Friday, April 25, 2008

Baking, Sewing & the Great Outdoors

I know - wierd combination but. . . .

I've been slowly getting myself organized. Yesterday while Tyler was at preschool, I went to the bulk food store and stopped to pick up milk, buns and butter. Then I started working on quilting this quilt:

And I know I might have mentioned that I was going to do it in straight lines, but the blocks are not lined up very straight at all (thanks to the pattern and the appliques that go on later) so I'm meander quilting it. I just have issues when I'm going to be putting a straight line down it that isn't matching up to any particular block. Wierd huh?

Then tonight, I baked zuccinni bread, brownies and Tyler's cake for his birthday party with his little friends tomorrow afternoon after soccer games. I've been experimenting with baking - I go through spurts every so often and bake up a storm, but I'm trying to bake more from scratch, and rely less on the prepackaged gunk you buy in the stores. And I have a weakness for zuccinni bread (seriously, I will eat a whole loaf on my own here before long - gee honey, the recipe only made 2 loaves this time around - hehe.)

Zuccinni Bread

3 c. flour
1tsp. cinamon
1 tsp. salt
2 c. shredded zuccinni
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. oil
1/2 c. nuts (optional)

Combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add all dry ingredients. Add sour cream and zuccinni.

Bake at 350 til done (my propane oven it takes 40-45 minutes). Cut and slather with butter and enjoy (and believe me, I will be enjoying it).

And my house is seriously suffering. It's been in the mid to high 70's all week here with sunshine, so that means lots of outdoor time for Tyler and I. Our yard is mowed (a 2 1/2 hour job), my flower beds are mostly cleaned out, and all my patio furniture is out for the year. Todd was home early last night (at 8:30) but he already said tonight will be a 10:00 night or later.



jacquie said...

The zucchini bread looks wonderful. Good thing to bookmark for the summer when my mom will have zucchini overflowing from the garden. OK, have I missed something? Did I know you had a shop? I love that pink quilt. So cute! I'm not sure how I missed it! Or maybe I knew and it got stored in that lost brain of mine.

Granny Lyn said...

You have my mouth watering for some of that bread,,,yum yum yummy!

I can't wait to see the whole quilt done,! this one snuck up on me.
hope Tyler's party was great!