Monday, August 14, 2017

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Minis

Mini Chocolate Zucchini Bread

It's the time of year when summer gardens are going crazy and neighbors leave zucchini
on your doorstep and I love it! Zucchini is probably my favorite garden veggie, so I'm
happy to take all of them I can get. What we don't eat, I freeze to use in soup all winter
long. You can find out how I freeze zucchini here.

Mini Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Since I had leftover chocolate ganache in my fridge from the ganache blackberry brownie
cupcakes I made last week, I decided to make mini chocolate zucchini bread loaves topped
with chocolate ganache to give to some friends. Chocolate on chocolate is always a good
idea and they seemed to agree! These little loaves are delicious and perfect for an
afternoon snack or dessert!

If your garden is over flowing with zucchini you may want to try my summer garden pasta,
veggie quesadillas or chocolate chip zucchini bars. Or send them to me!

Mini Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Mini Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Minis

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 6 mini loaf pans with cooking spray with flour.
In a large mixing whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

In a smaller bowl mix together sugar, canola oil, eggs, vanilla and grated zucchini.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just until combined.

Using a large cookie scoop, fill loaf pans evenly with batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool in the loaf pans for 5-10 minutes before removing
to a wire rack to continue to cool.

I used leftover ganache from my ganache blackberry brownie cupcakes to spread on
top and then I sprinkled the mini loaves with mini chocolate chips.

Note: the mini loaf pans I use are  2 1/2 x 4 1/2



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ganache Blackberry Brownie Cupcakes

Ganche Blackberry Brownie Cupcake

Years ago whenever I needed to make brownies for a bake sale, picnic or potluck, I
would bake the brownie batter in cupcake pans. Sometimes I added m&m candies,
toffee bits or chocolate chips to the batter to make them more fun and festive.
They were always a big hit!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rosé Slushies

Hot summer nights require cool refreshing cocktails that can be made in minutes.
Enter rose slushies made with just two ingredients, raspberry sorbet and rosé wine.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DIY Sink Cleaning Scrub

DIY Sink Cleaning Scrub with Essential Oils

I've been on a mission to use more natural cleaning products in our home.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products are my favorite, but sometimes I enjoy making
my own, like this homemade carpet freshener.

After washing the evening dishes I've been cleaning the sink with a homemade
sink scrub made simply with baking soda and a few drops of essential oils.
I keeps my sink shiny clean and smells amazing!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mini Cookies 'n Cream Bundt Cakes #SummerDessertWeek

This post was created for #SummerDessertWeek. I received samples from some of our
sponsor companies, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Mini Cookies 'n Cream Bundt Cakes

Welcome to day three of #SummerDessertWeek hosted by Angie of Big Bear's Wife!
This week I have joined 24 other bloggers and we're sharing some of our favorite
summer desserts.  On Monday I shared my Homemade Angel Food Cake with Sugared
Berries! We're also hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY! Be sure to scroll down after the
recipe to enter!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Angel Food Cake with Sugared Berries #SummerDessertWeek

This post was created for #SummerDessertWeek. I received samples from some of our
sponsor companies, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Homemade Angel Food Cake with Sugared Berries

Welcome to the first #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear's Wife.
We're so glad that you've joined us for this week long event of desserts and giveaways.
You're going to love what we have in store for you.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean & Corn Salsa
This post is in partnership with Le Creuset.  All opinions and photos are my own.

All of the fresh fish and shrimp tacos we enjoyed on vacation earlier this month left us
craving for more, so I decided to use my new Le Creuset Signature Square Skillet Grill
to make some Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean & Corn Salsa at home.