Its the last few days of July.. and I cant really believe Im saying that. Time is flying
Another busy..and fun.. week ahead. More food preserving in the kitchen and cookies to bake for Thursday for our Ladies Group in the park. Plus hubby enjoyed the Zucchini Bread so much ... he wants me to make it again.
Friday we are going to the Orange County Fair. Its the last weekend and life has been so full we almost missed it. Saturday we are going to spend a relaxing day at the beach.
We are eating a lot of chicken these days... and beef only once or twice a month. I only wish I could get MrD to eat more fish...even if its in stick form. So this Thursday its beef ...and its done in the slow cooker. We have to go for a follow up to Hubbys medical procedure from two weeks ago. It showed that he has a hernia and two stomach ulcers... so the doctor want s to see if the pills he gave him are helping. Hes also going to ask if hes slowed down at work.. ..I think they will hear the laughing in China!!! Men!
Have a great week Weekly Plan - 29th July 2019 Monday Lemon Chicken, Vegetable Stir Fry, Tuesday Mexican Pork Carnitas WednesdayCilantro Lime Chicken Kebabs, Rice and Salad ThursdaySpicy Slow Cooker Beef and Peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Friday Orange County Fair
Friday morning is my grocery shopping time. I usually walk to the supermarket for when it opens at 6am I time it just right for hubby to pick me up on his morning break when he heads home to swap the truck for his motorbike. He says hes still too sleepy going to work at 1.30 in the morning to ride his bike
I love going out that early. At just light..its still quite cool. Im telling you as soon as the sun makes an appearance.. temperatures shoot up . Its not really the heat that gets me...its how strong the sun is on my skin.. It feels like its on fire and I burn so easily. It seems to be worse since I had the chemo last year
I always manage to get a few photos on the way though... and makes the whole shopping thing less of a chore
By the time I got back it was already getting very warm...and by the afternoon it was in the mid 90s. My little kitchen was even warmer as I decided to deal with the leftover zucchini from making the bread yesterday.
With the Ac on full blast and the ceiling fan spinning I sliced the zucchini and plunged them into a pot of boiling water..bringing it back to the boil for about two minutes
Then I plunged them into a bowl of ice water to stop them overcooking. Honestly.. I could have plunged in there myself.
After draining them... I spread them on parchment covered baking sheets and popped them in the freezer for a couple of hours.. And yes I lingered slightly at the open freezer door...enjoying a bit of the icy blast
When they were frozen I put them in bags and put them into the freezer. You dont have to blanch them..but I find it takes some of the moisture out and they stay firmer when you defrost to use
A few more bags into the Food Storage... and enough for a few meals
It was another full day for me. Its actually rained here this morning.. and I thought our church ladies study group in the park would be cancelled. But like little troopers.. armed with a couple of gazebos... most of the ladies showed up.. And its a great book we are reading...so Im glad it went ahead
I think the UK has stolen our weather.
Its unusually hot over there right now
My daughter sent some photos of Little Miss enjoying time on the beach...
I got them just as my Facebook memories popped up..
What a difference a year makes!
The Zucchini Bread turned out really good. Its not too sweet.. and it had the right amount of chocolate chips and nuts. MrD cut himself a slice even before it was cool. I will definitely be making it again.
Now...what shall I do with all the leftover Zucchini ?
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon orange zest
whipped cream or butter to serve
Preheat oven at 350 °F.
Grease (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy.
Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended.
Stir in oil, orange juice vanilla, zucchini, pecans, chocolate chips and orange zest.
Stir in sifted ingredients.
Pour into prepared loaf pans
Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Another busy week coming up. Busy but enjoyable. Someone gave me a recipe for Zucchini Bread. It sounds interesting.. and I've never tried it so I'll give it a go. I'm also going to attempt to dehydrate potatoes.. yes I really have the Food Preserving Bug
I need to do a bit of sewing too. .. a couple of hearts for my Etsy Shop... and maybe a new apron for myself.. I desperately need one
With Bible Study in the park on Thursday morning.. our monthly Knots of Love Ministry on Saturday..and a birthday party on Saturday afternoon... its a pretty full week.
I wonder if I could stretch a couple of hours in each day...
Weekly Plan - 22nd July 2019 Monday Sweet and Sour Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry, Tuesday Chicken Frajitas, Refried Beans, Pico de Gallo. WednesdayHam, Poached Eggs, Potato Wedges, Peas ThursdaySlow Cooker Stuffed Peppers, Salad Friday Teriyaki Turkey Burgers on Toasted Buns