Monthly Archives: August 2018

Zucchini Cobbler, it’s What’s for Dessert.

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Zucchini Cobbler, it’s What’s for Dessert.

Zucchini Cobbler??? Yes, I know, I was skeptical as well.  But when you are inundated with over-grown, giant, seedy zucchinis you get creative.  This time it paid off.

giant zucchini plants

I swear, I only planted 3 plants.

There is no off-switch on our garden this year.  Everyday we haul out more vegetables than a family of 10 could consume, let alone our little trio.  Cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, but the vegetable in particular that has been very productive, zucchini.  So much so that I have had to get creative with the recipes.  That lead to this revelation, you can substitute zucchini for apples, this brings us to my latest discovery, Zucchini Cobbler.

zucchini pile

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ZUCCHINI EVERYWHERE

Desperate times have called for desperate measures around here.  We have eaten grilled zucchini, zucchini pancakes, zucchini bread, zucchini pesto pasta and zoodles until I frankly can’t stand to look a zucchini in the stem anymore.  So, I dug around in some old recipe books (yes, the paper kind, remember those?) and found a recipe that uses zucchini like apples.

I know, this sounds completely crazy, but you are going to have to trust me.  It tastes just like apple cobber!! Don’t believe me, grab yourself a whaler (that’s what we call them) and give it a try.

zucchini cobbler ice cream

Zucchini Cobbler a la mode

Zucchini Cobbler Recipe

5 cups peeled, seeded chopped zucchini

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups butter chilled

1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375.Grease 9×13 baking dish.

Place zucchini and lemon juice in saucepan, cover and cook on med-low heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg. Simmer 1 more minute and remove from heat.

In large bowl combine flour and 1 1/2 cup sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup of this mixture to the zucchini mix.

Press 1/2 of remaining crumb mixture into baking dish.  Spread zucchini evenly over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over top and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake 35-40 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.

 

 

 

 

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Teen Stitch Fix Review- Back to School

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Teen Stitch Fix Review- Back to School

It’s August and almost time for back to school. Remember when back to school meant buying sweaters, corduroys and Trapper Keepers? No?  Possibly I am dating myself.  Well now the kids head back to school in the Summer rather than the Fall and dressing for the occasion can be a little tricky.  This is where Teen Stitch Fix comes to the rescue.

Stitch Fix porch

If you are new to the Mayhem (first of all, welcome) here are some links to my earlier posts about Stitch Fix  July Stitch Fix Review and June Fix Review .  This post is about my daughter’s latest Fix, you can read about her experience here Stitch Fix Teen Edition

What’s the deal with this Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a subscription styling service, that, for a reasonable fee, sends you clothing based on a profile you create.  Purchase an item and the styling fee ($20) is credited towards your balance. You can also get a $25 credit if you use a referral link when you set up your profile.  Follow the link below and fill out your profile.  When you are ready to order your first Fix, you will have a $25 credit waiting for you on your account. Yep, honest to goodness free money.

Stitch Fix Referral Link for $25 credit

Let’s get to Piper’s back to school Fix because it was stellar.  Her stylist this time was, Wendy and she really set her up with some nice stuff.  First out of the box was this super cute, soft and lightweight plaid shirt and snappy shorts.

 

She paired these two items with a white tank top for a very stylish, potential first day of school look.  The shorts were also part of the this Fix they are navy blue, have an elastic waist and lace trim at the leg.  The fabric is a poly blend and nice enough to dress up or down depending on the circumstance. It’s a very all-American look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fun, silver tassel necklace completed the look

bay to baubles necklace stitch fix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next out of the box was this cute, black knit dress.  Since dress code at Piper’s school requires shoulders to be covered, this dress will work as a nice layering piece either under the flannel shirt in this fix or the jean jacket from her denim jacket from her May Teen Stitch Fix.

knit dress stitch fix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, this sweater is the perfect layering piece to go from Summer to Fall.

Honey Punch sweater stitch fix

stitch fix sweaterSo cute.  This lightweight dove gray duster, has white stripes.  It is a great anchor piece that she can wear with over jeans, leggings or a dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be clear, this furball did not come with the Stitch Fix, he just wanted to be part of the photo shoot.  This is Percy, Piper’s cat. He showed up unannounced on our porch one day and is now one of the feline members of our family.

This was definitely a 5 for 5 Fix, but what was the financial damage?  Actually, not bad.  As those of you who have read these posts know, I give her a budget of $100, anything over that she has to pay for herself.  The total cost of this Fix was $196, with the 25% discount for buying all 5 items, and the styling fee credit of $20, the final cost was $127.  This meant she only had to work a few hours at my office and she had 3 new cute outfits to head back to school in.

I hope you enjoyed this Stitch Fix Review, if you would like to give it a try for yourself, click through the referral link above and set up your profile.  When you are ready to schedule your first Fix, you will have a $25 credit on your account.

 

 

Odin, Aussiedoodle Extraordinaire

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Odin, Aussiedoodle Extraordinaire

If you follow this blog, you already know about our Corgi, Winston. If you are not familiar with his work, check out this post Winston, Not Your Majesty’s Corgi  Now it’s time to meet the newest member of our Crew, Odin Kirk Nicely.  Odin is an 8 month old Aussiedoodle, who has never met a toy he didn’t like and is always ready for action.

Aussiedoodle

That Face!

It all started tragically enough when we lost our beloved dog, Loki.  We were all beyond sad and the prospect of getting another dog seemed impossible.  But, Winston (aka Super Corgi) took the loss especially hard; and, had what I swear was a bout of hysterical deafness.  He appeared to be suddenly deaf. Loud noises which used to send him into high alert now elicited no reaction from him whatsoever.

We took him the vet only to be told there was nothing wrong with his ears, except for the not working part of course. We thought maybe he had been deaf for a while and Loki served as his hearing ear dog, but we just didn’t know.  It was clear, like us, Winston had a huge void in his life, so we decided it was time to start the search for another dog.

This is where the cheese gets a bit more binding.  My husband, for some reason unknown to me had his heart set on a Vizla, a short-haired, hunting dog.  My daughter wanted, again for some unknown reason, a Bearded Collie, a long-haired, herding dog.  You could not choose two more divergent breeds of dogs if you tried.  OK Mom, you’re up. Go ahead and try to please everyone.

Enter the Aussiedoodle.

I began researching, trying to find any rescue groups that might have either of these types of dogs, no luck.  I looked through Petfinder daily looking for something that might please everyone.  Finally, I found a Australian Shepard puppy from a hobby breeder, that coincidentally lived 5 miles from my mother in rural Ohio.  So I called my mom and asked her to drive by to make sure this was not some horrible puppy mill.

An hour later, my mother confirmed this was just a lovely small farm, with several happy dogs that greeted her when she pulled in the driveway.  I texted the lady, only to find that the puppy was claimed a few hours earlier. However, she had a standard Poodle that was going to have Aussiedoodle puppies in a few months. Interesting.  So we had a family meeting and decided we could be the kind of family that would have a Doodle, and reserved one of the puppies.

Fast forward to December, when I received this picture.  Cookie had her puppies, 4 girls, 4 boys. A big pile of cuteness.

 

A week later we chose boy #4 to be our Doodle.  We named him Odin, as a nod to our beloved Loki.  If you don’t get the reference, I suggest viewing, Thor: Ragnorak, a fine film, both entertaining and educational (sort of).  His middle name is Kirk, according to my husband that is for Captain James T. Kirk.  If you ask me, it is for my favorite Gilmore Girls character.  Plus, we all love the actor, Bob Odenkirk, so it works on many levels.

Remember when I sent my mom to scope out the joint?  Well, guess who else got Doodle fever and adopted boy #1,  a fine lad who is now named Sherman.  Sherman was the largest puppy in the litter and has grown into a giant goofball.

A few months later, this little family reunion happened in my living room. There is nothing cuter than two 3-month old Aussiedoodles.

Aussidoodles

That’s a whole lot of adorable, am I right??

Odin may be grown now, but he is still all puppy.  He has been through puppy training class, and will be heading back to school later this month.  His bark has not completely developed yet so he has what can only be described as a dog scream. It is very jarring when he decides to make an impromptu announcement.

I will not go so far as to say Winston was thrilled to have a new puppy to care for, but he dutifully adopted Odin as his apprentice and showed him the ropes.  Amazingly enough, his ability to hear returned, shortly after the little black and white menace arrived. Miracles do happen.

Corgi Doodle sleeping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A few weeks ago, Sherman came for another play date.  This time it poured rain all day, but they did not let it dampen their fun.  They ran, they rolled, they wrestled for hours without stopping. It was exhausting just to watch.  After 20 minutes we abandoned them in the backyard and sought shelter in the house.  About an hour later, we looked out the back door to see this ridiculous scene.

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I hope you enjoyed Odin’s story, thank you and have a nice day.

Winston, Not Your Majesty’s Corgi

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Winston, Not Your Majesty’s Corgi

As you may already now, our family cares for a well curated domestic zoo, which currently consists of 2 dogs, 3 cats and 5 chickens.  This is the story of the elder statesman, Winston the Corgi

Welsh Pembroke Corgi

Isn’t he handsome?

Winston is a Welsh Pembroke Corgi who came to us as a rescue. His story begins when he was purchased as a puppy at the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, probably on a whim.  I can only imagine how freaking adorable he was as a puppy.  As it turns out, whoever purchased him was not prepared for a dog with separation anxiety issues.  Especially one with the destructive power of gang of hooligans.

This destructive behavior landed our hero in a shelter.  From that shelter, he was taken in by a kind woman who runs a breed rescue group for Corgis and Bernese Mountain Dogs, which is a really odd combination.  We found him on Petfinder when we were looking for a companion for our other dog, Loki.

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Loki and Winston, the dynamic duo

Winston has, what we call, oversize canine boldness.  Basically, there is no off switch on the Corgi machine. He attacks everything he does with the bold confidence of a dog three times his size. He loves to eat, go for walks and meet new people.

This boldness has caused him problems over the years. Such as the time he overheated and had to spend a night in the hospital because he would not stop playing.  He loves to herd things, dogs, cats, chickens; people are his favorite especially young ones.  His exuberant herding has caused him to blow out the ACL in both of his stubby back legs, resulting in two surgeries to repair the damage.

Corgi in a cone

Post-Op Corgi, still on guard duty.

Winston is full of energy, until he isn’t, then he fully enjoys his naps.  We often find him in his favorite sleeping position, white side up.  Because of his short legs, he looks like road kill when he sleeps. This position is doubly disturbing we he sleeps at the bottom of the stairs, because it really looks like there has been a terrible accident.

upside down corgi

White Side Up

Winston is now the elder statesmen of our household.  In his senior years he has taken up new hobbies, such as hiding chewy bones in furniture cushions, under bed pillows and in the dirty laundry and then obsessing about them.  He still enjoys wrestling, although he as adopted a sit and spin method to conserve energy.  Finally, he loves being a farm dog even though the chickens kind of creep him out.

Corgi garden

Gardening is his life

Thank you for taking the time to meet Winston, I hope he has brought a little spark of joy into your day.