Ok, the heat could almost get on a person’s nerves – thank God for air conditioning. One of my co-workers drove home from the city for about 2 hours yesterday after his car’s ac went out. He was still sweating this morning. Are we spoiled or not? I can visit my 88 year old Dad and he’ll say he’s not feeling too good. I then drop a bomb such as “Do you think it has anything to do with the heat in his house?” He says he likes the open door and a fan. Well, I do too but not when it’s in the 90’s. Sometimes you can hardly get your breathe in his house.
We have to have something to grip about, right? That’s life.
As we left church on Sunday, Kate intently watched as some kids were playing out in the grass, running barefoot, chasing one another. She couldn’t take her eyes off of them. Then she looked at me and said, “I hope they don’t get stung by a bee.” I laughed out loud, thinking how much that sounded like something I have said to her. Her little-girl body comes off with these old-woman comments and we get so tickled at her. My son says she sounds just like me….not sure that’s a compliment. If your life ever gets boring, I highly recommend being around a little feller, they can open your eyes to so many things.
Yesterday I picked up a “free” zucchini that someone had brought in from their garden. I cut a few slices, dipped in beaten egg and then cornmeal and fried. Don’t you love that word……..fried? Anything is good fried. If you like green tomatoes, you’ll probably like these – they’re ok but probably won’t make them again. I did make 2 loaves of bread – shredded the zucchini. So pretty with those little shreds of zucchini throughout the bread. My only complaint was the top of the bread looked so dry but I just took a stick of REAL butter and slathered over the top while hot, which took care of that problem.
Here’s the recipe from http://allrecipes.com
Mom’s Zucchini Bread
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 2 1/4 cups white sugar
• 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 cups grated zucchini
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
I made one small change – instead of a cup of oil, I used ½ c oil and ½ c applesauce. This is really a good recipe but a light glaze would be tasty.
Hey, enjoy this day….heat or not…..