Lemon Zest Zucchini white Chocolate Mini Loafs

Lemon Zuchini white chocolate mini Loafs

Lemon Zest Zucchini White Chocolate Mini Loafs 

It is 40 days before  Fall and who is counting right? Summer time I love to savor the fresh fruits and vegetables  that I get from our local small business grocery stores.  I have a thing for Lemons I put them in my drinking water with fresh mint leaves from our back yard as well as cucumbers. I also love to drink lemonade, and eat lemon Meringue Pie, Tarts I can go on and on.

I am the type of person who does not like to waste food, and if you lived in my generation of parents who said ,”Eat what you have on your plate before you leave the table there are starving children out there that would want your food.”  Then you would totally understand.  I recently had bought Zucchini and totally forgot about it since the middle drawer of my refrigerator seems to get forgotten of those hidden buys.  I was going to make Zucchini bread, but thought why not try something a little different lets add some zest to it and see what happens.  Now a little hint about picking the best lemons always look for ones that are very bright in color, and a little soft when you squeeze it that tells you it is nice and juicy. Now I had added the white chocolate chips to this recipe because I have learned that the white chocolate chips when they melt inside they actually give a nice sweetness, not to sweet just right.  These loafs are great for gift giving, parties and events, small bites they just fit in the palm of your hand bon appetit!

Recipe:

4 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

4 eggs

1/2 cup of oil

1/2 cup of butter ( Soften)

1 1/3 cup of sugar

1 cup of sour cream

4 table spoons of fresh lemon juice

1 table spoon of lemon zest

2 cups of grated Zucchini

1/2 cup of white chocolate chips

Combine all dry ingredients, white chocolate chips, set aside. In separate  bowl beat eggs, oil, butter, sugar until creamy . Add sour cream, lemon juice and lemon zest stir until combined. Fold in Zucchini and add dry ingredients.  Don’t  over mix just stir until combined. Grease and flour the mini loaf pans.  I get my mini loaf pans from Wilton bake products.  Scoop the batter evenly in the mini loaf pans, make sure you do not over fill them or else they will rise over. I usually scoop to fill half way. bake at  350 degrees for  25 min, of course I usually set at 20 min and take a look to see does it need more time because I do not like to set it to long or else you are going to get a burnt mess.  Everyone’s Oven is different in baking .  Put a tooth pick in the loaf to see if it comes out clean if so then you are done, ready to take them out of the oven. Cool in the pan for ten minutes, then remove and place on paper towel or a cooling rack.  After they are cooled, top them with lemon glaze.

Glaze:

1 Cup of powdered sugar

2 tsp of lemon juice

Mix ingredient in a bowl until all lumps are removed.  pour over the loafs and spread with a spoon. let glaze set up slightly.

 

 

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A Mickey Happy Birthday

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I love to help out with event planning or just help out if someone asks me to  it’s  my passion. So a few months ago I was asked to help a co-worker of mine to do a few things for her sons first birthday.  I was delighted to help and totally honored since I love kids.  She told me that it was going to be a Mickey Birthday party for her son, and that she wanted a banner made to hang up at the birthday party table to show his pictures from New born to 12 months. I have to be honest I was a little nervous to do this since I have never made one of those before, and I wanted to make it perfect. So Of course I had to go on pinterest to get some ideas and think of what I really wanted to do.  I remembered that I had tons of felt from some previous projects that I have done in the past so I was going to use my Cricut , but we recently had a terrible storm that it was not working right ( I got it to work now thank Goodness!) I got a tracing of Mickey from the internet printed it up and traced it on Freezer parchment paper.

I swear by this stuff Just trace what ever it is you need to trace and then use a iron on low heat.  You want to make sure you lay the shinny side of the trace paper facing down on the felt fabric.  Just iron over the paper and you have it stuck to the felt.  Once that is done just cut around the tracing and you get your patterns.  mickey-felts

Once you have all the patterns cut out you can use a glue gun to attach the felt together. The process takes awhile, but it is easier than to sew the whole thing.  I was thinking of doing that, but realized that would take to long. The next step was To stencil the Patterns which was pretty easy to do. I had some stencils and fabric paint. When you use the fabric paint just remember it sometimes takes 24 hours for it to completely dry on the fabric.   The next idea I was thinking  was how is she going to attach the photos on this banner??  I thought I can just add to the banner tiny cloths pins which I had, but realized they were a little to big for the banner.  So I went out to Joanns and bought some tiny wooden cloths pins. the results are in the next photos.

 

I had so much fun doing this, that I realized I think I need to make more of these especially for one of my friends who is having a baby soon. She is a HUGE Disney fan so Finding Nemo is my next project.

 

Besides making the banner for the party I was asked to make my sugar cookies and she wanted me to make Mickey Mouse Cookies. Once again I have never made Mickey Mouse Cookies so I did go and buy a Mickey mouse Cookie Cutter to do this for the party ( One awesome Cookie Cutter to add to the rest of my other Cookie Cutters). I found them on Amazon and got them for a really reasonable price.  mickey-sugar-cookies

I had bought the Food Coloring gel online through Amazon as well,but I would prefer to use Wilton cake Decorating gel.  The Gel that I used was a little Glossy to me and that was not what I wanted to do, but in the end I think they turned out.  So I am thrilled that I got to do this for a little one’s first birthday it certainly turned out cute.

Brazilian Chocolate Truffles (Brigadeiros)

 

Two years ago I came across these unique truffles and wanted to make them. They were simple and easy to make. I wanted to share them to my Co-workers and they were a hit. These truffles are a Brazilian treat, and since the Summer Olympics are being held in Rio I thought let’s get a little taste of Brazil.

Brazil is one of the largest Countries in the world and the wide varieties of food available in different regions reflect that. Ubiquitous touches include rice, beans, vegetables and fruit. Brazil produces more fruit than almost anywhere else on Earth, including avocados, oranges, pineapples, papayas, guavas, acai berries and more . Brazilians love their desserts for sure especially Chocolate.

These truffles are fun to make, you can cover them in sprinkles, powdered cocoa, Cinnamon. One of the things I like to do is make mine with a little kick. I sometimes add to the mix a little crushed red peppers. You get the sweetness with a little sneak of heat. It is a quick idea and great for parties, wedding favors. One thing to remember though when you make them always keep your hands lathered with plenty of butter because if your hands are dry the mix is very sticky and messy. Go team USA win the Gold !

 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of butter, plus extra for hand-rolling.

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup sprinkles you can use chocolate or multi color or both

 

Directions:

Put butter, cocoa powder and condensed milk in a saucepan and heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly as the butter melts. Reduce heat and continue to stir for 5 to 7 minutes as contents thicken.

turn off heat and cool mixture to room temperature -about 15 minutes. lightly butter your hands, scoop up a tablespoonful of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Coat the ball in a plate of sprinkles. Repeat then store in a sealed container for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator. Makes 5 to 6 servings.

Happy fourth Anniversay at Mulvaney’s

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Courtesy of Mulvaney’s B&L

It has been four years since I married my husband, and for our anniversary he made reservations to Mulvaney’s B&L. I had no idea this place existed ( Sorry guess I do not get out much these days) until last weekend.  This place is a hidden gem in Downtown Sacramento an old brick building that is not so fancy on the inside, but very quaint and homey inside. The staff is wonderful they show no stress while working, and are very good at explaining the meals that will be presented that evening. Each day is a different menu apparently that was definitely a plus since my husband and I are such foodies.  Such a wonderful experience for the both of us, each entree was beautifully executed, and had such eclectic flavors leaving you guessing what is the next entree going to taste like. We did not leave that place disappointed at all. I have to add even my Cosmopolitan was to die for I think the best one I have ever had.

It was so nice to be able to share each entree with my husband and just be able to enjoy the scene of this place, making me feel like I did not want to leave I wanted to join in the fun in the kitchen.

So if you ever decide you want some quaint place to enjoy a date night or even have the whole family together and enjoy some food this is the place to go. It was certainly Heaven for us each meal got better and better, and the piece to the resistance was their version of a Hostess Ding Dong, Um way over the top leaving you in a food Coma.

Thank you Mulvaney’s for the wonderful evening and I had the pleasure to taste your craft.

 

Sincerely

The Bruetsch’s