Mandy's Marvelous Meals

Recipes, tips, tricks, and my journey into cooking fabulous food!

Zucchini Bread


Well for those of you who have been keeping up with my blog, you probably know that the zucchini from my garden has been quite plentiful so far. Like I mentioned in a post a while back, I planned to make zucchini bread. Unfortunately I didn’t get around to it until this weekend. I made a couple of loaves and gave them out to my neighbors along with a zucchini. I had so many large zucchini I had to get them out of the garden because they were starting to kill the other plants!

I love this zucchini bread recipe, which I originally found on www.allrecipes.com. I’ve tried others but this one is my favorite. It is super moist with just the right amount of sweetness. I have to say zucchini bread is my favorite thing to make from zucchini…of course that’s only because it is a baked good…and I love baked goods! 😉  The recipe makes 2 loaves, so you’ll have some to share if you feel like it! It also freezes well. Also, I forgot to take pictures of the bread before I wrapped it up for the neighbors, but you get the point!

 

Zucchini Bread

3 cups flour

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 cup sugar

2 cups uncooked zucchini, grated

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two loaf pans and set aside.
  2. Combine the oil, eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Beat on medium until well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract and the zucchini.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add this a little bit at a time to the wet ingredients, mixing on medium.
  4. Divide the batter in half and pour into two greased loaf pans.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until baked through.

 

 

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Whopper of a Zucchini!!


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Today I picked my first zucchini from my garden!!! It was so huge too! Perfect in every way!! Hubby thought I was pulling a fast one until we went to the garden & I showed him my mutant zucchini!! Tonight I chopped some of it up and put it in my grilled veggies. Yummy!
Tomorrow I plan to bake up some zucchini bread!
I’m so excited to have actually grown my own food! Such a great feeling!

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And the Garden Grows!!!


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Well my garden is actually growing!! Some things better than others! 🙂 The zucchini & tomato plants are flourishing! Unfortunately I didn’t know how big the zucchini plants get so they kinda hindered some of the growth of the herbs. I ended up transplanting most of my basil to pots and also planted some pots of oregano, rosemary & thyme.
I’m so proud of my little garden…can’t wait till I can start eating from it!!!

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Raised Garden Bed Part 2: Success!


Wow, am I sore today! When I started this raised garden bed project, I thought it was going to be easier than actually making a garden in the ground…it probably was, but it was still a lot of hard physical work. But totally worth it!! It came out just the way I wanted it.

I found this step-by-step guide  on how to make the garden bed. Hubby read through it to get the basic idea, but we did do it a little bit differently. I started by choosing the spot in the yard and measuring it off. Then digging up the grass and turning the soil, which was by far the hardest part.

Meanwhile, Hubby worked on cutting the wood. We used four 2x6x8 pieces for the longer sides, and two 2x6x8 pieces, both cut in half for the shorter sides. For the posts we bought one 4×4 post and cut it into four 15 inch pieces.  Hubby then assembled the longer sides only by attaching the 2x6x8 pieces to the post with 4 inches of the post above the sides to go into the ground.

We dug out only the first two holes for the posts and then put in the first side of the bed. We measured out 4 feet from the posts and dug the other two holes, repeating with the second longer side.

Once the longer sides were securely in place, we nailed the smaller sides to the posts.

Next, we lined the box with 1/4″ hardware cloth to help keep out small rodents.

Finally, we added the bags of topsoil. We used 10 bags (2 cu. ft.) of Miracle Grow Garden Soil. If you want to fill your box completely to the top you will need a few more bags. The website mentioned in the beginning of the post states that you will need 32 cu. ft. of top soil. We felt the 10 bags was adequate..it’s a good 10″ of soil in the box.  Once I start planting I may add more if it seems like this is not enough, but for now I think it will be ok.

Now all that is left is to finish planting the seeds. Due to some rain showers I am holding off on planting the seeds, but hopefully it will clear soon and I’ll get them in the bed. I plan to grow herbs and veggies (basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, zucchini, tomatoes, scallions, green beans).

I am very pleased with the final result! It definitely wasn’t difficult, but it was a lot of physical labor….and I never could have done it without my Hubby helping me out!

Hopefully in a few short months I’ll have my fresh herbs and veggies to add to my “Marvelous Meals”!  Stay tuned!!!

 

 

 

 

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Raised Garden Bed Project Part 1


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Last year I decided I wanted a small herb garden so Hubby & I worked together to dig up the land and make it happen…and much to my surprise everything actually grew. This was the first time I ever did any type of gardening (and basically any type of “yard work”) so I didn’t really expect much. When everything grew and I was able to go out each day and get fresh herbs for my cooking I was hooked. Fast forward through the winter and it’s time to grow some real food! I decided to do a raised garden bed because that seemed easier than working the land, so I emailed Hubby a picture of what I wanted…he did a little measuring and we were off to Home Depot for the supplies.
So today he’ll be making the bed and helping me with putting the posts in the ground. Then I’ll do the rest and get to planting my herbs & veggies!! Wish me luck and stay tuned for “Part 2”!!

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