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Zucchini-Parmesan Loaf September 10, 2011

Filed under: Cooking — sallyjoann @ 7:37 pm

Just made this for the first time today, and it will be one I will make again and again and again. It turned out amazing! I already love zucchini any way anyone has ever fixed it, but this bread is at the top, maybe just under grilled zucchini. This recipe is originally from Martha, though I made a couple small changes. I used whole wheat flour, and added a sprig of finely chopped fresh rosemary, per recommendation from my friend. So easy and makes the entire house smell amazing!

mixing up the batter, which is really thick

into the oven it goes…

how amazing does this look? and the smell is even better

I should probably note the recipe says to bake 60-70 min, and I only did 55, though after it’s cooled and all could have used like 3 more minutes. But don’t overbake! Also, this is a totally different class than your regular sweet zucchini bread, don’t compare the two because if you were hoping for sweet, you will be disappointed. But this recipe is a keeper.


markers with Noah and sweet baby Levi August 27, 2011

Filed under: Family,Uncategorized — sallyjoann @ 8:45 pm

I’ve been feeling guilty lately that it’s been so long since I posted. Which in turn makes me think my next post needs to be amazing, and I shouldn’t start again until I’m ready to commit to every week or more often. This makes no sense at all! I started out my blog for pure enjoyment, to write about whatever I feel like, whatever is happening, whatever makes me happy. And thats what I want it  to continue to be. Not another commitment where I need to document every little detail of my life, and if I don’t I’ve failed. So when I do blog, it’s cause I really want to, and I’ve somehow made the time to do it.

Who knows what came over me to think it would be okay to leave Noah unattended with his markers and coloring paper while I went and changed Levi’s very poopy diaper.  And it was only for a few minutes, but this is what I came back to.

There was marker on his shirt, all over his pants, hands and arms, and the table. I am so glad it was washable! I love how he had no idea it wasn’t okay, and was even showing me everywhere he colored, including on the markers themselves! I just love my little artist.

Here’s a couple I got of Levi at the same time. I could just stare into his eyes all day long…

After I got Noah all washed up, read ‘Mineasaur’ his current favorite book, and down for a nap, I rocked Levi and he fell asleep so sweetly in my arms.

Since our boys still share a room, I end up having to rock Levi to sleep if Noah is already sleeping. Sometimes it’s a pain and I wish I could just put him in his crib and let him go to sleep on his own, but today it was a blessing to hold my baby while he fell asleep.

There is no greater blessing than to be a parent and to experience the deep deep love that comes with it, just a glimpse of what God feels for all his children.


party cake pops April 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sallyjoann @ 4:09 am

I am in love. With party cake pops. Not your usual vanilla or chocolate cake pops, but cake pops made with the party cake mix and rainbow chip frosting. Any cake pops are good really, it’s just I think the little party sprinkles inside add something that makes these the best. I made them for my son Noah’s second birthday party favors. Everyone got 2 cake pops wrapped up as a thank you, and I am very happy with them. Here are some pictures, I made green, orange, and blue, but somehow only took pictures of the finished blue ones. They were all pretty! Check out Bakerella for a great tutorial on how to make these yummy, yummy treats.

Noah is saying they smell good!

I also made him a birthday cake

I think he liked it. Happy 2nd Birthday, Noah!


Crustless quiche

Filed under: Cooking — sallyjoann @ 3:43 am

I made this three days ago. It could probably serve 6, but it lasted two days in my house. It was so incredibly easy, relatively healthy, and super delish. Even our two year old loved it. The thing I love about a crustless quiche is you can really put anything you want into it. The only requirements are eggs and cheese. This one had saute’d mushrooms, onion, and spinach and it was so good. But I have also done red bell pepper (my favorite of the bell peppers), bacon or sausage or ham, kale, broccoli, potatoes, whatever you have that sounds yummy. And mix up the cheeses, too. I used good old sharp cheddar, but I also love parmesan, colby jack, pepper jack, or ricotta to make it really creamy.  Such a good breakfast, brunch, or my favorite, breakfast for dinner.

Crustless quiche

6 eggs

1/2 cup milk

small onion, diced

2 cups grated cheese (cheddar, colby jack, whatever you like)

handful of mushrooms, sliced

few handfuls of baby spinach

1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 350. Saute the onion in a couple tablespoons of olive oil until soft, then add the mushrooms and spinach, or whatever fillings you like. If doing meat, cook this first in the pan, drain off excess fat,  then add onions and other ingredients. Cook until just soft and spinach has wilted. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and half of the cheese.  Dump your onion filling mixture into a pie plate and pour egg mixture on top. Then sprinkle the remaining 1 cup cheese over the top. It will get all bubbly and a little brown in the oven, so good! Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the center doesn’t jiggle anymore.

serves 4-6


cookies for Mommy February 12, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Family — sallyjoann @ 8:03 pm

a few days ago, Noah had woken up from his nap and Ben went in his room to get him.  Noah was in a really good mood, which is nice because naps don’t always end so well.  He wanted to put his Thomas the Train apron on, so Ben helped him tie it.  Then Noah said, “make cookies, for Mommy!” Now we have made cookies together a few times, but never with the intent of them being for someone in particular.  He was so excited to have this idea of making cookies for me, Ben obliged and they make cookies together! It was such a heartwarming thing, totally made my day. And they were delicious! My very favorite gingerbread cookies.

Noah’s first time using the mixer.


Ben had fun too.


and Levi watched!


Sorry I don’t have any pics of the actual cookies, but they are amazing!


Home Made Laundry Detergent January 27, 2011

Filed under: Home — sallyjoann @ 6:11 pm

It may sound a little weird, but I have really gotten into making my own laundry detergent. First of all, it saves money. Like a lot of money. Like I think it costs 2 cents per load with home made stuff. And compared to around 20 cents for the store bought stuff, that’s pretty amazing. Also, it’s super easy, cleans just as well as the pricey stuff, and I like to add orange or lavender oil which makes my clothes smell really nice.Here’s what you need: Borax, Washing Soda, Ivory soap, and any essential oil you like. Now each batch takes 1/3 – 1/2 of a bar of soap, 1/2 cup each of the Borax and Washing Soda, and 1/2 ounce of oil. So you get a ton of detergent for very cheap.Begin by grating up your soap ( I use half a bar) with a cheese grater. My son actually thought I was grating cheese and really wanted to try :) Add it to a pot of water and heat on the stove until the soap melts. Add in the Borax and Washing Soda, both of which look almost identical.

Keep warming the mixture until everything is dissolved. There will be some bubbles on top but that’s okay.

Almost done! Now add something like a gallon and a half of water to your soapy mixture in a bucket. It seems like it will be too diluted, but just do it. The end result works very well. Now’s the time to add your essential oil. I added orange which is why my detergent is slightly orange colored. This does not color my laundry orange so no worries! The mixture needs to sit overnight, then it’s ready to use!

I really like using an old detergent bottle for easy dispensing, and each load takes a cap full of detergent so it’s super easy. Here’s a link for the specific directions, I hope you give it a try, you’ll never buy the expensive stuff again.


Easy Beansy January 16, 2011

Filed under: Cooking — sallyjoann @ 5:41 am

I have recently discovered an amazing food – dry beans! Sounds funny, but they are so ridiculously cheap, versatile, delicious, and super healthy. I either cook them in a pot on the stove, or in the crock pot if I have the time. Black beans are my favorite so far, but there are many kinds I have yet to try so we’ll see… Today I made black beans in the crock pot, seasoned with:   salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and bay leaves. Just cover with water and let em go 3-4 hours on high, or 6-8 on low. They take on all the yummy flavorings I added and are delicious with some sour cream, fresh cilantro, and cheese on top. But I have greater plans for these beans, tomorrow they’ll go into turkey enchiladas. Yum!

can’t hardly call it a recipe they’re so easy



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