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Thursday, August 26, 2010

blueberry zucchini bread with crumb topping

every year, when we plant a garden, the zucchini always grows wild!! & thats great, because i love zucchini. :) you can do a lot with it & it's yummy. this summer, we have already had fried zucchini, zucchini lasagna, stuffed zucchini, zucchini hash browns & chocolate chip zucchini bread, plus we have given some away... but we still have tons of zucchini.... we are always a little bit tired of zucchini by the end of the summer... haha!!

anyway, this morning i made the best blueberry zucchini bread...
it's amazing!!
here is my cute photoshoot!! :)
& isn't the vintage blueberry loaf pan so perfect!?!? i love it.

3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups grated zucchini
2 cups blueberries
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
& the topping:
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup oatmeal
grate zucchini. when the 3 cups are grated, set the zucchini aside. grease and flour 2 loaf pans. preheat oven to 325°F.
mix all topping ingredients together first. cut butter into other ingredients and mix using your fingers. when mixed, set aside.
add eggs to a large mixing bowl and beat together until slightly foamy. add the oil and sugar to the beaten eggs; beat with the mixer until well blended. add the grated zucchini, blueberries and vanilla; stir by hand until it is well mixed into the egg and sugar mixture.

in a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. stir to mix evenly. add the flour mixture to the egg and zucchini mixture; stir just until evenly mixed. sprinkle a little bit of the crumble topping in the bottom of your loaf pans, then pour even amounts of the batter into the loaf pans. sprinkle the remaining crumble topping over the top of the batter in each pan.

place the loaves into the preheated oven and bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

& that's it! yumm. i think i am going to eat another piece right now!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

back-to-school {inspired}

well, it is back-to-school time... & it's a little bittersweet for me, since i am not in college anymore. of course, i am happy to be a college graduate, but there is a little part of me that misses it... weird. :)
i miss the excuse to buy lots of new school clothes.
i miss buying cute notebooks & pens.
& i even miss my many art history classes... he he! :)

{back-to-school inspiration}
^ photo source.

& a cute "back-to-school" styled photo shoot from kendi everyday...

& the fall 2010 lookbook from ruche... always such pretty photos by stephanie williams!

love LOVE cardigans!! ♥ can't wait to wear them...

{click here} to go directly to the complete fall 2010 ruche lookbook.

also, one of my favorite things about back-to-school time, is that we know fall is coming soon... this morning, on my walk, it kind of started to feel like one of those crisp fall mornings. oh, i love that feeling. :) i know the heat of summer is not quite gone yet, but autumn is on it's way!

^ this photo captured by, reminds me so much of autumn and back-to-school time... it is gives me that cool, crisp, foggy day feeling... the colors, the light. it's magical. plus, it reminds me of one of my favorite childhood books, charlotte's web. :) i love that nostalgic feeling... all captured in one amazing photo.

i am definitely getting excited for fall now.... are you?

Monday, August 23, 2010

weekend movie: chocolat

this weekend i watched one of my favorite movies, that i hadn't seen in awhile...
it is about about a mother, who moves to a small French village with her daughter and opens a chocolaterie. her chocolate begins to strongly impact the whole village. it's a really lovely story.

there is a quote from the movie that i have always really loved:
"we can't go around measuring our goodness by what we don't do."
i think that is an important thing to remember everyday.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

my weekend photos.

friday night dinner from my favorite local deli.
best ever sandwich & a movie = a good night :)

on saturday, went to my grandma's house!
here is my grandma's homemade strawberry rhubarb pie.
so. so. yummy. :)

fields growing wild.

a tiny green apple. from my grandparent's little apple tree. :)
it was so cute & prefect...

peach harvest, so far... :)

summer sunset. love the rays of light.

paint brush. on the front porch. {random} but i like it. :)

my grandma's pretty hanging geraniums.

oh & my cute new sandals! :)

it was a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

water world {film}

photos from water world, last week...
taken with a water proof film camera
*not the most amazing photos... oh well, it was still so much fun!

sadly, later in the day, something went wrong with the camera...
& the rest of my photos turned out like this:

oh well, beautiful memories... :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

just peachy.

i can't wait until i get homemade peach pie,
from the peaches on my grandparents tree.
yumm. :)
^ took this photo over the weekend, they should be ready to pick any day now!! :)

so, i haven't been around much because i have been sick this week...
i never get sick during the summer! werid.
i am feeling a little better today though!
watching the food network right now. & being lazy.
hope you are all having a good week.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

boys of summer {over the weekend}

on sunday, i went to a rockies baseball game! yay!!
i am just a little bit in love with rockies baseball... :)
the game was amazing!! it got a little scary for us in the 9th inning... but it all turned out great & ROCKIES WON!! here is hoping for a rally to the post season for my favorite boys of summer!!! :) tonight they take on the dodgers.... GO ROCKIES!!!! haha!

anyway, it was the rockies annual faith day, so after the game some of the players shared about their faith & there was a concert by jeremy camp. it was a really fun day & of course i took a lot of photos... :)
does anyone else love baseball, too? what is your favorite team?

^ my mom, brother, sister, & i at the game!! :)

^ Ubaldo Jimenz was the starting pitcher at our game.
he was also the starting pitcher at this year's all-star game.
& he pitched the first ever rockies no-hitter this season. he is amazing!

^ Tulowitzki at bat!!! TU-LO!!! :)

^ Spilly on 3rd base!!

^ CarGo, in the outfield!!

^Tulo & Stewart talking...

^ Todd Helton, making his only at bat appearance during our game!

^ Dexter Fowler made an amazing catch that kept the Brewers from getting a big home run & probably winning the game... yay Dex!!!

The WIN!!!! i love them!!! :)

^ the Jeremy Camp concert after the game!

^ Helton (with his cute little girl) & Tulo watching the concert from the dugout!

What a fun weekend! :)
I will be getting my film back from our day at water world, on Friday!
can't wait to see it turned out!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

ETSY SALE!! {ends august 19th}

so, you only have a 5 more days to take advantage of my sale on selected photo prints for up to 50% off!!! :)

the following prints are available in my sale section + more...
^ yellow daisy 8x10 photo print: $5

^ up in the air 8x10 photo print: $5

^ sunshine 10x10 photo print: $5

^ pink poppies 10x10 photo print: $5

^ sunflowers 8x10 photo print: $5

^ wooden spools 8x10 photo print: $5

^ vintage still-life 8x10 photo print: $5

happy saturday! :)