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My Favorite Way to Make Zucchini and Summer Squash

 

After a long hiatus, my hubby finally posted something new on his food blog, A Real Dad Makes Real Food.  He’s a great cook and I’ve been bugging him to write up more of his recipes.  This one, grilled zucchini and summer squash, is one of my favorite summer vegetable dishes.  Not only do I devour this warm, I love putting cold leftovers in my salads the next day.

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Where in Connecticut? – The Sloppy Waffle (Review)

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My husband, Gary, and I like to try new places to eat.  In our travels around Connecticut, we’ll often pick an interesting looking restaurant or take a recommendation from a friend and try something new.  I thought it was time to write about our experiences so others can benefit.  Gina’s Kokopelli is about saving and using money wisely.  Therefore, I want to pass on my experiences at different (independent, not chain) restaurants to help you use your money wisely.  

 

Restaurant – The Sloppy Waffle, 2551 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
Atmosphere/Setting
– 7/10
Food – 2/10
Service – 5/10
Price Point – Average
Score – NOT worth the money

Gary and I have been driving past The Sloppy Waffle for several years.  Breakfast happens to be my husband’s absolute favorite meal to eat out, and so The Sloppy Waffle has been on his “to do” list since we first saw it.  We decided to make today our maiden voyage and showed up a bit before noon.

Although the atmosphere was quite cute, I was immediately put off by the fact that I had to use their ATM to take out cash.  They don’t take cards.  Okay, I can deal with that.  Also, I had to go to a counter to order my food.  Again, I can deal.  I guess I don’t have to be waited on by someone.

Gary and I placed our orders (be prepared if you want cheese other than American.  They don’t have it.) and went to grab coffee which is in another room.  (Self serve.)  No decaf was available.  Now, I can drink the leaded stuff, but I prefer decaf, and I was really surprised they didn’t have any available later in the morning when most people would be switching.  Thankfully, the coffee was good!

When our food came, it looked really good.  Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving.  I ordered two eggs over easy, toast, and home fries.  My eggs were cooked just fine and their toast is made with homemade bread.  The bread ended up being the best part of the meal.  The home fries were made with canned potatoes and tasted really bad.  They had a funky sour taste they tried to cover up with too much smoked paprika.  After two bites, I left those alone.

Gary order the Louie Special which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, the homemade bread toast, home fries, and their signature waffle.  According to Gary, the eggs, which he had ordered scrambled soft, were over cooked and that thing they called a waffle was the absolute worst excuse for a waffle he’d ever had. About the only thing it had in common with a waffle was the shape. I tried a bit of the waffle and had to agree.  Nasty.  Gary also agreed the home fries were the worst he’d had in a long time.

In conclusion – I wouldn’t waste your money on The Sloppy Waffle.

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5 Free Plastic T-TAG Plant Markers

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To My Readers: Thank You

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The last week has been one of the worst of my life.  My mom died last Tuesday morning (4/25 – the day after my 50th birthday), and I’ve been alternating between sad and numb ever since.  I have my okay moments, and I have my moments when not having my mom around becomes overwhelming.  I’m sure many of you know exactly how I feel.

Many of you took time out of your day to send along your words of condolences and virtual hugs. Thank you. You have also been very patient with me as I get my life on track and my head back in the game. Thank you.  I know many of you count on my match ups every week, and it pained me to let you down.  However, I wasn’t in a place where matching up coupons to sales mattered to me.

I’ve come to the juncture of my mom’s passing where I just need to keep busy, so you’ll be seeing more and more posts as the days roll on.  Grocery store match ups will also start back this week with Big Y (if I ever get the flyer!), followed by Stop & Shop and ShopRite.

Life goes on even after losing one’s mom.

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PLEASE READ – Very Important Information About Gina’s Kokopelli

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My mom passed away this morning.  For obvious reasons, I won’t be posting much if at all over the next week or two.  Please bear with me during this time.

Gina

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Free Generation Fresh Garden Kit with Non-GMO Veggie Seeds

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Free Butterfly Garden Starter Kit

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Free Pack of Wildflower Seeds from Cheerios

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Free Packet of Tasty Bite Organic Lettuce Seeds

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Free Generation Fresh Garden Kit with Veggie Seeds

Sam's Club

Sign up to receive a free Generation Fresh Garden Kit created just for kids. The Garden Kit includes non-GMO veggie seeds, activity card with a caregiver lesson plan supplement and a gardening journal! The Free Garden Kits will ship out the first week of March – Just in time for spring planting

It’s suppose to be available with purchase of Fresh Kids Pretzel Stix 50 ct at Sam’s locations, but the form doesn’t ask for any kind of proof of purchase.
Available for a limited time only, while supplies lasts.

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