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Recipe for Cooking ~ Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with applesauce and peanut butter chips

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Chocolate zucchini muffins with applesauce

 

With all the zucchini from our garden I have been making Chocolate zucchini muffins with applesauce every other day.  My kids are loving them, plus we have had lots to share as well! These are my favorite, hope you enjoy them as well!  Also a money saving tip these freeze well too!

Recipe for Cooking ~ Chocolate chip  zucchini muffins with applesauce and peanut butter chips

Wet Ingredients 

  • 1/2  cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1  3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (or lemon)
Dry Ingredients 
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Add at the very end
  • 2 cup finely grated Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Chocolate zucchini muffins with applesauce

In a large mixing bowl, cream the wet ingredients with a mixer till smooth (1-2 minutes).  Sift in dry ingredients, blend thoroughly.  Then stir in zucchini and chocolate  and peanut butter chips by hand.  Spoon batter into muffin tins (with liners) fill 2/3 of the way full. Makes 24 muffins. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes.

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Chocolate chip zucchini muffins with applesauce and peanut butter chips
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 24 muffins
Ingredients
  • Wet Ingredients
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (or lemon)
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Add at the very end
  • 2 cup finely grated Zucchini
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips (or butterscotch chips)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the wet ingredients with a mixer till smooth (1-2 minutes). Sift in dry ingredients, blend thoroughly. Then stir in zucchini and chocolate and peanut butter chips by hand. Spoon batter into muffin tins (with liners) fill ⅔ of the way full. Makes 24 muffins. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes.

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BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES

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One tip to saving money is to buy your produce in season at its LOWEST price point and store it for the rest of the year.  I got an 8 lb flat of strawberries  week.  I did 4 batches of jam, but put the rest in the freezer.  That way I can use them for recipes and smoothies  the rest of the year.

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If you toss them all into a bag they will freeze into a huge mass and you will not get them separated till they thaw.  I have found the BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES is rather simple and can be done in 5 easy steps.

First ~ Wash and clean the strawberries, and take the green stem off.  If they are large berries you might want to cut them into halves or quarters.

Second ~ Put them on a towel to dry, you do not want them to be wet or they will stick to everything they are touching as they freeze.

Third ~ Once they are dry spread them onto a cookie sheet that has plastic wrap on it. Spread them into an even layer, and try to keep the berries from touching.

how to freeze strawberries

Fourth ~ Put them into the freezer, you can take them out as soon as an hour but I normally leave them in there at least a few hours to get them good and frozen.   You can even leave them in over night. They will now be hard and separated and will NOT stick to the other strawberries.  Pull the plastic wrap up and they should fall right off with no sticking. ( I did try the silicone mat and they stuck  so I recommend plastic wrap.)

Fifth ~ Place them in a freezer bag seal it shut try and get as much air out as you can.  Put it back into the freezer… and take as many strawberries out as you need at a time.  Now go make yourself a yummy treat for your hard work 🙂

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Garden Markers DIY, Garden ideas, DIY Craft, Garden party or Garden, Kid craft projects, easy and popular ideasI have made the mistake before of NOT marking my garden… and I forget what I planted in different sections of the garden. It can be rather frustrating  and a bit of a guessing game till the plants get larger.  We have used lots of different markers over the years but this is one of my favorite ways.  Since you use the seed packet as the marker, you can go back and check things on the packet like growing time, harvest information or even save it so you know to look for that variety again next year if it is one your really like.  The key is to make it water proof so it lasts till the end of the growing season.

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These are so easy to make and turned out really cute.  All you need is the empty seed packet, some wooden spoons  and packaging tape.  I got a bunch of wooden spoons at a yard sale so they cost me about five cents each, but you can normally find a 4 pack at the dollar store.  Put the wooden spoon inside the empty seed packet, use packaging tape to cover the whole packet to make it waterproof and secure it to the spoon too. Simple as that you are done, now just put the handle into the ground and mark where you planted those seeds.

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How to make Freezer Corn – Sweet Corn Recipe

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I had a friend ask me how to make Freezer Corn so I thought I would share this post again. As you can tell by the photos this post was written and first published several years back.  Look how cute and little my kids are 🙂 But I did update it with some better images of the finished product, feel free to pin them!

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Growing up in large family, my Mom made sure we knew how to take our produce and can or freeze it.  So I learned how to make freezer corn at a young age.  In doing this we were able to save hundreds of dollars a year.  My Dad is a farmer, he normally grows  corn that is called field corn, which grows VERY tall.  It is grown to chop up, stalks and all to feed to our dairy cows.  But my Dad also grows a few large rows of sweet corn, which my whole family looks forward to every year.  If you have ever had fresh tender sweet corn picked right from the field, it is so yummy.  Nothing like what you buy from the store.

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This year my Dad picked me a large sack of corn.  It is now time for me to teach my little ones how to make freezer corn, just as my parents taught me.  So we shucked the corn out on the lawn, to keep the mess outside.  My kids were such good little helpers!  They got the giggles every time one of the ears of corn had lots of corn silk, they would say ” yuck I got a hairy one”

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After about 30 mins we were able to bring the cleaned corn back into the house to get it ready to cook.

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In a large pot bring you water up to a boil, then add in your corn.  In my pot I was able to do about 10 at a time.  The corn is cold so it will take a minutes for the water to start to boil again, after it comes back to a boil cook it for 3-5 minutes.

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After 3-5 mins, take out of the pot and  put in a sink full of ice water.  This will cool the corn down and let you handle it better.

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After a few minutes in the ice water, take out and put on a towel to drain the water off.

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Take your knife and run it down the corn cob and cut all the corn off.

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I then take about 2 1/2 cups of corn, and put it into a quart sized freezer bag.  Try to get out as much of the air as you can, then seal it closed.  They will need to lay flat till they are cooled to room temp. At this point you just need to write the date on it and stack it in your freezer.  I was able to get 21 bags of corn.  This is one of my families favorites, and we look forward to eating it over the next year!

When you get ready to cook it, take it out of the freezer. You can thaw it in the refrigerator the day before, but I do not normally think ahead like that. So I cook it a glass container with a lid on high for 5-7 minutes.  I season it with butter, salt and pepper and sometimes a little bbq sauce.

Update* Now that my family has grown, I put 4 cups into a gallon freezer bag.  This is enough for a side for a larger family.

022It did take some work, but it was FREE and well worth the time. Hope you take the time to try this out, not that you know how to make freezer corn.

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