May 18, 2016

Super Moist Zucchini Bread - printable recipe

I'm sharing a long-time family 
favorite recipe today!

zucchini bread

When our garden explodes with 
zucchini every summer, I work
feverishly to process it for the 

Shredding, measuring and bagging
it with my beloved Food Saver!

The uniformly bagged zucchini 
occupies a designated corner of 
our chest freezer to be used in a
variety of dishes throughout the 

Easy Zucchini bread recipe
zucchini bread

Adding shredded zucchini to recipes 
is a great way to increase your veggie 
consumption as it doesn't have a 
strong individual flavor.

However, there are two main recipes 
in our home that quickly deplete my 
pretty little frozen piles; this super 
moist zucchini bread and our rather
sassy zucchini relish.

Both are well loved by adults, children
and assorted family & friends!

Today, I'll share our bread recipe...

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 cups zucchini, shredded
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking Soda
¼ teaspoon baking Powder
3 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup raisins (optional)

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees (Fahrenheit)
2. Beat eggs until foamy
3. Add sugar, mix well
4. Add remaining ingredients, mix well.

Grease & flour 8-9 mini loaf pans, fill half full.
Bake @ 350° for 40-50 minutes.

~Maria Matter

Zucchini bread recipe, easy to make

So delicious!
Be sure to pin it for this summer's
zucchini harvest!

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May 12, 2016

Easy Crockpot Mushrooms with Ranch & Parmesan - 4 ingredients

A simple mushroom recipe!

steak and shrooms, green beans, easy recipes

I am a carnivore!
yep, I'm a red meat eater and 
if that red meat is in the form
of a steak, all the better...
and if that steak is topped with
savory mushrooms...well, that's the best!

Only 4 Ingredients

Simply combine the four 
ingredients in a crockpot for 
four hours then serve!

You can slice the mushrooms 
or leave them whole.
I used mushrooms I had 
processed and froze from
this past year and they were
actually still a bit frozen when 
I put them in the crockpot. 
So fresh or frozen, though 
fresh is just a bit better! (:

steak and mushrooms, Crockpot recipe mushroom, Parmesan cheese, ranch dressing mix

Here's the handy dandy recipe.

Crockpot Mushrooms

1 pound mushrooms
½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 ounce (6 tsp.) ranch dressing mix (powder)
2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese, grated

Cook 4 hours on high in Crockpot or until tender.

*note: if you're not using them immediately,
refrigerate in all their juices to reheat later.

Maria Matter

Kraft Parmesan cheese, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, Steak and mushrooms, slow cooker recipe


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May 10, 2016

Birthday Cardmaking with My Mind's Eye and Paper Smooches!

Quick morning cardmaking!

When I decluttered my crafting 
supplies, oh my, I found that I 
had somewhat of a paper fetish!

However, with so many designer
paper pads it's quite easy to be

For this birthday card, 
MME's Happy Day pad
caught my eye.

Hey Chickie!
a quick birthday card, CAS, Paper Smooches stamps, My Mind's Eye Happy Day papers
My Mind's Eye-Happy Day papers, The Twinery twine,
Paper Smooches-Chubby Chums, Memento ink

So tweet sweet!

Anyone else have 
a paper fetish?
I know I'm not alone on this one! 

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May 3, 2016

Giant Soft Sugar Cookies - Printable Recipe

Giant Soft Sugar Cookies...are there four sweeter words?!

Excluding chocolate chip cookies, these are my favorites!

We have a local grocery store that sells giant sugar cookies, 
six to a plastic box. When the kids were little, it would be a 
treat to buy a box so we each would get one giant cookie.

Then we found this recipe...and OH are they good...and soft! 

baking extra big extra soft sugar cookies

As you can see from the title, the cookies are to be made
giant, larger than your average cookie, but I promise the
cookie police will not show up at your door if you choose
to make them regular size. (:

They just seem a bit more special when you can fill up 
a plate with four cookies. 

huge, extra large, drop sugar cookies

Here's the handy dandy recipe!

Giant Soft Sugar Cookies

makes 24 cookies

1½ cups  sugar
 ¾  cups butter, melted
 2  eggs
 1  cup buttermilk*
 1  tsp vanilla
 3  cups flour
 dash of salt
 1  tsp baking soda
  coarse sugar for topping

Cream together sugar, butter & eggs
Add buttermilk, mix well.
Add vanilla, mix
Combine flour, salt & soda.
Add dry ingredients to bowl, mix well on LOW speed.
Drop large spoonfuls of batter on parchment papered
cookie sheets. 
Sprinkle with coarse sugar on cookies before baking.
Bake @ 350°  for 10 minutes.

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*substitute buttermilk 
with 1 cup milk + 1 Tablespoon vinegar, 
let set for a few minutes before adding to
the recipe.  works great!

easy recipe for soft sugar cookies

Super easy to make, super easy to eat, and they share well!

What's your favorite 

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