7.21.2017

2017 Garden {Month 2} + An Amazing DEAL!

It's been a little over 2 months since we planted our 2017 Garden so I thought I would do another garden update.
I love this quote....so true! Ha! 
 My favorite part of my garden is my tomatoes....I plant 10 tomato plants each year :)

Here is what our 2017 garden looked like when I first planted it:
And, here it was a month later:
 And here is it TWO Months after planting it:
Here is what has been going on in the garden.....my tomato plants are growing like CRAZY! 
Box #1 
 Early Girl Tomatoes:
I planted 5 Early Girl plants
Tons of green tomatoes, but they haven't turned red...yet.
By this time last year, I already several Early Girls turn red, this year we have only a couple orange colored ones:
In the next week these orange ones should be ready to eat!
These are the best on sandwiches, hamburgers or Caprese Salad. YUM!

Box #2
This plant has a variety of 5 different types of cherry tomatoes.
I have yellow pear tomatoes:

Sun Sugar:
Super Sweet 100....we've had some red ones :)
 Sun Gold:

This year for the first time, I planted green cherry heirloom tomatoes:
I thought they were doing great, then I looked at the bottom of them...

 UGH.
If you see a dark, rotting spot on the bottom of your tomatoes, it's blossom-end rot. This problem, caused by a calcium deficiency, can be solved a few ways. When tomatoes, peppers, melons, and eggplant develop a sunken, rotten spot on the end of the fruit, the cause came long before you found the problem. 
This happened to some of my Early Girl tomato plants a couple years ago, so  I ordered some of THIS spray  to help with the bottom rot. It works great!
 
Box #3
This is the box where I plant my herbs, onions, lettuce, squash & zucchini:
Zuchinni has been out of control....I pick 5 or 6 a week.
Same with the squash!
You can see my Lemon Zucchini Bread recipe that I posted the other day HERE
It's SO good!

Around the garden boxes, I planted some plants that are vines:
Watermelon:
Cantaloupe:
Pumpkins:
The view from how are garden looked from this direction 2 months ago at the beginning of May:
 
  One month later in June:  
  And, 2 months after we planted it in July:
 It's so fun to see the garden grow...my kids love heading out to the garden each morning to see what we can harvest each day!
 They love picking the cherry tomatoes off the vine & eating them right there in the garden!
What is your favorite thing to plant/eat in your garden?
Happy Gardening!

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7.19.2017

Lemon Zucchini Bread

This time of year, the zucchini and squash in our garden go crazy.
I can't keep up with them, so I am always looking for new ways to incorporate zucchini and squash in to food. I especially like sneaking it in to foods my kids like so that I can get more veggies in them.
Some of their favorites are my Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins, Zucchini Bread, Blueberry Zucchini Bread & Zucchini Banana Bread.
I have a yummy recipe for a Lemon bread, but I decided to tweak it and sneak in some zucchini and squash! It turned out amazing, so I knew I had to share it!
Here is what you need:

1¼ cup granulated sugar
6 t vegetable oil
2 eggs, room temperature
⅓ cup milk
2 T lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
2 cups flour
1¼ t baking powder
1 t cornstarch
½ t salt
1½ cup shredded zucchini or squash, drained and squeezed dry
(I used 3/4 cups of zucchini and 3/4 cups of squash)
Zest from 1 lemon 


Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 T lemon juice
1 T of lemon zest (save some from the lemon that you zest for the bread)

Directions:
Grate your zucchini and/or squash on the small grates of your grater.
The reason I use the small grates for this recipe is so that the zucchini & squash is disguised ;)
This recipe needs 1 1/2 cups total, so I used 3/4 cups of zucchini & 3/4 cups of squash.
All measured out:
After I grate and measure the zucchini & squash, I put them on a towel and then press all the liquid out.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and oil. Whisk to combine.
Add eggs and milk and whisk together.
Add lemon juice and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Luke loves helping me stir :)

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and whisk together. 
Pour into bowl with other ingredients and stir together. 
Then add the lemon zest & stir together.
Pour batter into a loaf pan (I like lining it with parchment paper so that it is easy for me to take out & glaze) I spray a loaf pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper and then pour the batter in.
Bake at 350 for 55 to 65 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
Place the loaf on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. 
Use the parchment paper to carefully life the cake from the pan. 
Let cool completely on rack.
Once the loaf is completely cooled, you can make the glaze.
(2 of my kids like the bread without the glaze, so it's totally optional to make it!)

Whisk the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Drizzle on the icing using the whisk.

This bread is so delicious...you can't taste the zucchini/squash, it is more of a lemon bread.
You can barely see the zucchini when you slice it. The squash blends in :)
If one of your kids asks about the green flecks, you could always tell them it's lime ;)

This loaf of bread didn't last long in our house.
It was devoured in under 24 hours of making it.

I hope your family likes this bread as much as we do!
Let me know if you make it & let me know what you think!
Enjoy!

If you want more zucchini/squash recipes, besides breads....here are some more you might like:

I also love making zoodles!! I have THIS veggie spiralizer & it's awesome.
I love this Chicken & Shrimp Pad Thai with zoodles 
I love being able to cook & bake with things I grew in my garden! :)

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