Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Revival and Zucchini Nachos

New Life
Occasionally a customer will contact me about repairing an old beloved piece of jewelry that has been sadly broken. This time I received this.
It was a lanyard. I asked if it was ok to use larger 6/0 seed beads. That is the size I prefer to work with since I use the thickest steel wire in my pieces for strength. A couple of the focal beads were missing to I went asymmetrical on part of it and love the result! Here is her revived lanyard.
It is fun to do these, not just because I'm working with a style that is not mine but also because I remember years ago what it used to be like having broken jewelry and not being able to fix it! It feels good to be able to help someone in this way.

Zucchini Nachos
Here is a healthier version of nachos using zucchini instead of chips.
The original recipe can be found here at Two Peas and Their Pod. The photo of their finished dish looks much more delicious! Their version is grilled but since I don't grill here is my take on the recipe.
I sliced 3 small zucchini in 1/4 inch slices. I tossed them with some olive oil, salt and black pepper. 
They baked on the pizza stone at 425 until they were at the desired texture.

I put together a salsa of:
3 chopped tomatoes
1 can of black beans
some chopped jalapeno peppers
frozen corn
dried cilantro
dried green onions
Since I was just making this for myself I made it easy by plating the cooked zucchini, covering it with the salsa and shredded cheddar jack cheese. Then I put the plate in the microwave until the the cheese was melted!
I put the remaining zucchini separate in the fridge for when it came time to make another huge plate of nachos! 

It is really delicious if you love nachos and zucchini. The bonus is that this is much more filling than chip nachos. Of course it can't be eaten like regular nachos since it requires a fork at minimum. I'm glad I came across this one on Pinterest and will definitely make it again! 

Thank you for stopping by. Have a creative week ahead! ~Val


  1. Great! The lanyard looks better than before.
    Yummy dish!

  2. So fun to help someone repair broken jewelry. I love doing that and seeing the look on their face when you return it!

  3. Very pretty! Never had nachos like that ever, looks yummy x

  4. I like the new and improved lanyard!

  5. You did a great repair job! More yummy-looking cooking too :)

  6. this version of nachos is one i will certainly be trying! i will give it a go this winter, but come summer, when zucs and tomatoes are abundant, this might become my go-to summer supper! thanks for posting this Val! your re-do lanyard is so pretty!

  7. You did such a great job, Val! And those zucchini nachos sound divine :) Have a delightful week.

  8. That is such a pretty lanyard! Glad you could fix it and I'm sure your customer is totally relieved :)
    Your zucchini nachos look super delicious!

  9. You did a wonderful repair on the lanyard, Val. I am sure the owner will be very pleased.

    I am sure I would love those zucchini nachos, and so healthy too! :-)

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. You did a great job fixing this lanyard. I love your finished version. And that "nacho" dish looks amazing too. It would make a great appetizer.

  11. Val, I never knew you fixed jewelry? Thanks for letting us know! Excellent!
    You have my mouth drooling again! Seriously!!! I am for sure trying this recipe! Hugs ;o)

  12. Wow, you really jazzed it up -- it's so pretty now! And yes, I love nachos and zucchini :)

  13. I am so happy to hear you are giving molasses a try! My aunt who is also graying and a couple of years older than me is also seeing results. Just be persistent every single day. I tell you I take it as a divine punishment lol! Fingers crossed!!

  14. Beautiful lanyard! Love the colors. zucchini nachos? Never heard of them but it looks a lot healthier than the nachos I'm used to. I love zucchini because it's so versatile, you can do anything with it. I'll have to try your recipe.

  15. great post! This is just so so great. I like!

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  16. The zucchini nachos look great. I love zucchini.

  17. The zucchini nachos sound really tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I work hard to not have my pieces break but it is nice when you are able to repair a piece that a customer really loves. I like your new version of lanyard you created!
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  18. I'm sure you'll make that piece of jewelry look great again.
    Those zucchini nachos look delish.

  19. Hi Val,

    Wanted to stop by and say "hi", haven't been in blog land much lately. Love what you did with your customers lanyard, it is just perfect now and obviously, ready to go again. Nachos are one of my favorites, your look healthy and delicious. Hope you are hanging in there up in MA, spring is on it's way soon.


  20. Great job Val in restoring the lanyard. I am sure she will be very, very happy with her new one, Never thought of using zucchini for chips but the dish looked scrumptious! And I have zucchini in the fridge that I was going to cook tonight. Great timing I think! Thank you for sharing.


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