{Today's Letters}

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dear Mr. Loerke, I always know when you've done laundry because all of the buttons on my hanging shirts are buttoned. This used to drive me bonks, now it just makes me grateful. Dear Across the Street Neighbor, you are 74, walk with a cane, and last week offered to loan Molls and I one of your wigs. Your thoughtfulness was overwhelming. Dear Nap Time, sometimes you look more like play time. This can be a good thing. Dear Tim the Tool Man Taylor, thank you for fixing the crooked cabinet door in our kitchen, for replacing the nozzle on our hose in the backyard, and for cleaning out the chicken coop. Love you more a freshly watered garden, new pine chips, and a Phillips screwdriver. 

Happy Monday, brave ones! What was the highlight of your weekend? We re-watched this movie, went on a long run at Cherokee Park, baked pumpkin bars, and made two loaves of zucchini bread that tasted so bad I fed them to the dogs. A great weekend.


Heather Counsellor said...

Highlights of my weekend were packing for two weeks vacation that includes cruise to the Bahamas. Ready to get my feet in blue water. Fall arrived with an "ahhhhh". Oh and Cowboys won. :) happy me!

Laine L. said...

Rowan looks like he's smirking at the camera! He knows he's a lucky one, getting to play with you rather than take a nap! Cuties.

Robyn said...

Love courgette in baking! Sounds a lovely weekend. My highlight was getting coffee after a 16km and going all out on the muffin selection!

Kristina said...

Nap time turned into playtime? Love it :)
This weekend was full of highligts but the best was definitely sharing that piece of chocolate brownie cheesecake w/ my cousins. Love them more than trips to the North Sea and sleepovers in my apartment :)

Emily said...

You need the recipe for BEST way to use zucchini ever: Spiced Zucchini Bread! I promise it's tastier than dog food.

3 cups all-purpose flour (you can sub in 1/2 whole wheat if you like)
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs (best if they're from backyard chickens!)
3/4 cups canola or coconut oil
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbs molasses
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups grated zucchini

options for deliciousness:
up to 1 1/2 cup of any combo chopped toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, dried apricots or raisins

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease two loaf pans and set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In a large bowl mix eggs, oil, sugar, molasses and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and stir just until the flour is incorporated. Stir in the walnuts and dried fruit if using. Pour equal parts of the batter into each loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool, then slice and serve. I like to make mine fancy with a dollop of creme fraiche, lemon zest & some raisins soaked in apple brandy on top. :)

Love your blog. Thanks for reminding me to practice gratitude daily. xo

Molly Roberson said...

seriously....you are amazing! I love that Rowan is so playful. I loved our friday night movie time and eating popcorn.

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