ran through the offending room shoving everything out of sight.
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