Kids in the Kitchen: Make a Zucchini Cookbook

Like the apple cookbook project, this is another great family or homeschool project that will teach children many skills. You would first need to research what elements you want to add to your cookbook.

Some suggestions are:

  • table of contents
  • this for that information
  • measurement information
  • information on zucchini
  • information on freezing zucchini, or the finished recipes
  • how to clean and shred the zucchini

If they grew the zucchini then they can also add gardening information, and summer and autumn harvest information.

They may also want to add a photograph of finished recipes, or of them making each recipe.  A nice two-page spread might showcase the recipe and picture on one page, and a journaled story about making or eating the dish on the next page.

You’ll want to have them use only favorite holiday/harvest zucchini recipes, so have them try them all out first. This can be a lot of fun. You will also want to make sure that they know how to prepare relevant recipes for the freezer.

When my daughters made theirs, they used construction paper and bound everything together with yarn.

Here are some zucchini recipe ideas:

  • bread
  • muffins
  • zucchini mashed potatoes
  • harvest salad
  • zucchini in stir-fry
  • chocolate zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting
  • soups
  • vegetable medley

Let us know what your children include in their cookbooks!


Quick Tip: Freezing Zucchini

Buying zucchini when it’s on sale or cheap at farmers’ markets or stands, or growing your own and harvesting them at the end of summer and into autumn, can save a lot of money on your grocery bill. If you stock up when it’s cheap (or free), then you’ll save money throughout the year. This is a frugal way to add to your freezer stock.

This is how I freeze zucchini. I only use it shredded, and in things like breads, muffins and cakes, so I do this quickly and easily.

Rinse the zucchini well and cut off the ends. Do not peal it. Grate the zucchini, then put it into quart size freezer bags/containers in one cup measures. This makes it easier to take out only what I need.


Kids in the Kitchen: Make an Apple Cookbook

This is a frugal family or homeschool project that will teach math, reading, life skills, and more.

What is added to each child’s cookbook depends on their age and skills, but this will be a fun project for them to work on as they learn to help with food preparation during the harvest months.

Some examples of book parts include:

  • table of contents
  • this for that information
  • measurement information
  • information on the different types of apples
  • classification of baking apples
  • information on freezing apples, or the finished recipes
  • why you should never eat apple seeds (hint: poison)
  • a page telling about each family member’s favorite type of apple

They add a photograph of finished recipes, or of themselves making each recipe.  A nice two-page spread would showcase the recipe and picture on one page, and a journaled story about making or eating the dish on the next page.

When my daughters made their apple books, they created them in shapes of apples – the pages and the cover, using construction paper and binding them with yarn.

Have them use only the family’s favorite holiday/harvest apple recipes, so they’ll have to try them all out first. This can be a lot of fun. Make sure that you know how to, and they include the directions for, preparing relevant recipes for the freezer.

Here are some apple recipe ideas:

  • bread
  • muffins
  • apple cake with cream cheese frosting
  • apple bars
  • pie
  • cookies
  • crisp
  • applesauce, apple-pear sauce, apple-peach sauce
  • salads
  • pancakes

Let us know what your children decide to put in their apple cookbooks!


Misfits Market Box for 8/21/19

The contents of this Misfits Market box made me smile. I knew I’d have plenty of organic options for smoothies and work meals as soon as I got everything all put out for picture taking. I haven’t been disappointed in a box yet.

I’m wondering what late fall and winter boxes will be like.

Here is what I was delivered:

  • 6 gold beats
  • 2 bags green beans
  • chard
  • 2 garlic
  • 2 bags of peppers (Gave to Skye & Zowie)
  • 5 pears
  • 4 prickly pears
  • 2 eggplant
  • 2 onions (Gave to Skye & Zowie)
  • 2 peppers (Gave to Skye & Zowie)
  • 5 apples
  • 4 lemons
  • celery
  • 1 tomato

I did did some preparing for my weekend at work. I have these containers that each have 1 big compartment and two smaller ones. I roasted potatoes, beets, sausage, and eggplant with olive oil, crushed garlic, and sea salt. This I split between the big compartments. I diced the tomato to fill a small compartment in each, and cut green beans to add to the other. I’ll also pack fresh fruit.

I used the last of the limes from my last box to make lemon-limeade, and will use the rest of the lemons to make lemon water.

I’m going to be using the other fruits in smoothies over the next week, and I froze the chard to add frozen to those smoothies as I make them.

This referral link will bring you to Misfits Market, if you’d like to check it out. You get a discount on your first box, and I get a discount on a future one if you sign up using that link.

~ Shannon


Misfits Market Box for 8/7/19

You may have guessed that I am behind on these Misfits Market updates. I seem to be behind on everything this year, haha. I’ll get there. I have faith.

The August 7th box of produce had some wonderful organic foods in it, and I had fun creating meals, beverages, and snacks from it. This is what was included in the box:

  • 5 limes
  • 3 mango (Gave to Skye & Zowie)
  • 2 eggplant
  • 6 potatoes
  • 2 bags of small peppers (Gave to Skye & Zowie)
  • 4 zucchini (Shared some with Skye & Zowie)
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 4 peppers (Gave to Skye & Zowie)
  • 2 containers tomatoes (Shared some with Skye & Zowie)
  • 4 ginger
  • 5 apples
  • 2 garlic
  • 2 onions

The girls had most of the makings for salsa. I mentioned that to them when I gave them their bags of food. I don’t know if they made salsa or not.

I roasted the eggplant with some potatoes and carrots, oil, and sea salt. It wasn’t bad. A new food for me. One I can get used to. I made some applesauce to go with my work meals. And I more lemon-limeade. I only had one lemon left, so I bought a few more. I also made more zucchini-chocolate chip muffins, and used the kale in smoothies and in salads. I even just munched on some.

Do you like ginger? I do. I used some in smoothies. Want to know how to preserve the ginger? Check out these suggestions on The Spruce Eats. Some day I’d like to try my hand at honey sweetened ginger.

Wondering how to get your first Misfits Market box? Use my referral link to learn more by clicking right here.

~ Shannon

My Fourth Box from Misfits Market

I’m still loving my Misfits Market boxes. (Affiliate link You get a discount and so do I!) The amount of food allows me to share with my daughters and, sometimes, my sister. And I have so much food left for myself! Take a look:

  • 2 green onions (Gave these to zowie)
  • 2 garlic
  • 2 artichoke
  • 3 lettuce (Gave some to Zowie)
  • 2 Kale (Gave some to my sister Sheila)
  • 4 peppers (Gave some to Zowie & Sheila)
  • 4 pears
  • 2 Mango (Gave to Zowie)
  • 4 potatoes
  • 3 onions (Gave to Zowie)
  • 5 limes
  • 6 zucchini (Shared some with Zowie and Sheila, kept the rest)
  • 6 carrots

Can anyone say salads? Yup, I made these with the greens, zucchini, and carrots. I also made more apple-pear sauce, lemon-limeade, and zucchini-chocolate chip muffins. And I have plenty to get me through the next couple of weeks. And a lot less grocery shopping to do, which is great when you use the bus and walk to get your food. Less to carry home!

~ Shannon

My Second Box from Misfits Market

I’m impressed with all the produce in these Madness boxes from Misfits Market. (The second link here is an affiliate one.) The food is amazing and, while there are a couple of funny looking additions and there were a few bruised fruits, the quality is amazing for the price. That’s why it’s called Misfits Market though. Bruised fruit is easily turned into something else, like applesauce. Funny looking foods taste just as good as perfect foods.

Look at what came in my second box:

  • strawberries
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 6 onions (Gave to my daughters)
  • 4 bell peppers + a bunch of smaller peppers (Gave to my daughters)
  • 12 potatoes
  • 2 squash
  • 2 bunches salad mix
  • 1 cucumber
  • 5 apples
  • 2 bunches broccoli
  • 4 mango (Gave to my daughters)

Despite giving away some of the produce, I have plenty to get me through the next couple of weeks. And I still have spaghetti squash from the last shipment. What I’m making with this shipment, and that spaghetti squash:

Note 1: It’s called Misfits Market for a reason. It is a source of “ugly” produce. Let me just say that I don’t care if the produce is perfect. If I can get “ugly” produce at a good price, I am all over that. Produce is produce. It’s all good!

Note 2: Get 25% off your first order, and give me 25% off a future order. It’s a win-win! The links in this article will take you to my page with your discount. (Affiliate) (This is the discount they are giving right now. Misfit’s Market can change the promotion at any time.)

My daughters, Skye and Zowie, enjoy getting the extra food. They both have a lot on their plates financially, so this allows me to help them out a bit. Little Man just loves snacking on peppers!


Simple Orange Juice

I don’t have a juicer. I want one, but haven’t decided what type would be best. For now, I just use a blender or my little metal hand-held juicers. I don’t drink a lot of juice, at least not yet, preferring to eat the fruit. But, once-in-a-while, I do want juice to go with my breakfast. In particular, orange juice. Although, if I had a juicer I’d have a grand time experimenting with flavor combinations.

That is when I break out the hand-held juicer. The orange metal one.

I love when my Madness Boxes from Misfits Market (Affiliate Link – Get your discount today!) include oranges. I made this juice last weekend, to use up the oranges. It lasted a few breakfasts.

While I used organic fruit for this recipe because it came in one of my boxes, I would not buy organic oranges in the store. They have thick skins, and I prefer to use my money to buy organic produce that are thin-skinned. As I learn more, I may decide organic oranges are the way to go but, for now at least, I am good with this choice.

Simple Orange Juice




  1. Squeeze the juice or oranges into a canning jar or other glass bottle with a cover.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until you want to drink it.


  • Don’t go overboard with orange. I only drink about 1/4 cup in a day, unless I am sick. Then I will do so a few times throughout the day being sure do so with a meal that includes protein.

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Banana-Orange Smoothie

Smoothies are a great breakfast beverage to have alone or with a separate protein source. I’ve been adding pea protein to mine, but sometimes I’ll enjoy them with an egg. I don’t consume the smoothies regularly during the autumn and winter months, but I begin to enjoy them each spring and through the summer.

I may change this habit, drinking them during the colder months more often. They are a great way to extra nutrients into your diet.

I used store-bought bananas as a base, but the rest of the produce was from my Madness Box from Misfits Market (Affiliate Link).

Everything but the bananas were organic. In all honesty, I don’t usually bother with organic bananas because the skin is so thick on the fruit. This may change in the future, as I learn more about things. But, for now. non-organic is the way I am going with store-bought, thick-skinned produce.

Note that I do use a personal blender, not a full-size one. There is a fill line, so I don’t measure things out. I just fill until I hit that line.

Banana-Orange Smoothie


1 small banana, peeled

1 orange, peeled

1 tbsp pea protein powder

1 tsp honey

frozen spinach or kale, a few sprinklings of it chopped

almond milk (can also use soy, rice, cashew, or even dairy milk if your body can handle it)


  1. Add a little liquid to the blender cup.
  2. Break banana into small chunks and add to the blender cup.
  3. Add orange slices to the cup.
  4. Add pea protein and honey.
  5. Sprinkle frozen kale or spinach bits to the blender cup.
  6. Add milk choice to cup, up to the fill line – or however much you need.
  7. Blend a few seconds, then pulse until smooth.


  • Serve at lunch with a salad.
  • Serve with a hot breakfast for added nutrients.
  • Drink a smoothie at snack-time for extra nutrients.
  • Make a thicker smoothie by using less liquid. Pour into a bowl, and top with more fruit, nuts, seeds, and coconut.

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I’ve been enjoying the Madness Boxes. They’re coming every two weeks, and there are some variances each week. I get to make something different with each shipment of produce. Variety is the spice of life. That’s not say there aren’t similarities in the boxes. With produce, you do have to use what is in season.

I love fresh lemons and limes. They smell amazing, are bright and cheery in color, and I’m so happy I’ve been able to enjoy them in one of my favorite beverages this summer. Lemon-Limeade. Easy. Cold. Refreshing. Who could ask for more on a hot summer day?

A note about honey. I’m not really sure how much I put in my lemon-limeade. Not as much as I used to. I lessen the amount from time-to-time, as I get used to having less sweetness in this beverage. I’m doing this deliberately. Honey is a sweetener, after all. I don’t want to go overboard on sweeteners in my diet.

I use hand-held juice squeezers. You know the type. The metal ones. Orange for oranges. Yellow for lemons. Green for limes. Nothing particularly technical.

I’m also using organic ingredients for this recipe but, if you can’t afford organic everything I would suggest you concentrate on at least having organic honey – if you can.



1 lemon

1 lime

honey, to taste

1 quart water


  1. Wash and dry the lemon and the lime.
  2. Pour honey into the bottom of a pitcher.
  3. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into the pitcher.
  4. Do the same with the lime.
  5. Add one quart of water and stir.
  6. Refrigerate and serve cold.


  • If you have the insert for the pitcher, feel free to cut the lemon and the lime halves in half and add them to the insert.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t afford organic.
  • To save money, use store coupons.
  • Wait for sales on honey. Plan ahead.
  • You can drink this at room temperature.
  • Can also be served over ice.

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