A batch of photos to show some of my project activity.
Here it is September and I am just getting a cooking post added to the blog. Zucchini is ripe and shredded for the Chocolate Zucchini Cake. I will post a slide show of options for toppings, and provide my recipe as well. I do use organic ingredients when available.
Here is my recipe, modified over time starting with a base recipe.
Avis’ Chocolate Zucchini Cake
½ cup (8 tablespoons) real butter
½ cup Safflower oil
¾ cup (6 ounces) Turbinado sugar (raw sugar) or Agave Nectar
2 teaspoons +/- vanilla extract (I like plenty of vanilla)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt +/-
2 large eggs
½ cup plain Greek yogurt (sour cream or buttermilk)
2 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
¾ cup baking cocoa, extra dark if you like
3 single serving size packets of Starbucks Via instant coffee, Italian roast
3 cups shredded zucchini (a 10-12 inch zucchini)
½ cup chocolate chips (peanut butter chips or crushed Butterfinger bar)
Icing options: 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup peanut butter or 1 cup crushed Butterfinger bar (or any combination of these)
- Preheat oven 325˚F, lightly grease baking dish if you desire.
- Beat together butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until smooth.
- Beat in the eggs.
- Blend in the yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk.
- Add the cocoa and Via.
- Fold in the shredded zucchini and ½ cup chocolate chips. Scoop batter into baking dish(s) of choice.
- Bake the cake 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- The cake toppings are optional. Sprinkle 1 cup of chocolate chips on top of the cake, return the cake to oven and watch for slight melting of chips. Or, let the cake cool, add a layer of whipped cream and sprinkle your Butterfinger bits on top of the cake. Or, spread the top of the cake with peanut butter and sprinkle chocolate chips or Butterfinger pieces.
Enjoy!! Happy Gardening!
I’ve found a few recipes that our grand kids love! When our grandson says that he loves the cookies he helped me prepare, I am pleased.
Abundance in sunny colors!
Time is running short, and I am warping my loom slowly! It took many hours for me to decipher how design and follow a Profile Draft. This finally came together once I decided to use an Excel spreadsheet and program techniques to automate the design faster and cleaner.
Training my brain to go from a simple draft to a profile draft is a challenging task, and I am still in progress. The good news is that I am now beyond the steps of determining Warp Sett, and order of Sley in the reed, and I am now threading the heddles.
Threading the heddles for my Summer Winter weave as I follow the Profile Draft is an exercise in ‘focus’. I have to follow the block diagram and I have 4 threads per block (blocks A & B). Threading order differs in that Block A is threaded 1-3-2-3, and Block B is threaded 1-4-2-4.
Once I finish threading the 251 threads, I must move onto the tying up of the treadles, again a challenging stage for my ‘still learning’ brain.
◊ A beast, if you don’t cut it into quarters for consumption.
◊ The best, only because I am partial to this sticky sandwich.
I make this sandwich with Franz 9 grain bread, Adams chunky peanut butter, shredded carrots, sliced bananas, raisins, and honey drizzled over before placing the bread slice on top.
Cheers! :-) izzi~ A
Having awakened to the call of the ‘wise owl’, I am launching into 2012 with my eyes focused on improved fitness and general health. Which for one point means that I am not consuming as many potato chips.
Quinoa is a wonderful grain added to my dietary agenda. I bought and down loaded a fantastic cook book all about Quinoa (thank you Wendy Polisi).
I will post a link: http://www.cookingquinoa.net/
I have baked Quinoa cakes in muffin pan that turned out yummers! I modified my version from a combination of recipes found on an internet search. Adding curry, yellow bell peppers, onion, garlic, and shredded carrots, and Mrs. Cubbison’s herbed seasoned stuffing cubes (http://mrscubbisons.com/products/herb-seasoned-cube-stuffing.php) to the mixture resulted in a personally pleasing breakfast food.
I did toss together another Quinoa mixture to make roll-ups. The ingredients shown in the photograph below added to a package of frozen ultimate southwest blend http://www.birdseye.com/vegetable-products/cw-pure-simple-blends/ultimate-southwest-blend provided a great filling for roll-ups.
Having fun! And, as my sweet friend, Trudy says, “Enjoying the Ride”!
Cheers from izzi ~ A
I knitted my first Moebius, and once tied off, I handed it directly to my daughter Jenni as a gift. Then, I realized I need pictures for this blog post now hoping her cell phone pictures show enough detail.
It is by far not perfect, but with the chosen yarn my mistakes may not be discovered by my daughter. (heh-heh) The yarn texture is delightfully soft and the accessory lays favorably upon my daughter’s shoulders.
The video posted by Cat Bordhi was an essential ‘learning tool’. I paused, replayed, replayed, paused numerous times in order to fully understand what I was accomplishing.
Thank you Cat Bordhi for this great video posted via You Tube. Your video share is perfect!!
Having completed by training with Kay R. (from our local Guild), it was time for me to embark on my next project at home using my loom. My used LeClerc Nilus floor loom was located at Canada, and Kay R. transported the loom to Washington State for me.
My dowel peg frame for winding the required number of threads to the required length for the warp is strapped to our scaffolding which ‘lives’ in the ‘big room’ upstairs. My husband and I have been building the house coming on year 8 now. We live amongst the disorder. He went on some great high country hikes while I enjoyed weaving at home.
To make this solo project simple, I followed the same weaving draft as for the previous dish towels. I changed the yarn colors to a southwest desert theme with some amazing warp and weft configurations.
I then took the length of warp to the loom and proceeded to dress the loom front to back. I sleyed 372 threads in the proper order through the reed, and then from the back side of the loom I pulled each thread through individual heddles of four harnesses.
Once that was complete, I slowly untangled yarns (threads, whichever) and turned the crank arm to roll the warp onto the back beam of the loom. When all is set correctly attaching the treadles to the harnesses, I was ready to begin weaving.
The different projects I completed this last Fall 2011 were all from the same weaving draft with color and treadle variations. In addition, once I had my first fabric cut from the loom I then tied each new warp of threads to the ones left threaded through the heddles and reed of the loom. This saves time (they say), yet I found the tying on to be a tension-building activity until I got more practice. Pictures of tying on a new warp will show in another blog following this one.
Cheers! izzi Avis
Welcome to my blog page that is used for sharing pictures of crafts, hobbies, local area perks, and whatever drives my cognitive gears.
Today, I am adding pictures of my latest weaving project (dish towels) that I removed from my LeClerc Nilus weaving loom. The project is far from being finished as now I must cut apart the woven fabric and hand hem each towel.
Cheers from izzi~