Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zucchini brownies aka chocloate banana bread :-)

I made some yummy zucchini cake last week. Even my beloved tried some and liked it! Tonight I wanted to try a recipe for zucchini brownies, but when I went to get the recipe I couldn't find it. So, after searching for another one I came across a low fat version and surprisingly  had all the ingredients.

Here is the link to make it.

It's baking now...
Wish I thought to take a picture before they were gone... lol!

Can you see the picture on the link? Don't think for one minute that it will turn out like that. Now, don't get me wrong, these were delicious, and I will be making them again. But they don't really taste like brownies. It turns out more like a chocolate cake. Because of the bananas though, to us it tasted more like chocolate banana bread. I never would have thought that chocolate banana bread would be good, but oh my, it's delicious!

I'm filing these under my "dairy-free" label because they are a dessert I can now enjoy since I've gone dairy free.

If you've got a dairy free recipe, please share it with me!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Golden Ring

The Golden Ring by John Snyder is a book I checked out from the library. It is based on a true story.

It's about a nine year old girl and her father who are both having puzzling dreams about a golden ring. Read it to find out what the dream means and tell me what you think!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Papa's Angels

I rarely read fiction books. Mostly I read how-to books but the last few times I've been to the library I find myself wandering up and down the fiction aisles.

They say you can't judge a book by its cover but so far I've been pleased by my findings.

I just wander down an aisle and randomly pick up a book. So far all the books I've checked out have been good.

The book I read this week was called: Papa's Angels by Collin Wilcox Paxton and Gary Carden.

The watercolor pictures are nice to see and worth checking out the book for.

The book is about a family of seven who in the beginning of the book lose their mother due to an illness. The book is about the rest of the children and their Papa and how they find gladness in an otherwise sorrowful situation.

The book is written from a 12 year old's point of view, Becca.

Let me know what you think if you read it!

Dried tomatoes

I love snacking on dried tomatoes. They are sweet, salty and sour at the same time.

Coming to an end.

Well, summer is coming to an end. Soon, school will be starting and my beloved will be headed back to work. I'm looking forward to this fall because he won't be working so many hours. The past two years he's been gone for 12 hours. (every school day) That makes for a long day! It made me appreciate the weekends though and I did learn a lot while he was away. I've got a new perspective on several things.

I've been really pleased with the garden this year. Let me say first of all, that we don't grow a show garden. It isn't for looks, and probably won't win any awards. But it keeps us fed for the season and that makes me happy. We haven't had to buy any vegetables since spring and that saves a lot of money on the grocery budget.

I get amazed each time I pick a vegetable from the garden. To think we started with a seed in the ground and have fruit now to pick. Beloved and I picked green beans the other evening and filled up an ice cream bucket full and it was such a wonderful feeling!

I'm looking forward to the day we can stop buying meat from the grocery store. But that all takes time and for now I'm content.

I haven't done much sewing this summer. I think in the fall I'll drag my sewing machine back out and have some fun sewing days.

My knitting has sort of been put on hold right now too. I still occasionally crochet a shawl but not working on starting or finishing any extra projects right now. (besides the shawls I donate to the hospital)  I suppose when the weather gets cooler I may pull out my socks to knit.

There is coming a day when I'll get more serious about purging this home and freeing it of its non-necessities. I can feel it in the air, but it's not time yet. :-) But when that day comes, it will be a glorious one!