Thursday, September 10, 2009


I was craving some sugar. Something with a big glass of ice cold milk. I had to make chocolate chip cookies for someone, and I wanted something for the kids (er, myself!!) and thought I should make something a little more chocolatey. I started with another batch of chocolate chip cookies but found a box of brownie mix in the cabinet (I feel compelled to add that the mix is for my 8 year old daughter who loves brownies and likes to make her own and I let her- with a mix! Mine are from scratch, mind you.). Having the beginning ingredients already in the mixer, I decided to skip the flour and I threw in the mix and then 3 heaping cups of chocolate chips and gave it a go.
It is such a nice fall day, the windows are open, the breeze rustling the leaves that are going to start changing colors and falling soon. The sight and sounds of fall, the "back to school" feeling, and now the smells of cookies baking and then the tastes of this concoction... it's all good. I was not happy about school starting, but today, a day of long lists that aren't getting done because I am sitting here eating cookies and drinking a gallon of milk, today I am satisfied that the kids are back in school. I'll work on my list tomorrow.
Hopefully there will be some left for the kids.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

zucchini in disguise

Today was the day we finally used some of the mega zucchini we grew in our garden. The zucchini was larger than our dinner plates, and one yeilded over 6 cups of shredded zucchini! My 8 year old assisted me (as this was just a "fun" baking day) and we made 10 mini loaves and one large loaf of a spicy zucchini bread. I never seem to follow recipes as they are written and I had to add some allspice, cloves, and nutmeg in addition to the called for cinnamon. Cut back on the sugar and added All Bran cereal instead of nuts, and the result was a moist, yummy, and (supposedly a tad bit) healthy snack.

Next was a batch of muffins (still had a lot of shredded zucchini!)with all the above spices, as well as cranberries, coconut, and pecans thrown in. No All Bran this time. They smelled sooooo good! I forgot to cut back on the sugar, and the neighbor was playing with the temperature controls on my oven. That combo yeilded a slightly burnt bottom on half of the muffins! Oh well, it didn't stop me from ripping one open. Mmmmm.

Be sure to wear swanky red patent leather wedge sandals with your striped apron while baking, everything is sure to taste better!