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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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Moist, tasty and easy to make. Use up shredded zucchini you have frozen for another day or right from the garden.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

½ cup of margarine
½ cup vegetable oil
1 ¾ cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup sour milk
2 ½ cups of flour
4 tablespoons cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cloves
2 cups shredded zucchini
½ cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream margarine. Add oil and stir together until combined. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla and sour milk. Beat well. Mix all of the dry ingredients together and add to butter/sugar mixture. Stir in zucchini. Bake in a well-greased and floured 9” x 12” baking pan.

The chocolate chips can be added and mixed in with the dough or sprinkled on top just before going into the oven.

Make your own Sour Milk
½ cup of milk
½ tablespoon of lemon juice OR vinegar
Stir and let sit for a few minutes to let the milk curdle

Frozen shredded zucchini can be used. Thaw completely. Drain off any liquid and pat dry.
Liquid from thawed zucchini can be used in soups, stews and stock.
Bake in two 8” square pans – freeze one for later use.


Playing in the Dirt

Have you noticed how children will be lost to another world while playing with their toys in a dirt pile? Adults are no different. Our toys might be a little bigger and we may be trying to accomplish something other than building a road to nowhere, but the effect is still the same.

This is a form of relaxation therapy that allows our minds to wonder, lets us use our imaginations without question; and, when all is said and done, there is a feeling of accomplishment. Pulling weeds for hours can relieve stresses and boost morale even if you have left the task to the point of overwhelming. The bright point is when you are finished the job the end result gives that sense of triumph combined with a lot less stress.

Huge flower beds or vegetable gardens are not needed to reap the benefits related to de-stressing. Container gardening and time spent maintaining house plants are advantageous to our health. Small tasks like watering the plants and dead-heading annuals permits us to secretly gloat over something that has been created and nurtured by our hands. The thrill of finding the first tomato blossom that has borne fruit or the aroma from a Hoya plant when it blooms, all help our senses cope with our mind and body anxieties.

If you’re considering a makeover of the yard, do your homework. Remember this should be a time of pleasure and relaxation combined with small goals that will be reached easily without creating further distress in your life.

Limited Offer – Wild Rose

Happy to share with you that our friends at DAKATAMA are offering a limited time offer on their Wild Rose canvas print.

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