Thursday, August 5, 2010

yellow squash, anyone?

Have you ever had a bunch of yellow squash and had NO IDEA what to do with it?! It seems as though a LOT of people plant this in their garden, and then give most of it away because they have so much and don't know what to do with it! Well, we would LOVE to have that problem, but since the campground doesn't exactly have ample room for a garden, we'll have to wait to plant our own. BUT..we were blessed with a WHOLE bag full of yellow squash from a friend from church! Now, before I would have been thinking 'uh...what in the world am I going to do with this?!' but since we've been living our 'no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, no msg, no packaged anything' lifestyle, it's been so fun to incorporate different veggies in mostly anything! Here is what I did with the yellow squash....

Added it to:
1) Lasanga--just chopped it up and put it in the sauce
2) Pizza --sliced it and placed it on homemade pizza as you would with pepperoni
3) Speghetti --same with lasanga
4) a Mexican style skillet--with chicken, onions, peppers, garlic, and salsa.
5) Alfredo--with brocolli, green onions, tomatoes and angel hair pasta...mmm...

6)Sauted it with onions, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes...yum!
7) Ate 'em fresh like a cucumber

8)and my favorite....made BREAD! Here is the awesome yellow squash recipe I came up with that we think is soooooo yummy! You can also use zuchinni substituted for the yellow squash.

Yellow Squash or Zuchinni Bread

3 eggs
2 t. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 c honey
just under 1/2 cup coconut oil
just under 1/2 cup olive oil

2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 t. baking powder
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t salt

2 heaping cups (peeled) shredded yellow squash or zuchinni

Mix first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Set aside. Mix next 5 ingredients together in small bowl. Add small bowl to large bowl. Mix. Stir in yellow squash/zuchinni. Bake at 350 for 50 mins. I make this into 2 smaller loafs (in regular size loaf pans, just doesn't get as high) and keep it in the fridge. LOVE this bread cold! Freezes AWESOME!

Enjoy that yellow squash!!

Here is a couple things the boys like doing outside.

Playing in the itsy bitsy sandbox I made. Remember this pool? It's the one Ariella brought to the beach! Well, not the exact one, but for $1.88, we got two :) Plus some sand for $2.50 at Lowes and it makes for hours of fun! (Minus when they track it inside all over the camper...then that's not so fun for mom!)


We bought a pack of cheap paintbrushes (3 for $3) at the dollar store, gave them a bucket of water and a board and away they went! They love to "paint"...and mom loves it too! No mess!...except when they dump the water...but let's not think about that!

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