Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday...the letter Z

Welcome once again to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny over at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent." Sadly, our journey through the alphabet ends this week with the letter Z. I've enjoyed being your classmate and visiting your blogs. Thank you Jenny for being such a great teacher and giving us this opportunity.

I wanted to do something special this week, but the letter Z is another difficult challenge. I've already told you about my great aunt who was a ZIEGFELD GIRL. A while back I introduced everyone to ZOOM and how she came to find her forever home with us. Finally, I decided to tell you about our mosquito problem and how we tried to solve it.

I asked my son to go out in the backyard and take a picture of my legs covered with mosquitoes. Normally within seconds my legs are covered. Earlier today I couldn't stand still while watering the plants because they were biting like crazy. They've been horrible this year. Naturally, when we went outside a breeze came up and momentarily there weren't as many mosquitoes. There were enough to be annoying and my son had no desire to wait until the breeze died down, so this picture will have to do. There were only a few on each leg. The stupid mosquitoes tried to make a liar out of me.

A few weeks ago we decided to declare war on the mosquitoes. I don't like to use chemicals, so we bought a mosquito ZAPPER similar to this one.

The mosquito ZAPPER worked fairly well. I found a You Tube video of a ZAPPER in action. Turn down your volume because sound effects were added. If the ZAPPER sounded like this it would drive away the neighbors.

Unfortunately, the squirrel thought it was a bird feeder and jumped on it and swung. It lasted about two weeks.

Then I thought of ZUCCHINI. It's pretty plentiful this time of year.

When we lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia a friend gave me this recipe. It's easy and good! I've been making it for years.

Oven "French Fried" ZUCCHINI (Serves 4)

3 T. herbed bread crumbs
1 T. Parmesan Cheese
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
2 medium ZUCCHINI (or yellow squash)
2 t. vegetable oil
2 T. water

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Combine the crumbs, cheese, salt and pepper. Quarter the ZUCCHINI lengthwise, then slice each spear in half (or thirds) to make shorter spears. Put them in a plastic bag with the water and oil. Close the bag and shake until well coated. Roll the spears in crumb mixture. Arrange in a single layer on a greased pan. Bake uncovered for 7 minutes or until brown and tender crunchy.

The kids just wanted to say...

Now head on over to Ms. Jenny's blog and visit as many classmates are you can before class is dismissed. Hope to see you in summer school!

Thancks Ms. Matlock. Yre da bestest teecher i evr had! :)


  1. Cute z post. I hate hearing that zapper. May try the recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Betty, I am so glad that the kids came out on this last venture! Thanks for the recipe for baked looks yummy! We have a zapper too, but I hate to use it because I hear death all around when it's on! LOL! Joni

  3. I need a ZAPPER! Did you see my bite post, I can't remember! ARGH.

  4. I am not huge squirrel fan, but I feel for that poor squirrel.

  5. Wonderful "Z" zucchini...fried and zucchini out for all those mosqutios...bkm

  6. OMG, and I thought I was brave by putting up some old school pictures. You beat me by standing there and having mosquito's go on your for a blogging picture for Alphabe-Thursday lol. We had one of those bug zappers too. I don't remember what happened to it but I think ours broke too after having it for 1 year. Great Z post.

  7. We have a mosquito misting system that has solved our problem. Like you, if I'm outside where mosquitos are, they will find me. Not good for gardening!
    I've enjoyed all your Alphabet posts. I'm going to miss the Jenny girls. ~ sarah

  8. we have a zapper and must be summer......

  9. Great post! I'm going to try your recipe as soon as our zucchini is ready. I'm always on the hunt for a new recipe! And lovely to see your dolls again. The nun made me giggle...

  10. Terrific ‘Z’ post – sorry to read about the mosquito problem but love your zucchini recipe. That's lunch sorted here!

    It’s been great meeting like this over the past 26 weeks for lovely posts like yours!

    Have a great weekend,


    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

  11. I love zucchini! My brother in law gave me a huge one that I breaded and fried. Yummy.

  12. love what the kids had to say :D

  13. Anonymous10:36 AM

    You're right! The mosquitoes have been bad this year and I have the bites on my arms and legs to prove it. Big welts that itch for days. Crazy things.


  14. funny funny funny (as long as the squirrel's OK)! Happy Z day!

  15. awwww....cute shorts, cute kids, cute legs, cute post...

    In fact, this whole post was just totally a cute on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "Z"!

    I have loved visiting you each week and I hope to see you on future memes!

    You are such a zilly of the reasons I like you so much!

    Thank you for linking!


  16. great post! from the zapper to zucchini...I want to try this recipe and convert it to gluten free...well done...peace and blessings

  17. Everyone needs a Zapper. Is there any sound more satisfying on a mosquito-spoiled night than that ZZZZAP!?

  18. We might just try the zapper for mosquitoes ~ thanks for featuring it in your post. Love the picture of those fresh zucchinis. Nice Z post. Blessings!

  19. Bye to the kids, i have enjoyed your vignettes with them! and the zapper, those are good to have!

  20. Glad to see the Ginny dolls at "za end" of your post. You had some nice "z" words and a delicious-sounding recipe that even I can make!
    I can't wait to see what the kids do for the colors of the rainbow summer school assignments.

  21. I can't believe it's Z already! These have been wonderful posts, Betty.

  22. Those dolls at the end were priceless. I love when you pull them out on Thursdays.

  23. You brought the Z to us with the same enthusiasm as recess!
    Ah we loved recess and we love the alpha meme....

    Such fun you have been Betty :)

  24. Oh those darn mossies! I tried zapping but the flies just flew away instead!!

  25. Ooh, your zucchini recipe sounds super easy and yummy! I love me some zucchini!
    Dang skeeters, they drive me nuts!

  26. I used to have a mosquito zapper in the yard too..It helps a little, but not much.

    Thanks for the recipe. It sounds delicious..

    Wonderful Z post!

  27. Mosquitoes love me too. When we lived in VA I always looked a leper every summer from the sheer amount of bites. And I am allergic or something because I get welts from their bites.

    I am so trying that zucchini recipe! I love zucchini! yum!

  28. Ouch! I feel your pain with the mosquito problem, Betty. I worry about West Nile virus that some of the mosquitoes carry here in summer. I found that using the "OFF" mosquito repellent fan that clips on my shorts really works to keep them away from me. There may be other brands that do the same.

    The zucchini recipes sounds good --thanks!

  29. JDaniel would head to your town in a heart beat. Have a great week!

  30. Love the zucchini recipe and "za end"!

  31. Never heard that recipe before, sounds interesting! We went to the 45th but before that, I had not been since our 10th. The older you get the more fun it is. hugs, K


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