Zucchini Bread

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent mine makin some yummy treats that’ll be up later. I made zucchini bread the other day…many moons ago actually because who has time to bake something and then actually blog about it. Not this girl.

Anyway, the one thing I look forward to one day having in a real house and not a college apartment is a vegetable garden. I know, how domestic of me right? My BYU friends are surely laughing at this declaration right now because during my stay in the marriage capital of the world (purely conjecture on my part) I was vehemently against all things marriage and family. Not like let’s destroy the institution of marriage, just don’t be puttin no ring on this finger kinda attitude. I was such a rebel…..but I digress….

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My Mother almost always kept a vegetable garden growin up and she made the absolute best zucchini bread. Well any bread (yes it’s true Mom) but zucchini was always one of my favorites. I wanted it really bad for like a week after perusing Pinterest and my patience didn’t allow me to wait for my Mommy’s so I tried my hand at it.

I’d say it was a success and considering JB ate like 3/4 of a loaf by the end of the day, I’d say he’d agree with me. In true Blonde fashion I managed to grate my knuckle along with the zucchini. My body seems to be rejecting my knuckles lately, not quite sure what’s up with that…

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Zucchini Bread

  • 1 zucchini grated (1.5 cups or so)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract (I only had almond)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (ps Tori had a billion uses for this)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Wash and grate zucchini with skin still on. Avoid knuckles…In a large bowl combine sugar, oil, and vanilla. Then mix in eggs. I don’t have a hand mixer and it seemed fine so non-fancy bakers like myself can join in the fun too. Next, in a smaller bowl combine all dry ingredients then pour into wet mixture. Again I used a hand whisk no biggie. Finally add in your grated zucchini using a spatula.

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Finally pour into a bread loaf pan, or if you’re like me a square brownie pan because your toaster oven isn’t tall enough for a bread pan….Oh did I mention I made this in my toaster oven? Keepin it classy over here as always.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick (or dollar store fork) comes out clean. Note for you other toaster oven ladies, it takes almost an hour to finish if you did use a bread pan and burned the top…not that I did that or anything….

Eat and enjoy….

Anyone else love zucchini bread?

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Linguica & Sweet Potato Hash

First things first, I’m so proud of the Secret Blogger Club for record numbers!! Thanks to everyone who participated (it’s still open through today fyi) Also a HUGE thank you to Kristen for co-hosting this month 🙂 Also if you’re interested in co-hosting in the future, just shoot me an email.

I also had an interview on SugarFreeGlow the other day so you should go check it out. I talk about my healthy (mostly) lifestyle choices and favorites. It made me feel like a bigger deal then I really am so ya know, you should go give it a looky-loo 😉

Now it’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared a recipe with y’all but it’s not for lack of cooking. It’s more a lack of taking photos before I eat it (#fail). I ended up making Peanut Butter Candy for the Fourth and zero pictures were taken..whomp, whomp…..So put that aside for another time. Today I’ve got a good one for all you spicy lovers out there though.

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I’ve mentioned my bestie JB on here before, but I haven’t told y’all he’s half Portugese. This isn’t really that big of a deal except it means he eats weird food like Linguica and Keilbasa (my uncultured side is showing). Yes those are real foods this Southern girl never knew existed. They’re also foods that are entirely too spicy for me to eat in large quantities (don’t hate). Because of my perpetual need to please those I love around me and my utter lack of tolerance to spice, I made up a hash I could enjoy as well as my spice-lover bestie.

Linguica & Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

-Linguica links

-1 large sweet potato

-3 green peppers

-1 onion

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Yup, 4 ingredients are all you need. You can also change the ratios of them as well. I’m not a f an of onion but JB loves it so a whole one went in. Same with the peppers and sweet potatoes. Toss in any much or as little as you want! Pretty darn easy for a man-pleasing dinner such as this one.

All you need to do is cut the linguica and toss in a skillet. Cook on high until browned then set aside in a bowl.**make sure to leave the drippings in the pan** Toss in the rest of the ingredients (that you’ve already chopped b/c I forgot to say that before). You shouldn’t have to but you can add a little olive oil if your linguica didn’t produce enough to coat the chopped veggies. Turn the heat down slightly so the sweet potatoes cook through before browning. This part took maybe 30min for me.

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Finally add back in the linguica and toss altogether! I served it with a side of steamed cauliflower but we both just ended up adding it into the bowl with the hash. So there ya go ladies and gents, another Man-approved easy meal to add to your repertoire. (Also for you non-spicy lovers, the sweet potato as opposed to regular potato cuts down on the spice….your spice receptors can thank me later)

It’s so easy Kelsey can do it!!…Seriously, that’s a real thing 😀

Anyone else ever eaten linguica before or am I just that lame?

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Roasted Cauliflower

Hello Folks and Happy Friday!!

I’ve been M.i.a all week but after the Run the Bluegrass Half this past weekend it was back to reality and the knowledge that I’ve only got a few more weeks before finals and my move to Boston for the summer Eeeee I get so nervous even writing that! More excited than anything though. I’m ready for a little adventure in my life.

More on that later though. Because now I wanna get to the main event, this here little recipe for Roasted Cauliflower. Now I’m one of the strange people on the planet that can just eat vegetables straight up raw, no fancy dressing or seasonings. Cauliflower specifically is my favorite and I usually always eat it plain. My wonderful and lovely brother and his fiancé are those normal vegetable haters so I’m always tryna find new ways for them to try some veggies. So this one’s for y’all Veggie-Haters!

Roasted Cauliflower

I technically got this recipe here, I “googled” roasted cauliflower on Pineterest and then just clicked on the most simple looking one. I also just used whatever spices I had on hand so feel free to get creative with it on your own as well.

Roasted Cauliflower

  • Cauliflower (as much as you wanna eat)
  • Olive Oil (not too much, just a drizzle really)
  • Spices

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I roasted mine in the toaster oven b/c I’m single and cool like that but if you’re using an oven you’ll wanna preheat to 350. Cut cauliflower into pieces. Size doesn’t really matter, as you can see I just chunked it up. Next place in a bowl and drizzle the olive oil over the top and toss with the spices. Place in a single layer on a pan covered in either parchment paper or tinfoil so the cauliflower doesn’t stick. Then roast/bake for 20min!

It really is that easy I promise! I roasted mine up for lunch the other day and put in a salad Mmmmm. Try it out and let me know!

Anyone else ever roasted their veggies?

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Irish Soda Bread

Guess who’s computer isn’t busted? THIS GIRL!!! SO a few of my keys don’t have their backlight anymore but other then that it’s completely fine so we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. I haven’t been able to write a new post however, so y’all are getting an archived one (albeit slightly random…sry)

St. Patricks Day……Almost 2 wholes weeks ago and I’m just now posting the recipe I promised. Blogger win am I right!?

I’m officially bringing to you my new favorite treat bread. Carbs are treats to me, I love them that much, but alas so do my hips so ya know…treats…

If there was an easier way to make bread they’d haveta call it breathing (forgive my cheesy jokes)

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Anyway, I actually did make this Monday night for dinner, but you know me and blogging. It takes me a hot minute to get stuff up on here lol. So even though it’s not St. Patty’s day anymore, that’s no reason not to make a yummy treat for yourself. I got the original recipe from Marcie at Flavor the Moments, she made a delicious looking Apricot Orange bread. I wanted to start simple so mine is just cinnamon, but Marcie’s is the next one I’m goona try!

Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter (I used salted and it was fine)
  • 1 & 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients and cut in butter until mixed. In a separate bowl whip with a fork buttermilk and egg together. Then slowly add in to the dry ingredients. Note that the dough will be really wet and probably stick to the beaters. Once all combined, pour (or dump in my case) the dough onto a floured surface.

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Knead a few times until it’s in the round shape. Put onto lined baking sheet, I had tinfoil on a pizza sheet like a Boss. Mkae sure to cut a small “X” on the top before you bake it. I’m sure there’s some sort of reason other then to make it look cool but Lord knows I don’t know it. Anyway, bake for 45-55 min, I did about 52ish. Let cool and enjoy!

Anyone else ever made Irish Soda Bread?

P.S. I have a half marathon in the morning!! AHHH!!!

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Monday Marvelous

Can I just say that I’m still feeling the love from Friday….Seriously, y’all are the best 😀 Because I’m feeling so blessed I’m linking up with Katie to celebrate some of the marvelous stuff goin on in my life.

First up, marvelous is grocery shopping…The only thing better then doing the shopping is eating it throughout the week 😉 There’s just so many possibilities when I’m at the store, I can almost forget that I’m a terrible cook!

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Not so marvelous is realizing I used the wrong “than”….I’m sorry grammar Gods 😦

Marvelous is reaching over 10 countries with one post (Date a Girl Who Runs). I’m international y’all!! The most exciting part are the hits I got from the Netherlands since I’ll be there this summer! I’ll be arriving as a celebrity!! haha….totally just kidding….no one will even know my name and I think I’ll be ok with that…..with time….

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Not so Marvelous is being sick all weekend….I guess it was just a 24 hr bug, except I had it for 2 days…so 48hr bug plus a lingering cough…so 72 hr bug? Idk, but it sucks. Marvelous though is having amazing friends who bring you yummy snacks and movies despite the threat of contracting whatever I was carrying. Haven’t seen The Croods yet? I highly suggest it, funny, weird movie.

Marvelous are these two ladies! Kelsie Lou and Mar. Love them, love their blogs, love…well everything about them, go check em out!

Again not so Marvelous is having a 6 mile training run planned before work and walking outside to this…….Guess I shoulda looked at the weather report…Sorry #MNBchallenge you won’t be seeing my favorite way to sweat today, just A way to sweat lol. (ps. it’s trail running if you didn’t know)

And yes I AM peekin out through the blinds...it's called hidin lol

And yes I AM peekin out through the blinds…it’s called hidin lol

Marvelous is going into Week 4 of marathon training and still feeling awesome! I’ve been slowly increasing my mileage and it’s been working like a charm. My running group has also been a huge support/motivation for me through it all. Though with all my favorite trails still lookin somethin like this….I’m still sadly on the treadmill so it’ll be nice to get off it soon. (no thanks to Mr. Groundhog though)

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Marvelous is the wonderful support I feel from my fellow bloggers and SweatPink sisters. I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about moving over to a self-hosted website and everyone has been so helpful and patient with me. Not to mention picking everyone’s brains about redesigning my Facebook and Twitter. Want some tips, hit me up! (or have any tips for me)

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“Replace the word ‘problem’ with the word opportunity in all your thoughts”

-Matthew Keith Groves

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