Monthly Archives: August 2013

New Flooring!

With going back to school the week after the floors were installed, I got a little behind on posting.  In a previous post I told you all about our floor dilemma. Once we found out we couldn’t get the wood floors we wanted, we picked out a new carpet in 30 minutes – probably the fastest decision ever made. We really like the new carpet. Seeing the wood in the entryway does make us wonder, “if only…” but overall we are happy with the results. We had the flooring installed by a Lowe’s contractor who did a great job and was extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him if you are in need for a flooring guy!

Listing PicturesBefore (listing picture —>)


Before (a year after we moved in shown below)




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[Bailey in her usual spot, doing her usual activity. Oh the life of a 10 year old beagle…]

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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Life


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Zesty Summer Pasta Salad

Here is super simple pasta salad recipe for your Labor Day cookout!

Easy Pasta Salad


  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup Balsamic vinegar or sun-dried tomato dressing
  • 2-3 ounces fresh parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare pasta. While pasta is cooking, move on the the next step.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a nonstick pan and add onion. Saute until soft. Add carrots and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add remaining vegetables (except tomatoes) and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes. 
  3. Drain water from pasta. Put pasta in a large dish. Add the vegetables and mix well.
  4. Add dressing and cheese. Stir to coat and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Nutrition


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Lemon summer squash olive oil bread

I love quick breads. The tender crumb and sweet flavor leave me thinking “just one more piece.” I usually make zucchini bread and pumpkin bread throughout the late summer and winter. This year we haven’t been getting much zucchini; instead, we are getting boat loads of patty pan squash. I found this summer squash bread recipe on pinterest and knew it would be the perfect trial run for patty pan squash bread.

I never used to make dishes with lemon – sweet dishes were always cinnamon-spiced or chocolate. A few years ago my naive palate found a delicious poppy seed lemon cake and I was hooked instantly.  Few things are as delicious as freshly baked lemon quick bread. I hope you enjoy this wonderful treat!

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Bread Recipe From Dula Notes
Note: I did not make the lemon crunch glaze but you can visit the link above if you’d like to add it.


  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C.  whole wheat flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 C. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 t. pure lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 C. grated summer squash (about 2 small or 1 medium summer squash)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 2 loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Grate summer squash and place between 2 towels to remove excess moisture
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, and olive oil. Beat well on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add lemon extract and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the dry ingredients while beating on low. Once combined, increase to medium speed and mix for 30 seconds. Mix in grated squash until combined.
  6. Divide between the 2 prepared pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top begins to crack and the sides pull away.
  7. Remove from baking pan after 5 minutes of cooling and move to a cooling rack.

The loaf is very moist with patty pan squash, so I stored it in the refrigerator after a day. Since it makes 2 loaves, I recommend wrapping one in plastic cling wrap and putting it into a freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to a few months.

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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Nutrition


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CSA Week 12

Last week’s picture was deceiving. J was busy all week so I told him to leave most of the produce for me to take care of when I was home over the weekend. Yeah, it was more than I thought. I spent about 4 hours prepping and cooking Saturday morning and then 1-2 hours on Sunday. It is a good thing we are making our way through the 1/2 cow because our freezer is starting to fill up with produce now.

This week is my last week in Milwaukee. Where did the month of August go?!? I have my psychiatry final on Friday. I will be home for the weekend before moving to Madison for the month of September for Neurology. Between the CSA and our own garden, I have a feeling the next month will be a lot of freezing and canning!

Here’s what is in the box this week:

Saturday morning we are planning to can jams, pickles, and a variety of tomato recipes. Most of the items here will be things to can, so J won’t have much prep for those items. Here is what needs to be done for prep:

  1. Cook and freeze corn
  2. Cook and freeze green beans
  3. Roast bell pepper, carrots, onion, tomatoes, zucchini, etc… for roasted vegetable sandwiches
  4. Do something with the zucchini
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Nutrition



Sweet Veggies

I realized it has been a while since I’ve posted some tasty treat recipes. With the CSA, my mind usually gravitates towards savory dishes unless there is something inherently sweet included (melon, berries). There are so many delicious dessert recipes that are made with vegetables that are really the best of both worlds – sweet and healthy (and usually chocolate).


Summer squash







Winter Squash/Sweet Potatoes


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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Nutrition


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Too much zucchini?

Is there such a thing 😉

If you aren’t sure to do with all that zucchini, here are 35 ideas.

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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Nutrition


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CSA Week # 11

This is my 3rd week of my psychiatry rotation in Milwaukee. I have learned SO much and am really happy with how things have gone so far. My biggest stress has been making sure all the produce gets prepared. Poor J is stuck all alone in Appleton washing, chopping, shredding, processing, baking, grilling, and cooking. Add a huge storm that took down a few hundred pounds worth of branches and damaged our roof earlier in the month and he has been one busy guy. Here’s a view from the garage of two of the branches that fell after a big storm. Who knows how it didn’t hit the power line!

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J has been awesome at making sure everything is either eaten or frozen. Last weekend I stayed in Milwaukee, but I will be home this weekend to help out with any loose ends. We aren’t quite sure what we want to make at the moment, so I put together a few ideas. Here’s what is in the box this week:

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Nutrition


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