Monday, June 27, 2011

Ruby Faith Drury

The fourth niece is here! Unfortunately the two times I've gone over to see her have been after work and I didn't have me real camera with me. Her sisters are obsessed with her especially Lucy. She thinks Ruby is her baby to take care of.

June 24
3:30 Am
9.1 oz
21 inches

I hope to have some better pictures up soon.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day... my wonderful Daddy!

We love you!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Zucchini Bread or Muffins

We have been harvesting a ton of zucchini from our garden in the last week and I've been making all kinds of stir-fry and zucchini chips with it. Last week though I had about 3-4 zucchini and I needed to use them up before they staredt attracting flies. I came across a good recipe on Smitten Kitchen (a blog I like to look at) and adapted it a little.

It turned out really well and it's great because I can freeze or give away the extra loaf since it takes us about a week to eat one.

Here is the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

Zucchini Bread

Yield: 2 loaves or approximately 24 muffins

3 eggs
1 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or a combination thereof (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans, liberally. (See those pictures of the cakes inside their non-stick pans? Yup, they’re pretty much hanging out in there for the time being.) Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.

Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as nuts, chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, if using.

Stir this into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans.

Bake loaves for 60 minutes, plus or minus ten, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Muffins will bake far more quickly, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sewing Project

So lately a lot of friends of ours are having babies. Between last October and this September there will 9 babies born! I have 4 baby gifts to make so I got started last week with a vintage pattern I picked up at a thrift store. The next 4 babies will all be girls and out of the 9 only 2 are boys! Anyway, I tried out a bubble pattern with some vintage pink and white gingham and it turned out pretty well. It was just a trial run so now I'm on to the real deal.

These vintage buttons were some from my grandmothers massive stash.
The pattern is a 1970's Simplicity 8811

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Canned Green Beans

Friends from church & work have parents who for some reason planted 10 rows of green beans this year. As you can imagine there are more greens than all of them could possibly eat or can so we went over last week for some picking. We picked enough for 10 quart jars and I'm hoping we can go back for more so I can freeze some.

I canned them in a brine with garlic, dill seed and paprika for a little kick. If you're interested in the recipe you can find it here at Food In Jars.

We are currently living in the worlds smallest house which makes any sort of cooking a challenge.
This is how you can on a very small stove...I don't recommend it.