Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Curried Corn on the Cob -And How to Cook Corn in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

If you like curry powder, you'll love sprinkling some on a nice, fresh ear of corn! And I get a feeling there may be a few ears eaten over these next few summer weekends:@) This Curried Corn on the Cob really isn't much of a recipe, it's simply corn with butter and some curry powder sprinkled on. But I have to say, I really did enjoy it for lunch the other day!
My favorite way to cook corn on the cob?
In the pressure cooker.
Clean, place on rack or in basket, add 1 C water and set timer for 2 minutes. Automatic release-enjoy!

Looking for a few more ideas?
Chipotle Powder ~ Buffalo Sauce 
Sweet red Thai chili sauce ~ Cilantro Salt          

Curried Corn on the Cob-from Frugal Living Mom
  1. Cook corn your favorite way.
  2. Slather with butter, S&P.
  3. Sprinkle with curry powder.
Enjoy the best of summer and have a happy day:@)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Zucchini and Blueberry Loaf Cake

I had half of a large zucchini and some vanilla yogurt to use up and decided this Zucchini and Blueberry Loaf Cake sounded good. Turns out, it was:@) This is a dense cake that doesn't rise very much, but it was bursting with flavor! It was very moist and would be perfect with a nice cup of coffee or tea. You could always add a lemon glaze or sprinkle the top with powdered sugar right before serving, but we enjoyed it as is. If you'd like to make a bigger cake, simply double the recipe and use an 8" square pan. And you can peel the squash if you'd like, I left the green on mine.

Zucchini and Blueberry Loaf Cake
1/4 C butter, room temperature
1/3 C sugar
1/4 tsp lemon extract
1 egg
1 C A/P flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tblsp yogurt-I had vanilla yogurt to use up
1/2 C shredded, squeezed dry, zucchini-grab handfuls and squeeze, whatever liquid comes out is good enough
1 C frozen blueberries
  1. Beat butter and sugar until light a fluffy.
  2. Beat in lemon extract and egg.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, salt and yogurt, mix well. Batter will be very thick.
  4. Stir in zucchini by hand. Once you get that incorporated, stir in the blueberries.
  5. Spoon/press into greased and floured loaf pan. My pan was 9"x5" and I used a spray
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool and glaze or sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. 
Enjoy a piece of cake and have a happy day:@)

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Inspirational Friday -4th of July Weekend!

Vinyl graphic from ETSY shop here.

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!
Eat well,
Play nice,
and Stay Safe:@)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Jellickles -Sugar Free Jello Flavored Dill Pickles -Southern Treat or Bloggy Blooper?

I hear there's a snack that originated in the south called Koolickles... It's a dill pickle flavored with KoolAid here. The KoolAid makes it a fun color and adds a burst of fruity flavor. Most recipes call for sugar so I decided to try Jellickles, a Sugar Free Jello Flavored Dill Pickle! I used strawberry Jello and simply poured it into a 17 oz jar of dill pickle spears (and shook like crazy:@). They had color and flavor after a couple days, these pictures are over a week. Aim to serve them in about a week. Did I expect these to be a big hit here in Philly, especially with ~my~ crew? Honestly, no. But I will say, I placed some chunks with toothpicks out during Sunday dinner and each son did try them...
One said he tasted pickle first, strawberry after. The other Strawberry Jello first, pickle second.
So... If you're looking for a conversation starter, or something different to talk about,
this little project is less than $2. It's a good one to get the kids involved in too.
If you make a batch today, you'll have something fun for the 4th of July BBQ!

Oh, and speaking of that dinner conversation?
I was asked "Um, does Jello sponsor your blog Mom???"

Try something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Citrus and Garlic Marinade for Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash -No Sugar

This Citrus and Garlic Marinade for Zucchini is a great option if you're looking for a marinade that doesn't have any sugar or sweeteners. Thyme always seems to pair nicely with lemon too. We found it especially tasty on the pieces with caramelized or charred bits. Even though this recipe is for vegetables, it does still require some dedicated marinating time, plan on at least three hours. The original recipe calls for lemon juice, I had a lime to use up so I did half and half. We all thought this was a very nice, low carb side dish:@)
 And yep, these are the first two zucchini I hand pollinated here.

Quick Note: I love my grill pans but don't always love having to wash them...
For the first time I picked up some of the disposable 2-packs of grill toppers from Dollar Tree this year. 

I've been enjoying them:@)

Citrus and Garlic Marinade for Grilled Vegetables-adapted from food.com
2 Tblsp fresh lemon and/or lime juice
2 Tblsp cider vinegar
1 Tblsp diced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
few hearty grinds black pepper
1/3 C olive oil
2-4 zucchini and/or summer squash, cut into chunks
extra 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  1. Mix all in zip top bag, marinate vegetables on counter for about 3 hours. Turn bag every once in a while.
  2. Right before tossing vegetables onto the grill, drain liquid from bag. Mix in one more tsp lemon pepper seasoning.
  3. Grill over medium high heat for 5-8 minutes or until desired doneness. Stir a couple times during cooking.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday ReView: My Absolute Favorite Pickle Recipe and 4th of July Barbie Crafts Round-Up

As we're coming into the heart of summer garden season I wanted to share my all time favorite pickle recipe. It's a Sweet Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickle HERE. This is a fantastic pickle, no canning necessary. Toss it together, place in fridge and let sit for about seven days to marinate... And if you make it now, you'll have some killer pickles in time for the 4th of July BBQ! This picture is from 2010, my first year of blogging. And yep, I do need to update it, hopefully my planter of cukes cooperates and I can do that soon:@) Please note: The recipe calls for sweet bell peppers, the only reason you see hot peppers is because I didn't have bell peppers on-hand when I made this batch.

It also makes ~amazing~ Bread and Butter Pickled Jalapenos HERE.
LOVE-THESE-THINGS:@)
This is actually the fourth most viewed recipe on Pig In Mud!

4th of July is coming up quickly folks...
13 easy projects, I hope you'll stop by DIY Barbie Blog and find some inspiration that makes you smile.

Make something just for fun and have a great weekend:@)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

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