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Homemade Pineapple Zucchini Bread September 27, 2009


Our sweet neighbor is a gardening extraordinaire! She had zucchini pouring out of her ears and was sweet enough to share some with us! Thanks Donna! After reading through some blogs, I was fortunate enough to stuble across a recipe posted by Jen at 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven for zucchini bread. It looked absolutely delish so we decided to give it a try it! We had to drop a few ingredients due to not having them on hand, but this is a yummy way to use up some extra zucchini!

Pineapple Zucchini Bread


2 C. all-purpose flour
1 C. whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 C. sugar
3 eggs (farm fresh is best! Thanks Jen!) (vegan alt: 3 T. ground flaxseed + 9 T. water)
1 t. vanilla extract
1 C. oil (we used coconut oil)
2 C. grated zucchini
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients (flour, soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt) Add to the flour mix the following wet ingredients (eggs, vanilla, oil and zucchini). Once mixed well, stir in the raisins and pineapple until just blended.


Pour into 2-9x5x3 inch loaf pans.

pour in pans

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F for one hour, or until browned.

***Oh, and most importantly. If you are grating fresh zucchini, don’t, and I do mean DON’T, under any circumstances, let any fall on the floor where you are working or the following scavengers might be found lurking nearby!*** ūüėČ Of course, I’m a sucker for cute little beady eyes…so I had to share! They love the fresh fruits and veggies, too! ūüôā
my scavengers
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Morning Java! September 25, 2009

Filed under: Contentment,Homemaking — findingtrueserenity @ 3:39 pm

You know, I love me some coffee. Especially French Vanilla! It is something I crave on cold, crisp mornings that are greeting us this fall. This is what my cup of java looks like before I get a hold of it!

black java

I just cannot bring myself to drink it black. I’m sorry, I just can’t. It’s not like I haven’t tried…and Lord knows it would probably definetely be better for me if I did…but nope…I honestly can’t do it! So after creating my little concotion on this chilly morning, this is how my coffee looks!

coffe the way i like it!

Ew la la! I really don’t think you can still technically call it coffee after I get done adding coffee to my non-dairy cream and sweetener, but Oh. My. Word! Hit’s the spot every time!

So what’s your favorite coffee and how to you like it? Have a beautiful day!


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Wordless Wednesday: 8 Year olds decorating suggestion…”Make it Realistic, Mom!” as he moves one of the trees over onto the path…. July 1, 2009


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Almost Wordless Wednesday and Thrifty Thursday: Planting takes Teamwork! June 24, 2009

planting takes teamwork

(I accidentally cut¬†the whole top off the clematis our neighbor gave us¬†while clearing out¬†last year’s¬†dead parts…Ooops!¬† But the kids done a wonderful job digging a large hole for the root ball we ended up with!¬† hehehee!¬† Thanks guys!!!¬† I never said Mommy was perfect!¬† ūüôā¬† Again…do as I say, not as I do!

Hopefully it will¬†bloom next year!¬† If so, this will be a thrifty addition to our “landscaping”!!!)

Thanks for stopping by for another Wordless Wednesday and Thrifty Thursday!

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Yummy in my Tummy! January 16, 2009

Okay, I’m not sure why I have caught the cooking bug, perhaps for heat, but my family are loving it!!!!¬†

The other day we made this yummy meal.  Our neighbor had shared with us some homemade vegetable soup and we paired it with some vegan agave cornbread muffins  (absolutely delish BTW) and a spinach apple salad.

Soup, Salad, and Cornbread


Spinach Apple Salad

4 Cups fresh Baby Spinach

1 Large Apple, sliced thinly

3/4 Cup Onion, Chopped


1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar (we prefer using Braggs)

3 Tablespoons Honey


This was sooo good!!!  With the weather we were having this fit the bill!   But then, I was feeling a bit adventurous.  My husband asked me to make some homemade cookies, and I had been wanting to try a new recipe from the Vegeterian Times Complete Cookbook for a vegan version. 

Much to my surprise, the kids and husband LOVED them.  They are nothing like chocolate chip cookies that we are used to but they were very good.

No Toll Chocolate Chip Cookies

No Toll Cookies

Typical chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with fat, sugar and calories.  Not these taste-alikes.  They contain almost no fat, are sweetened with honey instead of sugar and have only 55 calories per cookie.

3 C Whole-wheat flour

1 t Baking Soda

3/4 C Unsweetened Applesauce

3/4 C Honey

2 t Vanilla extract

3/4 C Unsweetened carob chips or semisweet Chocolate Chips (we used semisweet chocolate chips)

1/2 C Chopped nuts or sunflower seeds (optional)¬† (We didn’t use any)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl sift the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients and mix well.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop the batter by the tablespoon onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet.  Flatten with fork.  Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes.


A lovely day of homemade goodness…

Today was one of those days when I felt really good about what I’ve accomplished.¬† Here here, be easy on me!¬† I have pretty low standards!¬† ūüôā

This morning I woke up, hung up a load of laundry to dry, fixed the kids some breakfast, got my son out the door for school and started working with my daughter on the alphabet and identifying objects/animals. 

Hanging Clothes

I had received a recipe, from a lovely blogger who inspires me¬†everytime she posts,¬†for Easy Oatmeal bread.¬† Today was the day I worked up enough nerve to try making homemade bread for the very first time!¬† I followed the recipe to a “T” and waited the longest 2.5 hours of my life!¬† It was amazing torture!¬† Smelling the dough, drooling and praying it turned out¬†as good as it smelled!¬†

 The dough has risen to double it's size

Prepared dough is ready to be baked


We pulled the first loaf out of the oven and it was all we could do to wait for it to cool down enough to pull it out of the pan!¬† We all lined up and enjoyed the first warm slices.¬† It was perfect.¬† Miranda, I can’t thank you enough…my husband adored it, and that is saying something!¬† ūüôā

Going back for seconds and thirds!!!

For lunch today we ate some homemade tomato soup I had canned this last summer while one of our amazing neighbors was teaching me the art of preserving!  My husband filled up on more bread!

I washed a load of dishes and began working on supper, we threw some things together from an idea of another fellow blogger, Sara.¬† She’s quite clever!¬† We started with Ramen noodles, some pork, brocolli, ginger, garlic, orange juice, and nama shoyu stir fried together…. and oh it was yummy.¬† After supper, my husband leaned over and kissed me while whispering sweetly “…good job honey”….

I feel quite accomplished with all the baby steps I’ve been learning to become more self sufficient.¬†¬† I am humbled¬†but I also realize¬†I need to keep an open mind because there are so many more things I have to learn!¬† For now though, I’m going to¬†savor this¬†lovely day of homemade goodness….


Black Friday December 3, 2008

How did you spend your day after Thanksgiving?  Were you surrounded by crazed shoppers willing to trample someone to death to get that unbelievable bargain at Wal-Mart? 

For the past two years now, we have opted to avoid the chaos.¬† This year was the most amazing yet…we met my husband’s extended family for the first time and on Black Friday, we were surrounded by people we Love dearly.¬†

Tim, Shawn, Jonathan, TJ, and Shian

We decided to go hiking on Green¬†mountain and enjoyed the views…

Covered Bridge

We didn’t go shopping for our children¬†to get some really cool flashy toys this year for Christmas, I know…I’m a bad parent and all…but we gave them memories instead…

TJ skipping rocks...

Jon and Shi

You can find more photos of our adventure in Alabama with Tim, Lindsey, and TJ here!

It may seem difficult to break habits, but please evaluate each choice you make.  How will you spend your next Black Friday?

Before I go, I have to recommend a wonderful reading…titled Good Will.¬† This is written by a dear friend of mine and her words touch my heart every time I read one of her amazing posts.¬† Please take a moment of your time and stop by her site.¬† She writes from the heart and this post truly brings things into perspective…