Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Welcome, Spring!

Spring is here, little man, and nothing could make you happier. We've been playing outside, picking up sticks, planting seeds, visiting the park, shooting baskets, watering plants, listening to birds sing, blowing bubbles, and generally having a great time in this gorgeous weather.

Oh, and you've discovered tee ball.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Zucchini Bread

There are those of us who bake, and there are Bakers. My Grandma Ginny was a Baker. The Southern kind. She did not fool around. Grandma taught me to let the eggs and butter come to room temperature before mixing, use one of those special tools to level off dry ingredients, always sift the flour, sprinkle muffin tops with sugar for extra crunch, warm cookies on a warming rack, and double the icing measurements so there is some left over to freeze and have as a midnight snack.

Unfortunately for you, I do none of those things. You will likely grow up with flax seed and applesauce in most of your sweets...and (gasp!) I will probably use my finger to level off the unsifted whole wheat flour. Sorry!

My favorite Grandma recipe is zucchini bread. Her sister-in-law, Gracie, shared it with her many years ago, and it is divine. I've included it here, exactly as she wrote it, and transcribed it below. Since it is perfect as is, I'll try to refrain from the flax seed substitutions and let you enjoy the real thing!



Zucchini Bread

Sift together:
5 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon

Place in a large bowl:
5 eggs, beaten lightly
3 1/2 cups sugar, blend into eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil & 3 tsp vanilla extract (Blend slowly into egg/sugar mixture, then blend well.

Add dry ingredients to egg, oil, etc mixture, mixing only until moistened.

Add 3 cups grated zucchini, one 15 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained, 4 ripe bananas, mashed, and mix well. Pour into 3 greased & floured 9x5x2 1/2 loaf pans or 1 9x13x2 pan. Bake 1 hr @ 350. Cool in pan on rack 10 mins then on cake rack. Can freeze. Good toasted.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter

J,

Most of our days are spent in a pleasant rhythm of laughter, cuddling, playing, learning, and the occasional meltdown. You are so damn cute that I usually don't mind the tantrums or difficult moments.

Every now and then (contrary to my own mother's reportedly blissful experience parenting a toddler) you make me nuts.

Easter Sunday, 2009, was one of those days.

The moment we stepped into church, you began screaming, "No go to church! No see Baby Jesus!" And the day went downhill from there.

Happy Easter.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Just so you know...

April is "Donate Life Month" and a good time to remind family members of one's organ donation wishes. I have strong feelings about organ donation that Daddy and my parents are already aware of. So this year I'll let you know my preference.

I am an organ donor. I didn't check the box on a whim. I'm 100% on board with slicing and dicing everything to help others live more meaningful lives. Don't hesitate for a second if you are asked about donating my organs; I've already made the decision for you. Just say yes!

Not a fun topic, but important for you to know.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Blueberries

You like blueberries. A lot. You like them enough to eat about a pint per day, in fact. You eat so many blueberries I was compelled to calculate the cost of your habit (over $100 a month if you're interested). Today we ran out during lunch, and you were not pleased.


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