Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Where Have I Been ?????

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone is doing well!   I think it's been almost a month since I have posted, or read your blogs.  Sorry I have been away, but life happened.  My mom has been in the hospital, but she is home now and doing better.  I've been trying to take care of her along with working a lot of over time, so that hasn't left me much free time.  What free time I've had, Tony and I have just been trying to chill.  :o)   I hope to be back on my normal routine very soon.  I have really missed everyone!  

Our little garden that we have is thriving.  Here's our yellow squash that is coming right along.   Tony took this picture yesterday, so these little guys should be ready to eat in the next day or two.  I can't wait.  Are you getting any veggies out of your garden yet?  Oh....question....has anyone ever cooked squash greens?   Tony read that cooked squash greens were very good and supposed to be very good for you.  I haven't had time to look into it, but I was just curious if anyone has had them.  If so, how did you cook yours and did you like the squash greens?

Here's two zucchinis that we picked last night.  Yes, we ate one of them last night, but it wasn't a healthy version.  :o)

Here's the zucchini all fried up.  It was soooo good.  The Old Town Spaghetti Store serves fried zucchini like this as an appetizer.  We got some when we went there to eat a while back and loved it so much that we decided we needed to try to recreate it.   Tony's the one who actually cooked it, and it was almost spot on.  He dredged each slice in soy milk, then into a wheat flour / corn meal mixture.  He added a little salt to half the batch and on the other half he sprinkled some Red Robin's seasoning, which to me was the best tasting.   He then fried it in a little canola oil.  The Spaghetti store serves theirs with marinara sauce.  We didn't have any though, but I really don't think it needed it. :o)   I also made some fried rice, which I think is the best that I've made so far.  I used basmati rice, half a bag of frozen veggies, half an onion, a portobello mushroom, some soy sauce, ginger powder, and pepper.   Very simple and very good!  And of course there's a Boca Chik'n patty on my plate too.  Yummy supper!

Work has been pretty stressful over the last few weeks.  Since we have moved to a new old building, I have something that I can do to de-stress.  There's a pond in the front of our building that has a covered bridge across it.  The neat thing about the pond is that it is home for a bunch of turtles that love to be fed.  I go our there every morning and afternoon on my break and feed them bread.  It is so cool and actually very relaxing.  It's almost like being at a zoo.  They all come swimming up to fight over the bread.   They even look up at you as if they are me.  :o)

Here's a close up of the cute turtles.  I just love the little guys!  :o)

That's all for now.  I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I was still kickin and hope to be back to my normal blogging within the next week or two.   I hope everyone is doing well!



  1. I'm so glad to see you back, but so sorry that things have been stressful for you lately. That's wonderful that your mom is doing better, though.

    I've never had fried zucchini & can just imagine how yummy it is! The turtles are adorable. What a great way to de-stress.

  2. Yay on the garden and the tiny turtles! I love turtles. xo

  3. Glad you're back, and glad to hear your mom is doing well.

    Speaking of doing well...your squash is going gangbusters! That's awesome! My squash hasn't even thought about setting buds yet. I love fried zucchini and Tony's version looks great! I've never eaten squash leaves...the blossoms yes, but not the leaves...I'll interested to hear more about it if you try it.

    The turtles are adorable...what a nice way to spend your work breaks!

  4. Welcome back! Hope your mom continues to do well. :)

    Those turtles are SO FREAKIN' CUTE!

  5. I am glad to hear your mom is doing better. Scary stuff. Sometimes you have to deal with real world stuff.

  6. Aww, I know it has been awhile, its ok to be out of the blog world for a lil bit, I feel that way with my summer so far, too! I used to be able to blog every day and now it's like once a week! life happens.. and we roll with it :) I am sorry to hear about your mom, anyone being in the hospital for any amount of time is stressful! (and so is working overtime!) Take care of yourself and your body first! We will all be here when you have the time again! And thanks for checking in :) Hope to talk soon =)

  7. Hey Michelle, glad to see you back. Hope your momma is doing fine and things at work slow down.

    Fried zucchini is great! I will have to try Tony's method. I am a very impatient fryer and always end up losing my breading.

  8. We missed you for sure Michelle! I hope that your mum is feeling better, and that you are not too tired. Good to see your zucchini, I better go out into my garden now because something eat all my cavolo nero seedlings!!!! Help!

    Take care

  9. Glad to hear your mom is doing better and you'll be able to post again soon. I've never heard of eating zucchini leaves — just the blossoms. You'll have to post more about it.

  10. awwww i miss my turtles! I have 4 (well only one is mine the rest are my siblings and live at my moms) and love them so so much! <3

    those zukes are HUGE! omg!!!!!

  11. Hooray, you are back, you have been missed! Sending quick get well wishes to your mom. Seeing pictures of the turtles you see makes me want to visit our Olbrich Gardens here and watch the koi fish, how relaxing! So jealous of your zucchini, sure hope my tomatoes grow as well as your zucchini's!

  12. i'm glad to hear your mom is doing better. your garden looks great -- those zucchini are giant! and the turtles are adorable. how cool that you can just step outside and visit them!

  13. Looks like you grow your Turtles and Zucchini big down there. Glad you're back and all is well.