Well, we made it through another school year! Like every year, it had its ups and downs, but I think this year seemed better than most. We had great teachers, learned lots, met our goals, and I would call it a success.

Now it’s time to feed the troops, find entertainment, and have lots of down time to get ready for next year. I’m not sure how I feel about only having seven weeks off, but it’s better than a weekend. We have one big trip planned, and hopefully a few camping trips to squeeze in.

The biggest challenge of the summer is money. All those trips, and let’s not forgot the food bill that escalates. I don’t understand why the kids eat so much more during the summer. They are little bottomless pits. We have already got out our salad bowl and started the summer salad frenzy. It is the only way I seem to keep these boys filled up.

Everyone seems to have that favorite item that they really enjoy on a salad, and I’ve found if you happen to have it around, everyone enjoys this cooler dinner idea. Add some fresh bread, or a side of something off the grill, and it makes for an easy dinner that doesn’t make you stand over a hot stove all day.

How do you save money during the summer? Gardening. With the kids eating more and us eating out more because we are on the go, a garden is the only way to curb my grocery bill this summer. We may be tired of squash and zucchini by the end of summer, but we will eat healthy as long as we have fresh veggies on hand. Our favorite way to eat squash and zucchini is sauteed. It’s so yummy.

Sauteed Squash and Zucchini

  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 squash
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning or lemon pepper

Slice squash and zucchini into thin rounds. Sautee over medium heat until they become glossy. Serve with your favorite grilled meat.

This week’s menu is based on the Treat’s ad on A12.

Barbecued spare ribs

Fried potatoes with bacon

Salami sandwiches

Sausage and broccoli pasta

Echilada casserole


Corissa has been a resident of Calaveras for over 25 years. She is a mother of 4 who loves raising her kids in such a supportive community. Writing was never something she saw herself doing and it has been a wonderful new adventure.

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