Tasty Tuesday – Zucchini Bread

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday.  This week, I have a zucchini bread recipe to share.  I had these bad boys to shred up and create with.

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Which, in turn, gave me a huge bowl full of zucchini to bake with, so you will most likely see a couple more zucchini recipes over the next couple weeks.

This week’s recipe comes from the “Blessed Beyond Measure” cookbook.  I usually make the regular zucchini bread recipe with crushed pineapples, but since I’ve shared that recipe before, I decided to try out a different one that intrigued me by using sour cream.  Check out the recipe below…

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Zucchini Bread, Clara, page 66, “Blessed Beyond Measure”

1 1/2 c. sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. cooking oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. sour cream

2 c. grated zucchini

3 c. flour

1 c. nuts

1 c. raisins

Mix well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done.

I was able to get two loaves of bread from this recipe.  I didn’t include the nuts or raisins.  The bread tasted just like zucchini bread – I was afraid the sour cream might affect the taste, but it did not.  It was moist enough, but not as moist as my crushed pineapple recipe.  It was good and passed the inspection of my hubby, and the guys at work gobbled it up, so that’s always a good sign too.

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Is your garden overflowing with zucchini?  If so, give this recipe a try.

Have a great week!




Winner for Last Minute Christmas in July Giveaway

Happy Monday!  Two weeks ago, I had posted a last minute Christmas in July giveaway for a handmade table runner and two Amish fiction novels.

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Using the random number generator to pick the winner, it chose:

Brenda Wheeler

Congratulations Brenda!  Please send me a private message via Facebook with your mailing address, so I can get your prize sent out.

Have a great week all.


Tasty Tuesday – Meat Loaf Mix

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  This week’s recipe is something I fixed several weeks ago, but didn’t post it, since I wanted to see how it turned out once frozen and then baked.  And I wouldn’t normally fix a meat loaf in the dead of this summer heat and humidity, but I had pulled out two bags of the mix to put some other things in the freezer, and then forgot to put them back in, so they had partially thawed.  So needless to say, we had meat loaf for dinner last night.

I loved the fact that I could make up this mix and freeze it into bags for future use.  It would be so easy to pull out a bag, have it thaw while out and about during the day, and then come home, make it into a loaf, and then bake it.  After working all day, easy is the key for me.

This recipe comes from the “Blessed Beyond Measure” cookbook.  If you’d like to have some meat loaf ready to go in your freezer, then give this recipe a try.

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Meat Loaf Mix, Wilma, page 101, “Blessed Beyond Measure”

3 eggs

1 c. milk

2 c. crushed saltines

2 lg. onions, chopped

2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

4 lb. ground beef

Combine first 6 ingredients.  Add beef, mix well.  Freeze in quart sized Ziploc bags. Two packages fill a 9×13 inch pan.

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I used ground turkey instead of beef, and I also added shredded cheese to our mix.  Two bags of this mix made enough for us for dinner, for lunch today, and still enough for one more meal.

The meat loaf turned out really well and had a nice flavor.  It will definitely be something I’ll have on hand in the freezer during winter.

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Hope you have a great week and stay cool.



A Last Minute Christmas in July Giveaway

Nothing like the last minute to get this Christmas in July prize pack posted.  If it wasn’t for the last minute, I’d definitely be lost.

Who would like to win this little giveaway for two great Amish fiction books and a handmade table runner by an Amish friend?

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One lucky winner will get the table runner, Shelley Shepard Gray’s “A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn”, and Vannetta Chapman’s “Joshua’s Mission”.

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite Christmas song.

I know the prize pack isn’t Christmas related like the one posted last week, but I figured since I have had this table runner and the books sitting out to giveaway, that there was nothing like the present to do that.

Good luck!  I’ll post the winner next week.


Tasty Tuesday – A Recipe for Happiness & Cookbook Giveaway Winner

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  This week’s recipe you don’t cook or bake.  It comes from your heart and blesses those you meet.  We all need happiness in our lives as well as giving happiness to others.

This week’s recipe comes from “The Esh Family Coobkook”.

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A Recipe for Happiness, Katie Ann Esh, age 14 (Amos & Susie), page 146, “The Esh Family Cookbook”

Take a heaping cup of patience, and a big heartful of Love.

Add two handfuls of generosity to all of the above.

Then blend in a dash of laughter and some understanding too…

Sprinkle generously with kindness and memories old and new.

Add a lot of faith and mix well to make it rich and sweet…

And enjoy a heaping portion with everyone you meet!!

Wonderful words from a 14 year old for us to follow.

Next week’s recipe will use shredded zucchini, since I shredded four big ones last night.  Lots of fun baking coming up in my kitchen.

Now onto the winner of the two cookbooks from last week…

The random number generator picked one lucky #, and that # belongs to Christa Metz’s comment.

Congratulations Christa!

I will get your two cookbooks sent out to you soon.

Hope you all have a great and happy week!


Winners of Christmas in July Drawing

Just wanted to thank everyone for leaving comments on my Christmas in July drawing.  I enjoyed reading all of your Christmas traditions.

With the help of a random number generator, the winners are:

Prize Pack #1 – Diana Montgomery

Prize Pack #2 – Carla Toppass

Congratulations ladies!  Please send me a private message with your mailing address, so I can get your goodies mailed out to you.

Look for another drawing hopefully tomorrow to wind up July.


Tasty Tuesday – Recipes for Cleaners & a Giveaway

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Another non-productive cooking week for me, since I was away for four days at a scrapbooking crop in Amish Country, and the prep work for going away to make cards for four days is a lot of stuff to pack up.  My friend, Myrtle, and I had a great time making cards and doing some back roads traveling and shopping up there.

Since I haven’t tried any new recipes this past week, I figured I’d share a couple recipes for cleaners from the same cookbook I used last week, “The Esh Family Cookbook”.  It’s always nice to use cleaners that aren’t full of chemicals.

Check out these couple of recipes for furniture polish, window cleaner, and an amazing cleaner.

Furniture Polish, Mrs. Katie Fisher (Emanuel), page 145, “The Esh Family Cookbook”


1 qt. water

2 T. cooking oil

2 T. vinegar

Wash furniture off.  Then dry with a soft cloth.

Window Cleaner, Mrs. Katie Fisher (Emanuel), page 145, “The Esh Family Cookbook”

1 pt. alcohol

3 T. dish soap (I like Joy)

2 T. ammonia

3 drops blue food coloring

Add water to make one gallon.  Put water in jug first, then the other ingredients or it will eat through the plastic jug.

Amazing Cleaner, Mrs. Katie Fisher (Emanuel), page 145, “The Esh Family Cookbook”

1 c. ammonia

1/2 c. vinegar

1/4 c. baking soda

1 gal. water

1 c. Stanley degreaser

Since there were no directions with this recipe, I’m assuming you mix it all up probably like the window cleaner – starting first with the water in the jug and then the balance added in.

And then when you have cleaned your house, you can try this homemade bubble bath recipe to relax after a hard day of polishing furniture, cleaning windows, and making the house sparkle.

Homemade Bubble Bath, Mrs. Katie Fisher (Emanuel), page 145, “The Esh Family Cookbook”

1 c. Dreft

2 c. Epson salt

Mix well.  I make a lot at one time.

So there you have it, lots of helpful recipes to get your house spic and span.

Now for the fun giveaway.  Two weeks ago, I offered a giveaway for the “Sharing Our Best” cookbook.  Unfortunately, that winner never contacted me for her prize, so that means it is up for grabs again this week.  And to sweeten the pot, I picked up a copy of my favorite Amish cookbook, the one I used today and last week, “The Esh Family Cookbook”, to giveaway too.  So now you have a chance to win both of these cookbooks.

For your chance to win, just leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what types of recipes you’d like me to share in the future – whether it be main dishes, desserts, salads, miscellaneous recipes like the cleaners, etc.  That’s all you have to do for your chance to win these two cookbooks.

Good luck!  I’ll post the winner on next week’s blog post.