Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pardon our dust!

Hey ya'll!
Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is having a good week. The weekend is right around the corner.
I'm trying out different themes for the blog this week, and I know things might not be where they are suppose to be, but it will eventually fall into place and work as planned.
I'm thinking I like this blue/lime green color scheme. So we will see how this one goes over LOL
If it is to hard to read or if you have any trouble, please give me a shout.

I made the header and the logo with picmonkey. It was super easy to use, even for a beginner. Let me know what ya think.
Back to regular scheduled programming. :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mouth Watering Zucchini Bread

Hey Hey! Welcome to part 2 of our quick bread series.
As I said Monday, I just love cooking up quick breads for breakfast for the busy teens we have at home. They are all pretty easy, and taste so wonderful, they don't even realize there is yummy veggies or fruits in them.
I have 2 of the pickiest teens ever. So that makes my job harder to get the veggies in them that they need. Sure there might be sugar and maybe icing LOL but they are getting some veggies to say the least.

One of the favorites in this house is definitely Zucchini bread!

When I first made it, I made the mistake of letting them SEE me make it. The teens (then young boys) wanted absolutely no part of the bread with "the green stuff".
Honestly it took me paying them each a dollar (I have no shame) just to taste it. It was worth the $2 spent haha. Now they love it and ask for it every few weeks.

I found this recipe in a box that was given to me years ago. The box was my grams, and this one was written in her handwriting which made it all the more special and close to my heart. I remember eating her zucchini bread as a kid. So it definitely takes me back to some wonderful childhood memories.
I'm sure there are versions of this recipe and other zucchini bread recipes out there, but we make it as Gram tells us to. I wouldn't have it any other way.

I hope you enjoy it!

3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups zucchini, grated
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
 In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Mix in the oil and the sugar. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, salt and nuts; stir into the egg mixture. Divide batter into the 2 prepared pans.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Thats Grams Delicious Zucchini bread! Give it a try and make those kids happy!

Did you miss the first recipe in the Quick bread series? Check it out here ...
Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread

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Did you know?
A few fun facts about Zucchini

1. One zucchini has just 25 calories
2. The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible (I've seen this on food network! Have you ever eaten a stuffed zucchini blossom?)
3. A zucchini has more potassium than a banana
4. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.
5. Need more reasons to eat zucchini? How about this: Zucchini is fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C

Monday, August 4, 2014

Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread

It has been such a crazy end of the month around our house. With school starting up again in just 2 1/2 week (yay and yikes!) We have been running around like crazy people trying to get everything ready and in order so the boys  are all ready to go when the day comes.

Having 2 teenage boys at home is worse than having all 4 when they were little. One of the teens (15) is so laid back and a "what ever you think mom" kind of kid. And the other (13) that is a little more high maintenance. Very picky about everything, from clothes to school supplies.
It's funny tho, all 4 boys are so different in so many ways. Sure they have a few things in common, but their individual personalities are all from different ends of the spectrum. I wouldn't have it any other way!

The one thing they all love (besides their mom :) ) is breakfast! Any kind of break fast really. Bacon, eggs, pancakes you name it. And cereal .. Nick (21) is a cereal fanatic. I think he could have cereal for breakfast lunch dinner and a few snacks every day.

I like to make different quick breads for breakfast. Especially on those busy mornings when we are all rushed and trying to run out the door. This week, I think I will focus on a few of my favorite quick bread recipes.
Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread
We just made this super easy Strawberry Bread that was a huge hit with the teens. So I will share this one first. We just love fresh fruit (and veggies) in quick breads. I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do.

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Enjoy! ...

2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg
3/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup buttermilk (or 1Tablespoon lemon juice added to a 1 cup measuring cup. Fill with whole milk to make 1 Cup. Let sit for 5 minutes to "spoil")
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups fresh strawberries - chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside
In a medium bowl wisk together the egg and both sugars until combined. Wisk in the buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix, just until combined. Do not over mix.

I like to coat the chopped strawberries in a little flour before adding them to the wet mix. So they don't sink to the bottom of the bread.
Fold the strawberries into your mixture.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 - 60 minutes. Until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread

Occasionally I add a quick glaze to the quick breads I make. If you would like to make a glaze, combine 1 cup powder sugar, 2 Tbs milk and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla together until smooth. Drizzle over your cooled bread.

There you have it! Super simple and very easy to whip up for a nice quick breakfast on the go.
Coming up this week will be fabulous zucchini bread,  Scrumptious Banana nut bread, and my personal favorite My dear friend Missy's award winning Pumpkin bread! (You won't want to miss the story of how we met and bonded so quickly online.  She became one of the lords angels way to soon. But I'm sure she is watching over us and smiling) 

Did you know: Some fun facts about strawberries!
  1. Strawberries are the only fruit that have their seeds on the outside
  2. An average strawberry has 200+ seeds
  3. Strawberry plants are perennial - will come back year after year!
  4. There is a strawberry museum in Belgium
  5. Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.
  6. Strawberries are a member of the rose family
  7. Strawberries are rich in nitrate, which can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%.  This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.