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If you’ve ever grown zucchini, you know how it can come on quick and in a fury. You’ll have so much zucchini, and you must find something to do with it all — or end up as that person who’s giving away buckets of zucchini to anyone who will take them.

Zucchini Everywhere! — Turn piles of zucchinis into delicious pies with a bit less guilt than the original. You'll be amazed by how much it tastes like an apple pie!

In my effort to make good use of the zucchinis in our first garden at our new house (seriously, we are so excited), I took to trying what seemed like a pretty crazy idea. My husband has a co-worker who said that his wife makes an “apple” pie from zucchini and that it’s great – just like apple pie.

I started by having a look on Pinterest to see what was out there, but ultimately decided to simply modify my favorite apple pie recipe. I love it and thought that subbing in zucchini couldn’t be all that hard – and it’s not. We found ourselves pleasantly surprised by this zucchini mock apple pie and hope that you will be too!

First Things First – The Ingredients

Zucchini Apple Pie Recipe — I can't believe how much this tastes like the real thing! Turn piles of zucchinis into delicious pies with a bit less guilt than the original.You’re going to want at least two huge zucchinis (or a few large). Aim for 8 cups of zucchini (a bit less will still work). Cut the ends, half them, scoop out visible seeds, and then slice it up like an apple! I chose to leave the skin on for the extra nutrients, and actually found that the seeds weren’t noticeable when eating the pie — though you may choose to remove them for appearance.

I wanted to give the zucchini a shot at an ‘apple’ flavor, so I soaked them in a bowl of water flavored with a hefty squirt of lemon juice (tart apples make great pies!) and a bit of sugar (I made a simple syrup to make mixing it in easy).

You can pre-cook the zucchini a bit to soften them up if you choose. I found that the cook-time for this recipe is more than enough to soften them up, skins included.

Next you’ll need the ingredients needed to make it taste amazing:

Start by melting the butter and then mixing in the flour. This will help thicken the sauce. Next add in the remaining ingredients and reduce it to a simmer.

Go ahead and prepare your pie plate now. You’ll need a crust for two layers – top and bottom. Feel free make your favorite crust, but I chose to use a natural prepared pie crust.

Give the sugar mixture a stir and then drain your zucchini. Once strained (try to get out as much water as you can), it’s time to add cinnamon and nutmeg, if you want it. I used 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon and a few shakes of nutmeg. Transfer this yummy mess to your prepared pie plate. Don’t be afraid to mound it up. It will cook down!

Now carefully pour your sugar mixture over the zucchini, being careful to keep it all inside the crust and reserving just a bit to brush the top crust with.

Apply your top crust, poke a few holes, do lattice work, or whatever it is that you enjoy in a pie crust, and then glaze it with the remaining sauce. You might want to dilute it just a bit with water to make it easier to brush on.

Bake it at 425°F for 15 min, then reduce the heat to 350°F for 40 minutes. Let the pie cool and serve!

Have you ever tried a zucchini pie? I’d love to hear what you think!

Zucchini “Apple” Pie
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  1. 8 cups Zucchini (sliced like apples - seeds removed - I left the skins on)
  2. 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  3. 3 tbs Flour
  4. 1/4 cup Water
  5. 1/2 cup Organic Sugar
  6. 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp Vanilla (Optional)
  8. Cinnamon, Nutmeg (optional)
  9. 1 Pie Crust (with top!)
  1. Soak the zucchini in a bowl of water with a generous squirt of lemon (and sugar water if you want) and allow to sit while you work on the next steps
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter and whisk in flour. Add sugars and water and simmer. (add vanilla (optional)
  3. Strain and toss the zucchini with 1 tsp (or more) of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg
  4. Mound onto a prepared pie plate and crust
  5. Pour the sugar/butter mixture over it carefully to coat it all - reserving just a bit to brush the top crust with.
  6. Add the top crust, brush with remaining sauce (water down if needed).
  7. Bake at 425 for 15 min - reduce to 350 for 40 minutes.
  8. Let cook & enjoy!
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Okay, so  we’re not only about fun, but it sure does make life interesting ❤️ Thirsties has introduced two new products today that will compliment the newly released Poppy, and the excitement is palpable!

Enter to Win this new collection from Thirsties! Ends 8/16You’ve already met Poppy — a soft, but fun pink — which is it’s perfect for boys too! Check out Dirty Diaper Laundry’s post for some cute Poppy styling for the little man in your life. Poppy is available in Duo Wrap, One Size All in One, One Size Pocket, and Diaper Pail Liner!

NEW today are Iris and Alice Brights!

Iris is a bold but dusty purple tone that I am just in love with. If you’ve been looking for a the perfect purple tone, this is it! Iris is available in Duo Wrap, One Size All in One, One Size Pocket, Newborn All in One, & Diaper Cover!

Thirsties IrisAlice Brights, who you might recognize, is a totally revamped version of an old print. It features Iris and Poppy in this bright, floral design. Alice Brights is available in Duo Wrap, One Size All in One, One Size Pocket, Newborn All in One, & a super adorable Wet Bag!

Thirsties Alice BrightsTo celebrate the introduction of these great new colors and print, Thirsties is offering you the chance to win a set of your very 0wn! One lucky winner will receive a 1 Poppy Duo Wrap, 1 Iris Duo Wrap, and 1 Alice Brights One Size All in One! If you can’t wait to win, look for them at your favorite cloth diaper retailers, available now! 

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I am excited to introduce you to the new product offerings from Thirsties!

Cover in Snaps 120x240 Thirsties Poppy 120x240 Thirsties NB Cover Lifestyle 120x240 Thirsties Social Share NB AIO HL
Thirsties has a been a long-time favorite of mine. They were among the first diapers I ever purchased, and it’s been great to see them grow through the years. This year is particularly exciting and now I can share a bit of that with you!

Thirsties Perfectly Sized Hook and LoopThe diaper covers you’ve come to love (or have yet to try, but have likely heard amazing things about (so you should totally get some!)) are now available in SNAP!, their favorite newborn all in one is now avialable in hook & loop, and there is an all new Newborn & Preemie size (this one is hook & loop only).

The new Newborn/Preemie size, as well as the X-Small (a current size) both feature a carefully sized hook & loop to help provide a perfect fit. This is the great new hook & loop that Thirsties introduced a couple years ago. It’s durable and stays put! This great new size also features an umbilical cord cutout for those early days.

As if these new additions weren’t exciting enough, they are also debuting a new color that I love – Poppy!

Poppy is a soft, but fun pink — and it’s perfect for boys too! Check out Dirty Diaper Laundry’s post for some cute Poppy styling for the little man in your life. Poppy is available in Duo Wrap, One Size All in One, One Size Pocket, and Diaper Pail Liner!

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To celebrate the introduction of these great new products, Thirsties is offering you the chance to win a set of your very 0wn. One lucky winner will receive a Newborn All in One { in hook & loop }, a ‘Poppy’ Duo Wrap { in snap }, & the new Newborn/Preemie Diaper Cover! If you can’t wait to win, look for them at your favorite cloth diaper retailers, available now! 

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4 Easy Ways to Honor Earth Month & Yourself

Earth Day is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary this year, and it couldn’t be more exciting! As consumers have become more savvy, Earth Day really has become ‘Earth Month‘ with a focus on encouraging people to be kind to the environment and to live consciously all year long. Below are some tips to keep sustainability in mind and honor Earth Month all year long.

Focus on Ways to Reduce Waste

Reducing your waste by choosing products that have minimal, or no, packaging can be difficult – if not impossible at times. TerraCycle brigades are one great way to reduce waste from product packaging. Joining a brigade is simply, but the impact is large! For example, the Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade accepts a variety of personal care containers from all brands. Points are earned for each piece of qualifying waste sent in, and points can then be traded in to support charities, schools, and more. Volunteer participants in the Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade have kept more than 295,000 pieces of waste out of landfills since 2012. Additionally, Tom’s gives 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet.

Ditch the Plastics

Another way to reduce waste, and reduce exposure to toxins, is to choose glass or stainless steel — especially in the kitchen. Quality containers may cost a bit more than toss-away (and fall apart) plastics, but they can last a lifetime and look a whole lot nicer. It’s easy to phase out plastics when you know what you need, and where to look.

We are a family of five, and our needs may be different with yours, but these are a few of my absolute must haves!

  • planetbox lunch effblogWean Green: These colorful glass containers are probably the most used items in my kitchen. I store everything them, eat out of them, put sauces in the little ones, I even put DIY body care products in them. I have tried many glass containers, but I always come back to these because they offer so many shapes and sizes, making their versatility practically endless. They are also virtually indestructible — I have dropped my fair share and seen them bounced off of concrete floors unharmed!
  • Planetbox: Another investment, but it’s worlds better than even the sturdy plastic containers we once used. I save a lot of money by packing lunches in these durable, reusable lunch containers, and my kids get healthy meals. We’ve had several parents ask about them and buy them for their kids too!
  • Pyrex: It’s hard to imagine that leftovers are even a thing with my three hungry kids, but they are and they often require large containers. I love the size, and affordability, of these flat-bottomed Pyrex bowls.
  • Bamboo Cooking Utensils: I have stainless ones too, but I reach for my simple bamboo ones far more often. They are affordable and easy to replace (though I’ve had the same set for about six years!) They won’t damage your cookware and they look nice too.
  • Stainless Cookware: Non-stick is out. It’s toxic and frankly, it really doesn’t work anyway. You can cook better in stainless steel (be sure to look for ones without interior coatings!), and even make mess-free eggs without any hassle! Cast iron is another great option, but we currently have a glass cooktop and I’m holding out for nice cast iron until I can get our range switched over to gas.
  • Glass & Stainless Drinkware: We use glasses (not all have survived, I’ll be honest), ceramic mugs, and (mostly) stainless steel cups and bottles for the kids. We especially love those from Zoli (our youngest is obsessed with their Dash drink bottle), Eco Vessel, and Klean Kanteen for the whole family. If you want glass, we love Life Factory (we prefer the flip drink tops).
  • Plastic-Free Dishes: I can’t lie, there are some absolutely adorable plastic dish sets, but cute is where the fun ends. They don’t hold up and they leach toxins. If you’re child-free (or yours are simply amazing and never drop things) you might opt for beautiful dishes. Me? I have two sets of cheap Corelle until that day comes. It’s affordable, functional, practically unbreakable, and they offer some pretty cute designs too.

Learn What Labels Are Really Saying

Pay attention to terms like “all natural” and what they really mean (or don’t mean), and take it one step at a time. There are many great resources to help you reduce exposure to toxins in cleaning products, as well as what to look out for in personal care products. Transparency is huge when looking for safe products in this day and age and companies that care know that. They may even go above and beyond by letting you know why they use each ingredient, and maybe more!

The EWG’s Skindeep Database is a great, comprehensive resource, however I like to note that I find some of their methodology to be flawed – so it’s important to do research beyond the database to find what works for you. For example: “natural fragrance” is lumped into “fragrance” – both of which can mean a variety of things!

I happen to use several products with a label that says “natural fragrance” (which I would never trust alone) to simplify packaging or to protect proprietary blends. However, companies that care will often list full ingredients their website, and even with proprietary blends some companies, like Tom’s, will allow you to call and ask what products you need to avoid to avoid exposure to an ingredient that you allergic to (or simply want to avoid.)

Along these lines, I know many people that would trust a label that says “essential oils or extracts” but by EWG’s own statement, they are lumping natural extracts (including a large list of essential oils) into the “natural” extract group, or “fragrance”. Ideally, companies could list every single ingredient, and “natural” would mean the same thing to all brands, but that’s simply not the case. I imagine that it is because of this complexity that EWG does not take this extra information (when available) into account when rating products. It’s always important to do a little extra homework if you are unsure about a product.

Planting a Veggie Garden (even if just in containers!)

Gardening is so much more rewarding than the fruit, or veggies, at the end. It’s pretty amazing to put your hands into the soil (gloved or not) and grow something from seed. It’s grounding and peaceful in a way that few things can ever be. If you have a yard, you may be able to till up a plot of land, plant seeds, and go wild! If you life in a smaller space, or perhaps have no yard at all, you can garden beautifully in containers. Both methods can be surprisingly easy and lead to delicious, organic produce at the end of a dirty, dirty rainbow. Check out these great resources to get you started:


This Earth Day article is a sponsored by Tom’s of Maine. As you have read, this post is full of my own opinions, experiences, and advice based on those things. I take great care, and spend a great deal of time researching, when choosing to work with companies and I am excited to be a part of the Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle for 2015.Easy Ways to Honor Earth Month & Yourself