Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Zuke Bread Recipe , and Weekend Get Away

Greetings and Holykisses!

This morning before getting into the Word; I whipped up a batch of zucchini bread and tossed it in the oven to bake while I read. Took me longer than I'd planned; just as I was about to do up the dishes, I spilled a bowl of cinnamon sugar. It went everywhere! Ohwell: happily; we do have a freshly swept and mopped kitchen floor now. And all ants have been rebuked.

While the floor dried, and bread baked; I followed the children of Israel through the book of Exodus again and wouldn't you know read about heavenly bread. What a perfect word for today! Just imagine eating heavenly bread. The word says it tasted like wafers with honey!
Is God good or what? Not only did he give them bread... but sweet bread!

Over the weekend, we got away from it all for a couple days. Just my beloeved and me.
It was soooooooo relaxing. We spent the night in Eureka Springs and went to the Passion Play.
I took pictures of the set, but once the show started; they weren't allowed.
The actors were wonderful and we're so thankful we were able to go!
On our drive we hit a few flea markets and yard sales. Myguy found tools, and quite a few things he can use in his shop. He was thrilled. The things I found,'ll probably laugh at.*
This old frog, and bottles found their way into the back seat. Actually the lil flask bottle was a different trip, but it found it's way into the photo today anyways. -- I don't know what it was about that frog, but .... he was a quarter. lol A vintage garden statue for a quarter. Cmon now; tell me you wouldn't have? Would you not have??
How bout the three pink, plastic, legless flamingoes? I know; you're shaking your heads about now.
Another quarter... gone.
Surely a welding rod will work for legs? You might see them in the future at the shabby olde potting shed. Or else... if you live in my neck of the woods, perhaps you may find them in your yard one of these days? Maxi? Karen?.... Becky?... are you pink plastic flamingo people?
This tiny little cast iron kettle was stuffed into the back seat too. A lil chicklet found a new home.
We took quite a few pictures of this victorian little town.
The dreamy cottage is for sale. Isn't it beautiful? That picket fence, and tiny pretty!
This house had more gingerbread trim on it as I've ever seen. Grand is an understatement.
Of course the vintage fencing, wishing well, and watering can also made me happy.
And notice the blue bottles in the window? (oh Katie...wouldn't they look lovely as a bottle tree?- Yours looks great.... -I hope to make one too someday!)
Speakin of blue bottles. Mine are in our kitchen window.
If any of you know where to find blue bottles... please share your info. See the 4 matching bottles in the picture? Are they wine, or water bottles? Inquiring minds really want to know!

This is another photo of the same yard with the wishing well. Isn't it something?!
Loved that wrought iron looking birdcage and gazing ball. Kinda makes ya wanna start doing rock work doesn't it?!
This was another neat building. 1880... had the coolest porches!

And this little gate... and stair case is charming too. There were so many hanging vines growing in the rock wall.
Here we are, back at home. On our excursion, we found another old washtub. It's already planted and doing pretty well inspite of our heat. I transplanted marigolds and a few things in it as the sun was going down hoping they'd not wilt too badly. They're starting to come back already. It looked touch and go there the first day.
The black eyed susies are in full bloom as well as all the grass that's grown up in this bed. You've heard the phrase, "There's always something to do." Well; at our house, there's always something to weed.

The dew should be dried up by now. Time to tie on my garden apron and fire up the weed eater. Hope you all have a beeeautiful day!

Exodus 16: 14-15 " And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat."

Just in case some of you want the zucchini bread recipe.... here ya go!

Zucchini Bread

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup oil
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon (and more cinnamon sugar for the bottom n top of bread)
2 cups grated zucchini

Mix well, and pour into two buttered and cinnamon- sugared bread pans
Sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top
Bake 325 for around an hour. Test with toothpick.


Lelia Chealey said...

Wow, Lea, it looks like you had a wonderful time! I love places like that. So much beauty when you take the time to look!
Love to you,

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

YUMMO!!! Have you tried making chocolate zuke bread, the best!! Just add cocoa powder to your recipe, YUMMO!! I love the trip of photos, I've got to get to ES soon, all the old houses just call my name! Enjoyed the tour, as I'm sure you did, so happy you two love birds got to get away! wink! :)

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Welcome back and on what darling finds you got. The frog... too precious.

Not sure what those blue bottles are from?

Looks like you had a good time away from the shed. The bread looks yummy.

Denise said...

Wow, what an awesome weekend. I love the pictures, and the bread sounds delicious.

Paula said...

Que music ***
Mr Frog, Mr Frog, Happy Mr Frog,
please play a song for me!
Glorious and green, your sure to make Lea sing!
Praises raised up to THEE king,
by the sweet little fella in green.

O.K. lyricist I am NOT! But Mr Frog is so darn cute!!! I just luv him. Good find, and the welding rods are just the thing for the the pink flamingos.

What a cute little town. Is it far from you? Your blessed your guy is into the hunt as well. A fun thing to share with each other.

Glad you had a fun little get a way

katie said...

Oh Lea I saw all those blue bottles and become jealous. Not good.
I love Eureka Springs but haven't been there for 20 years.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Oh! what a fun time you had Lea, and if anyone can bring those sweet flamingoes back to life you can.I have always wanted to see the Passion Play, and I am so glad you did. After seeing those beautiful homes I know you came back more inspired than ever. SO pleeease take us next time.


Love the pretty pics
the beautiful get away..
you are a lucky girl~!
Love your darling kitchen too..
yup little boys and worms..LOL
you had boys so I know you are a good worm digger too..(:) hugs,Patty

Blissitydoodah said...

That little yellow cottage!!!
Oh wow can we get it? I don't know what I'll do if you say no :(

And I gave some zucchini seeds to "our mexican" who planted a garden at our place of business. Hopefully lots of loaves of choc. zucchini bread this summer :) BTW have you discovered the blog Chocolate and Zucchini?

My discussion question of the day...
Thou shalt not kill vs. in Eccl. which says "a time to kill" as well as all the killing the Israelites did in their little tour of the desert...what about it?

Vickie said...

I'm definitely going to make some zucchini bread. It's been awhile since I've made some - too long!

Love your new "treasures"! I'm crazy about the washtubs. I've got my eye out for another one, too!

That was really a neat town with all those cute gingerbread houses - nice trip with your hubby!

Yolanda said...


What a joy it is to come here to the Shappy Olde Potting Shed, and sit with you.

Lots of love,

Linda Stubbs said...

Beautiful pictures. So glad you have a wonderful time! I just love the picture of your apron and hat in your shed. Cute, cute!!!! Thank you for the zuke bread recipe. I am planting mine today. I am so behind. Been so busy!

Please come over for our party. Have missed you!

Blessings and hugs, Linda

From the Heart said...

So glad you and YourGuy had such a wonderful time. Loved the pictures and the things you bought were just waiting for you.

I really did miss you though. It was awfully quiet around here without you.
Blessings, my friend, AE

Rebecca said...

What a quaint and interesting place you visited. I could just sit and look and look at each picture of cottages & yards!

Your thrift store finds are fantastic. I'm even just a little jealous!

Wish I could tell you where to find more blue bottles! I have friends looking for some for me, too.

Territory Mom said...

Wonderful post, love the photos and thanks for the recipe. We had so much zukes one year I even made zuke pancakes.

Barbara Jean said...

Wonderful pictures Lea. So loved the houses and the rock gazebo, and gated staircase with vines on it.

I know nothing about blue bottles. sorry.

Thanks for coming by,and for prayers. I'm doing fine emotionally, but down with the flue for 3 days now. had toast this morning, so must be on the mend.
That man of mine has been tending the store!! (and hoping no one comes in for tea. He knows even less than I do about it.) =)

hugs and blessings

barbara jean

Denise said...

I am a country cottage kinda girl.. My home is a long ranch home but by the time I am finished with it it will be cottage lookn' hahhahaah

I love the black eyed susies. I need to stop and pull me up a handful and put in my yard....... My son comes over and says "MOTHER" why are you putting so much in the yard to mow around!!!! My reply! Cauzzzzzzzzzzz I can! hahahah