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Zucchini Bread, Puzzles, and Cartoons

7 Jun

Since Tropical Depression Andrea (I think that’s her name) has come to visit us today, we are stuck inside all day.  While the kids and I love being outside, we also enjoy a rainy day in the house every once in a while.  Charlie is getting caught up on his DVR’d episodes of Max and Ruby and playing with his Batmobile while Maddie is taking a nap.  Great day for a nap, isn’t it?

This morning we decided to make some zucchini bread.  I still have several bags of shredded zucchini in the freezer from last summer that I need to use up before our zucchini starts coming in this year.  Maddie decided to take a break from her princess duties to help me:

Cinderella (before she became a princess).

Cinderella (before she became a princess).

Here’s my zucchini bread recipe, if anyone wants to try it:

Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

6 eggs

3 cups white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup dark Karo Syrup

2 cups oil

2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. cinammon

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

6 cups flour

4 cups shredded zucchini (if frozen, include the juice)

*optional: 2 cups nuts

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease and flour bread pans.  (This recipe will make 3 large loaves of bread, or 6 mini-loaves, and also makes great muffins.) Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Add the sugars, karo syrup, and oil.  Mix well.  Add the vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and mix well.  Alternately add the flour and zucchini, mixing well between each addition.  Fold in nuts if desired.

Pour into bread pans and cook 40-50 mins depending on loaf size.

Turned out well!

Turned out well!

The kids and I ate zucchini bread with peanut butter for lunch and it was so good.  Hopefully the rain will stop this afternoon and we can get out to deliver our other loaves!

This is the stack of books we have been working on today:

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Sometimes rainy days are so good!

Chocolate Pretzel Sticks

12 Feb

As part of my secret conspiracy to turn Mama into a stay-at-home Gaga so I can have a convenient babysitter to watch the kids while I spend my days more leisurely, I gave into Mama’s whim to do a “project” with the kids and make chocolate covered pretzels for Valentine’s Day.  She has been asking me to buy the ingredients for a few days, so I finally picked everything up yesterday and took the children over to Mama’s this morning to spend the morning creating with Gaga.

We really did have fun making simple, yummy pretzel rods covered in sprinkles.  All we did was melt some vanilla quik candy in the microwave, dip some long pretzel rods in the candy, then cover them in candy sprinkles.  The kids had their own separate plates and all of the broken pretzel pieces, so anyone who does happen to receive one of these from us doesn’t have to worry about catching their colds!

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Charlie took his pretzel-making duties very seriously!

Maddie enjoying some of the salty sweet yumminess.

Maddie enjoying some of the salty sweet yumminess.

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Little hands hard at work.

Little hands hard at work.

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Finished product!  Chocolate covered pretzel rods.  They are so good!

Finished product! Chocolate covered pretzel rods. They are so good!

So we had a great morning with Gaga.  I don’t think I will be able to convince her to retire, though. It seems the world is working against me…