Our plant finally produced its first zucchini. I can not believe how big it grew! It was not hard to grow at all either. We were glad to see that it produced only one at a time.
I have not posted in awhile because I have been very busy between work, friends, and family events. I can not believe it is going to be the end of August already. Were did the summer go? It seems the older I get the more time just flies by.
I was in California last week and came back early Friday morning. The time change messed me up but I still made it to see Bob Weir with Rat Dog and The Allman Brothers. I have been waiting all summer to see them and the day finally came! They were great. Everyone was dancing around having a great time and the weather could not have been more perfect. Bob Weir is still rockin' and has the arms of a twenty year old. Nothing like those blues guitar rifts. They played some classic Greatful Dead songs too. The Allman Brothers did a great cover of Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" too.
The venue we saw the concert at was Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ right on the waterfront. We had lawn seats and got a gorgeous view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The concert started right around sunset which made it just a perfect time.
I made a baked ziti veggie dish tonight that came out pretty tasty so I decided to share it. This recipe also happens to be quite healthy for you too.
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat ziti.
Small Italian eggplant sliced thin a cut in half
Small zucchini sliced thin and cut in half
4 large bella mushrooms sliced
12 oz no-salt tomato sauce
1 tbls no-salt of tomato paste
1 garlic clove minced
1 tbls of olive oil
1/2 tbls of each: oregano, basil, marjoram, parsley
1/2 tsp of red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
splash of balsamic vinaigrette
splash of red wine
1 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella
Preheat oven 325 degrees. Boil ziti 8-10 minutes. In a saucepan heat oil and saute garlic. Then add zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms. Add a splash of balsamic vinaigrette and saute on medium heat until veggies are soft. Then mix the tomato sauce, tomato paste, herbs, and red pepper. Add a splash of red wine. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes.
When ziti is cooked drain the water and put the ziti in a baking pan. Add your veggie sauce and mix thoroughly. On top, add mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsely and serve.
This recipe can serve 2-3 people. Enjoy!
I heard today that Obama stated in a speech given in Missouri that if we all took action to make sure our tires have an accurate amount of air in them, that we can save as much as drilling for more oil of out coasts. Here is a video I found of him trying to persuade the issue:
I understand that he is trying to focus on alternative ways to drilling but come on, if you are going to make that kind of statement you need to explain a little more in detail how inflating your tires will save you that much. I hate when political speakers don't back up there statements with facts or explain visually (for all us visual learners) what the dramatic differences are.