Zucchini Tots

When I first saw Zucchini Tots, I was totally intrigued. I love tater tots but obviously it is frowned upon to eat them all the time. So I wanted to make these ASAP and I did just that.

These are so easy to make and are done in just a short amount of time. Then you’ll be enjoying these zucchini tots like I am!

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After you shred your zucchini, it is important that you try and get out as much of the water that you can. They will hold together better if you do and you get a nice crispy outside if there is less water. I used a cheesecloth, however, you could use a clean towel. Really it’ll do the trick! Place the zucchini on the middle of the cloth and squeeze into a ball and squeeze the water our over a bowl or the sink.

Then you are going to mix all of your ingredients together until well blended.

I sprayed my mini muffin tin with non stick cooking spray then filled up each of the little tins to the top.

Next, you’ll pop these little babies right in the oven and bake for about 15 – 20 minutes. You want to get them nice and brown on the top!

Then pop them out of the tins and enjoy every delicious bite!

  • 2 cups grated zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
  • onion, minced (1/2 small)
  • shredded sharp cheddar (1/2 cup)
  • grated Parmesan (1/2 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Grate the zucchini and use a cloth to get out as much of the water as you can. (the more you can get out the better!)
  3. Add all additional ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Spray a mini muffin pan with a non-stick spray.  You could alternatively shape these into tots and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Fill the muffin tin with the mixture, and bake for 15-20 mins or until the tops have turned golden.

As a result, these are one of my favorite snacks because they are so delicious! Let me know if you give them a try!

Southwest Spaghetti Squash

I love finding new fun recipes that I don’t feel bad about eating. And this Southwest Spaghetti Squash is right up my alley!

Last year I discovered my love for spaghetti squash and have made many recipes since, like Pesto chicken stuffed spaghetti squash, that was delicious! I have found that I love adding black beans to everything that I can and this is a favorite now for sure!

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I used green chilies, corn, black beans…. Yum, I am getting hungry!

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And I also added some salsa!

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After baking my spaghetti squash I flipped them over and using a fork I loosened everything up a bit.

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I took some of the squash out and mixed it in with my bowl, just to make sure it was all mixed together well and then add the filling all back into the squash bowl.

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  • 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Diced Green Chilies, 1 small can
  • 1 C Salsa
  • 1/4 C red onion, chopped
  • 1 C frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese

Start with cutting your squash in half and drizzle just a little olive oil on it. Place on a baking sheet cut side down. Bake on 375 for about 30 minutes, but depending on the size of your squash it might need to cook for an extra 10 or so minutes.

Remove from oven and shred the inside a bit- I do this so the squash can be mixed in with the other ingredients.

Put all other ingredients into the squash bowl and mix it up a bit. I put some half of the shredded cheese into the mixture and save half to put on the top.

Bake for additional 15 minutes to get the cheese nice and bubbly.

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Topped with cheese and baked and you’ll be in spaghetti squash heaven!

What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash?

American Girl Doll Closet

There was a time when my life only knew boys. I had two sons and we didn’t find out what we were having with baby number 3. We were going to be done after 3 no matter if we had a girl or a boy and while I was secretly thinking I was having a girl I told everyone I thought I was having a boy. I think I was trying to convince myself I was having a boy so that when I had another boy, I was mentally prepared.

I wasn’t sure if a girl was in my future. But luckily that day I had Summer my life changed for the good. There are so many fun things I get to do with Summer, like painting our nails, doing fun hair styles and playing with dolls.

For Christmas, Reese joined our family. Summer was so excited to get Reese and plays with her every single day. She has lots of clothes for her, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying more fabric than I need to make matching outfits for Summer and Reese.

It has also opened up so many opportunities to make fun things like this doll closet.

It couldn’t have been easier. I bought one of these crates for $10, a rod for .29 and the plank for $2. And I also just used some paint that I already had from DecoArt and some hot glue!

Because it was a little rough I did use a piece of sand paper to sand down my box a little, but it only took a few minutes.

These were Summer’s paint choices! Bubblegum and Purple Cow!

She wanted the inside to be pink, so that is just what we did!

Then the outside was purple! And I used a glossy clear coat to give it a shine!

I cut a couple pieces of the peg off and painted them pink, and one longer piece purple. Then, using the hot glue I put the “rod” in to hang the hangers on, and the smaller pegs I used to prop up the board on the side for a shelf.

I’m thinking of grabbing another piece of wood to put up above the rod because that might be a better place for the shoes to go. What do you think?

Look how happy this girl is to have Reese’s closet finished? She was so in love!

I also grabbed this mirror from the dollar store. It has the suction cups on the back, but I just filled them with hot glue and stuck it on!

I have so many more projects that I want to do for Reese and Summer. What would you like to see me make?

Make your own Gummy Worms

Last year for my birthday, my father in law bought me a gummy worm machine.

I don’t actually eat gummy candy because it has always bothered my teeth, but my family, however, love gummy worms, bears and fish. Especially my husband. So as soon as I got the machine we made our own gummy worms.

Make your own gummy worms

It came with the trays for worms, bears and fish and one giant bear!

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We didn’t waste any time and got to making our gummy candy! The kids thought it was so fun and were excited to make their own candy.

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You just use a box of jello and a box of Gelatine and pour into the little pot. Then occasionally give a stir until the mixture is nice and smooth.

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One it is a liquid you can pour into each of the molds.

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Then you let them sit so they can firm up. And you’ve just made your very own gummy worms, bears and fish.

Now if you don’t have one of these handy little machines (you can get mine HERE) you can use a sauce pan to cook up your mixture and some fun little molds that you find on amazon, or in the Target dollar spot!

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Have you ever made your own gummy worms? How did they turn out?

Kale Chips

Here we are, wrapping up January and I had made a goal of blogging 10 times each month and while that didn’t quite pan out I have hopes for the coming months!

I have so many recipe posts to share that sometimes I feel like I know know where to start. But I guess I need to just start getting them out there! Right now I think I have about 50 or more recipes to share! My husband will come home and say, “Are we trying something new again tonight?”

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I am always up for trying something new.  I like new foods and when I spot something on Pinterest or another site that looks fun I will most always book mark it to go back to later. So last Summer I kept seeing kale chips everywhere and wanted to give them a try. I had gotten a bag of kale chips as a freebie and I wasn’t that impressed. Maybe some would have stopped there but I figured they would taste better if I made them at home.

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I found a recipe that I thought would be good and the only thing I needed was the kale. I grabbed some from the store and whipped up these Kale Chips in just a few minutes!

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As they were cooking they smelled amazing. My house was full of flavor and I was looking forward to them finishing so we could give these Kale Chips a try!

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  • Olive Oil (I used about a tsp)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  1. Wash and pat dry the kale
  2. Remove larger stems
  3. Coat with olive oil
  4. Pour in lime juice, zest mix
  5. Sprinkle on chili powder and mix
  6. Lay out onto a cookie sheet
  7. Bake on 300° for 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes

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So the result? They were okay. I only say that because I felt like the taste was okay, but the smell was better.  You know how some foods have a weird after taste? I felt like these had a good after taste, but as I was eating them I wasn’t impressed. I know it is sort of weird, I don’t really know how else to describe them!