Sponsors, A Bird, A Picture of Coops, and a BIG Homesense Find (Literally)

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Sponsors

I decided to to accept a few Etsy shop / small business sponsors on the blog because people were just knocking down the door to advertise on this site. Oh wait a minute. I was confused there for a minute. More like, I had one cute girl inquire about blog sponsorship and I said okay, I'll give it a whirl. I must be a people pleaser. ;)


 
If you like unique art pieces that have a shabby, cottage, chic vibe then you should check out the Etsy shop Lori A McKee Design. Since I am forever forgetting other people's birthdays (I always seem to remember my own though, hee hee) these birthday calendars would come in super handy. I like the small one because it could tuck away into a purse or a tiny drawer. What is my obsession with tiny drawers and cubbies!?!?

Birthday Calendars - Lori A McKee on Etsy

I made an info page about blog sponsors which can be found underneath my ugly, temporary blog header. You can check it out if you want. Or you can eat a donut instead because donuts are yummy.   

A Bird

Random story alert. The other day while a friend was visiting and we were chatting away about all things decorating baby, there was a huge thump at the living room window. I knew right away that it was an unfortunate bird/glass accident. I ran outside to see if the little gaffer made it. He was alive! I picked him up to see if he was bleeding or broken or carrying any infectious diseases but he was all good. I set him down in the grass, ran inside to get my camera, went back out and snapped this:


Then, he flew away!

A Cute Picture of Coops

I am making an effort to take some photos of Cooper with my real camera rather than just tiny, grainy ones with my iPhone. I need to get out of the weird mentality that every picture needs to look like it's from a photo shoot. Since it was his five month birthday on Tuesday, I took a few cute ones. Here is my favourite of the bunch:

"Jolly Jumpers are the bomb." - Cooper, 5 Months

A BIG Homesense Find (Literally)

I meant to show you this forever ago but I completely forgot until recently. We have a huge empty wall above our staircase. I wanted to find something really unique to display on that tall, narrow wall. I though for sure I was going to go with an old ladder, but I was hesitant because I already have an old ladder in the breakfast room and I don't want to become the crazy ladder lady.
 
One day I saw this really interesting canvas piece displayed horizontally over a bed at Homesense. I looked at it, looked at it some more, and then looked at it again. I'm not usually a fan of plain canvas prints but this one was so pretty and silvery that I had to have it.
 


If I flip it vertically like in the above picture, it will fit perfectly on that huge, narrow wall above the stairs. YEAH! The only problem is that we need to borrow some crazy ladder before we can install it because it is such an awkward spot.
 
You can kind of see where it will go in this picture (the wall on the left):
 
 
It's a print by Australian artist Sarah Brooke and it's really pretty. The pictures don't do it justice at all. If you were to see it up close (and with the plastic off) it has lots and lots of texture to it.
 
 
I can't believe that I actually found an art piece from Homesense that matches my house! Now that's just crazytown.
 
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My plans for the weekend are to take Cooper on his first nature trail walk, bake something pumpkin-y (possibly these muffins), work on my old sign project, and possibly sleep in while Alex is on baby duty. Muhahahaha! What are you up to this weekend?

You Ask, I Answer - Part Four - About White Furniture

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Yes I borrowed those yellow cushions from the sunroom for this photo and yes they look weird because they are too big. ;)

How do you keep everything so white?!?! I admire your couch, but I'm too nervous about spills and such.

I love my white couches.
 
I love white couches in general.
 
I'm pretty sure that every single living room picture that I have ever pinned on Pinterest has white slipcovered couches and/or chairs in it.


Images - Pinterest: Living Rooms

 
So for me personally, the time and effort that it takes to maintain white slipcovered furniture is completely worth it.
 
Other people are nervous about white, but I am the opposite - petrified to get anything but white slipcovers since I know that no matter how dirty they get, I can always wash them, stain remover them, bleach them, etc. Since I have the Ikea Extorp sofa series, if the slipcovers ever do get permanently stained or damaged, I can always pick up another set for just over a hundred dollars. What do you get with a set of new slipcovers? A brand new couch.  
 
What I love about my white set is that I know I won't get sick of a particular pattern or colour, I don't have to worry about colour matching it to anything else, and I can always change the look with some inexpensive throw pillows.
 
We are currently on our second set of white slipcovers for these couches and are probably ready to purchase our third set. We've had these couches for over six years, so a set of slipcovers are lasting an average of two years for our family.
The reason that they are lasting us about two years is because I wash them all the time. We LIVE in our house and on our furniture so yes, they get dirty. With two dogs, a baby, and two adults who are always back and forth from renovating, working outside, painting, cooking / baking they get really dirty. To be completely honest, after a few weeks they are kind of gross dirty. But I DON'T MIND. Because I think to myself, if my couches are filthy after 3 or 4 weeks and I'm about to throw them in the washing machine, how completely filthy are other people's non-slipcovered furniture that they are never able to wash!?!?! Now that grosses me out.
 
So, how do I maintain them? Every few days I give them a once over with a lint brush, as dust and dog fluff will inevitably settle all over them. If there are light marks I scrub them with a baby wipe or some dish soap and a rag and the light marks will come off. After a few weeks I strip all of the covers off and wash them in the washing machine. It becomes part of the regular cleaning routine just like stripping your bed, washing all of your linens, and remaking the bed.
 
At the beginning I was ultra paranoid about keeping them spotless but over time I've let that idea of perfection go. Over the last few months we've had Roary shake his head after his ear surgery splattering blood all over the chair, a friend's newborn projectile puke on the couch, another friend's little guy dribble hot chocolate all over the love seat, and of course my little Cooper had to have a master blaster that leaked through his diaper, a onesie, baby joggers, AND a blanket onto one of the cushions. 
 
I'm sure white slipcovered furniture isn't for everyone. But it's been six years and counting and I still love mine.
 
P.S. I'll be sharing a post on how exactly I clean them so that they're spotless after every wash.
 
Another 'white furniture' question - do you regret buying a white chair for your nursery? I am debating buying the same one for ours, but am worried about spit-ups, diaper disasters, and generally keeping it clean.


 
See above for the answer to the keeping-it-clean part!

Sadly, I don't use the chair in the nursery nearly as often as I thought I would. In the early weeks, I would use the chair for some late night feedings, however I found that I would get too sleepy just sitting there (he used to take forever to eat) so I would go downstairs, turn all the lights on, and catch up on some girly movies. Now that Cooper is older, I just bring him in bed with me and feed him there. I keep my iPhone handy and surf Pinterest with the brightness on low so that I don't fall asleep OR wake Alex up. (Hence my ten thousand pins in the middle of the night.)

Everyone, and I mean everyone, told me to get a rocking chair for the nursery but I was adamant that I wouldn't be rocking the baby to sleep every night because I didn't want to have to unbreak that habit later. Plus, I never really liked the rocking motion.

As it turns out, little Coopster FIGHTS SLEEP TO THE DEATH and I end up walking around and rocking him in my arms all.the.time. anyway. As much as I hate to admit that I was wrong, a rocking chair would have been handy.

However, when Cooper gets a bit older, I'm sure we will use the chair often for story time, etc.

All that being said, I wouldn't recommend an upholstered white glider because when you have white, you NEED to be able to throw it in the wash. So the white slipcovered Ikea chair again works great.

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Phew. Those were some long-winded answers! If you missed my other Q & A posts, they can be found here:

A Little Fix in the Sunroom, Plus a Sneak Peek

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Sunday, September 23, 2012


P.S. The pictures in this post are super grainy and terrible. It's been gloomy and rainy all day so it's technically not my fault. Oh, you forgive me? You're sweet. Let's be friends.
 
P.S.S. My blog header is under construction because it's sudden fuzziness was driving me crazy. Alex says he will help me fix it but I can't bother him right now because he's in the kitchen making me supper and if my wish comes true he might be making my all-time favourite sweet potato fries with chipotle dip. (He won't let me in the kitchen because he likes when his suppers are a surprise.)
 
P.S.S.S. I am still working on those questions and answers but my self-diagnosed ADD has dictated that I post about the sunroom today instead.
 
So, the sunroom. Awhile back I bit the bullet and ordered five tie-up shades from Pottery Barn to add some softness to the vertical blinds that we already had in there for privacy. I am still absolutely smitten with those tie-up shades and SO glad that I splurged to get them.
 
{Note: I had a reader email me and ask where I got the tie-up shades since they are not on the Pottery Barn website. So sorry I didn't reply directly but the email was lost somewhere in my inbox. :S As far as I know, the Pottery Barn shades are no longer available. Although when I was stalking them a few years ago, they disappeared off of the site and then became available again later on. So, you never know!}
 
Back to the shades. The extra rolled up fabric used to be straight, however over time started to sag like so:
 
 
 
One day when Alex was taking for-e-v-e-r in the plumbing aisle at Home Depot (snore), I spied some wooden dowels as I was wandering around aimlessly. I bought five of them, took them home, and...... let them sit in the basement for months.
 
Until today!
 
I measured my tie-up shades and marked each dowel a 1/2 inch shorter. Alex cut them with his some-kind-of-saw and I re-rolled the shades with the dowels inside.
 
 
Ahhhhh, much better. I know this isn't a huge project or anything, but it always feels great to cross a little something off of the list.
 
Now, here's for the fun sneak peek. In the summer, Alex, Coop, and I went on a little road trip and I hinted that I bought something AWESOME while I was in cottage country.
 
I ended up buying some..... antique corbels!
 
 
 
I thought they would add some interest to the doorway that leads from the living room into the sunroom.
 
Today I took a picture to see how it would look. Yes, I had to be in the picture to hold the thing up. No, I did not brush my hair. Nor did I put on any makeup. Sunday laziness at it's best folks.
 
Anyway, here is the plain doorway:
 
 
And here is the doorway with some awesomeness:
 
 
I still have to give the corbels a good cleaning. I am debating whether or not I want to give them a spray with some sealer or not. Then we will have to figure out the best way to hang them up. I'm excited.
 
EXCITED!!!!!
 
;)

Sign Inspiration For My Next Project

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


Image: Country Living

Now that we've got both the baby and The Fixer Upper under control (I say that with a smirk)(like either of them will ever be under control, haha), it's time for this girl to start working on some much-needed projects around the house.
 
When I say much-needed projects, I don't mean folding and putting away the five loads of clean laundry that are sitting in the basement, painting the stair treads that still have stain on them from when we got the floors refinished last Christmas, or fertilizing the lawn with the bag of fertilizer that has been sitting in our driveway for two weeks.
 
All of a sudden it has become imperative that I make an old sign for above our kitchen window. I've wanted to make one forever you know. F-o-r-e-v-e-r.
 
Since all of "my" projects seem to need Alex's help (to his dismay) I'm pretty sure I can tackle this one on my own during a few of the baby's naps. HE'S NAPPING LONG ENOUGH FOR ME TO DO STUFF, YO! Well, sort of.
 
Here is a picture of our kitchen window that needs a little somethin' somethin'. We already replaced the flourescent light with a pendant light, but I'm still looking for some sort of window treatment, and of course some kind of DIY old signage would be nice above the window, too.
 
 
I knew I wanted either a "grocery" sign or a "bakery" sign. Judging by the fact that I've baked chewy chocolate chip cookies (twice), salted peanut butter cups (twice), and old-fashioned chocolate cake all within the last two weeks, I'm leaning toward the "bakery" sign. 
 
Of course I browsed Pinterest for some inspiration. Some of my favourite places (Country Living and Sarah Richardson design) had some cute signs.

Image: Sarah Richardson Design

Other super-cool bloggers have made their own versions of grocery / bakery signs, too. I rounded up a few pictures for some DIY blogger inspiration:

Left: The Old Painted Cottage
Top Right: Lovely Etc.
Bottom Right: AKA Design
 


Top: Restoration House
Middle: A Little Something in the Meantime
Bottom: Funky Junk Interiors

I've got the wood, I've got the stain, I've got the paint, I've got the foam brushes, now all I need is some DIY mojo to get me started.
 
:)
 
P.S. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who takes the time to either email me or to leave a comment. I've been trying to sneak in some replies to your comments here and there but I can never reply to as many as I would like. Just know that I appreciate them very much and they always make my day! 

Chewy Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

 
 
 
Well, hello cookie. You and I were a match made in heaven.
 
Oh, sorry. I thought we were alone.
 
Okay, I'll stop being weird and get to the point.
 
I remember reading somewhere that there was a way to make chewy chocolate chip cookies. Being the lover of sweets that I am, I decided to do some digging to find out just how it could be done.
 
It turns out that you need a secret ingredient to make them all moist, gooey, and chewy-like. I can't take the credit for figuring it out though - the credit goes to Anna Olsen and her cornstarch adding expertise.
 
I made two small tweaks to her recipe since I don't have (or think I will ever have) bittersweet chocolate chips. Instead I cut down on the sugar and used milk chocolate chips instead.
 
Mmmmm, milk chocolate.
 
Here is the recipe that you know you want to try this very second:



Chewy Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Chocolate Chip Cookies a la Anna Olson

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Cream together butter and sugars with electric mixer until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.
3. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
 
TIP #1: These cookies stay light in colour and almost look undercooked when you pull them out after 8 minutes. That's how they are supposed to look. If you cook them for any longer than 10 minutes they will be overdone. And yucky.
 
TIP #2: Invest in a good quality cookie sheet so that the bottom of your cookies stay nice and light. Burnt cookie bottoms are the worst!
 
 
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Cooper Overload

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Monday, September 17, 2012


I had a few requests (from a few adorable readers) to share some pictures and / or an update on the Coopster. Okay you twisted my arm. (Secretly I want to write posts about him every single day.) 
 
Mini-Coop is almost five months old (already!?!?!??! what!?!?!?!?!) and is as adorable as ever. He's a big, strong boy and I wouldn't have it any other way. Wait a minute, he wouldn't have it any other way. (Dude likes to eat. Frequently. As in every two hours still. Oy.) At his last doctor's appointment he was in the 90th percentile for length and 75th percentile for weight. He can't roll over just yet but he can pull himself up to a standing position if you hold his hands. It's his favourite thing to do right now actually. Then he wobbles around and kind of reminds me of Michael Jackson dancing. If you can picture it.


We totally lucked out with such a good baby. If he's fussy / grumpy he either needs to sleep or eat. He's in a bit of a phase where he only wants his mum to put him to sleep and he kinda gets a bit angry (okay a lot angry) when anyone else tries to do it. Other than that he is a curious, active, happy boy. He laughs and smiles all the time (although those moments are VERY hard to capture with an iPhone). :) 


He met all the criteria to start solids a bit early (head/neck control, doubled his birth weight, interested in food, etc.) so we started feeding him a bit of rice cereal in the mornings. He LOVES it. Gobbles it up like his mom with a giant bowl of Corn Pops. (You know you're a mom when you are excited to break out the Baby Bullet to make your own baby food.)


Hearing him laugh is obviously the best thing ever. Right now we can get him to laugh by giving him airplane rides, bouncing him around, or making silly noises (think woofing and mooing).
 
Please keep reading my blog even though I just wrote "woofing and mooing".  


I never thought I'd see the day when we started finding a bit of a routine but it kind of just happened. His bedtime is 8:00 p.m.. He will sleep for an hour or two, have some milkshakes, and then go to sleep for roughly five hours. After a quick feeding he will go to sleep for another two hours, then after another feeding he stays in bed with us and we sleep in until about 8:00 a.m. His favourite thing is morning snuggles in bed. (He told me.)(He also told me that he wants me to keep wearing polka dot socks even though they are not very grown up.)
 
Right now he has about three 30-40 minute naps during the day, at about 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. (Although he fights sleeping during the day like it's his job.) You should see me during nap time though. Once he falls asleep I'm like a tornado whipping around the house trying to get as much stuff done as possible.

(Is it true that some babies nap for hours straight during the day??? Ummmm, where do I sign up for that?)


People always seem to comment on his big eyes, his round, bald head, and his million  expressions (the stunned look seems to be everyone's favourite).
 
We just love him to bits. It's okay if you do too.
 
P.S. He's still not sleeping in his nursery yet. Don't judge me.
 
P.S.S. We got a Baby Einstein video as a gift and played it for the first time last night. After a few minutes we shut it down due to it's overwhelming creepiness. Why does the stuffed owl's head have to twist all the way around like that?!?!?!
 
P.S.S.S. If babies got report cards, Cooper would get an A+ for pinching and hair pulling. I'm so proud. ;)

DIY Ring Bearer Pillow

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Friday, September 14, 2012

 


I was super duper flattered when a friend asked if I would make the ring bearer pillow for her upcoming wedding. Of course I said yes even though I had no idea what a ring bearer pillow was supposed to look like.
 
Rather than follow a specific pattern or tutorial, I decided to wing it. I gave Martha Stewart's site a quick visit first for some ideas:

Ring Bearer Pillow Inspiration
Source: Martha Stewart

My mind also did a flashback to a lampshade that I saw once at Pier One Imports:



I really liked the casual look of the fabric flowers.
 
When choosing the fabric, I kept in mind that a little boy in a black tuxedo would be carrying the pillow down the aisle. So I didn't want it to be too girly. Also, it is a fall wedding and the bridesmaid dresses are charcoal grey.
 
So, I chose a black canvas twill for the pillow and a grey something-something fabric for the flower (oops forgot to look at what it was called).
 
Unfortunately I didn't take step-by-step pictures because:
 
a) I was winging it and wasn't sure if was going to work out (my fingers were crossed the whole time)
 
and
 
b) I left it to the last minute (of course) and didn't have time to take any (haha!)
 
If you're curious how I did it, I'll give you a brief run-down.
 
1) First, I free-handed a flower template on paper and used it as a guide to create the same shaped flower in several different sizes. I traced each flower onto the grey fabric and cut them out. I left the cut edges as-is so that they would fray a bit and give the pillow that casual look.
 
2) Next, I layered the fabric flowers on top of eachother on an 8x8 square of black fabric and sewed them on by hand (just a few stitches in the centre of the flower).
 
3) Once the flower was attached to the front square of fabric, I sewed the front and back squares of the pillow together (inside out) using a half-inch seam allowance with a small hole on one side.
 
4) I turned the pillow right-side-out, stuffed it with white filling, and then sewed the opening shut by hand with a blind-stitch.
 
5) Next, I pulled the centre of the pillow in (kinda like dimples) by using some doubled-up thread (to make it stronger) from the centre of the flower to the back of the pillow. By pulling the middle of the pillow inwards, it made the petals of the flower poof out a bit like I wanted.
 
6) Finally, I placed a piece of ribbon (long enough to make a bow with) over the centre of the flower and sewed a cute little button on top to hold it in place. I also sewed a matching button on the back of the pillow to cover the back "dimple".


I hope she likes it!


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20 Fun Free Fonts

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Oh hi.

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. That must explain why my hairdoos have been so terrible. We've had so many activities / adventures that they are all kind of just blurring together right now. Long weekend at the cottage. Visits with friends. Visits with family. Last weekend babysitting the cutiest patootiest little boy (Cooper's big brother from another mother). Annual tour of homes. Sewing projects. Baking projects. Birthday dinners. Fall fairs. Trips to the park. Shopping. Cooper stalking. Etc. Etc. Etc.
 
Tomorrow I have nothing going on. Nothing. And I am so excited about it. :) 
 
I did, however, scrounge up a few minutes here and there to put together a list of fun, free fonts.
 
That's how much I'm a nerd I like you.
 
You see, as an elementary teacher, I tend to have quite the collection of funky fonts. 
 
{I'll never forget the day I learned how to download and install new fonts on my computer. I literally spent hours downloading any cute / fun font that I could get my hands on. Later on I complained to Alex that my computer wasn't working properly. After the hubs took a look, he informed me that Windows was slow because it had to load all 500 new fonts that I had just installed. Ooopsie. I had to go back and delete 2/3 of them but I still have a few of my favourites.}
 
I've seen some cute posts about favourite fonts on other blogs lately so I thought I'd join the party and share some of mine.
 




All of 'em are fun and free. Best criteria ever.
 
Here they are:
 

Printstagram - A Little Review

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Thursday, September 6, 2012




I was out at a photography workshop a month or so ago and one of the girls in the class busted out a huge album full of all the photos she had taken since starting the six-week workshop.
 
Inside, I had a tear. I think I've printed maybe five photos since I bought my DSLR almost two years ago. It was soooooo nice to browse through an actual, real photo album.
 
Since sorting through my ten thousand photos in Lightroom seems a big daunting right now, I decided to start small and try printing some of my Instagram photos.
 
I googled a few companies that'll print the tiny, square Instragram-size photos and I came across a company called Printstagram.
 
Ooooh, cute name I thought to myself.
 
After browsing through their products I decided to try ordering a set of two "mini-books" for $12. I was able to choose 100 of my favourite Instagram photos to go in the two books (50 pictures in each). What appealed to me about the mini-books was that I wouldn't have to worry about finding an album to store a huge stack of square pictures. They would already be in a tiny little book. I also really liked the pricetag. Twelve bucks sounded like a pretty good deal.
 
I was a bit anxious putting my order through as Printstagram is a relatively new company and they had mixed reviews on a few other blogs. I decided to see for myself and went for it. To my dismay I found out (after I chose all of my photos and entered in all of my info) that the shipping to Canada would be just as much as the product itself. $12 for the product + $12 for shipping. Oy. Because I'm a sucker and really wanted them I ordered them anyway. I couldn't find the shipping costs anywhere on their site before hitting the checkout so it would have been nice to know ahead of time.
 
Since the products ship directly from China the packaging was pretty funky. I'm not sure exactly how long the shipping took though as it went to our post office box and I forgot to pick up the mail for a few days. More like a few weeks
 
I have to say that the mini books are pretty darn cute.

 
 
They are tiny, simple, and sweet..... small enough to throw in my purse so that I can annoy just about anyone with random Coopster pictures. There isn't an option (yet?) to organize the photos - they just get thrown into the book randomly. I don't mind, it kind of adds a little element of surprise as you flip through each album.  
 
Overall, I am happy with my cute little photo albums. I just wish the shipping wasn't so much. Boo hoo. Instead of ordering 100 photos every month I'll just have to save my pennies and order 'em every six months instead.
 
;)
 
P.S. The peeps at Prinstagram don't know me and have no idea that I'm writing this little review. But if they WANT to get to know me and give me a discount on shipping I'd really like it. Heh heh heh.
 
What about you.... have you tried to print any of your Instagram photos yet? How did it go!?!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Loaf

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


 
 
I'm not sure about you, but I pin recipes on Pinterest all the time. 'Cept I've been pinning them and not actually making them. At one point I had 50 recipes pinned that I had never even tried.
 
I decided to just pick a recipe and go for it. I went with a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake that was originally posted by JULIEVR on The Family Kitchen.
 
I renamed it Double Chocolate Zucchini Loaf so that it sounds healthier. I thought I was pretty brave considering I've never made a single thing with zucchini before.
 
Here is the original recipe (with my little tweaks in brackets):
 
 
 
Double Chocolate Zucchini Loaf
Original Recipe Here.
 
Ingredients:
 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (I cut down on the salt a bit)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 packed cups grated zucchini (don’t peel it) (I peeled it)
1 cup chocolate chips (I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips)
 
Directions:
 
Preheat oven at 350 F. Spray two 9×5 inch pans with nonstick spray (I greased the pans with butter instead).

In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the oil and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients along with the zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir just until combined, and divide between the loaf pans.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and springy to the touch. Makes 2 cakes loaves.
 

 
Mmmm, zucchinis are good. I think the sugar and chocolate help a bit. Heh heh heh.
 
What about you? Have you tried any good recipes on Pinterest? Do you have any good zucchini recipes that you want to share with me?
 
:)
 
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