Jul 19 2014

Best Zucchini bread ever.

This Zucchini bread is the best I have ever had. Aunt Carla shared it with us when we first moved to the Midwest and it has been a hit with our family, friends & neighbors. Crispy crust and soft, moist inside, you can’t beat it.

zucchini-bread-recipe

Zucchini Bread
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup oil
2 cups grated zucchini (or 4-5 bananas)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix all together. Pour into small bread pans. Bake at 325 for 45 min.

Enjoy.


Feb 16 2011

Thai Peanut Sauce

I just wanted to share this recipe. I {heart} Thai Peanut Sauce, YUM!! I am partly putting this recipe here so that my beautiful sister n law doesn’t have to worry about losing it again. :) Love you Cynth.

I can’t remember where I found the recipe… but I usually go check out a few and then make & taste, from there I tweak. :) I like to use sauteed chicken & a mix of sauteed veggies {brocc, carrots, onions, peppers, garlic, cabbage etc.} After I sautee my chicken I will put a bit of teriyaki sauce in with it to give it some flava, I also add a little to my veggies. After I sautee my veggies and put in the teriyaki and about a 1/4 cup of water I add some rice noodles, put a lid on it and steam them til tender {they soak up that teriyaki too, yum}. I like to use brown rice.

Once I have the sauce, meat & veggie mix done this is how I like to build the ultimate Thai Peanut Sauce Dish… Rice, Chicken, veggies & noodles, a handful fresh spinach, Thai Peanut Sauce & a few squeezes of sweet chili sauce {don’t let the name deceive you, it is sweet, but it’s hot too, YUM!}, last but not least you can crunch a few peanuts for the top.

For the pic above I didn’t have noodles or spinach… spinach is so good with this dish!! The recipe for the peanut sauce is below… it makes quite a bit, leftovers are even better! Homemade eggrolls are divine with this meal… I will have to post the recipe for that sometime too.

Enjoy!! Thanks for stopping by & I would love to hear if you tried it and what you did to tweak it for your taste!!

Thai Peanut Sauce
1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic diced
Fresh ginger diced {fresh ginger makes it taste so delicious, but if you don’t have fresh you can use ground}

Sautee garlic & ginger in oil lightly.
Add…
1 can coconut milk
1 c. peanut butter (put in microwave for 1 min before adding to pan)
2 T. sweet chili sauce (or just chili sauce)
1 T. rice vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
pinch of brown sugar
pinch red pepper flakes
1 t salt.


Sep 17 2010

Let’s Salsa… again?

After I posted about an amazing salsa recipe a while back… {find post here} I got inspired to design some labels for my elite ball jars. Just thought I’d give you a peek… and hopefully inspire you to get creative this weekend.

I will leave you with this design quote I found… it piqued my interest and made me think about all the mistakes I do make. Sometimes those mistakes turn into an awesome design… and sometimes they don’t. Haha, guess that’s where we have to learn to let those ones go and move on!

‎”Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep” Scott Adams

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a great weekend! Isn’t this crisp, fall weather fantabulous! –Britta


Sep 3 2010

Let’s Salsa…{a story of sacrifice, generosity & flavor}

Once in a while you have to take a break from work and do something different.

So, besides design, paper, pens, fonts, color, fall, kittens {and of course my husband, Justin & kiddo, Branton} I {heart} cooking/baking. Let me tell you a little story and give you an amazing recipe for salsa!

It all started the spring after we moved here… of course we are going to have a garden, Justin says. And so we did. There was already a plot that just needed worked up. For not knowing much about gardening it did pretty well. We do have an endless amount of resources {a.k.a. family} to ask what we are doing wrong, what to plant or not and how to get rid of weeds. We were able to put some beans up and make a ton of zucchini bread — our neighbors & family were generous enough to share their sweet corn too. I hadn’t gotten my salsa recipe yet, so didn’t get that done.

The next year comes & my sweet Justin decides we need to make our garden plot even bigger than it already was. So he did. And we had the best sweet corn you can imagine, beans coming out our ears & enough tomatoes that I needed to find a salsa recipe and quick! I found one recipe & my mom was here so she pretty much made it while I was on my computer. It was really good, chunky, had good flavor, but just not quite what I wanted. Well, in my googling of salsa recipes I learned a couple things. You are supposed to use paste tomatoes for salsa… ha, what are paste tomatoes? Romas are one… and of course I had no paste tomatoes at all in my abundant supply. So, back to google I went… I found this recipe and this time my mom was back in WA so Melinda {a.k.a. mom-n-law} took on the duty of the salsa queen, while I supervised and said too much or too little. The things moms do for their kids!

We tried one batch… great flavor, this is it… but not hot enough. So next time we added more jalapenos… we ended up using 40 jalapenos in a recipe that called for 6. This was definitely it… it had just the right heat, was nice and thick & had the best flavor ever. Anytime we pulled a jar out when we had company it was gobbled up pretty quickly. That’s gotta be a good sign.

This year I was so excited about making salsa… we ended up planting close to 100 plants. And wouldn’t you know… we had the worst floods & extreme weather this year and it probably didn’t help that I did a little {or a lot} experimenting with epson salts. Needless to say, I got NO tomatoes. It was pretty sad to think that I wouldn’t even have a chance to make salsa. Well… our generous relatives came through yet again. Aunt Carla shared her tomatoes with us! And Melinda once again stepped in to help me with the salsa… have I mentioned that she doesn’t even like salsa… this is where the sacrifice part comes in. She stood there and cut the 6 cups of onions with tears streaming down her face. She did draw the line at cutting up the jalapenos… I didn’t mind doing that especially if it meant having salsa. We ended up putting up 20 pints and used these cool ball jars… see pic below.

This is where I think of God and how amazing He is. Of course I could have lived without the salsa and been fine, even happy. But He loves us so much and cares about us… even the little things. He wants us to enjoy life, He knows how hard it can be. And I just love it when He gives us these little blessings… keep your eyes out.

AMAZING SALSA RECIPE
This is where I found the salsa recipe.
Click {http://www.great-salsa.com/canning-salsa-tomato-paste.html}
Of course I tweaked it a bit, cause that’s what I do.
I didn’t add chiles or oregano. I did add the cumin, 1 T chili powder and cilantro. And I added about 10 jalapenos this year… taste it and make it the heat you enjoy! The recipe said it wasn’t safe to tweak too much… but I had to do a bit.

I hope you are inspired to cook/bake something… thanks for stopping by & have a great labor day weekend.
–Britta