Sunday Sup: Zucchini

The hubs wanted curry this week. Which I’m cool with. Super easy peasy the way I make it. Yes, there’s a recipe for it here on the blog. The problem boils down to this…TJs sells their zucchini in a package of 4 or 5. I need 2 for curry. The other 2 inevitably rot before I figure out something else to do with them.

So I was standing in my kitchen, four kiddos playing upstairs, it was raining yet again, and I thought, not this time. This time I cook those zucchini.

Double chocolate with a kick, zucchini muffins.

Grate two medium zucchini and get them draining on paper towels. You don’t have to get complicated, the extra moisture isn’t a huge problem in this recipe. Just lay them out there.

Pre heat to 350.

In a big mixing bowl add: 3 eggs, 6 tbsp melted butter(I use salted good quality butter, makes a huge difference in taste),  2 1/4 cups almond flour, 2 tbsp coffee flour (the cherry coffee husk thing ground up), 1/2 cup honey, 2 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoon vanilla, 6 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 mashed super ripe bananas. Mix it all up. Add your zucchini.

Ladle into muffins cups. I use silicone so I don’t have to paper them. This batch also made 6 donuts. Top with chocolate chips.  Bake.

The donuts needed 30 minutes. The muffins 45.

Fiendish Friday: The crack

I was mistakenly cruising my home “news” page on facebook. It was a fairly low politics day so I got to check out people’s plans for the weekend and what their cute kids had broken now…then I came across this video. Of a construction guy putting plaster into another man’s pants because his crack was showing.

The crack guy gets really mad and starts yelling at the plaster guy.

All of the comments on the video were about how it served crack guy right and he shouldn’t get so mad.

WTF? When did assault become funny and the victim’s fault? I’m kind of horrified by man kind right now…

Book Review: War and Peach

Ok I admit it, I was sucked in by the cutesy name. I was. War and Peach by Susan Furlong is the third book in her Southern Girl series. I call it than by the way because she starts each chapter with a Southern Girl Secret, most of which were pretty funny.

“There are inly two reasons someone new comes into your life. They’re either going to be a blessin or a lesson.” 

Ain’t that the truth. LOL

or “If someone’s tryin to bring you down, it’s just cause they know you’re above them.”

ROFL.

Or my personal favorite. “Don’t be one of those women who follow their hearts and forget to take their brains with them.”

So, standard cozy mystery set up. Murder. Someone important or friends with the protag is suspected, so they get involved to solve the case and end up almost getting killed for their trouble but getting credited with solving the mystery by the town folk at large.

℘℘℘ – 3 pages. It was fine. I might pick up another one if I’m bored but I decided to devote the summer to emptying my TBR shelf above my desk and my virtual one at the library, little boredom to be found I hope.

Sunday Sup: Guacamole

Good morning! Today’s recipe falls into the category of “that’s ridiculously easy.” I would fully agree but people keep asking me to teach them how I make guacamole. So alright here you go….

I use red onion or shallots depending on how much guac I am making. 2 avocados worth? Use a nice fat shallot. Minced small. It’s worth the time. 4 or 5 avocados worth, say for a party, a red onion, minced small. I’m talking 1/4 inch square is not too small here.

Jalapeño. 1/2 for the small batch. whole for the large. or to taste. But also minced small, think 1/4 inch again.

Tomatoes. One for the half, 2 for the whole, or to taste. Chopped not minced. Tomatoes should be several orders of magnitude bigger than the onion and jalapeño.

Add lime juice. Depends on your limes and your taste, but essentially after you add salt, this is a basic salsa. Do enough juice to really get into the flavors. I might use 1 & 1/2 limes for a half batch, maybe 2 if they aren’t very juicy.

Now add your avocado. Just plunk it in there with the seed and skin removed. Don’t pre mash or chop or anything. Mash it into the salsa. It will make all your other ingredients release their oils and juices giving everything a deeper flavor. I think this part might be the secret. The beating down of the veg already in the bowl.

Eat up!

Fiendish Friday: More Love Please

I’ve been seeing lots of posts and blogs and articles about who people choose to love. The most recent one….

If as a woman, you like masculine women, why don’t you just date a man?

Really? People burn lean tissue trying to ponder this cruddle? Why does it matter?

As long as everyone participating is an adult capable of making decisions for their own life, why do you care who people love?

I think more love is good for the world. More love might just lead to more acceptance which might just lead to more love which might just lead to solutions…

poverty, famine, war….we got bigger problems than who someone else loves.

Wednesday Words 5/31

It’s Sunday afternoon. We’ve had the neighbor kids over for breakfast and cartoons which allowed me lots of time to take care of things. That’s my preferred way to function. If I was outlining the perfect day it would go like this.

Sleep in till 7-730.

Enjoy two cups of coffee while reading a good book. Breakfast, dishes, a few chores.

Maybe a little more reading.

An hour or so on reading and responding to emails and social media.

A nice long work out.

A healthy lunch and then, bam sit down to the computer. Two hours easy of productive writing before nap time creeps up on me.

I am right on track, and the hubs even volunteers to take the kiddo for a bike ride and to run an errand we need ran. Awesome. Thank you, I love you, you are amazing. I am going to work on my book.

Then they come back after 45 minutes because they forgot the bike helmets, ok, it happens. But then they decide on lunch and to accompany the consumption of said lunch the hubs starts blasting metal. sigh. Color me fully distracted and on my way to a headache. So I stop trying to work, I play with the hubs and son for a while. They finally leave, all is peaceful.

I sit back down at the damn spy novel, thinking where was I? When a thought strikes me, a cruise missile out of the blue, a bit of feedback someone gave me months ago, that I still haven’t addressed. Agh. Do I finish the chapter I am currently cleaning up? Or stop and fix it the other problem because it will surely interfere with the changes I am making now. And then I think, this damn thing is so not salvageable. I should just drop it and move on to the next thing.

Seriously, is there anything more irritating?

Book Review: Cut, Crop, & Die

Why, why do I keep trying to find cozy mysteries that are worth my time. I have 2, count them 2 authors on my list, that write cozy mysteries that never disappoint  me. Maybe this is my own personal 2nd person point of view. LOL

Cut, Crop, & Die by Joanna Campbell Slan was ok. Heavily ok. I’m not into scrap booking, but there wasn’t an overkill of scrap booking description so that was fine. I think, I just never cared about who killed the victim. She was a horrible person. And she died horribly. Seems balanced to me. LOL.

Ok, let me get serious here. There’s some romance. There’s some life can be complicated stuff. There’s some deduction, although definitely less deducting than anything else. There’s some improbable bits. And it’s really clear who dun it, long before the main character figures it out.

℘℘ – Two pages, maybe 2.5. I mostly finished it out of stubbornness and a large dose of boredom. The kiddo was taking forever to do his home school work and since he still wants mom right there, I read most of this while answering which coin is a quarter for the 900th time.