Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grilled Zucchini

Grilled Zucchini
Warm weather & grilling time!  Woohoo!  I've been waiting for this- wearing short sleeved shirts, shorts & sandals.  And there's that added perk of prepping dinner to cook outdoors.  The teasing aroma from the grill each time that its lid is opened while food is cooking signals warm weather.  Grilled seafood, chicken & beef have been enjoyed this past week.  

On Saturday I "spied" Zucchini in the produce dept. of our grocery store.  Four smaller sized firm veggies were chosen.  It didn't take long to decide Grilled Zucchini would be the veggie that evening for dinner.  Yum!  Grilling Zucchini is easy & it tastes soo goood!

Basil, Oregano & Garlic Powder from my Spice Rack were combined along with Olive Oil for sauteing & baking to coat the Zucchini halves.  Then, they were grilled.

An extra Zucchini was grilled, too- it makes a great addition to a cold veggie dinner salad!  Cut in small chunks & add in.  Yum!

Grilled Zucchini

3- 4 small Zucchini
3- 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil for sauteing & baking
1/8 teaspoon Basil
1/8 teaspoon Oregano
less than 1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  1. Combine Olive Oil, Basil, Oregano & Garlic Powder in baking dish or plastic bag.
  2. Rinse Zucchini under cool running water & dry.
  3. Cut 1/2" off each end (blossom end & stem).
  4. Then, cut each Zucchini in half- blossom end to stem end.
  5. Place each 1/2 Zucchini in Olive Oil combination.
  6. Coat each side of vegetable.
  7. Using tongs, place on heated grill, cut side down.
  8. Turn over to cook other side.
  9. Grill until soft- as desired.
  10. Grilling Time depends on heat of grill & distance from heat.  On our grill Zucchini is grilled in 15-17 minutes.
Any remaining slices can be refrigerated & added to a cold salad.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

~Craisin Creamy Oatmeal~

Last night as I was scrolling down my Twitter feed suddenly "I spied" our local weatherman's warning of the possibility of a  frost!  Our colorful hanging geranium that's been enjoying a sunny spot in front was quickly placed in our garage.  At that moment I also knew that we'd be enjoying Craisin Creamy Oatmeal for breakfast this AM!

Earlier today there was a chill in the air, but breakfast was hot & yummy.  The geranium is back outside.  Now, I'm back to blogging after the past few months of working on my town's celebration of Long Meddowe Days.  Lots to get caught up on!  Our freezer no longer has my supply of prepared foods.

This was a great start to the day!  A bowl of hot cereal tastes so good on a crisp AM any season of the year!

Craisin Creamy Oatmeal 
2 servings  

1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
1- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, optional
1/4 Cup Craisins (Dried Cranberries)
1 and 3/4 Cup Soy Milk (or Milk)
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon

  1. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart sauce pot.
  2. Let stand 8- 10 Minutes.
  3. Heat to a boil over Medium heat.
  4. Stir & cook for 5 Minutes.
  5. Divide between 2 bowls.   
  6. Add additional Soy Milk (Milk) & enjoy!
After enjoying this hearty breakfast it was time to start getting caught up!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Free Fun Fridays- 2015

It's in my state of Massachusetts! It's totally fun!  It's FREE!  It's from June 26th - August 28th!  It's for everyone- children & adults!  FREE FUN FRIDAYS!!!

Every Friday during that time period, there are 7 museums/ cultural venues with no admission fee!  It is a program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. (Click on their name for their info.)  This program is for residents of Massachusetts, tourists vacationing here & also visitors driving through my scenic state.  It's a great opportunity to spend a day at one of 70 interesting places with no general admission cost.

Every Friday during the summer months starting on June 26, from the Berkshires, throughout the Pioneer Valley, to the Boston area and the Cape (Cape Cod) there is no general admission charge at some great places to visit on specific Fridays!  This program ends on August 28.

With all of our snowstorms in MA this winter there have been so many "snow days" added onto the current school calendars of towns & cities.  During summer vacation continue the learning process by learning while having FuN! 

These are some of my faves:

Old Sturbridge Village

Springfield Museums   

Norman Rockwell Museum

Heritage Museums & Gardens

The Franklin Park Zoo is a fave of my grandsons!  The Eric Carle Museum will be on their list!  So many great places to visit!      

Click on the link here to view & print your copy of FREE FUN FRIDAYS!  Thank you Highland Street Foundation!

Where will you spend a Friday this summer??


Sunday, May 10, 2015


From our front window.
Spring, Flowers & Color!  This is a gorgeous time of the year!  We've been waiting for this colorful season.  Looking through any window on any side of our home it's a beautiful sight on this Mother's Day weekend.  The achoos are part of the season.

Perennial Garden

Another view

Our birdhouses in the perennial garden are no longer "For Rent"!  Spring in New England!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ah, Spring!

After all of our cold temperatures & snowstorms this winter, this is a beautiful sight!