Friday, March 4, 2011

Savory Zucchini Bread

I saw this recipe over at Food Blogga and just had to test it out. This recipe has the perfect combinations of zucchini, scallions, and cheddar cheese. It's a great accompaniment to a bowl of vegetable soup or a spring salad.

Savory Zucchini Bread with Cilantro, Scallions, and Cheddar
makes 2 loaves

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cups of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups of shredded zucchini
3 scallions, chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 350', Coat 2 loaf pans with cooking spray.

2. Combine flour, salt, pepper, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl beat eggs and sugar with electric mixer. Add oil and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir by hand.

4. Fold in zucchini, scallions, cheese, and cilantro.

5. Divide batter evenly between the two loaf pans. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

6. Cool for 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pans and place on wire rack


Friday, February 11, 2011

Cherry Preserves

A couple weeks ago, Cherries were in season here. They were so sweet and delicious. I just had to try this Cherry Preserves from Canning for a new generation. DELISH!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I heart the library

The library is definitely one of the best public resources we have. I love going to my library or reserving books online that I get to ponder.

Reasons why I love the library:
1. Being able to borrow all kinds books
2. Wide variety of Audiobooks
3. Almost every cookbook and crafty-book I want to peruse
4. Librarians are friendly and resourceful
5. Huge selection of Movies and TV DVD's
6. Free classes on everything from knitting, wine, gardening, etc.
7. Quiet place to get away and read/study
8. Great selection of music cd's
9. And it's all basically free (tax dollars at work)

Here's what I have currently checked out from the library

From left to right:
The Tudors: Season 3 DVD
Fly Away Home- Jennifer Weiner
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Breaking Dawn - Stephanie MeyerNew Moon - Stephanie MeyerCommitted - Elizabeth Gilbert

From Top to Bottom:
The One Pan Gourmet - Donald Jacobson
Beyond the Master Cleanse - Tom Woloshyn
Vegan Cookies Invade You Cookie Jar - Isa Moskowitz
Living Food For Health - Gillian McKeith
The Kind Diet - Alicia Silverstone

Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcome to 2011: Happy New Year

Wow, I can't believe 2010 is all finished up. Did last year fly by to anyone else as well? We welcomed the new year in camping at Sebastian Inlet State Park with the newlyweds, Krissy and Luis. We saw some amazing sunsets, cooked some delicious meals over the fire, and checked out some beautiful kayaking spots.

Christmas was great. I received some exciting new project books to create with. I look forward to sharing them with all of you.  Also, My hubby got me a dehydrator for Christmas; I'm can't wait to start playing with that.

I have many new adventures on the horizon and will be sharing them you all as they are happening. Stay tuned.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas is here.. and I'm almost ready

I'd like to start by apologizing it's been so long since I've posted anything. Life tends to get in the way. :) My sister, Krissy, got married over the weekend to my husband's best friend. Saturday that cold front moved into South Florida and it rained most of the day until 3:30. The weather cleared up just in time for the ceremony. YAY, perfect timing! :) Their wedding turned out absolutely beautiful. (Stay tuned for pictures and details.) Finally, I have time to write some new posts.

As many of you know, I have been making jam and other goodies all year. My jams and sauces are all labeled and ready for gifting. Some of my techniques and recipes come from the amazing advice of Marisa over at On her facebook page, she reviewed a jam jar tutorial at This is the template I used for my jam labels. Check out the fruits of my labor--

Friday, August 20, 2010

Our Nations Capital

Wow, it's been forever since I've posted. We travel often during the summer months. Justin and I were in Washington D.C. last week visiting family. I was thankful that it was overcast most of the time. It helped cool off the streets of D.C. We had a great time. My sister-in-law, Brittany, took us to some delicious restaurant's like Matchbox, Sonoma, and Zaytinya. We checked out the Holocaust museum (which is depressing), Air and Space, and the Natural History. My dad and his wife came to visit and we wondered around the National Mall.

We knew Virginia has wineries??? And they have an Annual Virginia Wine Festival. I never knew. We drove out of the city one day and checked out Pearmund Cellars. We tried some great wines and sat on the back deck and drank a bottle. I personally enjoyed the Cabernet and the Riesling. Check them out at /

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Back to Reality

We are back from my birthday vacation. We had such a great time. Lots and Lots of wine tastings and exploration the finger lakes region of New York. If you haven't been to this area of New York, you should definitely check it out. It's beautiful and the people are very friendly. Special Thanks to my New York family for the hospitality and our boston friends for coming to spend the weekend with us.
On my birthday night, Justin took me to this little gourmet cafe at Red Newt Vineyards. It was the perfect setting for a quiet, romantic dinner. The food was excellent. For dessert, I had a slice of blueberry lemon cheesecake. It was heavenly.
We bought a bottle of Hermann J. Weimer 2005 Pinot Noir. It had flavors of bing cherry, touches of vanilla and earthy notes with a smooth, long finish. Very yummy. Unfortunately, we did not make it to Hermann J. Weimer's Vineyard.