Monthly Archives: September 2011

My favorite zucchini bread…

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About a year ago, I found this recipe for Zucchini Apple Bread on allrecipes.com – and it’s my FAVORITE!  I’ve modified it just a bit, I’m not a fan of the walnut, but its a sweet and dense bread that’s wonderful with a little butter and a hot cup of tea.  This last time that I made the recipe, I made muffins instead of loaves, and they came out great!  This is a perfect thing for a fall evening.

Zucchini Apple Bread

4 eggs
1 cup white sugar (I cut this back to 1/2 cup)
1 cup brown sugar (I cut this back to 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla (I pour a heaping teaspoon – I’m a vanilla fan!)
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
**last time I used 2 cups all purpose and 1 1/2 cups wheat flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I use pecans)
2 cups peeled, chopped zucchini
** I grate the zucchini, it adds a better texture to the bread
** It will take about 2 med zucchini to get 2 cups grated
1 cup chopped, peeled apple
** Again, I grate the apple, this will take about an apple and a half

I also drain the zucchini and apple to pull out most, but not all of the moisture.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 – 9-5 inch loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla until well blended.
3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salf and cinnamon.
4. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Fold in pecans, zucchini and apple. Pour into prepared pans.
5. Bake for 1 hour, or until top springs back when touched lightly in center.
If making muffins, bake for 25 min, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Dreamer – A completed project!

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A couple months ago, I saw this post over at A Beautiful Mess and just had to try it!  (I LOVE her blog, you should go check it out!)  The thing I did a little differently, is that I purchased and painted my own paint by numbers, truly thinking it wouldn’t take that long.  Well, the painting part took much longer than I realized it would and was a bit harder than I thought it’d be.  BUT, this is an awesome project, and I love the way it came out.  Thank you Miss Elsie!!

The first go ’round.

Half way there.

Painting is completed.  It took about a week for me to decide what word to use.

Simple Joys

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What could be more simple that muffins with TWO ingredients?? This recipe is floating around Pinterest, so I decided to give it a go! The webiste to find the details can be found at Sweet Verbena

Next time, I would use a spice cake mix, add an egg (the batter is VERY thick) and maybe some chopped pecans. But my kitchen smelled wonderful the whole time and the muffins are great hot with a little butter.

Crafternoons and Cooking

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Two of my favorite things are crafting and cooking.  A few weeks ago before one of my youth group girls left for college, we got to spend a whole afternoon doing just that!

The cooking part involved these cupcakes: http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/07/pink-lemonade-cupcake-recipe-.html

 These were the BOMB!  Next time I might even mix in some strawberries to make Pink Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes!

The crafting part involved quite a few things to work on and try.  I learned that I am NOT so handy with the jewelry.

I tried this and failed miserably.  Linds?  Her’s was great!  http://www.mandipidy.com/2010/11/tutorial-book-page-necklace.html

These necklaces came out great for both of us!  http://psimadethis.com/post/6361335693/p-s-dive-into-diy-this-summer-the-weather-is

Then we made these: http://www.mandipidy.com/2010/09/mod-podge-letters.html

The last project that we started is similar to this: http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/08/song-lyric-wall-art-diy-project.html   I’m still working a bit on this one.  The last thing I need is a word or phrase, but I’m having a hard time committing, any ideas??  Once this one is finished, I’ll post from beginning till end.