I knew I wanted to do something really spectacular for my 50th birthday, so I planned a trip to Morocco and Portugal.
I had never been to Morocco or Africa for that matter. Up until then, my global travel experience was limited–I’d been to a few countries in Europe. I did know one thing: I couldn’t wait to go and see and do!
I rounded up a group of my closest friends and we planned the nearly two-week adventure. Most of the group of nine was meeting up in Lisbon (after Morocco), so for the first leg of the trip, it was me, my husband, Jeff, and my girlfriends, Ellen, and Kristin.
Let me say this about Morocco, specifically Marrakech. The people, the food, the hospitality is like none other. They were delightful, helpful and accommodating… just truly the best. That’s why we’re anxious to go back!
Jeff and I had done our research before traveling and read about and learned their customs and culture because it’s important to know what you're getting yourself into so you don’t offend anyone. We heard things like, women need to dress modestly and cover their shoulders, there’s no alcohol, etc.
Don’t worry, we found alcohol AND we kept our shoulders covered.
We stayed inside the city walls or what’s known as the Medina. There are precious boutique-type hotels called Riads. We stayed in this one. Tea service upon arrival.
After we settled into our new surroundings, we ventured out into the city.
OH MY GOSH THE SHOPPING!!
I bought this rug on Day 1! Nothing gets by me!
He was such a great guy! And a good salesman!
See that yellow decanter behind his left arm?
I bought it.
Did I mention everything is SUPER cheap?
Also got to pet a baby camel!
(He doesn't look too happy about that part of the job, does he?)
Our guide for the week, Muhammed!
Besides the shopping and the sightseeing, y’all the food. They cook in these ceramic pots called tagines. And the restaurants are GORGEOUS!! Ain't nobody afraid of color here.
A funny note about some of the restaurants. If you ask for a side of fruit you might get this.
A giant bowl of fruit.
This was one of the best moments. We saw this cat sitting in front of the chicken shop, waiting for his turn. The butcher was having none of it.
Yes, there were cobras. A little note about me: I’m TERRIFIED of snakes. Like, if I’m going to have a nightmare, snakes will be involved. So why did I pose so casually in front of this scary dude? Because I was in the moment, living out loud and facing my fears. I’m glad I did this. Now I don’t have to do it again. BUT YOU CAN!
I could go on and on, or you could just go with me and see all of these things for yourself. Come on, let’s go! Wait until you learn what a hammam is.
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Shauna's mom, Deb recently returned from an extended vacation to a garden overflowing with produce. Per Shauna, she doesn't eat her bounty, she just shares it. So when Deb showed up at the office with the biggest zucchini we've ever seen, one for each of us, we decided to make her proud and see what we could cook up.
Thus was born the SGD Zucchini Challenge. Each of us would make a recipe with our zucchini and then invite Deb to come join us on the podcast and judge the dishes. It IS amazing what you can do with zucchini, so if you have an overflowing garden yourself, you can pretty much create an entire meal with these recipes.
An incredibly easy make ahead breakfast that works for both babies, kids and adults. You'll add this to your Sunday agenda for the rest of time so you have easy breakfasts ready to go during the week
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Servings: 12 Bites (*note, we cooked this all in one dish instead of individual ones)
Recipe courtesy of What's Gaby Cooking
PREP TIME 10 mins
COOK TIME 70 mins
TOTAL TIME 80 mins
SERVINGS 16 to 20 servings
YIELD 2 loaves
This recipe can be baked in an 8x4-inch loaf pan (for taller loaves) or in a 9x5-inch loaf pan (for thinner loaves). This recipe also makes 2 loaves; you can easily divide the recipe in half to make just one loaf.
The recipe calls for 4 cups of grated zucchini, which will yield particularly moist loaves. I've made it with 3 cups, which was also very good, just not as sublime as with 4 cups.
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 25 minutes
COURSE Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
SERVINGS 8 servings
This Lemon Zucchini Cake is definitive proof that lemon and zucchini belong together! Beautifully moist and undeniably delicious, this easy cake is topped with a lemon glaze that will keep you coming back for one more slice. An excellent way to use up that zucchini from your garden!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Yummy, right? So, you'll have to tune in to the podcast to find out which dish Deb picked as the winner. AND who made which recipe. Let us know which one sounds best to you or share your own zucchini recipes and we might just feature it on the blog! Thanks to all our fabulous recipe creators for their work. Please be sure to click through the links to see more.