A few weeks ago, I made zucchini bread and shared my recipe. I neglected to mention that my mom uses a similar recipe and instilled the love of zucchini bread in me at an early age. My mom and her mom are both wonderful cooks and taught me well.
This past Saturday, I had three large zucchini from my mother-in-law’s garden and decided to bake a few batches of bread and give it away to my terrific team of greeters at church. I had no idea how much bread I would end up making!
I used my food processor’s grating blade to shred the zucchini. Once I had it all shredded, I had about 18 cups of shredded zucchini! My recipe only calls for 1 1/2 to 2 cups per loaf.
I made four double batches and then one single batch, putting two cups of zucchini in each batch. I was able to make 32 mini loaves (equivalent to 8 regular loaves) and a dozen muffins. I borrowed my mother-in-law’s mini loaf pan and temporarily reclaimed the one I had loaned her. (I love baking in/on Pampered Chef stoneware!)
I had plenty to give to every person on my team Saturday night, and then my husband took a few to his coworkers on Monday. We still have plenty left for our family to enjoy until we get another zucchini and make some more bread in a few days.
When you have young children, family game night looks a little differently than it does when you have older children. Fortunately, we have a few games for young children that we can all enjoy. One of our favorites is The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game! Grandmother bought this game for the twins for Christmas, I believe, and they play it with everyone who comes to visit.
My little girls, who have trouble making the “s” sound at the beginning of words, call it “neaky, nacky quirrel,” which makes the rest of us giggle every time. This game is for ages three and up. It is simple and teaches them colors, matching, numbers, taking turns, fine motor skills, and strategic thinking skills. If you have a preschooler, we highly recommend this game.
Our family is counting down to November like we never have before. You’d think November 1st was a holiday or something. I do not plan to rush out and buy everything the kids want. I think it would be neat to continue and see how long we could go without using our regular income, but I’m sure I would be outvoted. We still have quite a bit of food in the pantry and freezer, so I will plan several meals that don’t require us to purchase many groceries.
The kids and I met my sister and her kids at her oldest daughter’s marching band competition this afternoon. I had to pay $10 for Big Brother and me to get in, but my sister gave me $5, so it only cost me $5.
It had been a long time since I watched a live performance by a marching band. I got so emotional! I am proud of my niece and her high school band, and just for those few minutes, I missed marching in the band. My kids enjoyed hanging out with their cousins for awhile.
Sissy thinks her cousin is so much younger than her. Their birthdays are only six months apart. I love the way they are looking at each other.
Big Sister “cheesing” with her youngest cousin
I had a terrible time trying to get clear pictures of all the girls. At least one of them was blurry in each photo. Little Sister also adores her cousin.
I asked my sister to hold my phone while I went to the restroom. Later, I found over 20 selfies that she took on my phone! This one also contains her son with my son in the background.
- We all went to school/work today and took our lunches.
- I made Cajun chicken pasta, green beans, corn, and hot rolls for dinner. I’ll eat the leftover rolls for breakfast the next three days.
- I sold an item through our online garage sale for $3. Two other women were supposed to come buy stuff but never showed. One is coming tomorrow.