Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recipe Club - and a Thank You!

Before I share my recipe for the month I have to take a minute to give y'all the biggest shout out ever!
Yesterday's post elicited WAAAAAAAY more of a response than I had ever anticipated or intended.... by at least tenfold. hahaha

When I wrote the post I really wanted to get the point across that despite a little bit of crazy, there are some amazing people to meet and connections to be made through blogging.  I have no intentions of hanging up my blogger hat or letting the negative comments get the best of me - and y'alls sweet comments and emails completely affirmed everything I said in that post.

In regards to the negative comments - here are my thoughts..... I totally appreciate constructive criticism.  If I have a typo, grammatical error, etc. I can understand someone letting me know.  If you have a differing opinion or experience - I completely welcome those comments.  For the most part I publish and appreciate what people have to say.  What I have a hard time understanding are people leaving what can be perceived as "ugly" comments anonymously - if you feel strongly enough to comment, by all means do so.  But I think that you need to sign in and leave your comment with your name on it.  There's nothing that I say or do on the internet that I wouldn't put MY NAME on.  If I feel passionately about a post somewhere, I'll respond - with my name and email address because I'm not popping in just to put someone down, but to open a dialogue about what I'm feeling and I don't think you can do that by hiding behind anonymity.

I'm not naive enough to think that everyone is going to love everything I say or do - that would be boring!  I don't love every single thing that every single blogger who I read has to say.  But I do think that people say things anonymously that they would NEVER say in person.  EVER. 

Last - I'm not going to say that negative comments/feedback isn't hurtful - because it does sting a bit.  My mom has often said said that there's always some truth to perception, and I've taken several commenters perceptions to heart - good and not so good.  BUT at the end of the day I know that what I'm putting out there is a only snippet of my life.  As honest, open and transparent as I attempt to be - the ONLY person who knows me completely and the only opinion matters at the end of the day is my heavenly Father and THANK GOODNESS he's a God of grace, not perfection.

So.... on to recipes!!! 

When Fall arrives I ALWAYS think of zucchini bread.  When we lived in London (Ontario, not England) the neighbors behind us used to grow huge zucchinis and my mom would make bread with them all the time!  I know that the zucchini in there is minimal when compared to the sugar, but it's better than no zucchini, right??? :)

Here's what you'll need...

  


First off, I grate two cups of zucchini.  For me, that's typically two of the regular size zucchinis from the grocery store.

After I grate the zucchini I combine the eggs, applesauce and sugar in a big mixing bowl.


After the eggs, applesauce and sugar are combined I mix in the zucchini and vanilla.


Set that aside and in another bowl mix up the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.


For some reason I CAN NOT seem to do this without spraying flour everywhere. hahaha

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet...

... butter and flour two loaf pans...

.... and pour it in!

Bake at 350 for 1 hour and you're good to go!

Usually, as soon as it comes out of the oven I run a knife around the outside edge and pop the loaves out and then let them cool on a rack.  I love this in the mornings with a cup of tea or as an afternoon snack at school. My kids think it's great and it reminds me of fall in Canada :) 

Thanks again for all the love and support yesterday!!! Y'all are awesome!

I can't wait to check out everyone's recipes today - I'm hoping for some great new ones for Fall. 

Lots of Love!!! :)

   
   

32 comments:

  1. Girl! That bread looks divine!! Yummy!! I need to come over with my Starbucks and indulge in a slice :).

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  2. The only thing better than zucchini bread is chocolate zucchini cake! :). I'd be happy to email the recipe if you're interested!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE zucchini bread!!! YUM! I wish you were my mommy. Just kidding. Kind of.

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  4. Zucchini bread is my favvvv, along with pumpkin bread. We had a ton of zucchini in our garden this year!! I always add a handful of mini chocolate chips to my quick breads!! Yummy! And what you stated above the recipe was fantastic- I actually have one of Emily Ley's prints framed in my house that reads "I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection." Xoxo

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  5. That recipe looks so yummy!!!! Can't wait to share some of my favorite recipes!!!! Happy Wednesday!!!!

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  6. LOVE zucchini bread! Will definitely be giving this recipe a try :). P.s. I live in London Ontario so thought I'd give u a shout out from your old hometown! Have a wonderful day! Xo

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  7. YUM! That looks delish! I am totally going to whip this up! THanks for hosting:)

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  8. Looks great! I have the same problem with flour…Oh well. Thanks for doing all you do!
    Lynn

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  9. Oops, sorry - I had posted #27 before. I got the wrong one on there. Feel free to remove it.

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  10. I can't wait to try your zucchini bread recipe. I don't have a good one. My kids have been asking me to try and make some. Have a blessed day!

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  11. This bread sounds so good! I have seen all kinds of zucchini breads, muffins, etc. on pinterest and have been nervous to try it. A friend made me chocolate zucchini muffins last week though, and they were amazing! I may have to try this soon!

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  12. I didn't get a chance to comment yesterday but I loved that post. You are my favorite blogger to follow because you post about real life....jobs, crazy kids, sickness, food just all around great stuff. I hope you keep on posting because you are a one-of-a-kind, special lady!

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  13. That bread looks yummy! I'm so glad that so much support did come out for you! I too am thankful for a God of grace! Have a wonderful day!

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  14. Great recipe, thanks for sharing! And keep blogging...your posts are real and refreshing. You and your friends represent the positive in the social media world...never change :)

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  15. Zucchini bread sounds delicious!!! Love how you post pics of your steps in your cooking process...truly helps! Have a blessed day!

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  16. I didn't know you lived in Canada! I live in New Brunswick and just grew some very large zucchini's in my yard. Fall in Dallas must be very different from Canada! Thanks for the recipe to try with my zucchini!!

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  17. I LOVE when you post recipes. I also love how you post pics of your steps in the cooking process and pics of the food items you use. So far, I have made your enchiladas and chicken spaghetti. My husband is a very picky eater and they were both big hits with him and my entire family. Love your blog! You must be one organized lady to find the time to work, take care of three kids and blog! I am an unorganized mess...LOL! Wish I were more like you! Have a wonderful day!

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  18. I make a zucchini bread recipe similar to this, with the exception of it being chocolate with a coffee drizzle! This post has me in the mood to make some myself now!

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  19. This sounds delicious!! Love that it uses applesauce as opposed to oil, and I've still got two zucchinis left from my garden... :)

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  20. I've never had zucchini bread before, this looks like a fairly easy recipe. Will have to try it this weekend!

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  21. Oh great! Now I HAVE to go to the store to get 2 zucchinis! :)

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  22. My grandmother makes zucchini pineapple bread and it is awesome!!! I've been reading your blog forever....I seldom ever comment but I love to come read about your kiddos and your life and try your recipes. Keep doing what you are doing!!

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  23. I wanted to comment on yesterday's post. I think you have some of the cutest darn kids I have ever seen. I love the way you dress your daughter. Seeing pics of her in those cute little pants always puts a smile on my face. Seriously, ALWAYS. Also, you have beautiful hair. I was complaining to my hairdresser about all of the gray I am getting in my hair. She told me to just be thankful I have hair. So many people would LOVE to have your beautiful, long hair. As for your hubby, he is a hottie! He seems like such a wonderful husband and father. He is very handsome!!! I enjoy your blog so much. Please don't let the nasty comments get to you. You are awesome and you have a beautiful family!

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  24. I LOVE zucchini bread! It's one of the only ways I can get myself to eat zucchini!! :-)

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  25. Love your blog and your honesty! :)

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  26. Big fan of your blog and the community you create!

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  27. I love your blog Andrea! I truly admire you for being able to it ALL but most of all for being such a great mom! You're one of a kind and your babies are so lucky to have such a wonderful mommy <3 Thanks for keeping it real! BTW, I have to try that Zucchini brad jaja =)

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  28. You seem to be such a grounded person. Maybe when your babies are all grown, you could be a motivational speaker! - not that I've heard you speak but you seem so full of life and full of fabulous ideas! I wish my kids had a teacher like you! Your students are truly lucky! God bless you and your little family.

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  29. Ummmmm made a double batch yesterday (yes, FOUR loaves). Don't worry, I'm sharing. Sooooo delish! Thanks so much for sharing. PS - "covered in flour" would be an understatement ;)

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  30. Can you do this exactly the same with bananas instead of zucchini?

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  31. I literally stopped reading as soon as I read you lived in London, Ontario as that's where I grew up too! I've been reading your blog for awhile and knew you were Canadian but had no idea. Too funny! If you ever want to swap childhood stories about Storybook Gardens, let me know! Haha Love your blog :)

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  32. I am so incredibly happy that you shared this recipe. I am heading to the grocery store now. WOOHOO! You rock!

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