What a whirlwind of events the past month has been. The move to Austin, TX from our home state of Arkansas has been filled with ups and down for Wade and I both. But overall we are settling in and exploring our new digs as much as we are able!
I want to dive more into some of these particular events or adventures at a later date, but this is just a round-up of what life has been like in the large and quirky city of Austin thus far. Followed by a new recipe I came up with in the hopes of getting Wade to eat more Summer zucchini. Here’s a hint: he actually liked it!Where to begin?
Though when we first moved in, we had a bit of a dilemma with our shipping container getting to us on the correct date. Wade and I drove down to Austin on a Friday and were expecting our shipping container to be waiting for us. The shipping container was then delayed until Monday to arrive at our apartment…
When life throws challenges at you, try and meet them head on as best as you can. Our entire first weekend of Austin was spent with no bed (luckily one of Wade’s friends he works with was able to lend us a large blow-up mattress), limited clothes and bathroom items, and my worst nightmare: NO cooking or kitchen items of any sort!
The weekends have been filled with quite a few different adventures. I have been told by numerous people that the traffic and amount of people in Austin is currently at it’s lowest due to college not being in session yet. Once college season starts, the locals have been warning us to brace ourselves for an influx of people and cars on the road. That’s why Wade and I are taking advantage of the much more peaceful time around the city while we can.
Hiking up Mount Bonnell was at the top of our list since we do not live far from this reportedly highest point in Austin. The views were stunning.
Cars and Coffee Austin was the perfect event for Wade and I both. Just as food and cooking is my biggest passion, cars are Wade’s. He’s the car guru. When I’m browsing new recipes and healthy living blogs, he’s keeping up on the latest car news. I was an avid Fast and the Furious fan even before meeting Wade so I do not mind “talking cars” with him every so often.
I plan to do a more extensive post later to tell you guys all about Cars and Coffee Austin.
Now for a new recipe. I knew moving in with Wade with plans to cook more meals from home would be a challenge for me. As noted before, he is a picky eater and he would be the first to tell you that. One of my biggest goals in living with Wade for many years to come after we get married is to get him on track to eating more fruits and vegetables.
Zucchini are clearly in season as they are popping up everywhere at the farmer’s markets. I don’t think there’s any way you can prepare zucchini and I would not eat it. The trick was finding a way to prepare some fresh, Summer zucchini so that Wade would actually enjoy it as well.That’s how these zucchini fritters were born.
Serves: 10-12 fritters
2 large zucchini, shredded
3 tsp. coconut oil
2 large eggs
5 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
1 Laughing Cow swiss cheese wedge (or 1 Tbsp. other cheese of your choice)
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (or 1 Tbsp. other cheese of your choice)
1 tsp. minced garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Shred 2 large zucchini by hand using a hand grater OR with a food processor. Place shredded zucchini into paper towels and squeeze all of the moisture you can out of the shredded bits.
Have you had an amazing Summer adventure this year? Or plan to have one?
What is your favorite way to prepare zucchini?