Zucchini Bread

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I have been making this recipe for Zucchini Bread since I was a little girl. It’s the recipe that my mom taught me. One time, she even mailed me some when I was in college – that’s love. I’ve made this around the world – literally, as I baked it once in South Korea. That was a fun adventure – especially since the only vanilla I could find came in these tiny, tiny tubes and I had to coax each and every drop out. That was totally worth it though, as I wanted to be able to share this special treat with my friends there. Every time I make this zucchini bread for other people, they ask me for the recipe. So I asked my mom if it was okay if I shared it and she okayed it, so I’m sharing it today with all of you. I hope that you find it just as delicious as we do!

Zucchini Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup oil (Feel free to use any kind of oil – I’ve made it with vegetable oil, olive oil, and coconut oil before and it turned out great every time!)
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, vanilla, and oil and beat well. Stir in zucchini and salt. Stir together dry ingredients and mix into the zucchini. Put into 2 greased pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves (one for now and one for later – haha!)

There you have it! Not a complicated recipe, but the bread that it makes is totally delicious and worth it! Let me know if you try it and what you think! 

Zucchini Bread

Sausage, Rice, and Veggies (#ETHANProject Enjoy FLAVOR)

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I have been having just such a blast with this #ETHANProject! I look forward to sharing about it every week and I feel like it has been really beneficial for me.

This week is enjoy flavor! (If you need to do so, click on the picture to make it clearer!)

Week 3 Challenge ETHANProject Enjoy the FlavorSo, at first I was going to pick something off of my American foods challenge. So I picked sausage, peppers, and onions on a hoagie. And then two things happened. One, I am pretty sure that I ate this food at the church picnic last Sunday and two, I bought the wrong kind of sausage – oops!

But part of the goal is to make something that is new and fun and challenging. Well, for me, I am not a natural cook. I have really worked hard to learn how to cook, but I always, always stick to a recipe. I am not just a throw it together kind of a gal. But on Wednesday, I decided I would try just that. And that was how sausage, rice, and veggies was born.

Sausage, Rice, and Veggies

Sausage, Rice, and Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground sausage – your choice of heat (we prefer mild)
  • 1 cup corn (we used leftover corn, but you could use canned or frozen)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano added (we prefer the no salt added variety)
  • 2 tsp Wildtree Absolutely Onion seasoning (could substitute regular dried minced onions)
  • 1 pepper, diced – your choice of color (we used orange)
  • 2 cups instant rice
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

Brown sausage and pepper, drain if necessary. Meanwhile, prepare rice according to the directions. Add corn, tomatoes, and onion seasoning. Simmer for 5 minutes or as long as desired. Once rice is finished and you are done simmering, remove meat and veggie mixture from stove. Add rice and mix together. Top with parmesan cheese if desired.

Sausage, Rice, and VeggiesIt was a hit!

Allen enjoying sausage, rice, and veggies

I have been really trying to push myself in trying new things in the food realm the last couple of years. I am/was a picky eater and I have worked really, really hard to get better. I have so far yet to go, but I have made a ton of progress. Here are some of the other new flavors we tried this week.

Fresh cucumber and tomato saladTomato and cucumber salad from the Simply Summer cookbook. I only ate one tomato and one cucumber, but that’s progress. Baby steps. Baby steps. 2 years ago I wouldn’t have tried it at all. Oh and Allen loved this one too. Okay, that kid loves all food but still.

Firetruck snack

Firetruck snack from Motherhood on a Dime as we study F is for Fire! Dominic really loved this one.

Week 3 ETHANProject Enjoy the FLAVORHere are my favorite posts from last’s week, Enjoy the View.

Don’t forget, there’s still a few days left to enter my Skunk Tales Giveaway! It’s a great family devotional – I promise you’ll love it.

 

10 Things for Tuesday April 1st, 2015

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Ten Things

Here you go, ten things to check out on this April Fools’ Day! As always, citation does not mean endorsement, and I’ve broken them down into categories. I’d love for you to comment your thoughts on anything or leave a link of your own to something that you think is worth reading today.

Free

116 Free Kindle Ebook Downloads

Food

How Your Groceries Get to the Store: The Logistics of Supermarkets

Zucchini and Asparagus Strata

Pasta with Spring Greens

How to Hard Cook Lots of Eggs at Once

News

Searching the Internet Creates an Illusion of Personal Knowledge

The problem of “pointing” in modern journalism

April Fools’ 

ThinkGeek Continues Notoriously Awesome April Fools’ Day Products With Groot Beer, Thrones Clue, & More

Amazon’s Gone Retro – Circa 1999

Birth

I took back control of my Cesarean

Door to Door Organics #joydelivered

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I was recently provided with an opportunity through Moms Meet to introduce my friends to Door to Door Organics. We had a sampling party and had a lot of fun, but I just thought I’d blog about it as well, so you all could experience it too. I received a credit to Door to Door Organics in order to sample it, but that credit did not come with conditions that I must enjoy it or think positively of it. 

Door to Door Organics provides fresh, organic produce and local, natural groceries delivered to your house weekly or bi-weekly. They’re committed to providing Good Food straight to your door.

First off, let’s start with their site. I find their site extremely easy to use. I mean, part of that is the fact that I am internet savvy, but I feel even if I wasn’t it would be easy to use. I love how customizable everything is. They have several different box sizes, so you can pick the box size that’s right for you and it’s easy to change the size at any time. You can also sub up to 5 things in your box with things you’d rather have, which I find extremely helpful! You may or may not know this, but I am somewhat of a picky eater. I have gotten a lot better as an adult, but I can only handle trying so many new things at a time, so it’s nice to have that flexibility to swap things out. You can also add produce you love or produce you want to never see to your preferences, in case you have allergies or things you just absolutely hate.

For my get together, I picked the medium box. You have until 12 pm the day before it arrives to change your box and you better believe that I changed it a million and one times – ha! I just couldn’t decide – there are so many options. On the day when your box arrives, it comes in a bright yellow van and the delivery person was very nice. It was so exciting! Even though I knew everything that was in it, I still felt like a kid at Christmas.

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Contents of my box. Everything pictured is from the medium box, except the raspberries and the bread I added on extra.

Contents of my box. Everything pictured is from the medium box, except the raspberries and the bread I added on extra.

Then came the day of my party! I turned the zucchini into zucchini bread, the avocado into guacamole, the lettuce into a salad, and the rainbow chard I sautéed with some garlic and parmesan on the advice of the internet.

Our Spread

Our Spread

I have to say, I was extremely impressed by the quality, as I think was everyone. I tried new things – which is a big step for me – and liked it all (except maybe the grapefruit, but I don’t know if there was anything you could do to grapefruit to make me like it – haha – but other people liked it). But the pear and the kiwi were perfectly ripe and the rainbow chard was amazing. I could definitely see adding that to pasta. The lettuce had great flavor too and that bread was awesome. You could really tell in just everything you ate that it was quality. As I said to Nick, these are the most beautiful zucchini and they baked into bread excellently as well.

Overall, I was definitely very pleased with it. The quality was great and the service was great as well. I could order from them again with confidence knowing that the produce will be high quality and carefully packed and delivered with care. And it got this picky eater to try new fruits and vegetables.

I can offer you a code for $15 dollars off your first box! If you’d like this, leave your e-mail address in the comments and I’ll send you an e-mail so it generates a code unique to you. If you do this, I’ll also get a $15 dollar credit, but don’t do it just because of me. Only do it if you’re really interested in it! Also if you check out their Facebook page, now (through the end of today) they have a code for 51% off your first box. Also, if you have any questions about my experience or how it works that I didn’t answer, feel free to leave those in the comments as well!

You can find Door to Door Organics at their website, twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Recipe Review and Food Challenge: Hoppin’ John

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So I’ve got a new recipe to review for you all and I’m also giving myself a food challenge. I want to try to eat as many foods as possible on this list of 100 Must-Eat American Foods. I don’t think it will be possible to eat all of the foods on the list – some I think I would have a hard time finding here without paying a lot of money (like New Mexican Green Chiles or anything else that’s very specific to a place) and I’ve never tried Thin Mints and of course now I boycott the Girl Scouts so I won’t have the opportunity to try those. So far I’ve eat 32 of the things on the list. I don’t know if the link lets you see what I’ve tried (of course, I can see it because it’s my score), so if not, I’ll semi-narrate as I go down the list.

1. New York Style Pizza – tried it

2. Hoppin’ John – that’s what I’m trying!

It’s a bit risky cooking something new when your in-laws are here, but they are good sports. This recipe is super new to me – I’ve never heard of Hoppin’ John before and I’ve never even tried black-eyed peas before, but I’m giving them both a whirl. I decided to go with the Pioneer Woman’s version of this recipe because you know, it’s Pioneer Woman and if someone is going to steer you right in the food department, it’s her.

We were all pretty impressed with this dish. It was both tasty and filling and a great way to get a lot of protein (from the beans). My in-laws liked it, as did Nick and I, but Dominic was more interested in playing with it than eating it (unfortunately). But, I would definitely make this again. It was quite tasty and it was definitely filling and it was not too hard either. For my version, I did follow a few of her variations – which was that I added tomatoes and I used bacon instead of a ham hock, because almost everything is improved with bacon. I also used canned black-eyed peas because the store I went to didn’t have any dried ones or fresh ones, so I cooked it a little less. But it still turned out fabulous.

It was delicious. Time to cross that off my list!

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A Great Link to Check Out

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Well, I’ve done some heavy lifting over the past couple of days with all of my posts about kids. What was supposed to start out as one post turned into 8 posts, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a lot of great feedback and I always loving blogging the most when it’s about something that I care about deeply. It was one suggestion by a friend that I do a blog post on it. So, that brings me to my next point – if there’s something you want to see me blog about, please, please suggest it! I love suggestions and for the most part I will do them (can’t promise, but I will make my best effort).

But anyways, after all those days of blog heavy lifting, I need a little bit of a lighter day. I’ve already written my thoughts on food idolatry, but I wanted to share this post on Real Food that I also like a lot. It makes a great, great point. Everyone should eat what they want to eat and she makes very valid points about nutrition needing to look different for everyone. I’m sick of feeling shamed for my diet, I eat real food too. In fact, two nights ago I challenged myself to retry salad even though I “don’t like” lettuce. It didn’t kill me and I even kind of liked it. My tastes have changed a lot over the years, but I’m challenging myself to retry things I previously disliked and that is goal enough for me – that is real food enough for me.

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Yummy Yummy In My Tummy

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I’m getting ready to leave on a trip to visit family. I’m very excited because when my family is involved, the food is always tasty.

I am bringing along clementines, hot chocolate, brownies, chocolate raspberry cappuccino, and a garlic dip to share.

I’m also bringing along this awesome loaded baked potato dip.

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I think I’ve eaten this before at a friend’s party and I hope it’s a hit with my family. You can find the recipe here. Kudos to my sister-in-law Meghan who browsed dip recipes with me and found this one. I’ll have report back what my family thinks.

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