I decided that I wanted to make a loaf of zucchini bread to have with my coffee in the morning.. so after I went swimming on Monday, and after I went to the garden center to buy a new flower, I drove through the countryside to stop at Burn's Produce Stand to get a zucchini and whatever else struck my fancy. I got a bouquet of these flowers, 2 apples and 9 ears of corn, picked that very morning. When I got home I realized that I forgot to get the one thing I went there for.. the zuke. Sheesh.But these sunflowers have been bringing me joy every day!
Story time. SO.. I showed you the ripple afghan that I was working on.. and my youngest grandson kept looking at it and saying.. is that for me? Well.. when he was born I asked my DIL if she'd like me to make a blanket for him and she said, no, she had plenty of blankets. Well, he has mentioned that his brother had one and he'd like one. SO.. I went "shopping" in my office (hoarding room) and found enough CottonTots yarn to start on a blanket for Caleb! The other blanket was at a standstill until I receive a shipment of some other colors from KnitPicks, anyway.
I'm doing a regular "neat ripple". Lucy also has the pattern for the neat ripple on her blog - Attic24.
Now a mini rant. This is a wonderful yarn for baby and child projects.. and Bernat has seen fit to CANCEL SELLING THIS YARN! Why is it that yarn companies have such a short attention span? ::sigh:: Now I have to find a new "go to" cotton for kids projects. Any suggestions?
Luckily, I had an older zucchini here, so I was able to make my bread yesterday. It fell a bit, but it's delicious!
I added a cup of pecans that I broke into big pieces with my hands. I cut this while too warm, but I had to test it out to see if it turned out, didn't I? :-)
Oh.. and my stop at the nursery was to get a "hardy hibiscus" - I saw one on my blog friend Teresa's blog CreativeMeAndLife. Now this flower is part of our garden family. The color name is "Granache". I want to get a "Tie Dye" colored one like Teresa's.
I'm off to go swimming today, maybe I'd better stop again at Burns Produce stand and actually get a new zucchini? ((hugs)), Teresa :-) Here's my favorite recipe:
TERESA'S VERY BEST ZUCCHINI BREAD
1/2 C oil
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C white sugar
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Mapeline
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C flour
1 C grated zucchini
1 C chopped nuts (optional)
Mix all together, put in buttered or non-stick spayed loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Easy to double this recipe. NOTE: The Mapeline gives an extra depth to the flavor of this, but it does not make it taste like maple.