Friday’s Fave Five

Another week is almost done. They go so fast these days. On Fridays I like to slow down for a moment with Susanne and friends to note the good things of the week, lest they slip by without notice. Here are some highlights of my week:

1. The 4th of July. I love my country, though it’s not perfect.I love the opportunity to celebrate her birthday. Though the city-wide activities were more low-key this year, we did hear and see a number of fireworks around us. My husband’s grilled burgers were the centerpiece of our July 4th meal. So good, as always. But especially since we’ve not been eating takeout, except for an occasional pizza, our burger cravings were satisfied. And my daughter-in-law made a scrumptious cheesecake for dessert. The “4th” decoration is made from diced Reese’s cups.

2. Mostly homemade pizza. I found some ready-made pizza crusts at the store (Mama Mia brand) that were a good price. I bought toppings and made my own pizza sauce for a dinner at home. I thought they turned out really well. I liked the crusts better than the kind from a can that you roll out. Plus they have a gluten-free version we can get for when my daughter-in-law and grandson are here.

3. Zucchini cake. I mentioned last week that a neighbor gifted us with zucchini from his garden. We’ve used some as a side dish, and I made a sausage/zucchini/squash/noodle dish last night. I made a zucchini cake by halving this recipe. So good—hadn’t had something like that in ages. (What’s your favorite zucchini recipe? I still have a lot left. 🙂 I was pleased to learn I can freeze shredded zucchini.)

4. My husband washing my car. I stepped into the garage Wednesday to get some chicken from the freezer there, and I was surprised to see my husband washing my car in the driveway. It has some shields over the top of the windows that he doesn’t think would fare well in an automatic car wash, so it has to be done by hand at home. It was in sore need of cleaning, and I was thankful he took that on.

5. A clean kitchen window and windowsill have been on my list of things to do for a while. I finally got to it yesterday. Makes for a much brighter outlook!

How was your week?

9 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Mmm that cheesecake looks delicious. Not that keen on courgettes (zucchini) but have made a cake using them before. I forgot in my list that our car got a good clean this week – but considering the amount it cost us for repairs at the garage the least they could do was through in a valet lol. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. That cheesecake! YUMMMM!!! Yes, absolutely you can freeze shredded zucchini. Our plants aren’t looking too promising this year, but when they have, I shred and freeze 2 cup bags of it because that’s the amount that my zucchini bread recipe calls for. We love zucchini bread (with chocolate chips added) and the girls and I can go through two loaves in just a day or so.

  3. Sounds like a great week. That cheesecake looks delicious! Glad you had a nice 4th of July. Zucchini cake sounds good too! Simple favorites are always the best. Have a great weekend!

  4. I am about to leave to get my car washed. My husband used to do that for me. He would just grab a bucket and wash my car. You can bet that it is dirty having only been washed once since April. When I washed it I just gave it a quick rinse so I really need a wash.

  5. ooh….we LOVE zucchini here at our home. I love chopping it into pieces for an Italian bean soup i make in the colder months. Our fave way to eat it in the summer is to sautee it until just tender with a bit of olive oil and chopped sweet onion (after adding a dash of cracked black pepper). I sautee it until just browned and add chopped tomatoes and sometime chopped yellow squash (summer squash). cook and stir for about 3 minutes and serve in dish with slotted spoon (so you don’t get the oil). add fresh shredded parmesan cheese (optional). I have made zucchini brownies in the past which are very moist and yummy.

    Yay for Independence Day celebrations. Our neighbors behind us had fireworks which we watched from our deck

    I love that your husband washed your car for you!! So thoughtful.

    Happy weekend!

  6. When I saw your photo of the cheesecake and before I read what you wrote, I thought, “I’ll bet that Mittu made that!”
    A clean car and done by your hubby is a wonderful thing!
    And a clean kitchen window. Do you have a nice view from there?
    Have a good weekend!

  7. Those are lovely Faves! With everyone cutting back on sugar, desserts rarely make an appearance at our tables. But it’s nice to see a beautiful one as you celebrate. As a refugee, I certainly am grateful to live in this country and enjoyed pretty loud celebrations all around our neighborhoods (some fireworks weren’t strictly legal).

  8. Oh my goodness that cheesecake looks delicious! Cheesecake is one of all time favorite desserts! I don’t know that many people do their own fireworks around here. But it was sure quiet on Canada Day without them. Search zucchini boats on pinterest. I’ve made several on there and they are delicious!

  9. Yes, it looks delicious! Nothing special here. We were in the middle of having some work done on the house, replacing doors, etc. Celebrating having the work done and my front porch spruced up and a great place to sit in the morning with a “cuppa”, my Bible and prayer journal. Grateful to be sure.

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