Saturday, July 21, 2012

Little Boys

      "There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure."
Mark Twain

                      Boy: The answer to that false belief that there is no such thing as perpetual motion.

"We are two boys together clinging,
One the other never leaving,
 Up and down the roads going-
North and South excursions making.

Power enjoying- elbows stretching- fingers clutching,
Arm'd and fearless-eating, drinking and sleeping. "
Walt Whitman

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cranberry Zucchini Bread

I made this recipe yesterday with some of my homegrown zucchini. In my opinion zucchini bread is the best and only way to eat zucchini. (My mom and I do not see eye to eye on this point although she loves zucchini bread.)  This is my favorite recipe I have found for zucchini bread. It is super moist, and the tart cranberries are a nice addition. My dad loves to toast a slice and butter it. It is a great breakfast bread.
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon                              
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp.nutmeg                                                  
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup oil
1 TBSP. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped, fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 pecans

In a large bowl combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl beat eggs. Add zucchini, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in the cranberries and pecans. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in X 5-in X 3-in loaf pans. (in other words, normal loaf pans.) Bake at 350 for 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
ENJOY!!                                                                                           Yield: 2 loaves


Monday, July 9, 2012

Girl Time

Last week, Hannah's and my dear friend, Lacy, came with her mom to visit us. It had been a while since we had seen each other so we made sure we made the most of our four days together. While she was here we had a tea party (a tradition of ours), made pies, went swimming, planned a 4th of July picnic and watched a movie late into the night.

 Hannah and Lacy preparing scones for our Victorian tea.

Here we are all dressed up and ready for tea
 We all agreed that four days was way too short, and they went by way too fast. We are already planing our next get together. I guess until then we will have to resort to keeping up via the mailbox.

I recently found this quote by Charles Spurgeon in a book about friendship.

"Friendship is one of the sweetest joys in life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend."


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My 4th of July Pie

For the 4th of July our church is doing a old fashioned picnic. As part of the picnic we are doing a pie contest. I made this blueberry pie to enter.