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Zucchini Carrot Casserole

Our summer vegetable garden is pretty much an overgrown weed patch. Seriously. It is the weediest it has ever been and the little that was planted got out late. It is so bad that we just got our first zucchini of the year last night. Most people I know have been drowning in zucchini for weeks, so this is embarrassing. Usually by this time of year, the kids are all sick of the many zucchini…

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Homemade pizza sauce recipe and some ideas for summer pizza without heating up the oven! Continue reading...

Pizza Sauce Recipe & Summer Pizza Alternatives

I love having my homemade pizza sauce on hand. The weather lately has been HOT! I really don’t feel like cooking. Making “pizza” doesn’t always mean I have to heat up the oven. Here are some options to keep your kitchen cool: ~toasted cheese sandwiches with mozzarella and a little garlic salt- dip it in the sauce ~pizza quesadillas ~pizza mountain pies over a campfire ~english muffin pizzas ~pizza lunchables ~grilled pizza Keeping sauce and…

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Let kids paint cute, little bug rocks to decorate the flower garden! Continue reading...

Painted Bug Rocks

How is your summer vacation going? Ours is going OK. Some days are better than others. Some days we have a lot of fun, but some days I am at my wits end because they are fighting and making messes all of the time. Some days I can’t believe how productive I have been around here, but most days the house seems completely trashed. Some days we do fun things and some days they binge…

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Use masking tapes to paint stripes on a wood frame! Continue reading...

July 4th Home Decor

I do seasonal decorating around here. I am sort of undecided about home decor ideas- most things I really want to do require major renovations and a large budget. Instead, I do some smaller things to try to brighten things up around here. Seasonal decor fits in well with my “undecided look.” I leave my patriotic decor up from late May to early September; it covers Memorial Day to July 4th. Then comes fall, which seems too…

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Summertime Pinterest Recipes ~ Tested and Approved

I have been really enjoying trying out new recipes with the bountiful summer harvest! The past few weeks, I have discovered some REALLY good ones! Zucchini ricotta galette– oh, that just sounds fancy! It looks as pretty as its name, doesn’t it? The crust is flaky and wonderful, with just a hint of tartness. The filling and zucchini/summer squash are OK, but the crust is what really makes this dish. I pinned this roasted veggie…

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