Bake It, Make It & Take It ~ Zucchini Bread Recipe
It's been a LONG time since Erika - Stampin' Mama's Queen of the Stamping Blogosphere and I have done anything together. You see, I've been writing, but Erika moved into a new house the beginning of the month. With all that and tons of company on both sides, we haven't been able to organize a Food & Craft project together. So, here we are together again with summertime's beloved Zucchini Bread!
Zucchini ~ Mother Nature's Curse or Blessing?
Have you ever been the recipient of your neighbors good will? You're minding your own business, sitting quietly in front of the TV watching American Idol or reading a good book, when all of a sudden, a knock comes on the door. You're not expecting anyone, but you get up anyway and drag yourself to the front door. There's no one there! You look one way and then the other. That's when you look down to find a monster of a box with what seems like a ton of zucchini in it! Huge suckers too, the size no one wants. You think to yourself..."What just happened here?" Your neighbor just zucchini'd you! They didn't want all that zucchini, but they felt guilty throwing it away. So they stuck you with it, with a sweet little note that said, "Welcome to the neighborhood." Thing is, you've lived there for 10 years!
What are you gonna do with all that zucchini? You could pass it off to another neighbor down the road and let the cycle repeat itself over and over again until the zucchini finally rots and starts to smell. Kinda like re-gifting! Or, you could just suck it up and make Zucchini Bread! Yes! That's what you should do! So, where are you gonna get that Zucchini Bread Recipe from? Sheesh! I thought you'd never ask!
Zucchini Bread Recipe & Suite101.com
We used to make this Zucchini Bread in very large batches, but I scaled it down so you could make 4 loaves. You can divide it in half again if you only want to make 2 loaves, but seriously, if you have that much zucchini, you may as well make the full batch because Zucchini Bread freezes really well. Eat one, give one and freeze two.
Here's the link for my recipe at Suite101.com. (You have to go there because it's a copyrighted article/recipe, but it's a good thing because you can scroll down and hit the print button!) It's loaded with zucchini, nuts if you like and cinnamon. Be creative with the recipe. Add sunflower seeds, chocolate chips or substitute some mashed banana for the zucchini.
So, where does Erika's blog, Stampin' Mama.com fit into all this? Because some of you may be new to my blog, you probably haven't seen this feature before because we haven't done it in a while. Erika is an amazing artist! (Did I tell you she's also my daughter?) I can't really do her justice by trying to explain in detail what she does, so if you're a crafter or stamper, you'll have to go on over to her site and take a look! To make a long story short, I give her my recipes and she dreams up an amazing package or container to showcase the baked goods in! Sometimes it's very sweet and dainty and other times it's kooky and way out there! But you can always be sure it's gonna be practical. Check out all the older posts of Bake It, Make It & Take It while you're at it!
Because Erika and her family just moved into a new neighborhood, she wanted to meet the neighbors in a "Hey, we're your new neighbors and I have a gift for you!" sort of way. She didn't think long and hard on the craft project, and because Zucchini Bread is one of her favorites, this creative package just fell out of her brain! I think it's the perfect way to use up your box of zucchini, meet new neighbors or give as a gift, and eat this moist luscious Zucchini Bread until it comes out of your ears!
So, now that I've talked your ear off about Zucchini Bread, you'll have to click here to go to Suite101 for my recipe. Then, swing on over to Erika's blog - Stampin' Mama - for complete how-to directions for this colorful package. And when you're finally finished, make a cup of tea, sit back in your garden and have a slice or two of Zucchini Bread and think of.....this is where you insert your own dreams!