Posted in Celebrities, Food, Nostalgic, Religion, Summer, Traditions, Villiage Pizza III, tagged accordian, Barista's, Chelsea Clinton, Church, Dad, entertain, Entertainment, gallery, Gardening, Hudson Valley Mall, Marc Mezvinsky, Mom, Music, Photo, photos, picnic, Pizza, Rhinebeck NY, sqeeze box, St. Christoper's Church, Village Pizza, Weekend on August 1, 2010|
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Yesterday Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck NY. But did you know there were other things going on in the area? For instance the church I grew up in (that my parents still faithfully attend) had their annual picnic. My Dad was the main entertainment….
After the picnic Michael and I went over to my Mom & Dad’s house to talk gardening for a while. We also took down Michael & Angela’s photo gallery which was hanging at Barista’s in the Hudson Valley Mall. Last but not least, we stopped for a slice of the best pizza on earth before we left to head back home.
What did you do this weekend?
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Posted in Food, Recipes, tagged baking, Chocolate, chocolate zucchini bread, Food, garden, Gardening, recipe, Recipes, zucchini, zucchini bread on July 29, 2010|
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I found this recipe in The Classic Zucchini Cookbook.
I highly recommend this cookbook, especially if you have zucchini growing in your garden.
There was a funny joke – Why do New Yorkers (or wherever you’re from) have to lock their car doors every August?
To keep people from filling their cars with zucchini of course!
When I told my Mother that joke, she laughed and told me that my Aunt used to put zucchini in people’s cars down in Pennsylvania. So it’s a joke based on truth!!
My baking mess!
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 5×9-inch loaf pans.
2. Combine the sugar, eggs, and oil in a large bowl. Beat until well blended. Stir in the zucchini and vanilla
3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking powder.
4. Add the flour mixture to the zucchini mixture and stir just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
5. Bake the loaves for 1 hour, or until a tester inserted in the centers comes out clean.
6. On wire racks, cool the breads in the pans for 10 minutes. Invert onto the racks and cool completely.
Makes 2 loaves
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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Posted in Chocolate, Cooking, Food, Household, Recipes, tagged 3 bumps, 4 bumps, Andes, ants, bananas, beef, broken glass, brownies, cayenne pepper, cheese, clothes dryer, cook, cooking, corn meal, cream, deviled eggs, eggs, filter, fog, foggy windshield, foil, fresh, fresher, frosting, fruit flies, garden, Gardening, garlic, get rid of, goodbye, ground beef, household, lint, lint filter, Mold, mosquitoes, newspaper, peppers, Pizza, reopen envelope, ripe, ripen, sealed, Snickers, squirrel, squirrels, static, sweet, sweeter, tips, tips & tricks, tricks, weeds on June 7, 2010|
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A friend of mine forwarded this to me today and there seems to be a lot of good tips. I figured I’d pass this along!
Do you have other household tips to share??
- Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
- Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not get moldy.
- Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
- Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
- To make scrambled eggs or omelets really rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream, then beat them up and cook as usual.
- For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in a double boiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
- Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
- Use mini snickers bars to make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!
Reheat leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove; set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, re-seal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done. Easy clean up.
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspapers.
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.
No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle them with cayenne pepper (the plants, not the squirrels). 😉 The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it. (We found this works for deer as well to keep them out of our roses. Put some cayenne pepper in an old nylon stocking and tie the stocking to the rose bush. Saved the rose buds and we had beautiful roses last summer.)
To get something out of a heat register or from under the fridge, add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get into narrow openings.
Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety-pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and… ta da! Static is gone.
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth.
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.
Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 way with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it, so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS:
The heating unit went out on my dryer. The gentleman that fixes things around the house told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material. I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well…the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh and that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t see the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free…that nice fragrance, too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box…well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down. He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. That preserves the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!
Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it…the water ran right through the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!
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