8.24.2016

Zucchini Banana Bread

During the summer months, we have an excess of zucchini from our garden.
This Zucchini Bread & my Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins are staples in our house during these months.
Last week, our bananas were turning brown and I knew I wanted to use a few of them to make my Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, but I had 3 more ripe bananas to use and some extra zucchini, so I decided to make some Zucchini Banana Bread.
This recipe, like my Zucchini Bread is a recipe from my Grammy.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you have read about my Grammy.
She will be 105 years old this October.....She is amazing!
Growing up, when we went to Grammy's house, she would always bake something for our arrival. Usually it was her Eggless, Milkless & Butterless Bread.
A couple years ago at the age of 103, Grammy stopped living in her house & moved into an assisted living home. It was then that I took home all her old cookbooks & recipe cards.
These included recipes as far back from 1920's & 1930's
(Grammy dated most of her recipe cards, so I knew exactly when they were from)

It is so fun to look through these recipes....I need to blog more of them!This Zucchini Banana Bread was one of her recipes. 
Here is what you need:
 
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
3or 4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
 Optional:  1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Grate your zucchini (I use a cheese grater)
Mix the eggs, oil & sugars. Add in the mashed bananas & grated zucchini:
Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & cinnamon.
'Pour into two 9x5 loaf pans. (I spray with cooking spray before I pour the batter in)
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean)
Delicious, beautiful bread!
Within 24 hours of making this, 1 loaf was completely devoured.
#welovebread
Every Sunday or Monday I usually make some sort of bread/muffin so that when my kids get home from school, they have a snack that is ready to go!
This is a "healthy-ish" snack option....it has fruits & veggies in it!
You could also make these into muffins, just reduce cooking time to 20-25 minutes.
If you love bread/muffins like we do, here are some of our favorites:
Zucchini Bread  
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins 
Zucchini Blueberry Bread
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins 

You can see more HERE in my Recipe Box.

Hope you love this recipe as much as we do. 
Thanks to my amazing Grammy for a great recipe.
I need to blog more of her recipes...including her famous Split Pea Soup!
What is your favorite type of muffin or bread?

8.22.2016

This & That {Back to School Edition} + More Winners!

Happy Monday!
It's been a week since we started school.
I forgot how exhausting the first week is!
It was a great week, but it was so tiring!

Here is some THIS & THAT for your Monday:

{ONE}
The last week of summer, I went to go see Bad Moms with some of my favorite moms!
I LOVED the movie...so funny!! Have you seen it?

{TWO}
This year marks year 13 of teaching for me. Last year was a rough year of teaching. I have a feeling this year will be better.
I saw this quote the day before school started & it totally spoke to me! 
It was the perfect thing for me to read the day before the first day of school!

{THREE}
Here is what I wore on the first day of school, another awesome dress from Stitch Fix :
If you haven't signed up for Stitch Fix yet, I highly recommend it. It's like Christmas morning everytime a box arrives! I get one once a month, but you can get one every other month, every 3 months, every 4 months, etc.

{FOUR}
This long wear Lip Gloss is my all time Favorite & I love that now that school is back, I apply this lip gloss in the morning & it stays on ALL day...until dinner! It's the BEST!
Get it HERE

I heard from a girl at the MAC counter that they are discontinuing it...I am bummed about that, so I am STOCKING up!
I have 3 of the colors. They stay on for hours! Best lip gloss EVER! Get it while you can!

{FIVE}
Our kids elementary school has a fundraiser event every year called Cougars on Cruisers. (Our mascot is the Cougars) They put us in teams & it was an Amazing Race.  
We were the yellow team!
We met at my house before hand to decorate our cruisers & then we biked over to the starting house.

 All of the cruisers:
All of the ladies:
Go yellow team!
 Getting our instructions for the first clue:
Getting more clues....
 It was such a blast!
I look forward to this event every year. The yellow team didn't win, but we had FUN! 
The final stop we had to eat a slice of anchovy pizza....it was my first time ever trying it. SO salty. SO gross!
Our party favor....darling cookies!
 Can't wait for next year's event!

{SIX}
I have a Rodan + Fields Back to School Special going on!
For my Back to School special, all new preferred customers who buy a regimen will get get $20 cash back, 10% off your order, free shipping AND a FREE EYE cream  (a $60 value for FREE!!) 

I started using the eye cream right after Luke was born and WOW, it got rid of the bags under my eyes that I had from lack of sleep with a newborn. 

Our  Multi-Function Eye Cream combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles while special optical diffusers noticeably brighten the eye area.


This brave consultant only used the eye cream on one eye for 3 weeks!
It's less puffy & she doesn't have bags under that eye! 
We have products for ALL skin types! 
Anti Aging, Sun Damage, Acne & Sensitive Skin
The FREE eye cream deal also goes with our other amazing deal that is going on right now.
If you buy our Redefine Regimen & AMP Roller, you get a box of Acute care for FREE! And, a FREE eye cream! That is over $600 in product for $283. Amazing deal!
 All our products come with a 60 day empty bottle money back guarantee.
You can literally return the EMPTY bottles after 60 days for a full refund if you don't like the products.  
I love seeing Before & Afters....
She used Reverse, which is what I LOVE.
It got rid of my pregnancy melamsa & tons of my sun damage!
What is your biggest skin concern?
Take my Solutions Tool HERE to find out what products are best for your skin!
Email me to claim this deal and get your FREE eye cream!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com

{SEVEN}
One of my favorite Back to School traditions is giving my kids teachers these:
 
I made them 5 years ago when Kate was going into Kinder.
I love giving them to their teachers & getting to know them better & so I know what kinds of treats I can spoil them with throughout the year. 
You can download it {HERE}

{EIGHT}
Now that Luke's Party is over, I am planning Claire's since her birthday is in September!
I made Claire 2 different versions of her invite. She can't decide which one she wants to use, so she told me to ask you guys to vote :)
Choice #1

Choice #2
 Which one do you like best?

I am really excited about this theme that Claire picked. She LOVES flamingos!

{NINE}
Now that school has started, Meal Planning is back in full force!
I love meal planning. It makes my week go much smoother.
I use a snap in meal plan card from Erin Condren.
It just clicks into your planner & you use a white board pen on it. So easy. 
Here was our meal plan from last week:
Also....I need to blog my stuffed peppers recipe....SO good! 

Erin Condren planners are great. I have been using these planners for 4 years.
  This is the cover of my 2016 planner & I love it!
They launched their 2017 planners earlier this summer. I need to order mine soon!
Click HERE to check out all the awesome designs!

{TEN}
I am excited to announce the final 2 winners from my Blogoversary Giveaway Week!
 Giveaway winner from my $100 Rodan + Fields giveaway is:
Kaley!
Annika! 
Send me an email or leave me a comment so I can get your prizes!

Congrats to everyone who won my Golden Blogoversary Giveaways! 
That was fun!

Hope you all have a great week!

8.18.2016

2016 Garden {Month 3} + Winners!

It's been a little over 3 months since we planted our 2016 Garden, so I thought I would do another garden update.

Here is what our 2016 garden looked like when I first planted it:

Here it is about a month later:
And here is it TWO Months after planting it:
And, here it is this week at a little over 3 months:
 My tomatoes are producing a ton! 

I am watering 1-2 times a week (we are in a drought still so I am trying to be smart about watering & that seems to be working well)

About 3 weeks ago, my Early Girl tomatoes started turning red. They are my favorite!
 My 5 varieties of cherry tomatoes are still going strong:
 We love going out to the garden & eating tomatoes off the vine.
 Some of them are so sweet, it's like candy!
One of my favorite meals to make with them is sprialized zuchinni noodles, tomatoes, pesto & a little feta chesse. Delicious!
I have  THIS veggie spiralizer. It's awesome & so easy to use!


The most exciting thing this month is that our pumpkins are totally growing!
 I have 1 orange pumpkin:
 And, 1 pumpkin that isn't orange yet...it has until October ;)
 I hope we get a least 1 more pumpkin so that each of our kids can carve a pumpkin from our garden this Halloween :)

We are still getting zuchinni & squash...not as abundant as it was in July, but we are still getting 1 or 2 a week.
++++++++++++
We started school this week, so I am a couple days behind announcing the winners of some of the winners from my 8 year Blogoversary Giveaway that I had last week.

I did so well blogging last week....5 days in a row. I told you that wasn't going to happen again for a LONG time. LOL! This week as been crazy busy with school starting, which is why I haven't blogged in almost a week. Oops. 
 
The $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway  Winner is Lexi R.
The $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway winner is Rachael M.
The $100 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway winner is Audra W.

Congrats ladies! Leave a comment or send me an email to claim your prize:
melissa_larson17(at)yahoo.com

There is still time to enter the remaining 2 Giveaways:
$100 in Rodan + Fields Products Giveaway ends tonight! Enter HERE
$250 Nordstrom Giftcard giveaway ends on Friday night. Enter HERE

Hope you are all having a great week!

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