The Only Prescription is More Cowbell, and These Zucchini Boats

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

Sorry I didn’t check in yesterday! The sick has hit us!

The kids hadn’t been sick since early 2017, and I’m not even positive about that! I know that Des has three absences this year, and all three were days spent in Florida. Scarlet has five absences (or had, anyway) and three were spent in Florida, one was spent in NYC with Cassidy, and there was also the day we took her out of school to see the new Star Wars! Priorities, and all. I really thought we had made it, not only to spring, but to the “safe” zone. April used to be “safe?”

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

I know you’re never really safe but when you first have kids, they get sick quite a bit, in my opinion. It really does slow and die down the way it does for most adults. Scarlet woke up yesterday with a fever of 103. Today, she woke up with a fever of 103 and Des with a fever of 102. Oh boy! I wanted to check in and share this AMAZING and easy (good for sick days) recipe, but I’ll have to duck out again too. Before I do that, though, there’s something I’ve been meaning to confess for a long time.

In my former life, I was quite awkward.

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

My sister has put that photo on Facebook for YEARS, and I’ve ducked my head and forgotten about it. Now it’s time to embrace it. Do you have any photos with early 90’s hair, track jackets, and blue eye shadow? I definitely need to see them! The only thing I’ll say in my defense is that I had a high fever that night. I remember that my parents took us to the school to get our portraits taken. Maybe it was a fundraiser. After that, I seem to remember going to Temple and nearly falling asleep. Somehow I made it home. The fever doesn’t excuse my outfit, my hair, and my blue eye shadow. Those proudly belong to me. It does explain the strained smile, though. Cheerio! Here’s to fevers then, fevers now, and Zucchini Boats!

Zucchini Boats

Ingredients:

3-4 Zucchini
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ red onion, diced
¾ cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded Italian cheese (reserve ¼ cup for the top)
1 jalapeno, diced
¼ cup cilantro (optional because I can’t stand it)
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Dash of salt

Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 – Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out about half the insides with a spoon

3 – Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl. Make sure to reserve the ¼ cup of cheese for the tops

4 – Fill each zucchini boat with some of the mixture. I had some extra mixture, so I just filled a few extra zucchinis I had

5 – Place the boats on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until heated through and the zucchini has softened

6 – Remove from the oven and sprinkle the reserved cheese over the tops of the boats

7 – Serve immediately

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

Enjoy this delicious vegetarian meal that is just as good reheated the next day!

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

Grill Cupcakes For Father’s Day/Summer Celebrations

These Grill Cupcakes with Kabobs are wonderful and perfect for Father's Day or a summer BBQ party! Make/buy your cupcakes and have fun decorating! #recipe

Guys, what can I say except that I’m sorry about yesterday!

I realize I published four blog posts in one day, and all before noon! How rude! If someone else did that, I’d probably be all, “WTH” and probably also I’d be all, “Well good for them! Honestly! But.. seriously. FOUR?!” That said, bear with me. Even those four posts give you a nice feel for the oddities going on in my life. Parenting. DIY. Pets. Photography. Blogging. Life.

That about covers it! So now we eat cupcakes, no?

grill cupcakes

We have three more weeks of school now. Those three weeks are filled with kindergarten potluck picnics and preschool graduations. Field days and recitals and all sorts of insanity. My big data entry project is over, although there’s sometimes a sequel to the project, if I’m lucky. I feel a bit freer than I have in weeks, but I have about four photo sessions to edit after they got lost in the four blog posts/four million hours of data entry shuffle. I also have upcoming photo shoots! When it rains, it pours. And sometimes that lasts for 17 weeks, but who’s counting? The garden is happy even if we aren’t loving it.

I complain about the weather A LOT, but I have always gravitated to the sun since my July birth! It’s surprising that I’ve remained pale fair all these years. I also depend on the weather for my career. Also, it’s ok to want more and to expect more than turning your heat on in June. Cassidy asked me, somewhat jokingly and probably somewhat with truth, when I actually DO have my groove – since I’m constantly trying to get it back. And grooves – they come and go. It’s ok to want more. My default setting in life is happiness, but I’m not necessarily (or ever) peaceful. I’ve been building my business(es) for a couple years now, and many of you know how hard that is. I work hard to find my footing, and I work hard to parent, AND to move against the anxiety currents and landmines that are formed and detonated by marriage and parenting.

These Grill Cupcakes with Kabobs are wonderful and perfect for Father's Day or a summer BBQ party! Make/buy your cupcakes and have fun decorating! #recipe

That said, I’m trying hard, and I’ll try harder. What I really need is emotional support, artistic outlets, deep breathing, downtime, being heard and understood, and maybe a really fantastic vacation. Oh, and lots of rainbow sprinkles and maybe putting some stamps on my passport. I could also really use more cupcakes. Couldn’t we all use more cupcakes, though?

These Grill Cupcakes with Kabobs are wonderful and perfect for Father's Day or a summer BBQ party! Make/buy your cupcakes and have fun decorating! #recipe

It’s ok to want more, and to be taking a long time to be figuring that out. That said, our chickens want more too! They are big and about ready to move into the coop. Or rather, they ARE ready and we are ready, but the coop is not ready. There’s one chicken we’ve had since the first shipment named Barnie. She used to do a funny butt shake and shimmy before pooping. She also used to sleep flat on her back with her feet up and I had to Google to make sure she was ok. When we first let the chickens into the sunshine, she snuggled against me like a cat. Now she “talks” to me before any others. They are trying to cluck and the transition from peeping and chirping is hilarious. She sounds like she’s whistling through dentures!

If she’s flown out of her pool and is wandering the garage, I can find her because I call to her and she answers.

Summer is really coming, weather be darned, and I really want to share this recipe. Consider this your call and answer, like Barnie the Chicken. You call for me to take a break from FOUR blog posts, and to do so in style, with cupcakes. Even with our broken fridge, Des getting sick (in June), record-breaking low temps (in June), and my inability to get my groove back/get into the groove, what we can do is let them eat cupcakes. Summer is calling, and these cupcakes are answering.

grilled cupcakes

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Grill Cupcakes

Ingredients

12 Chocolate Cupcakes, prepared & unfrosted
1 Can Red Frosting
1 Can Orange Frosting
Wilton Chocolate Melting Discs, Black
Toothpicks
Assorted Candy (I used Gummy Candy and Red Cherry Balls)
Star Tip

Directions

  1. Place the star tip into a clear plastic bag and add about half the can of orange and red frosting to the bag.
  2. Pipe frosting in a swirl pattern on top the cupcakes – this will resemble the fire.
  3. Melt about ½ cup of the chocolate discs in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  4. Put the melted chocolate into a small plastic baggie and cut a tiny hole in the corner.
  5. On a parchment lined pan, pipe 12 circles, the same width as the cupcakes. Then pipe lines across each circle to resemble a grill grate.
  6. Let these set until hard.
  7. Cut little pieces of the gummy candy and put on the toothpicks to resemble skewers.
  8. Place the grates on top the frosted cupcakes and place a skewer on top each one.
  9. Make grill cupcakes for Father’s Day or Summer Party!


Enjoy!