You can use zucchini with pumpkins and gourds for a
fall table centerpiece …
And then you can make this recipe for a dinner side dish!! These are the ingredients to make Baked Parmesan Zucchini!
- 4 zucchini, halved lengthwise
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray; set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
- Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan mixture. Place into oven and bake until tender, about 15 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
- Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Finished Baked Parmesan Zucchini!
I served this side dish with baked cod and a garden salad…this is my dish, Victor got a lot more on his dish🤣
Now for dessert…there is nothing so good as warm Apple Crisp on a cold fall night, perhaps after you have taken a drive to view a beautiful landscape of foliage!!!
I enjoy making desserts in a small iron skillet, I’ve made a Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie before, it has a rustic feeling about it! These are the ingredients for Skillet Apple Crisp…
For the apple filling:
- 4 granny smith or gala apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping:
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup of vanilla gelato or ice cream
- caramel sauce
- or I used Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Ice Cream, instead of vanilla ice cream and
- caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Melt the butter in a small iron skillet. Add the apples and cook for 5 minutes until the apples begin to soften.
- Remove from heat and add the lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Stir until the apples are well coated.
- Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add the butter and use a pastry cutter or a fork to mix everything together until a coarse meal forms.
- Add the topping to the apple mixture in skillet. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cook slightly. Top with gelato and caramel sauce before serving.
Ready to put in the oven…
Finished warm Apple Crisp with Truffle Ice Cream…
The chocolate truffles melt into the ice cream and topping, so yummy…
If you have been following my blog, you know that Victor benefits from my recipes…once again he enjoys the outcome🤣
Many of my friends who have recently retired, have expressed to me that they are bored…mostly because of Covid 19, it has us stuck inside, social distancing from our friends and families…So through this blog, I will suggest some things we can do to keep busy…
I found this craft through my friend Penny, who is very creative…It is a paint by numbers painting for adults!!!
I bought this one from Amazon! It comes with a 16X20″ printed canvas, 24 small containers of acrylic pain, 3 paint brushes and a photo of the finished painting. Although it looks a lot more finely finished in the photo then actual painting that I am doing, it is not bad at all for the price of $11.99, I might even frame it!!
This is my painting that I am in the middle of finishing!! I am trying to blend the background so it doesn’t look so fragmented, not too sure of how it will look!! I will certainly post it when I’m finished!! I have to say, it is so much fun to do, no stress, very easy, all the paint is there for you and the colors are decided for you!!! I move from room to room and house to house with it, I paint while watching TV or listening to podcasts!! A fun easy craft!!
We are lucky that we live in New England and can look out our window or drive a short distant to see these beautiful views, a wonderful safe way to spend an afternoon!! Ordinarily we would go out to eat while going for a ride, but because we are limiting going to public places due of Covid, during this trip we called ahead to Bertucci’s and picked up a pizza, on our way home!!!
So, this drive was a short distance to Dover Massachusetts, a lovely rural town just a half hour away from us and the homes and scenery are exquisite!!!
This is The Charles River in Dover which winds through several towns around Boston…
Love the way this stark branch frames the colorful trees…
We are living in the most unprecedented times, it will be interesting to see how history writes it!! But right now, we are living in the middle of it and it’s hard to get perspective of it!!! It’s understandable how we can be stressed and feel like we have “come to the end of our rope, in so many different ways!!”
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!!
Franklin D. Roosevelt
When you feel like you’ve come to the end of your rope, “tie a knot” by doing some easy artwork or take a ride to look at earth’s beautiful nature and take a breath💛🍂🍁