Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The BEST way to eat zucchini...Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Ok...so I will admit right up front I have eaten this for breakfast at least the last four yes FOUR days...
My mom has made this for years, they used to be called Zucchini Brownies but they really aren't brownie-ish and I had a sister who just couldn't take it...so we now call it cake. It is much more fitting and just as delish! IT IS SO GOOD! Oh and...way way easy!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 cups finely grated zucchini
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil*
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp vanilla

Mix together, it may seem dry at first but just keep stirring until all large lumps are gone and it will turn super moist!

Butter and flour a 9X13 pan pour in batter and bake @ 375 for 20-25 min. 

Wait til cool and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting...or use my recipe:

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup softened butter
3-6 table spoons cocoa (to taste)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all together, and add powdered sugar (at least 2 cups) and milk to desired taste and consistency. 

*can replace with applesauce (I usually do half and half)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yummy Baked Zucchini

Yum so its that time of year when all of the zucchini is on and in abundance! As I mentioned before my dad just recently had a birthday and we love to make a big reason to cook so our bday dinners are over the top. We had everything a thanksgiving meal would have...with a few summery additions. Fresh Zucchini being one of them. And it was so so good! Oh and way easy!

Breaded Zucchini Fries

Equal parts of Seasoned Breadcrumbs & Parmesan Cheese (I used about 1/2 cup each) it depends on how much you are doing)
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/3 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all dry ingredients together. Cut zucchini into spears or disks, dip in buttermilk, and coat with breading. Be sure to really pat everything on really good so it coats well.

Place on lined cookie sheet and cook at 375 for approximately 30 minutes.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ladder Golf DIY

Ok...so I have seen this game in fact someone in my husbands family has a homemade set but I never gave it much thought. Until my dad played it at a family reunion of ours and loved it and his bday was the end of August it made my life easy. Until I saw how much they were! PRICEY! But then my hubs reminded me of making one so that's what we did! You can buy one for around sixty or make one for around twenty! DUH...make it, especially when it was so easy!
You will need:

For balls:
12 golf balls (preferably 6 of 2 different colors but don't forget spraypaint!)
120+" of nylon rope leaves some room for mistakes
matches or a lighter
drill w/ 1/4" bit

For goals:
4x 10' 3/4" PVC pipe
12 T intersections joiners for the 3/4" pipe
4 right angle joiners for the 3/4" pipe
saw or cutter to cut pipe (we used the kind that you tighten and turn around the pipe. It worked slick.)

To make balls:

1 Drill holes all the way through each one of your balls

2 Tie a knot in the end of the rope, string your first ball and tie a second knot to secure it in place

3 Measure 18 inches from innermost knot and tie another, thread your second ball and tie a not to secure and cut to create one set.

4 Singe the ends of the rope to prevent fading and keep knots tied

5 Repeat until you have six matching sets

To make goals:

Cut 16 ONE FOOT sections (however you decide to cut is fine, saw a 'turney' cutter like we had whatever floats your boat)

Cut 4 ONE AND A HALF FOOT sections

And Cut 6 TWO FOOT sections

The 2' bars are horizontal and the 1' bars are vertical. The portion that is on the ground has a 1' bar in front and the 1.5' bar in the back.

If you don't already know how to play rules of the game can be found here:


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