Monday, July 27, 2015

Oh My Zucchini ( Yogurt Multigrain Zucchini Muffins)

What do most people have on their counter tops this time of summer?

An over abundance of zucchinis of course!

I myself never plant any in the garden.
I have enough friends and neighbors that share!

This morning knew I had to start the task of grating and freezing.

A pile for me
some scraps for the chickens.

It didn't take long to grate a pan full.

The grandson was here so I thought lets make some muffins.

Do you know how hard it is to find a good zucchini recipe that doesn't call for a LOT of sugar?

I finally found one that sounded good.
Plus I had all of the ingredients on hand.

Zucchini Yogurt Mulitgrain Muffins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease 24 muffin cups.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, yogurt, sugar, honey, and vanilla. Mix the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Fold in the zucchini, carrots, pecans, and raisins. Scoop into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

I omitted the pecans and raisins.

Little man really likes to help!

They make the kitchen smell divine!

I like how much they plump up.

But the biggest test is if the grandson likes them.

I think they passed the taste test!

I froze the rest of my grated zucchini for baking this winter.
Thats one zucchini down and a few more to go.

These guys showed up at the door shortly after taking the 
muffins out.

How did they know I had a treat waiting for them?

Enjoy your zucchinies!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Farm field Skies

One great thing about living in Northern Illinois
surrounded by nothing but fields,
is the spectacular view.

Let me tell you I could sit and spend hours looking at 
Gods great handiwork.

He sure puts on one heck of a display!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

One of those summers

    Yep it has been one of those summers.

                           A summer I am ready to be done with.  

A summer where nothing has gone as planned.
My first OH NO, happened with the bees.

My bees didn't survive the winter.

We had ordered another swarm in December with hopes of starting another hive this spring.

The new swarm went into the old hive.
But the queen was dead when I went to release her after a few days.

I spent a whole day scrambling to find another queen.

She arrived a few days later in all of her glory.

Thats her in the little cage

It wasn't long after her introduction into the hive I knew something wasn't right.

The bees didn't like their new queen.

The bees left.

I got my garden planted probably the earliest I ever have.

Things were growing good!

Then the rains came.

My poor little garden was flooded out at least 3 times.

What did grow the deer decided to munch on.

Then the weeds took over again!

I mowed most of it over yesterday.

Just a few tomato plants and peppers remain.

The pipeliner is still working out of town.
I spend a lot of time driving between home and the camper.

On one of my stays at the camper I forgot to put my new sour dough starter in the fridge.

Sadly when I returned home it had become a big jar of green mold!

Of course there has been a lot of fun summer time too!

The grandson loves camper time.
We go to the beach almost everyday he is here.

That other furry thing in the picture is our new addition to the family.

We brought Red home June 14th.

He is a fox red labrador.

Oh what was I thinking with a 2 year old trying to potty train 
plus a dog!

Thankfully he likes to travel.

He will make a great pipeline puppy!

And he is growing fast!

He has already found his favorite spot to sit

Between rains storms,

I even managed to get some strawberries and cherries picked for jam.

Hoping thats enough to get us through the winter.

Even though this wasn't the summer I had imagined 
last winter,
a bountiful garden, garden canned veggies lining the shelves, 
and an endless supply of honey to slather on fresh baked bread.

It could always be a whole lot worse, right?

That is why I have made this my motto for the rest of my summer,

There is always so much to be thankful for!