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Easy Clean!

Have you ever had one of those days, where you walk into the kitchen to start a meal and the counters are cluttered? Not cluttered with dishes, cluttered with the remains of the day. Crumbs from getting out a few crackers for a snack, or sugar spilled from sweetening coffee or tea. "Cluttered" in the way a busy household kitchen becomes, as people use it. When that happens and if it has not already, it certainly will, have this simple cleaner ready to go and you will have a clean work area in a jiffy.


"Easy Clean" Spray Cleaner
adapted from:  source not remembered, but thanked!

1 16 oz empty spray bottle
water
2 T white vinegar
3 drops of liquid dish washing soap

Fill bottle with water almost to the top, add vinegar and liquid soap. Top with spray assembly, secure tightly. Turn bottle over about 10 times to mix the vinegar and liquid soap with the water without creating suds.

To use, spray your "cluttered" surface evenly with cleaner.

Wipe with a dampened cloth.

Done.

Now we can get cooking!

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Chocolate Mint Zucchini Bread, Recipe rewind, because some things are too good to miss

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the archives, Wednesday August 11, 2010.



I had hoped to get this post out earlier, but after picking berries I thought I should snip off the Dusty Miller flowers. It had flowered so beautifully this year, and with so many blossoms it had fallen over with it's own weight!

As usual, I must have been deep in thought (serious or otherwise!) while I snipped because I mistook one of my own fingers for a stem and took a "snip" out of the end of it - ouch! One compression bandage and a few hours later it is fine. Tender, but fine. So lets make some zucchini bread already.

I found these beautiful zucchini while out blueberry picking at a local organic farm. I knew right away I wanted to make something special with them and decided to make up a special chocolate and zucchini bread that was just a bit different than most. Only 3 zucchini went into this loaf, but I definitely have plans for the rest.


Chocolate Mint Walnut almost sounds like a candy bar, doesn't it? I have noticed a lot of different recipes, for zucchini bread. I have also noticed that these new and exciting offerings are really a loaf style cake. A loaf cake serves up easy, is usually complete on it's own and can be packed easy in a lunch. Sounds great to me, and just in time, isn't school going to start some time soon?

Chocolate Mint Zucchini Bread
recipe by the seat of my pants!
oven 350 degrees

2 c flour
1/2 c dry unsweetened baking cocoa
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking soda

2 eggs
1 c sugar
1 t vanilla
1/3 c oil 
3/4 c yogurt or buttermilk

2 medium zucchini shredded - about 1 1/2 cups
1/4 c chiffonade mint

1 - 2 c chopped walnuts, use what pleases your family

1/3 - 1/2 c chocolate chips to garnish top of loaf before baking - if desired


Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl, use a large spoon or whisk to combine and mix in the dry cocoa completely.


In a large bowl, beat eggs, add remaining ingredients through yogurt, beat well to combine.


Stir dry ingredients into wet along with the zucchini and mint. Fold in chopped walnuts.


Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, if using and bake 45-55 minutes or until done in your oven.

Time to clean up while the loaf is baking. But the good smell coming from the oven is worth it!

Enjoy! As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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Take Big Bites, by Linda Ellerbee

This is a wonderful book!

More than just a great read, it gives you the opportunity to examine not only the choices made by Ms. Ellerbee but your own as well. We all take risks, we all think from time to time, "did I make the right choice". We all need to look back and see that life was one great adventure.

This book could also have been titled " How I worked very hard and cooked up a great life, full of wonder and memories."

One could assert that these lessons are disguised within the chapters. After each adventure, arranged chronologically through the years, there is a recipe to share or end the story.

This recipe touched my heart.


Oranges for Children
adapted from:
From Chapter Fourteen, set in the year 2002

Step 1:

Buy a bag of oranges.

Step 2:

Give them to children, that don't have oranges.




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Zuchinni Bread

Welcome to Our Sunday CafĂ©, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…


Officially summer is gone, done, over. The school year has begun and life is returning to a scheduled normal. Many sighs of relief can be heard all over town. I remember those days, but I wonder, where did summer go, and how did it pass me by?
It seems like just yesterday summer had begun. And now it is over. I still have a full list of summer activities. I did not grill, did not go to the beach or even cook much these past couple of months. Whew, it's over, though, huh?

I do have a couple of zucchini on the dining room table. Not from my garden, but they are home grown, so let's get started.

Old Farmer's Almanac, Best Home Baking Cookbook, Zucchini Bread.
Zucchini Bread, from The Old Farmer's Almanac Cookbook.

Zucchini Bread
from:  The Old Farmer's Almanac, Best Home Baking
350-degree oven

3 eggs
2 c sugar
1 c oil
1 T vanilla

In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla until combined. Set aside.

3 c flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
1 T cinnamon

In a medium sized bowl, sift/whisk together the flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and cinnamon until combined. Set aside.


1 Medium-large zucchini, grated to equal 2 c shredded zucchini.

Combine shredded zucchini with the egg/sugar mixture.

Stir in flour mixture until smooth.

Divide evenly into the two prepared 8X4 inch loaf pans.
Bake 45 minutes or until done in your oven.
Let cool in pans 10 minutes, turn out and let cool completely.
Wrap and store overnight before cutting for best texture.

makes 2 loves.

Enjoy!

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