fwo | taco stuffed zucchini boats & fly me to the moon

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white denim, and seersucker sandals

it’s friday. cheers to the weekend, gang! of course, we’re dishing up a healthy recipe taco stuffed zucchini boats. and there’s a refreshing cocktail by the name of fly me to the moon on the menu. but the main attraction every friday is our favorite german shepherd oscar. at the moment he’s obsessed with his soccer ball. or should i say a semblance of his soccer ball? not to worry as oscar could give two hoots if it’s inflated or looks pretty. somehow he manages endless hours of fun with this ratty toy whether mr. style and i are involved or not.

yours truly is squeezing every day out of blue jean weather. once those hot summer temps set in i exchange my beloved blue jeans for denim skirts, shorts or dresses. it’s a fair trade so no complaints on my part. this year i’m still on the hunt for easy, breezy summer dresses. but i’ve added lightweight shirts to the list. i have drawers full of tees, but nothing compares to a crisp cotton shirt. this cute little number from J.Crew fits the bill. it comes with a self-tie belt and cuffed sleeves. it’s popped over a pair of high rise white denim from Ann Taylor last seen here and here. whenever i wear a long tunic or belted shirt with denim, i prefer high-waisted pants. then there’s never a worry about the dreaded muffin top. last but not least is a pair of seersucker sandals from Talbots. i’d guess you’d say i’m mixing and matching brands today.

oscar the german shepherd

oscar the german shepherd

oscar wears a barking collar when he’s outside. when he barks the collar vibrates which is a gentle reminder not to keep barking at the deer. 

fly me to the moon cocktail

tray | cocktail shaker | coupe glasses | cocktail napkins

fly me to the moon introduced me to two new liqueurs – maraschino liqueur and creme de violette, which adds a pink color to the drink. coupe glasses remain my favorite cocktail glass. they’re sleek and sexy and downright cool. even though coupes were originally created for champagne, many enthusiasts insist the bubbles don’t last as long with the wide brim. enter the champagne flute which gained popularity during the mid-fifties and claim to prolong the life of those trademark bubbles.

fly me to the moon cocktail

Fly Me to the Moon
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 ounces gin
  2. 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  4. 1/4 ounce crème de violette (optional)
  5. Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white denim, and seersucker sandals

i count to thirty when i shake my cocktail. this gives the ingredients time to mix. and it’s cold when poured.

fly me to the moon cocktail

garnished with a maraschino cherry.

taco stuffed zucchini boats

each week i look for simple, easy and healthy recipes. since joining FASTer Way to Fat Loss my dinner choices have changed drastically. and for the better. but my love of tacos remains strong. good news. there’s always a way to adapt your favorite recipe. a zucchini boat takes the place of a taco shell or tortilla. and ground turkey replaces ground beef. as far as cheese goes i typically omit cheese from my day-to-day diet. but FASTer Way to Fat Loss is all about progress not perfection. so every once in a while i’ll indulge.

there are quite a few of you who have joined FASTer Way to Fat Loss through my blog links. let me know if you would like to see more recipes tailor-made for this program. i’m happy to share my resources and what i’ve learned the past year and a half. one thing is for certain, to live a healthy, active life; our diet is the most critical factor. it took me sixty years to get this through my head but that old saying ” you are what you eat” is true. if you are interested in learning more about FASTer Way to Fat Loss and how it’s helping women (and men) of all ages learn about health, nutrition, and fitness the next round starts June 3rd.

napoleon bee glasses

flatware | napoleonic bee glasses

bamboo melamine plates

melamine dishes | flatware

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Serves 4
A healthy twist to Taco Tuesday.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 medium (32 ounces) zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
  2. 1/2 cup mild salsa
  3. 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp cumin
  6. 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  7. 1 tsp chili powder
  8. 1 tsp paprika
  9. 1/2 tsp oregano
  10. 1/2 small onion, minced
  11. 2 tbsp bell pepper, minced
  12. 4 oz can tomato sauce
  13. 1/4 cup water
  14. 1/2 cup reduced fat Mexican blend shredded cheese
  15. 1/4 cup chopped scallions or cilantro, for topping
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place 1/4 cup of salsa in the bottom of a large baking dish.
  3. Using a small spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half.
  4. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside 3/4 of a cup to add to the taco filling, (squeeze excess water with a paper towel) discarding the rest or save to use in another recipe.
  5. Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water.
  6. Brown turkey in a large skillet, breaking up while it cooks. When no longer pink add the spices and mix well.
  7. Add the onion, bell pepper, reserved zucchini, tomato sauce and water. Stir and cover, simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  8. Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats dividing the taco meat equally, about 1/3 cup in each, pressing firmly.
  9. Top each with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.
  10. Top with scallions and serve with salsa on the side.
Adapted from skinnyTaste
Adapted from skinnyTaste
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/

taco stuffed zucchini boats

green salad

add a simple green salad, and this meal is complete.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white denim, and seersucker sandals

denim | shirt | sandals

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white denim, and seersucker sandals

are we ready to get this party started? or at least friday? oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend.

here are a few more delicious recipes and cocktails.

nacho chicken tostada and classic daiquiris

lime shrimp bowl and strawberry basil margarita

pork tenderloin sheet pan and bee’s knee’s

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  • Cindy D.
    May 17, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Beth, you look cool and comfortable. Oscar looks very handsome. Cheers. I will be making this cocktail soon. Have a great weekend!!

  • Chris Illius
    May 17, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Of all your posts, I love Friday’s the best! Everything on one day – ootd, recipe, and tablescape all in one! Thanks Beth – I look forward to your daily posts. Your blog is inspiration and a highlight for this 60 something gal! Would love to hear about your weekly schedule – you make this blog look effortless (as I’m sure it’s not). Thank you again for it!

  • Margaret (Peggy) Ekena
    May 17, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Love the blue and white blouse; it looks so cool and crisp. I am anxious to try the taco recipe. I made your egg roll in a bowl recipe, and it was very good. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Marlene
    May 17, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Love your entire outfit and can’t wait to try out that drink recipe!

  • Suzanne Smith
    May 17, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Oh, we make zucchini boats like this quite often with varied fillings! I love them, especially summertime. I was also in a restaurant where I was sad I thought I couldn’t order an eggs Benedict that sounded yummy, because I don’t eat foods with gluten any longer. They made it for me over a roasted round of zucchini instead of bread! I loved it! The drink also sounds yummy. I don’t drink any more, with all the meds I have to take, but I do make them for others. Have a wonderful weekend, you two!

  • SUSAN GOINS
    May 17, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Love your FWO. The recipe and cocktail sounds delish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cindy J.
    May 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    You do so look so cool and classic in that blue striped shirt! I remember my golden retriever Reilly having a football that he just loved. It didn’t matter how chewed it was, it was his favorite toy. Sadly, Reilly is gone, but I have kept the football in a cupboard in my garage. When I come across it, it always makes me smile. Love your Friday’s with Oscar and the recipes! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Linda d
    May 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Cute and upbeat top. That outfit would be perfect for bicycling with your sperrys, too! Thanks for the yummy recipes. Say, hi to Oscar❤️

  • Donna A
    May 18, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Love your style. This look is right up my alley. Your tips are always spot on and welcome.

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