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Welcome to the 44th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

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Rhonda is a single mom blogger from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She writes on parenting and family, home gardening, and her thoughts on life.

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

 

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The ‘Fix It’ Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for July!

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Katie from View From The Fridge | Elie from Organizer By Day | Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom | Tara from Anything & Everything

Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We’re now accepting guest hosts for August & September.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Alycia chose Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “I love this post by Tawnya because as a fairly new wife (3.5 years) and a new mama, I sometimes struggle with remembering to equally balance the two. Remembering that you were partners first and parents second is important. Keeping the spark alive will foster the growth of your family. She shares some great tips and great insight!”

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Karen chose Lovely Floral Garland from Designs by Miss Mandee. “Not only is this garland great, but you can make your own with the download option! Plus, the images can be used for so many other things, making it a versatile freebie.”

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Ashley chose The Style Friendly Man Chair Compromise from Bless’er House. “Lauren from Bless’er House was on the hunt for a Style Friendly Man Chair that would be a compromise between her desire for clean lines and her hubby’s need for ultimate comfort. After tons of research, you won’t believe what she found!”

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Victoria chose 6 Reasons Mom Lose Their Joy from Fruitful Families. “I chose this blog post because I can actually relate to what this blogger talks about. When you become a mom, you do love your kids but there are times when you lose your joy. I loved how this blogger kept it real in her post.”

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Katie chose Prisma Wall Decor : Knock Off from Delineate Your Dwelling. “I am a sucker for a good knock off, and this one is FABULOUS … And basically FREE! How’s that for a good combo?! Amy made this out of … Paper Straws and Bakers Twine (plus some gold spray paint)!! I just live the result!! Beautiful!”

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Katy chose How to Tell If Your Daughter is a “Mean Girl” from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “My daughter, Emily, writes on my blog about her experiences being bullied and admittedly, the resources available to those being bullied far outweigh the resources available to those doing the bullying. Encouraging parents to pay attention and consider whether or not their child is headed in the wrong direction and how to get them back on track is an important piece to the #stopbullying puzzle, and I appreciate her bringing it to light. It’s hard to admit as parents that our child might be a bully, but we have to be open to addressing these issues instead of ignoring them.”

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Jillian chose Finding inspiration in the face of writers block from Operation Home. “I chose this blog because as writers we have all suffered with writer’s block at one point or another, having these tips handy can help you overcome that block.”

Natasha also chose this post. “These are some great tips to overcome writer’s block. Since I’ve had my fair share this year, it is great to have a way to get through it.”

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Elie chose Trix Krispie Treats from MadeInADay.com. “These Trix Krispie Treats from Kim at Made In A Day look so delicious!! I wish I would’ve thought of these! Can’t wait to try them myself.”

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Tenns chose Efficient Blogging from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “Such a great rundown of how to blog more efficiently! I think any blogging can appreciate and benefit from Tameka’s post. Its will thought out and thorough, and most importantly resourceful.”

Stacey also chose this post. “What a wonderful post! I, too, have several things that I would like to bring into my blogging…such as having more guest posts as well as becoming more frequent with posting and scheduling, and adding a few more things that I have learned from more seasoned bloggers to make my site better for my readers. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Silvie chose Cherry Mint Water and More Infused Water Recipes from Little House Living. “I chose this post as my favorite because ever since I started my weight loss journey I’ve been using infused water to get past that bland taste in plain water and be able to drink more of it. After trying it I found that Merissa’s Cherry Mint infused water recipe is easy, and delicious!”

Jessica also chose this post. “I’ve always been a fan of infused water recipes since working at a casino in Las Vegas. Our spas always had them on hand for the guests and I, of couse, always wanted to drink them because they were so good and healthy for you! Merissa’s post brought back those yummy memories and included some recipes I will actually use today. Thanks for sharing!”

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Rhonda chose Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo from GrandParents Plus. “I love repurposing things. This blogger did a great with this make-over. The fabric selection makes the red and white pop, and it’s now a great spot to enjoy family and a beautiful view.”

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Rachel chose 8 Tips for better summer photos of your kids! Photos of Summer Friday, week 6 from Just A Touch of Crazy. “I chose this post because I feel like my son is growing up so fast and I want to capture all the fun and memories of childhood, especially summer. These tips are great for making those moments into beautiful memories.”

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The post with the most clicks is 5 things that will INSTANTLY help your blog… from After Eleven.

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And the Best of the Best is…

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Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life’s Little Adventures

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School of Southern Cooking: Delish Zucchini Crab Cakes ~ Kinda Sorta

Happy Monday Sunshines! We are back from vacation and I am excited to begin a new series of posts all about learning to cook traditional Southern dishes.

Welcome to Ashley’s School of Southern Cooking!

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Today we are tackling Zucchini Crab Cakes. It’s a recipe from my sister-in-law’s Georgia Peach grandmother. Brother and SIL have been raving about how these crispy fried cakes tastes just like crab.

Crab cakes filled with zucchini and other fresh veggies but no crab? Hmm. I was curious. Crab Cakes by 3 Little Greenwoods

So when a friend shared zucchini from his garden I decided to give the recipe a try. We are always in need of a new recipe to get out of the dinner rut. Plus anything filled with zucchini had to be healthy!

Just look at all the garden fresh ingredients.
Zucchini Crap Cakes by 3 Little Greenwoods The recipe also calls for fresh breadcrumbs. Don’t have fresh breadcrumbs? Me either.

Thank goodness they can be easily made with oven dried sandwich bread and a whirl in the food processor. Six pieces of bread made 1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs.

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Place the grated zucchini in a colander or towel lined dish and sprinkle with salt. The salt will draw out the extra moisture and helps prevent the final mixture from being too loose to form crab cakes.  After 30 minutes use paper towels to squeeze out water.

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Once the excess moisture has been removed from the zucchini combine it with the remaining ingredients {except the oil and butter}. Make sure to mix well.

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Form mixture into 8 traditional sized crab cakes then chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.  Crab Cakes by 3 Little Greenwoods

Heat oil and butter in a skillet then fry patties until they are golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and serve!

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Here’s a tip: Each patty should be fairly flat so the middle of the patty cooks through as it browns. My pretty little patties were too plump causing the inside of the cakes to be a tad undercooked.

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Family Recipe Review:

When it was time for dinner I may have fibbed a teeny bit after Big Boy asked me if our Zucchini Crab Cakes were filled with Alaskan King Crab. Eyes excited, both boys took big bites of our faux cakes then ran straight for the trash can. For real.

Thank goodness they managed to eat their apples and broccoli. Poor tortured children.

Honey sat back watching their reaction then turned and asked, “Seriously? This is dinner?”

In the end,  Honey and I both enjoyed our dinner. Just as Brother and SIL promised, the cakes did taste like traditional crab cakes. Browning the patties added great flavor to the veggies and the cayenne spiced it up just enough to be interesting.

The next time I make this tasty cakes it will be for a summertime appetizer. The cakes will be thinner and maybe even a tad bit crispier!

Thanks so much for joining along on my School of Southern Cooking journey. Next week I’m learning to cook the secret ingredient in my favorite Bubba’s Famous Flounder Sandwich. Y’all come back!

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