Jun 12

Spicy Zucchini Boats

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” :-).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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May 16

Parmesan and Pepper Zucchini Fries

So, about 6 months ago I gave up most dairy products. (you can read about that HERE)  But every once in a while a dairy treat is in order.  Such as…zucchini and parmesan!  I don’t know what it is about this combination, but oh, YUM!!

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Parmesan and Pepper Zucchini Fries


2 Medium Zucchinis

2 tsp fresh ground pepper (or to taste)

2 Tbsp grated Parmesan ( fresh or powdered)

Tbsp Coconut Oil

Cut off the ends of the Zucchinis, cut them in half and slice into “fries.”  Heat Coconut Oil in a large skillet.  When hot, add sliced zucchini fries.  Season with ground Pepper, then toss and flip until brown (5 minutes or so).  Lastly, add Parmesan and cook for another minute or two.  Serve right away.

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Parmesan and Pepper Zucchini Fries

Zucchini and Parmesan!  Don’t you agree they are the perfect pair??  :-)

Blessings! ~Kelly

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May 05

Spaghetti Squash and Grilled Vegetables

I had not tried spaghetti squash before, but it is surprisingly good.  It tastes kind of like acorn squash, but in a noodle-ish form :-)  It is also very easy to cook, I just threw it in the crockpot for the day!  Makes a delicious and healthy alternative to pasta.

Spaghetti Squash With Grilled Vegetables

Spaghetti Squash With Grilled Vegetables


1 Medium Spaghetti Squash (serves 2-3)

Fresh Sliced Vegetables (Zucchini, Carrots, Peppers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc.)

Optional~ Fresh chopped herbs such as Basil, Cilantro, Oregano

Fill the bottom of the crockpot with 1-2 cups of water.  Place whole, washed Spaghetti Squash into crockpot.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for the first two hours to speed things up.  I wouldn’t cook on high the whole time or it may burn.

 When the squash is soft, carefully remove from crockpot (it will be VERY hot).  Before you slice open the squash, thrown your vegetables on an indoor or outdoor grill for 15 minutes or so.  Slice open squash at the center, NOT end to end.  Gently pull out the strings of the squash.  It should fall apart easily.

Toss with grilled vegetables and fresh herbs.  I had thought I might add olive or coconut oil, but it was very moist and didn’t need it.  Too easy, right?

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 Blessings!~ Kelly

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Apr 11

DIY All-Natural Egg Dyes

Egg dyeing kits are a very fun and popular purchase this time of year, but how simple it is to make your own dyes using natural spices, teas, fruits and vegetables!  You can create beautiful egg displays experimenting with these natural dyes.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about what ingredients are in store-bought kits.

All Natural Egg Dyes

These are some general recipes to try.  Add more or less water/vinegar to vary the colors.  So many possibilities!

See the rest of this post over at DAY2DAYJoys, where I am contributing today!

 Blessings~ Kelly

Mar 29

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream (With Echinacea)

I think I mentioned it before, but allergy/cold season has hit our area of Florida pretty hard this year.  People I have talked to who have lived here for years have told me that this is an especially bad year.  I don’t have much to compare it to as this was really only our first full winter here.  We have been stocking up on Alfalfa (clears nasal passages, relieves allergies), Vitamin C (immune booster) and Garlic (natural antibiotic).  But my all time favorite is Defend and Resist!

Defend and Resist contains Echinacea … which activates the immune system, promotes production of white blood cells, enhances resistance to infection (viral and bacterial), anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, reduces mucous, relieves boils, gangrene, ulcerations, bites, abscesses, and fights candida.  Also contains Larch Tree extract and Elderberry to surround viruses and help prevent their reproduction. Best taken at onset of a virus. Can also be used as a zinc lozenge, made into a tea or crushed into applesauce.  Or try this immune boosting ice cream recipe!

Immune Booster Ice Cream

 Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream

2-3 Bananas

3 Defend and Resist per Banana

1/2 tsp Vanilla

4-5 Ice Cubes (optional)

Peel, slice and freeze the bananas.  Crush Defend and Resist with a garlic press or spoon.  Toss frozen bananas and crushed Defend and Resist into a blender or food processor.  Add vanilla and ice cubes (if desired).  Blending with ice makes a texture more similar to ice cream, blending without ice gives a creamier texture.  Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Can be served right away or frozen again and served at a later time. Try adding a scoop to your smoothie for immune boosting power!

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Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream

How do you beat cold and allergy season?  I’d love to hear!  Blessings to you! ~Kelly

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