Sunday, September 09, 2012

{Sunday Photograph - 72 + recipe}

Today was enjoyable.  After a couple challenging days I needed a nice day like this to reboot and prepare for the new week.

The girls have been asking me to let them cook more and be taught in the kitchen.  I finally gave in...probably because Bret was home and able to help manage all 3 kids in the kitchen with me.

We started off learning how to make scrambled eggs.  It's the first dish my mother taught me.  It's easy to make, versatile - you can add different ingredients to it, plus, it will allow you to sleep in some days while they make their own breakfast...YES!

They also aided in making dinner.  I taught them how to handle raw meat, etc., while making Kalua pork.  A simple, smoky shredded pork dish that is not only easy to make but delicious to eat.

After the pork I gave in to their requests to bake.  I had just bought some huge zucchini's from a local farm so naturally I declared Zucchini bread was what we were to make.  Plus, I have been craving zucchini bread for a while now.

All 3 children participated, spilled, stirred, sifted.  Lessons such as making sure it's 1 TEASPOON of salt and not 1 TABLESPOON etc., were learned while Ella read the recipe/directions to us (good thing we caught that one).

My counter had bits of zucchini and flour everywhere and the sink was full of dishes, but as I looked around at everyone I couldn't help but smile and have my "mom moment" of teaching my little brood something new.

It felt good.

 One loaf was devoured...the bread still warm.  Next time we will add some chocolate chips in a batch and some nuts as well.

I love Zucchini bread.  I love teaching my children how to make things I love.

p.s.I had to post this picture of my girls taking a picture of their masterpiece.  I wonder where they get the desire to take pictures of everything from....hmm.....
Zucchini Bread
+1 cup sugar
+1 cup brown sugar
+3 eggs, beaten
+1 cup oil
+2 cups zucchini, grated
+3 tablespoons vanilla
+1 teaspoons baking soda
+1 teaspoon baking powder
+1 teaspoon cinnamon
+3 cups flour
*optional - 1/2 cup chopped nuts or milk chocolate chips

Combine the sugars, oil and eggs. Beat well. Add the zucchini (I squeeze mine a bit to get some of the juice out) and the vanilla. sift the dry ingredients and stir into the creamed mixture.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (I cook mine for about 55 minutes to make sure the middle isn't gooey). Be sure to check with a toothpick before taking out of the oven.

yields: 2 large or 3 smaller loaves.

1 comment:

William said...

I really enjoy seeing you teach your children the many things you have learned. Especially the ones you learned from mom and are handing down to the grandkids! The bread looks great....sve some of your cooking for us when we come in November!