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What's for dinner? Zucchini, Carrot & Turkey Burgers!

I was a huge fan of Plated, the now defunct meal delivery service. I've tried quite a few services, and Plated was, by far, my favorite in terms of ingredients, flavors, and recipes. I still miss them!

We have a separate folder in our recipe file for meal service recipe cards, which we often revisit, because we have a lot of favorite & go-to recipes! I also have a folder in Google Drive where I keep all of the downloaded recipe cards -- I made sure I had them all before the website disappeared -- and this works great for when I'm wandering the grocery store aisles, aimless & uninspired, trying to find something for dinner.


One of our absolute, all-time, most often made recipes is Zucchini, Carrot, and Turkey Burgers with Lemon-Basil Aioli. We riff on this sometimes, or change the side veg, and (except for the first time) we never serve it on buns. The only steadfast rules is that we NEVER EVER EVER make it without the aioli. This is also a great recipe for using frozen grated zucchini that you might have in the freezer! Just thaw, drain, and squeeze out all of the liquid. More recipe notes below.

Zucchini, Carrot, and Turkey Burgers with Lemon-Basil Aioli

8 oz. haricots verts
⅛ oz. basil
2 cloves garlic
9 oz. zucchini
2 tsp. butter at room temp
¼ c. shredded carrots
12 oz. ground turkey
½ oz. grated Parmesan cheese
1 lemon
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 brioche buns
olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper

The original recipe is for 2 very large burgers! You'll need a baking sheet and a 12" pan with a lid.

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Rinse all produce. Trim the beans, finely chop the basil leaves, and mince the garlic. Grate approx. 1/4 cup of zucchini using the large holes of a box grater. Cut the remaining zucchini crosswise into approx. 1/2" slices.

In a medium bowl, combine carrots, grated zucchini, half the garlic, ½ tsp. salt, and pepper. Rub a little olive oil on your hands, and add the turkey, mixing it in well with your hands, then forming into two patties, approx. 1" thick. Using your thumb, create a dimple on top of each burger (to prevent them from puffing up during cooking - it works). Place the burgers on a plate, and chill in the fridge for at least 5 minutes.

While the burgers chill, arrange the beans & sliced zucchini in a single layer on a baking sheet, dot with softened butter, and season with salt & pepper. Roast for 10 minutes, stirring after 5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan.

While vegetables roast, heat 2 tsp olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the burgers and sear until browned on bottom, 5–6 minutes. Flip them, cover the pan, and reduce heat to medium. Sear until cooked through and no longer pink (5–6 minutes more). Transfer the burgers to a plate and set aside to rest for at least 5 minutes.

If serving with buns, reserve the pan, off heat, for toasting them.

In a small bowl, stir together mayo, basil, a squeeze of lemon juice, remaining garlic, 1/8 tsp salt, and pepper. If you want to infuse even more flavor, use the zest of up to 1/2 a lemon. Set aside. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges for serving.

If using, arrange halved buns, cut-side down, in the pan and place over medium heat. Toast 2-3 minutes until light golden and warmed.

Meanwhile, divide roasted vegetables between serving plates, with lemon wedges for squeezing over. Layer buns with turkey burgers and lemon-basil aioli.

NOTES: This seems like a lot of juggling, but after I made it a couple of times, I found a flow. Turkey comes in 1-lb. packages, so I usually buy that and make at least four patties, increasing/eyeballing the other ingredients. Sometimes I forget and use the small holes of the grater, or I have more zucchini than carrot (or vice versa)... it really doesn't matter! I'm astounded every time at how much flavor is in this turkey burger by adding only some veg, salt & pepper!

Let me know if you try it!

PSA: With tomatoes ripening, don't forget about Vicki's* Roasted Tomato Sauce (with bonus recipe for Oven-Fried Eggplant)!


Right Now: Continuing To-Do (Update!)

I published a pretty ambitious To-Do list three months ago... how's it going??


  • Ginny's 5th Birthday / Kate's Going Away / Mothers' Day Extravaganza!
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  • Finish Hexie Love Actually
    • I'm getting close! (See embedded IG post, above.)
  • Assess remaining yarn (Unicorn Tails)


  • New tires (because one is flat-flat-flat)
  • Measure, order & replace at least one amber marker light assembly (LED?)
  • Measure, order & replace at least one tail light lens/assembly (LED?)
  • Figure out water/plumbing situation
  • New! Figure out electrical situation before September trip


  • Re-do caulk in bathroom/tub
  • Put down new rug in bedroom (pad)
  • Desk/chairs/floor mats?
  • New tub mat
  • Storms/screens & air conditioner

NEW CATEGORY: Ann's Airbnb

  • Take deliveries
  • Unbox, assemble & arrange stuff
  • Spend someone else's money
  • Coordinate calendars
  • Start hosting!


  • Continue cleaning/purging of laundry/computer room in order to...
  • Lay new floor in laundry/computer room
  • Reconfigure computer desk/area (especially modem/router locations)
  • Elevate washer & dryer/bins below
  • Get some estimates for refinishing the kitchen floor
  • Have the bedroom carpeting cleaned
  • Clean my workroom
  • Measure kitchen windows for rods/curtains
  • Kitchen curtains


  • Compost, topsoil, mulch where needed
  • Repair pergola planter & ready for the Snowcicle Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • Ready garden areas for veg/herb plants (picking up 5/20)
  • Stump grinding scheduled (date TBD)
  • Kill the snow on the mountain (death by a thousand cuts) Move on...
  • Plant all the other plants/veg/herbs on order!
  • Paint garage & back door (Rusty)
  • Hide the trash/recycling receptacles
  • New: Plan landscape minus trees/stumps, plus stupid snow on the mountain


  • Finish them!

Spring Fall (maybe?) Cleaning

  • Refrigerator (continue)
  • Recessed lights in kitchen
  • Upper cabinets in kitchen
  • Windows
  • Wash bathroom walls
  • Clean out dresser/cedar chest/closet/under the bed
  • Clean out upstairs linen closet/bedroom


  • Start the remaining Safe At Home pillows
  • Make a sweater?
  • Teach Junah & Ginny to knit
  • Gnome MKAL
  • Advent


  • Dye some yarn!
  • Tie-dye / Indigo w/Boys & Kids (Auntie Camp)


  • Make a Molina Tunic for me (no tie) (deeper V) (compare to A-line)
    • Cut pattern
    • Iron fabric
    • Cut fabric
    • Sew!
  • Sew up Alabama Chanin Cropped Pants (kit)
  • Sew up Alabama Chanin Keyhole Dress (kit)
  • Continue working on AC Car Jacket... maybe finish in this lifetime
  • Make a couple of dresses for the girls (florals!)
  • Make tote bags or pillowcases/teach Junah & Ginny to sew


  • Mom's Log Cabin
  • Cheater Quilt for Junah
  • Wedding Ring (kit)
  • Figure out what to do with: Black & White w/a little Red


  • Spit for 23andMe
  • Mani (1 DIY Olive & June, so far)
  • Pedi (2 at the salon, so far)

I'm not beating myself up over lack of progress in any area! There are even some new items. It's been a fun & fulfilling summer so far... more to come! Obviously, I like to be busy, but I also need to recharge. The Olympics are perfect right now for winding down (while crocheting) in the evening. Prior to that, especially while the boys/kids were/are here, we're into LEGO Masters (catching them up on S1 when there weren't new S2 episodes), LOKI, MasterChef, and Gardener's World.

Mail call!

I received two parcels from Edinburgh in the past week!

One was my long-awaited (and, I feared, lost forever) order from Ysolda's final merch sale.

The other was from Kate!


In addition to soap (two bars, one of which was for Ali) and yarn, there were some cards, including an anniversary card for Ann & Brian. It arrived the day before Annie left, so perfect timing!

Here's my card:


Here's the Glaswegian Dictionary if you need it. haha!


And the back. Do you look at the backs of cards that you receive?

Anyway, here's the exciting bit!


It is Pentland Skeins' Aran Jacob from Travelling Basket.

Where to begin. Kate has known the couple behind Travelling Basket (@travellingbasket) for quite a while. They are Nathalie Holbrook (@aspenflorals_) and photographer Jacek Hübner (@jacekhubner) and, let me tell you, you can get beautifully lost for a long, long time on those & associated accounts. The Travelling Basket has a lovely brick & mortar shop that is On.My.List of places to visit when we can finally get over there.


Anyway, the yarn is from sheep raised in the Pentlands (on the outskirts of Edinburgh). The sheep are wards of Nathalie's sister (a shepherdess!), and the wool is spun at a mill in The Borders! Isn't it lovely?

I'm thinking Antler Mittens (Rav link) from Tin Can Knits.

And I'm sure happy to be staring down the end of this work week! I work four days just like any other week, but the ones with Monday off instead of the usual Wednesday (or Friday) always seem soooo loooonnnnggg. (Two more coming up next month.) I'm looking forward to sleeping in on the weekend. The days will be busy, as there will be deliveries at Ann's house (they've already begun!) and I have my own Airbnb to ready for EAA guests arriving on Monday.

I hope you have a great weekend!


3TT: First Farewell

Joining Carole & friends for Three Things on Thursday... 

My sis departed for Lima on a 5:30 am flight today, and I was up at 3:30 am to give her one last hug!

Here are three photos from last night when we all went out to Dick's Drive-In for ice cream -- one of the things Ann wanted to do before she left.




It was so great to have them here for such a good part of the summer! Regular Zoom chats shall resume in the very near future!

I didn't tell you that they ended up buying a house here, after all. Final walk-through was yesterday. Closing is tomorrow. The new (old) house is still in my neighborhood -- even closer than the previous one -- and it needs a lot less work. Like, ZERO work on the inside -- just furnishings and BOOM! All set for Airbnb & future visits. We're looking forward to a fun Christmas this year! The house does need painting on the outside and that will get taken care of in the next few months. I'll soon have another Airbnb to manage! We'll try it out for a while and see how it goes.

(I had a hot fudge sundae and it was real good.)


21 in 21: Part 2

Ann & Brian's party at The Brink Lounge wasn't until the afternoon, so we had some time to do something on Sunday morning. It was going to be hot & muggy, so if it was going to be something outside, we needed to do it early.

We decided on a visit to Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Ann & Brian used to live very close to Olbrich (so we had a nostalgic drive through their old neighborhood), and Rusty had done an art fair or two there back in the day, but it had been ages since we just visited.


It's so beautiful -- even the duckweed pond! One of my favorite things in the whole garden was three big copper balls floating in a small pool. They were about the size of a bowling ball, with wonderful patina and even a few dents from knocking into each other or bordering rocks.


I loved these mason bee houses! Rusty might even have been inspired to build one himself.


And someday I'd like a huge planter like this... just like this! Maybe two. hehe.

One of the biggest attractions at Olbrich, though, is the Thai Pavilion & Garden.


It is stunning! The site, the structure, the craftsmanship... I've never seen so much gold leaf in my life! And there's not a nail or screw holding it together... all done by joinery.

It was starting to really heat up around noon, so we went back to our hotel... and had a nap. Then it was party time! We took our nice short walk down the block, and it was so great to see people -- friends, family, in-laws -- that I haven't seen in ages. I spent a lot of time talking & catching up with people... not much taking pictures.


This is the only party photo that I'm going to share... (l to r) my cousins Kris, Claire, me, Aunt Arlene (who turned 91 in April) & Ann, with cousin Russ behind her, cousins Rae & Cindy on either side of my sister Karen.


21 in 21: Part 1

Rusty & I were in Madison for a couple of days. The main event was Ann & Brian's 20+1 wedding anniversary party on Sunday, which was originally a 20th celebration planned for last year.

Y'know, I usually stay at an Airbnb when we're out of town, but I found a great hotel only two blocks from the venue!

Turns out, it was a REALLY GREAT HOTEL! Hotel Indigo on E. Washington in Madison, much of it in the former Mautz Paint Factory... and they know how to run with a theme!


The reception counter held a wonderful display of artifacts -- from office to advertising to mixing & painting.

Ann, Brian & their friend Emily met us for drinks & apps at Palette Bar & Grill in the hotel on Saturday night, which was also amazing in every way -- great food & drinks, terrific service, and very reasonably priced.


Delightful, painterly decor at every turn.


Rusty has wielded a paintbrush or two (he used to help his grandpa) and he said there were some pretty great old brushes in that display. I love how the lighting makes it look like there's paint dripping from some of them. The "dripping" mirror was in our room.


Just gotta jump!

After a bit of an absence, a post such as yesterday's 3TT is a great way to jump right back in, and today I'll continue with a little bit o' random.

Ann & her family vacated the Airbnb almost three weeks ago already, and I've had two other guests since then. They returned for an overnight last week so Mack could take his last behind-the-wheel driving lesson -- now he has to wait to take the final test when he's eligible/they return in December! So crazy. Anyway, it worked out great to utilize the couch and an additional air mattress, along with the upstairs bedroom... I wouldn't want to do that long-term, but it's fine for an overnight. I can't believe Ann will be back to work in Lima a week from today! The boys will be around (mostly Madison) for another couple of weeks, though, as they're still off of school. I'll see them all prior to departure for an overnight, as they have crack-of-dawn flights out of Appleton.

I don't think I ever showed the engineer's print I had made at Parabo Press.


I'd been wanting to do something like this for a while, and their visit/residency spurred me on. They're all photos from our 2019 trip to Spain & England, pretty much in order, and I put it in the Airbnb for their stay.


A cool poster of Valencia is hanging in the second bedroom up there, visible through the doorway. It was so fun to do, and while I don't intend to leave it up there forever... I am going to leave it for a little while. There's a lot of travel-related stuff up there and it just fits!

Parabo has a lot of great stuff, from prints of all sizes to photo books to calendars -- I've made so many personalized gift calendars, I can hardly count! If you've never used Parabo Press before, you can use referral code AHMKGG to receive $10 off your first order (and I get $10, too!). They have a lot of pretty great promotions throughout the year.

And speaking of prints, a few months ago I was remembering how much I loved going through photos & albums at Grandma's when I was a kid... there's nothing like holding them in your hands! So I decided to take Google Photo up on their monthly print service. I choose & receive 10 prints each month -- my photos are already automatically backed up there (so no uploading or downloading) and they send me a reminder email, so it's super simple, plus I can do simple edits if needed. There are other services that offer free photos each month, but I really like the quality of these and the limit actually makes it easier. Pick 10 photos. Every month. No prob.


3TT: Tie dye finale!

Joining Carole & friends for Three Things on Thursday... 

While I photographed all of the kiddos' tie-dyed shirts, I get a case of blogger's block when I think of formatting & posting all of those photos like I did with Mack's & Addie's! I'll make it easy, though, and embed the Instagram posts here... and it just so happens that I have three posts to share!

No. 1 - Malina's (with a little help from her sibs & Nona):

No. 2 - Ginny's:

No. 3 - Junah's:

They did so great and had so much fun!!

Apparently, tie-dyeing 40+ shirts in a two-week timeframe with kids ranging from 3 to 16 kind of knocks me off my game! Lordy, it's been a busy month and a half -- even without all that!


July already?

June was really great, for the most part! I think my head is still spinning, though!

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I made the mistake of deleting all the backed-up photos from my camera the other day, which meant that I had to re-download a bunch of photos & videos to include in my 1 Second Everyday video for the month. Ugh! I've done that at least once before and it's a pain... you'd think I'd have learned.

The month ended with some pretty shitty news/family drama regarding my dad. It's been a strained relationship for most of my life, with some OK parts, but eventually degradation led to estrangement, which doesn't even matter now because his Alzheimer's is so bad that he doesn't recognize anyone. Distance (in every definition of the word) complicates things, as do other strained relationships, but at least he's physically safe and being cared for now.

The month also ended with a wonderful family video chat -- Kate from her new digs in Edinburgh, Maddy from their place in Orange NSW, Rusty from the California coast (literally, he was showing us the waves), and Ali from our back yard, while I sat in the Garden Room.