Donna’s visit was amazing. No work on Friday and I got to spend the day biking a stunning trail until my tush could handle my bike seat no longer. While that was only 20 miles at a fairly pokey pace, it was a workout. We even followed it up with a 2 hour walk in downtown. A sweaty, long walk.
On our walk, we stopped in a local kitchenware store that sells lots of cookbooks. I was curious to see whether or not they would have my book stocked. To be honest, I was not expecting to see my book, but imagine the joy and excitement I felt when I did! It was there! On display! Several copies!
Naturally, I had to take a picture. Naturally, this was taken post-biking and mid-walk on a sunny, muggy day in my “most attractive” (ha) outfit ever. I don’t even care, though…I was stoked.
So while Friday was incredible active and exciting, Saturday was not. Unless you share in my excitement over the Illini’s win versus Cincinnati. It’s always a blast to be the underdog and come out on top. As an Illini fan, we’re usually the underdog. However, we’re also the team that typically does not end up on top.
I held down the over-sized sofa in the basement for most of the afternoon, still in my pajamas. After the game, I spent a solid 30 minutes dozing before finally deciding that I could do that until bed time and seeing as it was only 4pm, I desperately needed to get up. But apparently not out…because I never left the house.
Nope, I baked some and didn’t change out of my PJ’s until the doorbell rang at 7:30pm and it was our friends coming over with a pizza to watch the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game. I jetted upstairs to try and pull myself together some and I’m very sure I failed miserably. Oh well!
Yes, yesterday was just an off day. A very atypical day for me on all accounts.
When I made a scone recipe for the cookbook, the scones had been baking for 20 minutes before I remembered that I was supposed to CUT the scones before baking them. I’ve only made scones a dozen or so times before, but I was just off my game yesterday (duh! duh! duh!). I laughed it off and will end up remaking the recipe today at some point.
This bread recipe was followed pretty closely. I wasn’t so sure about the zucchini AND the carrots AND the apple AND the pecans AND the chocolate chips…but ya know, it made for a DARN good bread. Darn good. The mini loaves baked perfectly and froze perfectly, too. Eating 1/4 of a loaf of bread (albeit mini) for under 250 calories is so satisfying…especially on days where you don’t even leave the house and your calories burned for the day was undoubtedly way too low
- 2⅔ cups whole wheat pastry flour or white wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp all-spice
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2½ cups zucchini, grated (about 2)
- ¾ cup carrot, grated (about 2 carrots)
- ¾ cup apple, cored and grated (about 1 large)
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Mist 4 mini loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg; set aside. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Whisk in the sugars, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix to combine. Fold in the zucchini, carrot, apple, chocolate chips, and pecans. Evenly distribute the batter between each of the loaf pans. Bake for 45 minutes or until tops of loaves are slightly browned and an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly.
This recipe can also make 2 standard loaves. Increase baking time to 60-75 minutes.
Weekly Menu: September 8th – 12th
- Sunday: Vegan Tamales
- Monday: Chicken BLT Salad
- Tuesday: Potato, Hatch Chili, and Chorizo Tacos
- Wednesday: Shrimp Pad Thai
- Thursday: cookbook recipe
Today will be more productive than yesterday Cookbooking and hockey tryouts.