harvest time

Just wanted to share some pictures from my first garden! Enjoy!


zucchini parmesan

I know, I know…ANOTHER zucchini recipe?! Yes. Trust me, this is one you don’t want to miss. It was excellent. I seriously could have sat down and eaten the entire pan, it was delicious!! I loved the melty mozzarella on top, the marinara, the fresh basil all throughout. It was perfect. We had it over some noodles tossed with parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and more basil. A wonderful meal and easy to put together too!

Zucchini Parmesan

recipe adapted from acozykitchen.com 

  • 2-3 zucchini
  • Coarse salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2/3 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1 large ball fresh mozzarella (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • Small handful of basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 3/4 cup finely grated parmesan

Slice the zucchini into about 1/3″ discs. Sprinkle slices with a small pinch of coarse salt on each side.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Heat 1/4″ of olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the zucchini slices in a single layer, turn the heat to medium-high and cook for about one and a half minutes on each side or until dark golden brown. Drain the zucchini on paper towels and repeat in batches until all of your zucchini it is cooked, adding more oil as necessary.

In a cast iron skillet, arrange as many slices of zucchini as can fit snugly in a single layer. Top each slice with a small spoonful of tomato sauce, a few small pieces of torn mozzarella, a bit of basil and a dusting of parmesan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cheese is melting and bubbling.




doggy birthday cake

Today we celebrated our pup Rhyder’s second birthday. Our dog Luke was a stray that we took in so we don’t know his exact birthday but he now shares one with Rhyder. I made a super simple cake, just for them! If you have a special dog in your life you should definitely try this!!

Peanut Butter Carrot Cake 


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ round cake pan or an 8×4-inch loaf pan.

Whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add the rest of the ingredients and, using a rubber spatula, mix until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. After cake has cooled cut cake into dog bone shape, if desired.

I covered mine with peanut butter then tore up beggin strips on top. It was a hit!! 🙂

the boys waiting very patiently!