Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Zucchini Nut Chocolate Muffins

If you have more zucchini than you know what to do with (a lot of people do this time of year), try this muffin recipe.

2 1/2 c. flour                                Misty
4 TBSP cocoa pwd
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp white vinegar
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 c. grated zucchini
1 c. chocolate chips

Heat oven to 325.
Line 2 cupcake pans with wrappers.
In medium size bowl, blend flour, cocoa, soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. Stir together milk and vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter, oil and sugar on medium high speed for 3 min. or until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined.
Add milk mixture and beat well.
On low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat until just combined.
Stir in zucchini and 1/2 c. chocolate chips.
Fill prepared cups 2/3 full (1/4 c) and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 c. chips and the nuts.
Bake at 325 for 20-28 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I've been really bad at keeping the blog updated lately.  Crazy, busy Summer...  Anyways-  I just canned some Apple Butter and I can't wait to try it!  I got thinking there are so many different things I want to can this year, I don't know how I will ever get it all done. 
Then I thought, I guess I will have to pick and choose what I really want the most.  But then it occurred to me... I could do some kind of swap!
So if anyone out there is interested in swapping some of your canned goods please let me know.  It seems kinda retro, but I think it would be fun. 
Right now I have 2 bushels of apples and I'm trying to make things other than applesauce because I know we wouldn't eat that.  And as excited as I am about the apple butter and apple pie filling and cinnamon apple jelly... we don't really need THAT much apple.  So wouldn't it be great to swap a few jars of each for something that I wont be able to do?  Like potatoes, or pickles or beets.  Maybe I'm just way to sleep deprived right now and out of my mind.
Here's to hoping one of you will can something fun and swap with me!