Sunday, August 16, 2009

Zucchini and self esteem.....

Yesterday I went to the garden and there were too many zucchini's to count. Again the age old question comes to mind...why did I plant this? Oh, ya, to make myself feel good about myself. Yes, it's true zucchini can give you good self esteem, a highly unknown fact. You can throw seeds in the ground and they just are like the plant version of bunny rabbits. They just produce and produce! Anyone can grow zucchini, but as I gaze across the zucchini plant I feel like a master gardener and that everyone should come to me for advice because after all, look at how my zucchini grows!
My hubby even took the weed eater to it yesterday to reclaim his "aisle" between the raised beds. Will the zucchini be set back because of this assault? Nah! I'm sure they will look at it as a time to redouble their efforts.

(Note the brutally cut off leaves)
Since I've never made zucchini bread before (nope never) I made a batch of Zucchini Bread that was in our recently published Ward Cookbook. It was delicious! Then I made banana bread because I had 4 unidentifiable things that used to be bananas that needed to become something else....like banana bread. I used my recipe for that, but both recipes called for a cup of oil. I used 1/2 C oil and 1/2 C of applesauce. That's an idea I got from Kimmie, to make it less fattening. My hubby loved the zucchini bread, it was moist and very tasty. Who knew that zucchini could do more than make me feel good about myself?

Then I decided to make some pickled beets because my neighbor has more beets than I have zucchini if that is even possible to imagine, as she's been begging people off the streets to come and take beets. So I did. I've never made pickled beets before. They sure look pretty on the shelf.

I wonder if there is a way to separate the zucchini so that they will quit doing whatever it is that they are doing. Well, maybe I don't want to, I still may need them zucchinis to feel good about myself.

15 comments:

Kim said...

You amaze me! Looks like you have been one busy woman. Glad you have found some time to do those fun things and hope you were able to enjoy.

Sondra said...

Wow! You have been a very domestic and busy woman these past few weeks. With the huckleberries and now the beets and zucchini/banana.
Yum! I have tons of zucchini too. I'm thinking I really should get making some bread this morning. My customers would love getting a loaf - I always make so much it's easier if I give most of it away!
I hope you have a happy day!
:-D

Tara said...

Yummy! On Saturday we were making wheat bread and banana bread too. My neighbor also gave me 2 zucchinis. So I'm going to make some zucchini bread later this afternoon. Hope you have a great day!!! Love you

Cherie said...

You have been very productive! What's not to feel good about :D

Did you eat all the huckleberries??

Kristina P. said...

I love beets! Is there a difference between pickled beets and the beets on a salad bar?

Kimmie said...

First off, the way you describe the events of your life is SO funny and it always makes me laugh!!

It was good seeing you the other night! It's just habit that you think someone knows you are and I should have said something to you. I just know that your hubby knows who I am and so I assumed you knew as well. It was a hectic night at the store being out late with the kiddos.

Anywho, All I can say is "lucky you" with your zucchinis! Last year I planted 4 zucchini plants and I had over 70 zucchini squash off of them which was ALOT! So, this year I only planted 2 plants and I got 5 zucchini's off them and now all of the new zucchinis on them get about 4 inches long and then they turn all yellow and wilt. I probably won't get anymore zucchini's this year and so I am really enjoying the ones that I have.

It's a wonderful thing to be able to "Swap" things with neighbors. I have been able to do that with some of my neighbors and it is a WIN-WIN for everyone!

You are one ambitious lady and your family is SO lucky to get to eat all of the yummy things you make. I can't believe all you had done these past 2 weeks.

I hope you are enjoying your day!
PS...glad the oil/applesauce worked for you!

Mary Z said...

I thought it was Botox that made you feel good about yourself.

gigi said...

Wow, I'm so impressed at your gardening and canning skills, you've got "skills" girl. Beets?? No wonder shes been begging people off the street, no matter of begging could get me to come take any of her beets. You're a good neighbor. Great idea about replaccing half the oil with applesauce. :)
Happy day you smart skilled woman!

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g.suzie said...

Okay, I really should read the comment before I send it off to cyberland. . .and do a little spellcheck and such! Just wondering if you would like to adopt an older couple, who would gladly work for food!!! You probably have the best stocked pantry and freezer in 3 states!

Heather said...

You won't believe this, but we are really having trouble with our zucchini plant! :/ I never knew it was possible to lose at zucchini, but we really have this year! Glad somebody's are doing so great!

wendy said...

I stinking LOVE zucchini bread, bananna bread!! yummy.and pickled beets. zucchini's are gracious to our self esteem cause ANYONE can grow them (sorry to burst your bubble that way,,,,tee,hee)
I can't grow anything ---but for the faithful zucchini.
I am glad to be back into the blogging world and catching up--keeping up with your blog my friend.

Nana said...

Yep, you can't go wrong with zucchini. That is until Squash bugs find them. Hopefully they will never find your house!

MaRiN said...

Oooo, two of my favs- zucchini and banana bread! I usually make 4 loaves at a time and freeze them because I always want them!

Kado! said...

I use that trick with the applesauce in most of my recipes! Love it! I just bought a neat book at the used book store that was going out of business in town..it's a zucchini recipe book...there are 100;s of different things to do with zucchini!