Monday, August 3, 2020

Oven Baked Zucchini Tots

Oven Baked Zucchini Tots

I am rolling in the zucchini this year! Madison and my neighbor have given me several
and my own plants are finally beginning to produce. I've been making zucchini muffins,
zucchini fritters, grilled zucchini and using it in veggie quesadillas. I've also been freezing
zucchini to use in soup and veggie quesadillas this fall and winter.

I've had this recipe for zucchini tots in my recipe box for a long time and finally got
around to trying it last week and they are delicious! The recipe is super easy!  I use a
Pampered Chef mini muffin pan.

We enjoyed the tots for dinner with grilled chicken and a big salad, but I also put a
few in the freezer for later. I'm going to reheat them in my air fryer!

Zucchini Tots

1 cup shredded zucchini (I left the skin on)
1/3 cup diced onion
1 large egg
1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
*I also added fresh parsley since I have it in my herb garden right now.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix until combined.
Using a small spoon or cookie scoop drop mixture evenly into mini muffin cups,
pressing the mixture down a little with the back of the spoon.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield - about 20 tots depending upon the size of your mini muffin pan.


Monday, July 20, 2020

Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins

Like many of you my daughter and I started flowers and vegetables from seed this spring
while we were staying home all of the time due to the pandemic. Watching our little seeds
turn into sprouts was fun and rewarding! I planted herbs, cherry tomatoes, cucumber,
nasturtiums, chamomile and zucchini in pots. Next year I would love a raised bed or two!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Homemade Bath Bombs {DIY}

I've been trying to make the most of our shelter in place time by trying new recipes, crafts
and projects that have been on my someday list. I have a pretty long list and it's always fun
to try something new, especially when the project or recipe turns out just as you hoped it
would! Today we're making homemade bath bombs.

I've been using Young Living essential oils exclusively for a little over a year now and I
love learning new ways to get rid of toxic beauty and cleaning products in our home and
replace them with natural products.  (You can read more about why I love Young Living here.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Small Batch Baked Oatmeal

Hey friends! How are you all holding up?

I've settled in to working from home and have come up with a schedule that works for me.
I miss my co-workers and visiting our residents, but I do enjoy being home with our
sweet dog Scout, going for walks in the middle of the day if I choose and not having to worry
about what I'm going to wear to work every day. Leggings and sweatshirts for the win!

I don't know about you, but I've been craving all the comfort food. Oatmeal is one of my all
time favorites, maybe because my mom used to make it for us when we were kids. She made
the cook on the stove top kind, not instant, with brown sugar, cinnamon and milk. It was so
warm and cozy! I've been thinking about her a lot lately (last week marked two years since
she passed away), so I decided to make this baked banana oatmeal in her honor.
It gives me all the feels and now I have breakfast ready for the week. I hope you enjoy it too!

Baked Banana Oatmeal

2 cups rolled oats
2 ripe bananas (one mashed and one for slicing for the top)
1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 T coconut sugar or brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a glass pie plate with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar.
In a small bowl whisk together mashed banana, milk, egg and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Pour oat mixture into the prepared pie plate. Top with sliced banana.
Bake for 30 minutes or until set.

Frost with nut butter of your choice. Serve with fresh berries and milk.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

WW Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Weight Watchers Oatmeal Bars

Over the weekend I posted this photo on my Instagram stories with the caption that I
make these bars every weekend and it's true! When I started WW (formerly know as
Weight Watchers) last April I found that most of the granola or protein bars that I had
been eating had more smart points than I wanted to use for a morning or afternoon snack
so I began making these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

Birdseed heart for Valentine's Day
I've been feeling extra crafty lately - making essential oil diffuser bracelets and diffusers
for your car. Sitting in my office/craft room and creating is so relaxing and satisfying.
I don't take the time to do it often enough!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Semi-Homemade Heart Shaped Pop-Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

Hey friends! I'm coming at you today with a cute and easy dessert to make for Valentine's
Day. Semi-homemade heart shaped strawberry pop-tarts!
This recipe is super easy when you use prepared sheets of refrigerated pie crust.
Feel free to make your own pie dough if desired. I have yet to master pie crust, so I went
the easy route.

This recipe makes four heart shaped pop-tarts. You can easily double the recipe if needed.

Heart shaped homemade pop-tarts are simply adorable and my family loved them!

Semi-Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

1 refrigerated pie crust (save the other half for later)
1/4 cup strawberry jam
2 tsp. corn starch
1 egg
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 T heavy cream (or more as needed)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Heart shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix strawberry jam with cornstarch. Crack the egg into another small
bowl and whisk.

Flour a large work surface and lay pie crust on top of it.  Roll out the circle.
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out 8 hearts. You will need to gather the dough
scraps and roll out to be able to get 8 hearts. Place four of them on the prepared baking

Spoon a tablespoon of jam mixture onto the center of 4 of the hearts.
Brush egg around the edges of filled hearts to form a glue.
Place a dough heart on top of jam. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal.
Repeat with remaining hearts. Brush tops with egg. Using a knife, make a 1/4 inch
cut in the center of the dough to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Some jam may leak out of the sides, but that's okay!
Cool completely before frosting.

After pop-tarts have cooled, in a small bowl whisk powdered sugar, vanilla and cream.
Spread glaze over each pop-tart. Immediately top with sprinkles.
Allow glaze to set a bit before serving.

Yield - 4