Tuesday, July 14, 2009

back to the grind

I came home to a garden bursting with veggies. What you can't see: the 5 lb zucchini monstrosity that was ignored until I returned.

I sure wish these tomatoes would ripen soon!

The blackberries were in full swing when I returned. I made a few jars of blackberry jam and promised Elizabeth she could help me make more this weekend.

We also made blackberry jam muffins.

Blackberry Jam Muffins (aka Purple People Eater Muffins)

1 cup crushed blackberries (I put them through the food processor & you can strain them if you don't want the seeds)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup quick oats
1 tbsp baking powder
1/3 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
3 eggs

Mix all ingredients together until just blended. Fill 12 muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.

Then with the huge zuke, I made Zucchini Chocolate Chip cookies. They were a hit! I think the kids particularly liked the fact they could see the zucchini but not taste it in the cookies.

Finn clearly enjoyed his cookies!

Paulie and Elizabeth discovered the ripening blueberries from our scrawny little blueberry bush. Note to self: one year soon we must decide to love this bush to good health.

Paulie thought he could hold Elizabeth's hair, making her look like a gnome. He even asked if I'd erase him in photoshop. :)

And Finn found some rain water to bathe his cars.

Yep, we are certainly getting back into the swing of our summer.


  1. When zucchini comes in full force I am making zucchini cookies...they've been calling my name for a while but I discovered a recipe for them AFTER zucchini season last year.

  2. Looking at all your veggies makes me wish my vegetable garden would hurry up and grow... Thanks so much for the recipe. And Zucchini cookies, I have never tasted them, will definately put that on my 'to do list'.



  3. I know, those green tomatoes in my garden are seriously testing my patience right now.

    Thanks for the cooking ideas!

    Lisa :)

  4. There is so much good food coming out of your kitchen and your garden. I'm going to try that zucchini cookie recipe...thanks!

  5. Mmm! The muffins and the cookies look delicious :)

  6. those muffins look so yummy:-) Love zucchinni, makes great bread and freezes great for future use. My tomatoes took a while to get red, now they are all turning- of course-:-)

  7. Oh, yum. We want to pick blackberries at a friends property but mosquitoes have been insane. Maybe soon...my tomatoes are not yet very ripe yet (but soon!), but nowhere near having cukes. :)

  8. Mmmm, look at all that yumminess!!

  9. I've not tried zucchini cookies before, but I sure do love zucchini bread. I'll have to make these for the girls. Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely post with us. :)


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