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Jun 242016

Fried Zucchini Spirals

This is something I saw on the internet and just had to try them my way of course!

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But first let me share a cute story about our blueberries. The other day my granddaughter came to visit with her hubby and daughter and I was excited to show her all the berries that were available to us this year. While we were walking around the yard looking at them, Jingles our dog was right beside us. Sammi and I were picking berries off of the bushes and popping them in our mouths when I noticed Jingles biting off the lower berries and chomping them up! She had never done that before when I was picking them and we just got such a kick out of it; guess she figured if they were good enough for us, they were good enough for her too!! Oh and she only took the ones that were ripe; who says dogs aren’t super smart?

Well, I’ve made these zucchini treats twice now and the only problems that I encountered were that the first time, most of them got eaten before we even sat down to eat dinner; not really a problem I guess. The other problem is that you really have to watch them little devils as one second they’re not quite done and the next second they’re almost burnt! So when cooking, do NOT take your eyes off them for a sec unless you like them a little bit on the dark side as did Husband and daughter both; SCARRRRRY…………..

Fried Zucchini Spirals
  • Desired amount of zucchini, cut in large spirals ( I have one of those as seen on TV ones, ha ha! )
  • Flour
  • Bread crumbs seasoned with Italian seasonings ( I used basil,oregano and parsley )
  • Oil for frying
  1. Dredge zucchini with flour in large baking pan in a single layer and let sit for about 5 minutes or until zucchini's moisture makes the flour damp; shake off excess flour.
  2. Now repeat with the bread crumbs to which the desired amount of seasonings are added; let stand again for a few minutes.
  3. Fry in a cast iron skillet over medium heat in about one inch of oil, flipping them as they fry and cook until nicely browned or burnt a little as I did the second time around what was I thinking!
  4. Drain on paper towels being careful not to eat them all while standing there in the kitchen finishing up your cooking............

fried zuccinee 004These are great as a side to almost anything, as a topping over a meatball sandwich as we did one night to add some crunch or even as a topper over a nice tossed salad………….. Enjoy!

May 172016

Easy Blueberry Cake

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As I told you, I was going to bring you a new dessert to share with you this week, that is if turned out Okay and wasn’t an almost disaster like another one I made two weeks ago!!! Husband and I love to have a big fruit platter in the heat of the summer with slices of pound cake and different kinds of cheeses. I had made a buttermilk pound cake for Kenny and I to enjoy with the fresh melons and berries that are coming in now and after about 12 minutes in the oven, I started to smell something burning! Upon opening the oven and as soon as the smoke cleared confirmed it!! My 2 piece bundt pan was dripping out cake dough through the bottom and cooking on the bottom of my oven, GRRR!!! In a mad dash, Kenny and I grabbed 2 loaf pans, greased and floured them and poured what we could rescue from the old bundt pan quicker than you could bat an eye or maybe I should just break down and buy a new one instead of using something as old as I, ha ha. Well to say the least, they were still edible although a little bit on the dry side, oh WELL. Bundt pan quickly went to the barn for Kenny to fix whatever the problem was which turned out to be a bottom that ended up getting a little bent!

What happened to the ice cream???

What happened to the ice cream???

This weekend granddaughter and husband Andy had a big fish fry to celebrate their new home and of course when I asked what I could bring, her husband insisted on a big dish of homemade cole slaw and some potato salad wouldn’t hurt either! I had decided to try this cake but didn’t tell them I was doing so! Along with the fish we also had homemade grits with cheese, baked beans and rolls; and then, for Gram, she got her very own chicken deep-fried as I have never been a fresh-water fish lover. I did however try the fish and was impressed as it didn’t taste like the fish we had up north when I was a kid (but my deep-fried to perfection chicken, was still better!!). Others brought desserts too and one was a very, very chocolate cake along with a coca cola cake, both very yummy.

What I like about this cake, is that you can substitute any berry flavor you want and it would still be delicious, maybe next time I’ll do a strawberry or raspberry! My blueberries are still not ready, but look like they are going to be abundant this year, so I had to rely on my local produce stand.

Easy Blueberry Cake
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix, I used Duncan Hines French Vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small boxes blueberry jello
  • 1 container (12 oz) Cool Whip
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, divided
  1. Mix cake mix with the eggs, oil and water according to package directions; beat in one box of the jello.
  2. Pour into 2 cakes pans, greased and floured; sprinkle batter with about ⅔ of the berries.
  3. Bake according to package directions.
  4. Cool cake accordingly.
  5. Mix remaining box of jello with the ½ cup of water that has been heated and stir to dissolve.
  6. Blend jello mixture into the Cool Whip and frost cake.
  7. Decorate with remaining berries.

We had a great time and enjoyed all the goodies along with everyone else………..Enjoy!

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