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Monday, December 10, 2007

of new aprons & little helpers

I got a new apron. It matches my kitchen and makes me want to bake all sorts of yummy things. I found it on ebay, it came to me from Kearney, NE and cost me $7. It is vintage in the best of every way, a handy pocket on the right side, long ties on either side and great rickrack detail. There's something comforting about putting this apron on. Somewhere at sometime another woman lovingly wore this apron while she too provided for her family. I love being connected to the past. Here's my little helper. He loves pulling the "schtooley," (bar stool in PA dutch) over to "help" me pour, mix, sprinkle, beat and stir. Here we are making zucchini bread. I added these delicious treats and it gave it such a yummy, minty flavor.


I must have been feeling very ambitious because I doubled the recipe, (which is already large) and I was putting stuff in the oven for hours! Well, now I have loaves to share and isn't that point? Thanks for dropping by today, it's a cozy Monday. Here's the recipe if you'd like to give it a go:
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325*
Beat eggs until light and frothy, (the key to making this delicious I do believe)!
Mix in oil & sugar.
Stir in zucchini and vanilla.
Combine remaining ingredients and add to egg mixture.

Bake for 60-70 minutes, (depending on the size of your loaf pan, smaller pans = less time).

4 comments:

Jeane` Miller said...

Good Morning Lovely Lady...
First of all, I LOVE that song. It is coziness itself! Who is it???
Also, loved the pictures & the idea of baking with children. Now the actual act of doing so, I'm not sure (but the idea is sweet!). Next week would be great. Pick a day, any day! They're all open and waiting with open arms to embrace you all in it.
Love you,
Jeane`

Kara Stoltzfus said...

yummy yummy! looks like a fun morning of baking and a great afternoon to taste test!
enjoy!

tines said...

should i expect a loaf on my doorstep soon? kidding. looks great. are the boys feeling better?

Aimee said...

Looks so cozy and yummy! I've been bit by the ebay bug lately and have been buying lots of books for CHEAP! So fun!