Zucchini, zucchini, zucchini!

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Homemade zucchini bread

Garden season is here at last and we’ve got tons of zucchini and yellow squash coming in. I’m on a mission to incorporate these fresh veggies into as many meals as possible.

So far, we’ve had zucchini bread, zucchini fritters, chicken stir fry with zucchini and squash, fried squash, pasta Primavera, zucchini risotto and a concoction I put together with the left over stir fry rice which included sauteed zucchini, squash and onions, a can of black beans, diced tomatoes, green chilies and cheddar cheese. It was very tasty.

The zucchini fritters were Morgan’s creation and they were delicious. We served them with a London Broil we coated in a dry rub and seared on the grill.

Morgan’s Zucchini Fritters

Ingredients:

• One large zucchini, grated

• 1/4 of an onion, finely minced

• 2 eggs, beaten

• about 2/3 cup flour

• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Grate zucchini into a colander and sprinkle lightly with salt. Let sit for about 10-15 min. Then put the grated zucchini in cheese cloth or a kitchen towel that you don’t mind turning green, and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Place grated and drained zucchini into a large mixing bowl. Add to the bowl two eggs beaten, onion, flour, salt and pepper. You may need more or less flour depending on how loose the mixture is. Mix every thing together then spoon into a preheated nonstick pan with a couple table spoons of butter melted in it. Cook until golden brown on first side then flip and flatten with a spatula. Once they are brown on both sides they are done. Season with a little extra salt and pepper immediately after removing from the pan.

London broil and zucchini fritters | The Lush's Blush blog
London broil and zucchini fritters

 

 

Out of office

The Lush's Blush blogSeveral years ago I had a job that I didn’t like very much. Looking back on that experience now, I know that part of the problem was my attitude. It was easier to complain about stuff than to just put on a smile and make the best of things. At any rate, during that time, I pretty much LIVED for the moment when I could turn on the out of office reply on my email and clock out for a vacation. Whether it was a long weekend or an entire week off, the moment of pure bliss came when I turned the out of office reply on.

I’ve recently been seeing a meme circulating that says something like, “Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” I can certainly see the wisdom in that statement and at the same time, I disagree with it.

I am happily now at a place where I really like my job. And I love my life overall. But guess what, I still love to go on vacation!

There is great satisfaction in getting a job done whether that is your actual “day job” that makes you money or just jobs around the house like keeping the laundry clean and the living room vacuumed. But there is also great satisfaction in having a few days, or maybe even an entire week, where you have none of those responsibilities.

And so once again, that blissful moment is so near, when I shall turn on the out of office reply.

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