Bailey’s Bling

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great start to your week. If you didn’t, you have the rest of the week to turn it around.

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Happy Starbucks Monday to yah, too! I had a grande vanilla soy latte. So hot and creamy. Mmm…

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I dug into my homemade Cooking Light zucchini bread (with zucchini from my family’s garden) this morning.

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Boy was it deeelicious! It made for the perfect quick morning breakfast.

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Just slice (warm in the microwave) and enjoy with nice, hot coffee.

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I even packed up some to take into work for some lucky co-workers. Home-baked goodies in the office are the best!

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Bailey got a special package today.

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He couldn’t wait for me to show him what we got for him.

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For meeee?

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It’s Bailey’s new BLING!

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We got him a new ID tag. The one we got from the pet store was flimsy and the # was already scratching off. If our little guy gets lost, I want people to know EXACTLY how to get in touch with us. This one we found is much more durable looking – and more attractive.

This tag, by Red Dingo, is stainless steal and enamel. They have tons more designs and colors. Click here to check them out.

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Bailey loved his new bling!

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Happy puppy. :)

Cooking Light’s Zucchini Bread

So…about that baking project I was talking about earlier

Last weekend, at my family’s house, I spotted a recipe on their desk for zucchini bread. It sounded fabulous and my parents had plenty of zucchini in their garden. They gave me 2 large zucchini to take home and make bread the next weekend.

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I got to try my food processors cutting blades for the first time. I definitely had to pull out my instruction manual (thank goodness I put all of those in a single shoebox so it was easy to find) for the project.

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So yea…this photo from the last post – this is shredded zucchini!

One of my twitter friends suggested I check out the Cooking Light recipe, so I went for that one (after seeing good reviews online). There were a couple different versions online but I ended up using this zucchini bread recipe by Cooking Light (click).

Substitutions:

  • 2 eggs for the egg substitute
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 cups white-wheat flour
  • extra walnuts
  • plus walnuts sprinkled on top

*Update 8/14/11 – I just made an adapted version of this recipe called Healthy {Oatlicious} Zucchini Bread/Muffins with details for making muffins and/or bread – click here for the recipe – it’s a goodie!*

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And I made one loaf of zucchini bread and 10 muffins.

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Everything smelled fabulous baking up and looked so pretty when it was all done! :)

I had to dig into one for an afternoon snack.

Check out the difference the background makes to my photos:

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Which one do you like best?

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I did a play on my Shrimp Gumb-ole for dinner Sunday night.

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I also dug into my purple okra (organic), which I picked up from the market Saturday.

Isn’t it neat looking?! It’s bright purple on the outside and white-green on the inside.

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The shrimp were from the market too!

Everything was totally delicious served over brown rice.

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I split that mini cake, from our World Cup party, with hubby for tonight’s dessert.

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Nomalicious!

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Post dinner it was clean up and chillax time.

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I cleaned and air-dried the majority of the organic blueberries I got from the market on Saturday. I’m going to be so sad when blueberry season is over, but buying extra and freezing for later seems like a great way preserve some of my summer berries.

Berries were pretty much dry about 30 minutes ago so they’re now freezing away. Wheee!

Can’t wait to dig into my zucchini bread for breakfast tomorrow. Don’t you just love having a breakfast to look forward to?

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This time next week I’ll be at the lake on a mini vacay! Yippee!

What do you like to do when you go on a lake vacation? Or if you don’t do lakes, what about one of those vacations where you’re mostly hanging out at a vacation home (not playing tourist sight-seeing etc)?

I’m making a list of things I want to do but never seem to have time to do:

  • Read books
  • Paint my nails
  • Work on a puzzle
  • Cook (something that takes a nice, long time to prepare)
  • Bake (something that takes a nice, long time to prepare)
  • Craft – knit/crochet, make jewelry, etc.
  • Be Lazy
  • more to come…

You?

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