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Showing posts from August, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I know at least one of you has a huge zucchini sitting on your counter just waiting to be baked. Am I right? (Wanna know a secret? I have three.) Here's another zucchini recipe to help you clear that counter-top! Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups regular all-purpose flour, unsifted 1/2 cup cocoa 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 cup soft butter 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini 1/2 cup milk Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside. 2. With a mixer, beat together the butter and the sugar until they are smoothly blended. Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a spoon, stir in the vanilla, orange peel, and zucchini. 3. Alternately stir the dry ingredients and the

Pioneer Day Fun

To celebrate July 24th (aka Pioneer Day in Utah) we headed over to Justin's parents' house for a barbeque and fireworks. I volunteered to bring dutch oven peach cobbler for dessert. Yum! I also brought materials for the kids to make their own edible covered wagon (found the idea on Secrets of a Super Mommy .) My pictures are terrible, but you get the idea... The kids liked making them, and we all thought they turned out pretty cute, but the kids didn't eat them and they ended up in the garbage. Just sayin'. But my favorite part of the night were the games. I brought fabric strips for a three-legged race, and we had a race between the adults, and a race for the kids. It was so fun! Then we did stick-pulls (because that was one of Joseph Smith's favorite games); some of us got really intense!  

Mom's Club Olympics

My ward has the most awesome Mom's Club. I've heard stories about other wards, and I'm so grateful that I live amongst women who consistently uplift me, serve me, and welcome me. Last year we just met at a local park every Wednesday. It was especially good for me to have something scheduled to get me out of the house. I was pregnant and just realizing how easy it is to become a hermit when you become a stay-at-home-mom. This year someone thought it would be fun to plan some different activities so the older kids that were out of school for the summer would have more fun. So a few of us divided up the days so we would each plan one activity per month. Hopefully I'll get around to blogging about the other activities soon, but this week I planned a little Olympics to coincide with the fabulous Summer Olympics going on right now. I kept things pretty simple. We did some track and field... sprints & (imaginary) hurdles: (I'm not sure why Harvey is on the