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July 24, 2010

How does your garden grow?

Our vegetable garden is doing really well (thank you neighbors for watering our plants while we were away for nearly two weeks).

We even have evidence of our first pumpkin (insert squealing here)!

Can you imagine how fun it will be to carve our own pumpkins for this year's Halloween festivities!!
On Saturday, Josie and Chris had fun pulling weeds and picking produce in the garden.

With our HUGE zucchini, I decided to make lemon zucchini muffins.

This muffin recipe comes from Cooking Light cookbook.

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup shredded zucchini
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
cooking spray or paper liners

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients in a bowl
3. Combine zucchini, milk, oil and egg; still well. Add to flour mixture, stirring until moist.
4. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in the center.
5. Remove muffins from pans immediately; place on wire rack.

Calories: 148

The lemon and nutmeg have a nice way of hiding the vegetable taste.

I'd love to get a few new vegetable recipes.
What have you planted this year?
What favorite vegetable recipes do you have?


Christel Ann Cook said...

This is from my grandma... and soooo yummy. :)

Butterscotch Zucchini Cake
2 cups sugar, l cup oil, 2 eggs, Mix these three ingr. together, cream until smooth
2 l/2 cups flour, l teas. salt, l teas. baking soda, l teas. baking powder, l teas. cinnamon
Add all the dry ingr. together and blend into creamy mixture
3 cups zucchini, grated, add to above, just stir in
Pour into a 9" x l3" greased and floured cake pan
Sprinkle on top: l cup butterscotch chips and l/2 cup nuts (optional)
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until set, do not overbake.

Sarah said...

I am always looking for something to do with my overgrown zucchini! I have more of those, than good ones :)

Beach Mama said...

No garden here at the sand castle. Your tomatoes look beautiful! Makes my mouth water for a tomato sandwich!

PandaMom said...

Awesome green thumb!! ; )

Those glass art pieces in the last post are AMAZING!!!!

Anonymous said...


I am working on finding time to blog again. Thanks for your comment. I was hoping you were still on our radar (: Josie is getting so BIG!

Anonymous said...

When my kids were little we put zucchini in everthing -- spaghetti sauce, muffins, or whatever. The assumption was it was pretty tasteless and the kids would be tricked into eating it. I'm not a very good cook and my adult children tease me about my many poor tasting dishes. I'm thinking now that a lot of them probably were chock full of zucchini! lol Sherry

Karin said...

Wow...impressive garden! We have tried growing pumpkins and they never got big--just a small ball and then they shriveled up and died. So glad to see yours looking good! :)