Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

This delicious recipe was handed down by my grandmother, to my mother, to me, and now to I hand it to you. I hope you enjoy this wonderful bread through the Holiday Season.

Zucchini Bread Recipe

  • 1 pound zucchini (you’ll end up with about 1 3/4 cups of zucchini once it has been shredded and wrung through a towel to rid of excess liquid)
  • 2 cups Whole Grain Stone Ground Flour - (I use Bob's Red Mill Spelt Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or non fat plain or greek yogurt - I use buttermilk the yogurt reduces the calories
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Adjust an oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Generously coat a 8 1/2-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with grease and flour.
  2. Chop the ends off the zucchini (just 1/4-inch off each end) cut in half and scoop out seeds finely shred the zucchini, peel and all. Place the shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel, wrap the towel, and wring the ends (like a an old-fashioned candy wrapper) to squeeze out all the excess water. You should have about 1 3/4 cups of dry zucchini. Set the zucchini aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk the sugar, yogurt or buttermilk, eggs, sour cream, and butter until combined.
  4. Gently fold the yogurt mixture and zucchini into the flour mixture, using a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients together until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  5. Bake until golden brown and a thin knife or skewer inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached, 45-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes then turn out into wire rack to cool for at least 1 hour. Store well-covered for up to three days. You can also freeze it as I have done by splitting the batter and baking in small aluminum baking tins. I use this method to freeze my zucchini bread.
  6. You can use Cream Cheese for a spread or Honey Butter.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Beauty of LOVE...

for all my children and grand children...

for the planet in all it's glory and beauty it provides everyday...

for talented people who since the internet I have found all over the world.


for the camera that is teaching me to see the world in a different light...

For me the most important thing in life has been LOVE, to give love in every way possible, to be loved is such a impeccable, magnificent, utterly amazing, truly is the most beautiful feeling in the world, I can not express what it has done and been to my life, not always easy or possible. I strongly believe through my Down Syndrome Twins Son's I was blessed to see life through there eyes. It was without a doubt some remarkable moments they showed me in the most simplest of ways. It wasn't always easy for them to get me to see, but, when I did I understood so much. How important love was in life for everyone and every thing around us even those that are different to our eyes. They brought me closer to God, his beautiful planet, and to believing in miracles that anything was possible with his love. They taught me to be grateful, helpful, to see the oddities as beauty. And that I see in the last photograph, a mother's who is a photograph, who captured photographs (click on the word photographs) of her daughter who is missing a hand due to a disease. It captured my heart more than I thought possible, I have seen some pretty darn beautiful things, but, this is amazing. A mother's love so driven she took photographs to let her daughter know nothing in life was beyond her reach, even with a missing hand. That's love, beyond measure, beyond anything seen in the constant movement, chaotic, scenery of everyday life. The photographs are by far in my top 5 of the most beautifully captured.

Imagine if you woke up one day to a world filled with simply love...what an awesome miracle that would be and all it takes is prayers to change it.