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Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

It’s no secret that I (and Kaden and Irelyn) are the chocolate addicts in the house.  Zach doesn’t like anything more than brownies or Oreo’s – when he found this recipe, I couldn’t wait to try it!  Here it is – Oreo Puddin’ Poke Cake.

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We loved it.  I’m actually planning on making another one for our family reunion this weekend!

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We also picked tomatoes from our garden yesterday;  we pick them twice a week and end up with a basket of 15+ each time.  We still have 17 on our back porch that were ripening, so we asked our neighbor if they’d like the basket we had just picked.  Her son showed up at our front door a few hours later with a container of homemade salsa!  It’s amazing.  I’ll be asking for her recipe for sure (or just giving her another couple baskets full of tomatoes this summer!).

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Zucchini Recipes

Now that we’ve moved into a house, we were able to plant a garden this year.  We chose a spot and were just hoping for a decent amount of vegetables; what we got was a forest!  We have 11 tomato plants, more than a dozen sweet bell pepper plants, four banana peppers plants, one squash and one zucchini.  We’ve probably picked over 100 bell peppers and even more banana peppers.  Just throughout the past few weeks we’ve had dozens of tomatoes ripen!  Unfortunately, our squash and zucchini were almost killed by something, but both replanted and we’ve had quite a few vegetables from each plant.  So, after picking a foot-long zucchini out of the garden two days ago, I had to search for some recipes.

Because of Irelyn’s egg allergy and dairy sensitivity, it wasn’t easy finding a zucchini bread recipe that I thought would taste as good as what we’re used to; this one was amazing!  Here’s the recipe for the Dairy, egg and nut free zucchini bread.  It was very moist on the inside, didn’t fall apart and had a slightly crispy crust – just perfect.  As soon as we have a couple more zucchini, I’ll be making a double batch to freeze for this winter!

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Even though the bread recipe called for 2 cups of zucchini, it only used 1/3 of what I had.  I came across a blog a few months ago while looking for other recipes and I absolutely love the things she makes (especially all of the chocolate!).  Everything is dairy/egg free and much healthier than other versions of the same foods – here is a link Chocolate Covered Katie.  Earlier this week I made her Healthy Blueberry MuffinsIrelyn and I both loved them.  While searching for other fun zucchini recipes, I found that she also has a recipe for Crispy Healthy Baked Zucchini Fries.  Instead of using boring ketchup or ranch on the fries, I had to use a few of our garden tomatoes to try her Healthy Ketchup recipe.  The fries and ketchup turned out great!  I’m still a big fan of Heinz (mostly because I don’t like the taste of tomatoes that much), but even Kaden and Irelyn (my two ketchup addicts) liked it.

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I’ll definitely be using all of these recipes in the future.  Let me know if you decide to try them!