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A simple and elegant salad that tosses lightly grilled zucchini ribbons with toasted walnuts, Pecorino cheese in a lemony vinaigrette.

Grilled Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Walnuts & Pecorino tossed in a Zippy Lemon Vinaigrette

Is everyone drowning in zucchinis yet?

I wish I were one of you.  I have a lot of zucchini plants and they are only just starting to produce zucchinis….smallish and totally wonky looking zucchinis, but they taste amazing.  That’s what counts, right?

In preparation for zucchini-palooza, which will be happening in a few short weeks, {I hope!}, I have been thinking up ways to use zucchini.  Like in a burger.  Last summer I put them in cheddar & cornmeal waffles and triple chocolate donuts.  Nom nom nom.

A lot of zucchini recipes {like the ones I just listed} try to ‘hide’ the zucchini.  Sneak-it-in-so-your-kids-don’t-realize-they-are-eating-veggies kind of recipes.

Well today I have a recipe that actually features the zucchini.

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These Moroccan-spiced chickpea burgers are packed with carrots and zucchini and topped with spicy harissa mayo and fresh mint.

Moroccan Chickpea Sliders with Spicy Harissa Mayo and Mint | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Monday…where did you come from?

Is it just me, or is the week-end even busier than week days?  We are constantly trying to get things done on the week-end…chores, groceries, projects.  Which basically means one of us hangs out with Kai while the other one is productive.

And this week-end, I was productive!  After four years of living in this house, I finally painted our ugly red and brown dining room!  {Well I’m almost done…but the hard work is over, at least!}

I am very excited because I take most of my food photos in the dining room, and red/brown walls don’t do much for the light.  The new, lighter colors should hopefully improve the lighting situation :D

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Key lime cream cheese filling is sandwiched between two soft graham cracker sugar cookies in this sweet and citrussy dessert.

Key Lime Pie Sandwich Cookies: key lime cream cheese filling is sandwiched between two soft graham cracker sugar cookies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I don’t know about you guys, but my summer is flying by waaaay too quickly!  How is it almost August?!

It’s around this time in the summer when I look at my summer bucket list and realize it’s still pretty much full.

One item on this list was to take Kai hiking.  So this past week-end, we got out the hiking backpack and headed out for a walk in the wilderness…sort of.  It was a pretty well trodden path.  Yet somehow we ended up off this well trodden path, bush-wacking, stepping through mud-holes, and at one point, stepping over a rusty barbed-wire fence.  Luckily we found the trail again, and got back to the car.

So…success!  I can cross something off my list!

One more thing on my list?  Key lime something.

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These thick and fluffy greek yogurt pancakes are packed with blueberries, and have a quadruple dose of almonds!

Extra Fluffy Blueberry Almond Pancakes- greek yogurt makes these pancakes so thick and fluffy!   sweetpeasandsaffron.com

 I made pancakes!

Pancakes make me think of Saturday morning cartoons {the old banned kind, when the Wile E Coyote/road runner shenanigans were kind of violent}.  Also of the ski cabin where we spent week-ends growing up…but before you got your pancake, you’d have to make a trek outside…in the cold…to the outhouse.  And did anyone else’s dad make their pancakes look like Mickey Mouse or in the shape of their ‘letter’?  Pancakes in the shape of a D always tasted better!

Well, I haven’t made pancakes in years…mostly because I am an absolute zombie in the mornings…even after coffee…it takes me at least an hour to properly wake up and re-gain my human status.

But something came over me the other day.  I had pancake fever.  And the answer was pancakes…with blueberries…almonds…lemon zest…and greek yogurt!

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Hummus is kicked up a notch with sweet potatoes, chipotle and lime.  Ready in 20 minutes, this is a healthy, protein-packed snack!

Smoky Sweet Potato Hummus- a protein-packed healthy snack that is ready in 20 minutes! sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I wish I were one of those people who loves shopping around for a deal.

Unfortunately I am the opposite…I just want to buy it…NOW!  I am the reason that Amazon 1-click purchasing exists.  Total impulse shopper here!

This week, I finally decided to buy a food processor.  {I know…I’m a food blogger without a food processor.  I also am currently blender-less…gasp!}

I nearly impulse-bought my new food processor at the grocery store, but Ben somehow convinced me to look around a bit first.  Well, THANK-YOU, Ben, because I found one for $45 less {which is basically 35% off} at Sears.  Who’d have thought?

So now, not only do I have hummus, but I can walk around bragging about what a deal I scored.  Bonus :)

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