Sunday, July 29, 2012


Hmmm....what to do with all this thread...


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WE WON!!!!

The Southwest Forsyth Little League Juniors Blue All Stars won the State tournament!!!! A four game undefeated sweep! Couldn't be prouder of these guys!!

On to Regionals...GO SW!!

( note: I have no idea why the picture posted so large in the original post...I did it via mobile and have never had that issue. I guess it was that big a victory :) Correction  to size via desktop post-publishing.)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Feeling "Crabby"

These are so dang good I just have to share...

My garden has been producing lots of zucchini so I have been searching out recipes. A girl can only eat so much chocolate cake, you know? Wait, what am I thinking... LOL!

Nevertheless, I found this savory recipe for "Crab" cakes that are so good my whole family devoured them! It gets 8 thumbs up:

2-1/2 cups shredded zucchini, lightly salted
1 egg, beaten
2T melted butter
1-1/8 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup minced onion
1-1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

Flour (about 1/2 cup)

Combine first 6 ingredients, mix well. Form into patties and coat with flour. Fry in a pan lightly coated with oil over medium high heat until golden brown on both sides.

That's right...there's no crabmeat in these! And they are amazingly good!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Little Pieces of Normal

Still pushing hard on the renovation and the light at the end of the tunnel grows bigger each day! I'm almost done with the carpet...

And I've started putting little odds and ends back in place...

It's far from finished...there's lots still to do to get everything back in and sorted, culled, and organized. But those little pieces of "normal", just seeing small things in place, give me a big boost to keep charging full steam ahead.

Won't be long now! :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Time Out for Cake

I'm still marching on with the renovation and all of the rest of life. I don't yet have carpet on the floor, but I'm nearing the end of the painting (the whole perimeter of the basement is getting waterproofing paint), the electrician is coming Monday to upgrade the lighting and add an outlet, and hopefully by the end of this weekend there will be some carpentry completed. We're getting there!

Meanwhile, my garden is producing...well... produce! like crazy, not the least of which is the zucchini. And you know what THAT means.... (you don't?)


Yummy with blueberries or raspberries. Pottery mug by NC artist Frumpy.
(And don't  you love my chicken pitcher? I have a funky chicken in every room. )

I stumbled across this recipe in Southern Living several years ago when my boys were little and didn't like many vegetables. Nothing like a little stealth cooking! This cake is so delicious and would never know it's packed full of zucchini. It remains a favorite at our house! Here's the recipe:

Prepare a tubed cake pan (Bundt or straight sides) by greasing with shortening and dusting with cocoa (works like flour but doesn't leave your cake all white-powdery afterwards. And, it's more chocolate. What's better?)

Preheat oven to 350*

Combine these and set aside:
3 C all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

4 large eggs
3 C sugar
3 (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate baking squares, melted (pop them in the micro for about 20 seconds)
1 1/2 C vegetable oil
3 C grated zucchini (I do mine in the food processor)

Beat the eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer, gradually adding the sugar and beating until well combined. Add oil and melted chocolate, continue beating until well blended. Gradually add the flour mixture beating at low speed until blended. Fold in zucchini. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool in pan for about 10-15 minutes, turn out onto cake plate and cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Back to painting now...