Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunrise, Sunset

Both today's. An awesome opportunity to share the love of God with Grace and Joshua.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Good Deal on Green Works Laundry Detergent

If you like Green Works laundry detergent, this is for you.

If you haven't used it before, I will tell you from my limited experience that it works just as well or better than my usual suspects, such as Tide and Up & Up.

So here's the dealio. Click here for a link to a coupon for $3 off and then go to Target Coupons and print a Target Coupon for $3 off. You can stack these for a total of $6 off a 90oz bottle at Target. I'm pretty sure it was $9.99 last time I bought it, so at $3.99 for 90oz, that's a heck of a deal.

I'm also rolling the catalina deals at Dillons this week, let me know if you want the 411.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Not Your Momma's Zucchini Bread

I love the Zucchini Bread recipe I got from my sister-in-law. It has orange juice concentrate and orange zest in it, and it is refreshingly tasty. And I will be happy to share it with you, but not today.

Yesterday I was looking for something new and different and tasty (and healthy but don't tell the kids) and so I found a popular recipe on food.com and then altered it to suit my baking preferences (less sugar, different oils, heartier flour) and voila!

Yep, it was that good.

This bread is seriously desert-like, but you could totally eat it for breakfast. Or lunch. Or a snack. I ate half the loaf myself. I just made it last night. OK now you know too much.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
2 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed out (a tea towel works well)
3 cups whole wheat flour (hard red) (not white whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 pkg. mini chocolate chips

I was in a rush (baby waking up), so I honestly just dumped it all in my KitchenAid stand mixer, gave it a whirl until it was well combined, and then plopped it in two well buttered loaf pans and baked it at 325 for 50 minutes. In the interest of full disclosure, the original had you mixing things up separately, you know the drill.

Neurotic Notes:
1. I've tried zucchini bread with butter instead of oil, and it really is better with coconut oil. Strange as it seems to me, I don't like the buttery taste in my zucchini bread.
2. Next time I make it, I'm going to experiment with a different, more nutritious sweetener. I'm considering: raw sugar, honey, or just less of the refined stuff. My recipe here has half of what was called for already though. Drop your suggestions in the combox.
3. Chopping up dark, higher quality chocolate would take it up a notch on the health-o-meter. I really liked the mini chips in the bread though, to be honest.
4. If the batter seems unnaturally thick, don't worry about it. I thought it would turn out a brick based on the way it went in, but it came out fine.

I hope you make it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Friday, August 6, 2010

On days like today

...when I am exhausted and just plain sick of my kids, adorable blessings though they may be, I dream about things like:

Building this house.

Running away with my sexy husband to Tahiti.

Sewing a cute apron.

What do you dream about?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cheap Chips

So I thought I might just share a few of my cheap finds here and there. The ones that wouldn't be difficult for you to repeat should you so desire.

Print this coupon, and then head over to Dillons today or tomorrow (it's a 3 day sale and I believe it goes through tomorrow) and buy yourself some Nestle baking morsels that are on sale for under 1.50. I can't remember the exact amount. The coupon doubles, so you will actually get 50 cents off of each bag. So, you will score two bags of Nestle baking morsels for under a buck each. You should be able to print two coupons, and buy four bags if you like.