Hi Friends! I am super excited today to introduce you to a blogger friend of mine who will be a monthly featured contributing writer! She is on an amazing and challenging adventure and has so much to share with you all! You will be blessed by her homesteading ideas, recipes and other awesome ideas on her blog, be sure to stop by to say HI at Pioneer Momma!!
Also, I am looking for a few more contributing writers! Anything that fits into Remedies, Recipes and Real Life…kids, homeschooling, christian faith, etc.
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Hey everyone! I’m Ashley from Pioneer Momma. I’m a part-time nurse, and full-time momma. My fun little family consists of Hubby and my 9-year-old son Bubba (an affectionate nickname, of course), and we are on a mission! We have decided that the congestion of the city life is not for us. My son was diagnosed with autism and other special needs within the last couple years, which led to a long road of researching and experimentation. What we have noticed is that he thrives on routine and simplicity. The noise, pollution, and bustling of the city is quite the opposite of what works for him. We’re making the switch from processed to homemade, pavement to grass, chemicals to natural, and noisy to peace and quiet. I love to meet other people, and am so honored to be a contributor to Eyes on the Source! Kelly is an awesome person, with a wonderful blog, and I look forward to sharing and meeting all of you as well
This year we have planted our first garden. We were lucky enough to get a double plot in a community garden near our house, and it has been so cool! Forgive me while I do a happy dance, but I am one of those who usually has what you might call the opposite of a green thumb. Nothing tends to last very long! However, the year since we have decided to make the life change to simplicity, I have been studying like a mad woman. And guess what?? Hard work pays off! Our garden is totally thriving, and I couldn’t be prouder. Not only does it give me a sense of accomplishment, but Bubba is super focused and calm when we visit and he can weed and plant in peace. He says it’s his “therapy” :-).
The biggest grower we have now is our zucchini. About every two days we come home with 4 or 5 more big honkin’ things, and it has forced me to get creative with recipes. The first one on my list is a simple one, but really filling and nutritious. Whether you call them boats or stuffed, these babies are chock full of goodness. I like to call them Spicy Zucchini Boats.
Here’s what I did:
4 large zucchini
1/2 large yellow onion
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 green bell pepper
1 Serrano chile
1/2 tsp basil
3 Roma tomatoes
5 white mushrooms
about 1 lb ground Italian sausage
salt and pepper
olive oil (evoo)
Parmesan cheese to garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
2. Rinse and pat dry the zucchini. Slice them in half hot dog style. With a regular spoon, scoop out the center of the zucchini and set aside. You should have some pretty great looking canoes now.
3. Brown the ground Italian sausage in a pan with a small amount of olive oil and set aside. Meanwhile, dice the clean onion, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and zucchini centers (that you had scooped out and set aside).
4. Sautee these in a large pan in about a tbsp of olive oil. Mix meat and veggies together, cooking on low. Add basil and salt and pepper to taste.
You can see here that I sliced my green peppers. Hubby prefers the taste of them, not the actual peppers, and asks that his get taken out. I’ll get him to eat those things one day!
5. Place the zucchini halves in a lightly greased casserole dish. Fill generously with sausage mixture and bake uncovered, for about 35 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
6. About 5 minutes before cooking time ends, sprinkle boats with Parmesan cheese (and optional bread crumbs), and place back in oven.
7. When finished, let cool some, and enjoy!
My son loved this recipe, and so did Hubby and his mom. Even I ate the entire thing, and I used to be known for an aversion to veggies. It is super healthy, and really delicious. You could even try these on the grill this summer!
Hope y’all enjoy, and thanks again for letting me share with your readers, Kelly!
So yummy, Ashley! Thank you so much for sharing with us! I am rather jealous of your garden! Be sure to stop by and get to know Ashley more at PioneerMomma.com!