Zucchini Corn Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Zucchini Corn Salad

How many of you have a ton of zucchini in your kitchen right now that you've gathered from your own garden? Unfortunately I don't have that issue this year, but I definitely have in years past. Since we just moved in Spring, we didn't get a chance to plant our organic garden, but next year I hope we have zucchini up to our ears! Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables to grow - it's relatively low maintenance, it's a mild vegetable that I can usually get the girls to eat, and it's so versatile as an ingredient - from muffins to baked and fried dishes, it's easy to use that zucchini up! Just because I don't have organic zucchini from my own garden doesn't mean I don't have an abundance of this tasty green vegetable. Trips to our local Farmers Market tells me that lots of farmers have lots of zucchini to share, so I decided to come up … [Read more...]

Kids Garden Activity: ReUse Yogurt Cups to Plant Organic Seeds

Planting Seeds Collage

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. It's Spring time and we've been spending every possible moment that we can outside during these last few weeks. The girls love it and it gives me a renewed sense of energy, especially after all the moving stress that's been happening! We're in our new house and absolutely loving our surroundings but one thing we're definitely missing is our container gardens this year. Our new home has a wonderful yard but building our container gardens has been put on the back burner for a bit until we're really settled in. But that doesn't mean we have to skip on the Spring planting season, of course! As a brand partnership for the month, Stonyfield Organic connected us with High Mowing Organic Seeds for our garden. We were sent quite the spread of seeds and that … [Read more...]

Our Gro-ables are… Growing: The Easiest Way to Grow Your Garden from Seeds

Groables Pods

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I shared my excitement over the new seed pods from Miracle Gro called Gro-ables?!  I felt like I could finally, really feel successful in growing plants straight from seeds.  I've tried before and usually lose more than live, but with the ease of Gro-ables, I was optimistic. I received my 3 pods just a couple days after my first post.  I was hoping to get a Cilantro pod, so I could make some deliciious homemade salsa, but instead I received Butterhead Lettuce, Basil, and Dill Seed Pods.  No worries - I'll be scouring Pinterest for some great recipes to use them all! The pods looked just like the pictures, simple and ready to go straight in the ground.  Each Gro-ables has a paper top which … [Read more...]

Sprucing Up Outdoors This Spring with Dollar General

Dollar General Outdoors

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. The birds are chirping, there are butterflies fluttering by my window, and I can see the buds of lilacs and tulips getting ready to burst open here in east Tennessee.  And other than wishing the pollen count was a bit lower, I couldn't be happier! Spring brings with it a resurgence of life, an excitement for being outside, and definitely a need for planting beautiful flowers!  I just can't resist putting together a lovely, colorful pot of flowers on the table when I catch Spring Fever! This year, I headed to my local Dollar General to do just that.  I already had a lovely purple Hyacinth that I wanted to enjoy the blooms inside before I planted it outside for it to come back year after … [Read more...]

Growing Your Own Vegetables and Herbs with Gro-ables


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. It's no secret that we have a lovely amount of container gardens in our backyard.  I've blogged about my organic gardening experiences numerous times and hope that at some point along the way, inspired a few to take up container gardening too.   But, I know not everyone has the greatest of luck, or a green thumb, when it comes to gardening.  Believe me, gardening can seem overwhelming and, even at times, super hard, but it doesn't have to be! I admit, we buy most of our garden plants as just that, plants. I have successfully grown some vegetables and herbs from seeds, but my performance rate isn't quite as high as it should be.  That's why I'm super excited about trying the … [Read more...]

easy and delicious Mini Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins

Although we haven't had any new zucchini from our organic garden in a few weeks now, we were totally overrun with it just a month ago!  I scoured Google, Pinterest, friends' recipes for any zucchini recipe I could find!  I even created a few of my own, like my Feta Zucchini Boats {oh so delicious!}. While I love Zucchini Bread, somtimes it's not so kid or on-the-go friendly.  And even though I'm a SAHM I'm constantly eating on the go... chasing these two girlies around the house.  So, I decided a Zucchini Muffin would be way better AND the mini idea simply came because the girls love mini muffins for breakfast!  If you have kiddos, you'll definitely want to invest a fun, mini muffin pan!  These delicious mini muffins are a fabulous way to get the girls to eat the yummy green Zucchini that they sometimes try to avoid! First, mix all … [Read more...]

Organic Garden Harvest: The Best Way to Freeze Green Peppers

Freezing Green Peppers

I'm telling you, I am so impressed with our organic garden this year.  Everything that we've planted has just done tremendously well.  A couple of weeks ago, we had zucchini and tomatoes coming out of our ears.  Our zucchini has slowed down tremendously with the hot mid-Summer temperatures, but we're still getting quite a few tomatoes daily. And our green peppers and jalapeno peppers?  Oh my goodness!  I've been scouring Pinterest for recipes to use the jalapeno peppers since they last longer, but there's just no way for us to use up the green bell peppers before they go bad, so I freeze them! Not freezing green peppers may sound like a super easy thing to some of you, but there's a couple tricks that someone shared with me that make this the easiest and best way to … [Read more...]

An Organic Garden Update

organic gardening

Yesterday, I shared a little sneak peek at our organic jalapeno peppers so I thought I would give everyone a Garden Update! In case you didn't know, we decided to go completely organic with our plants - all the way down to the seeds and plants this year.  Although we've never put any type of pesticides on our container vegetable garden, we hadn't been using completely organic plants and seeds in years past.  This year we're completely organic... and loving it! I would like to say that it's because the plants are organic is the reason that they're basically growing {and producing fruits and veggies} out of control, but... I have to say that it seems we've had perfect garden-growing weather here in east Tennessee this Summer. We've had just … [Read more...]

Grilling, Garden, and Grapeseed Oil

jalapeno peach shrimp skewers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Olive Oil. There are two things my family is enjoying outside this summer in our backyard... our garden and our grill! We purchased a new grill at the beginning of the season because we went all Summer without one last year and just knew we couldn't do it again.  Grilling is both Rob and I's favorite way to prepare foods any time of the year - but especially Summer.  There's less mess inside the house, less heating up the inside of the house, and food just tastes better to me when cooked over an open flame! Some of our favorite foods to grill are Corn on the Cob {in Husks}, Hamburgers, Marinated Fruits, and Kabobs!  Rob is really the grilling master.  Although I do pretty good, I often tend to not season the food … [Read more...]

Feta Zucchini Boats

Feta Zucchini Boats

We have zucchini coming out of our ears right now!  Seriously, our 4 little organic zucchini plants are producing delicious green vegetables faster than we can eat them.  Take a look at these monsters that sat in the box a little too long due to all the rain we've been having in east Tennessee! I'll be making lots of Zucchini bread soon with them, but until then, I've been trying to come up with some different ways to serve the yummy green veggie to my family.  I'm a sucker for it sliced in strips and sauteed in Teriyaki sauce with onions, but I stumbled upon a new favorite and I'm so excited to share it with you! If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw me post a picture of my creation after I made it.  I was shocked that it tasted so good.  Seriously, so good.  And although you can see cheese on the Zucchini boats, there's … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Our Organic Gardening Journey


I was inspired to write this Organic Gardening series after partnering with The Home Depot.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. My Organic Gardening series is coming to a close, but it's still far from over in real life.  We're just now getting to see the real fruits of our labor.  The only plant producing in our garden right now is our strawberries - we're still waiting on all those delicious tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.  Actually the herbs are getting to the point that they're ready to be collected so I've been googling and searching Pinterest on how to do just that.  I've also been reading up on the task through the Home Depot Garden Club to see just how to collect the herbs, as well as dry them. It's hard to believe … [Read more...]

Gardening With Kids: 8 Ideas to Get Your Child Involved


I was inspired to write this post as Sophia, Moreaya, and I have connected over our garden this year.  I'm thankful for this opportunity to share with my children as a part of a project with The Home Depot.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. We've always had a garden - since the first Spring that we moved into our house.  The first year our garden was great, but we were just learning.  The second year, I was 8 months pregnant, so I didn't help Rob much.  After Sophia was born, I really didn't help much - someone else kept me a little busy.  Last year, our third with a garden, I had an almost 2 year old and a 4 month old... still not a ton of time to devote to raising more living things! This year, oh this year, we have enjoyed our garden to the … [Read more...]