Zucchini Bread Muffins

Remember last week when I told you our house smelled of the amazing aroma of zucchini bread… And that I would share that recipe with you? Well, better late than never, right?

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This recipe can be made into loaves, muffins, or a combination of the two, like I did.

There is also flexibility in how you use sugar. The recipe calls for a total of three cups, which can be split into any combination of your choosing between white sugar, brown sugar, and splenda. We’ve found that the best flavor comes when the ratio of brown to white/splenda is 1:2. For this batch, I used 1/2 cup splenda brown sugar blend (equal to 1 cup of regular brown sugar), 1 cup granulated splenda, and 1 cup of sugar.

This batch was better than when we made them with only real sugar and brown sugar. Chris took the loaf to work to share with the guys, and they told him this zucchini bread is so good that we should sell it! I jokingly named these Devil Muffins, and I bet you can’t eat just one! haha

What You Need

  • 3 1/4 c flour
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t ground nutmeg
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 c vegetable
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 c water
  • 2 c grated zucchini
  • 1 t lemon juice

What You Do

Measure and combine all of the dry ingredients into a very large mixing bowl. Little clumps of brown sugar make for extra yummy bites!

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Peel your zucchini, and shred it in the food processor. Squeeze the juice out and pack it into the measuring cup, then put it in a medium bowl. A little extra doesn’t hurt Winking smile 

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Measure out the liquid ingredients and mix them into the zucchini. It doesn’t look delicious at this point…

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Next, add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and mix it up well.

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Now is another time where you get to make your own choices: pour it into a well Pamed loaf pan…

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… muffin pan, or both like I did!

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Bake in a preheated, 350 degree oven. The loaf will take about 63 minutes, and the muffins will take about 25 minutes.

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Make sure you stick a tester knife in it and don’t just go by looks!

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Let it cool about 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan to let it cool completely. You can either eat it plan like this, or kick it up a notch by whipping up a simple powdered sugar glaze to brush on top!

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These are absolutely delicious! You will gobble them up and everyone you allow to try them will be begging you to make more of them soon!

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Please go try these, and let me know what you think!

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

This is a recap of what I did this week to get up and get moving! Sadly, since this week was quite busy, I only worked out on the weekend.  I did pump some iron this weekend though!

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  • Sunday 7/17: 20 minutes on the treadmill
  • Monday 7/18: None.
  • Tuesday 7/19: None.
  • Wednesday 7/20: None.
  • Thursday 7/21: None.
  • Friday 7/22: None.
  • Saturday 7/23: Hills on the treadmill—I pushed a button on our treadmill and let it tell me what to do. It kicked my booty!! I also strength trained with the following:
    • Stability Ball Dumbell Press- 2 sets of 10 at 10lbs each
    • Single Leg Calf Raises- 2 sets of 10 each leg; one set no weight, second set 10lbs strapped around each ankle
    • Donkey Kicks- 2 sets of 10 each leg at 10 lbs each
    • Ab Burnout: Alternating V-Ups (10 each side), Knee Tucks (20), Side Bends (10 each side), Ball Crunches (20)

What did you do this week to be active?

 

Amber

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Who’s That Chick?

Hey there, happy Friday! 

I was so busy this week, it flew by and today doesn’t quite feel like Friday.

Monday I started the classroom training part of my new job, which lasts through the next three weeks. It’s going great and I’m learning so much more than I had expected (based off what others told me), and I’m so glad!!

Tuesday, Boyfriend worked, which made it feel like Monday for me. He’s usually off Tuesdays so that threw everything out of whack.

Wednesday night, my mom and dad came up to take us to eat at Lambert’s, and surprised us by bringing the World’s Cutest Sweetest Funniest Baby with them—my niece! Smile  I love that chubby little red head!!

Last night, I did something I haven’t done in about a year:

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I had gotten so used to my hair being dark, I thought it was normal (which technically it is I suppose). My hair has been highlighted since I was in middle school. When I was really little, it was naturally platinum blonde but has gotten progressively darker as I’ve gotten older. I never knew how dark until I went a year without doing anything to it!

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It was also begging for a trim, and was getting completely unruly. My bangs had grown out about three inches past my chin! They were no longer bangs.

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(The crazy frayed ends are after I CHI’d it!)

All night last night and all day today, I’ve been taking second looks at myself when I walk past a mirror. It doesn’t look like me, even though my hair looked like this my entire life (except for a couple times I intentionally colored it super dark).

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Tonight, we are chillin’!  We’re having a delicious dinner (I’ll give you three guesses what it is, and the first two don’t count!) and getting a movie. We’ve been busy all week and Chris had to work outside today in the 105 degree (that’s without the heat index!) weather so I’m sure he’s beyond drained.

I feel pretty again (if you don’t agree, I don’t want to know!)!! Smile

Have a fantastic night!

 

Amber

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Turkey Meatballs

Hi there! Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

My weekend was busy. Yesterday was the wedding shower for one of my best friends, and today was full of errands. This weekend definitely went by way too fast!

Tonight I spent a lot of time in the kitchen—and it was so worth it! Right now, our house is filled with the aroma of zucchini bread (I’ll share that with you later this week). 

Dinner was a repeat of a successful batch of turkey meatballs I told you about a few weeks ago.

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What You Need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 t dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1 t dried basil, crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 T low sugar ketchup
  • 1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 T Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey

What You Do:

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In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, rosemary, marjoram, basil, garlic, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Add in the onion and breadcrumbs.

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Use your hands to thoroughly mix in the ground turkey.

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Use an ice cream scoop (or your hands) to shape the mixture into balls. Sear them in a non-stick pan with about 1T oil.

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Once they’re browned, pop them in the oven in a Pamed pan for about 10 minutes to make sure they’re cooked through.

Serve them on top of hot pasta and cover them in sauce alongside cheesy garlic bread (if you’re Boyfriend).

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Serve them covered in sauce with whole grain bread on the side (if you’re Girlfriend).

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We both also had a fresh salad with tomatoes, but you probably know what that looks like…

These are so delicious and simple, and the only meatballs either of us has ever liked!

If you try them, let me know what you think!

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

This week was not a good workout week! I was busy every night, and the nights I had planned to workout, something happened that kept me from it. Lame excuses? Not really, I seriously didn’t have any free time this week.

I would like to note that on four of the days I worked this week, I spent at least six hours on my feet walking around! The other day I spent about four hours walking.

  • Sunday 7/10: 20 minutes on the treadmill, with a new personal best for the mile!
  • Monday 7/11: work only.
  • Tuesday 7/12: work only.
  • Wednesday 7/13: work only.
  • Thursday 7/14: work only.
  • Friday 7/15: work only.
  • Saturday 7/16: None (I was out of town for a friend’s wedding shower).

This coming week I’ll be getting off work 30 minutes earlier than normal (thanks to going in 30 minutes earlier), so I should have a few nights to get my booty moving! 

How were your workouts this week?

 

Amber

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We Made A Baby

… a baby tomato that is!! (Gotcha!)

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Isn’t he the cutest little thing??

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I was talking about the tomato….

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We grew this tiny little guy on our Big Boy (I think that’s what the tag said) plant that we bought, which was supposed to produce tomatoes between one and two pounds. I really don’t want a two pound tomato, but one the size of an iPod shuffle is a little runt-ish small.

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Sure is a cutie though!! Smile 

Tonight Chris’s mom and step-dad are coming over for dinner, so that should be fun! Tomorrow is a bridal shower for one of my besties, and I’m so excited!!

Hope you all have had a great week, and a good weekend!!

 

Amber

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Not Your Typical Tacos

Howdy! How was your Monday? Mine was pretty good, I feel like I’m actually learning stuff that will help me do MY job at work! Smile 

Dinner last night was something that we have at least once per week around here… Tacos!

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First look, and you probably think, those aren’t tacos! Where’s your shell? These tacos are not your normal tacos. The first time Chris told me he was making tacos, and what he was using to make them, I thought they sounded weird and not very good… Please do not let the no shell, no salsa, no sour cream thing scare you away from trying these!

No, they aren’t anything like typical tacos, but they are super simple and delicious—which is why we eat them every week! We’ve even started playing around with the meat, and they are delicious made with diced chicken, ground turkey breast, and the classic beef. Try these for yourself, and let me know what you think!

What You Need:

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef or turkey, or boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 14oz can tomato sauce
  • garlic salt
  • romaine lettuce—be lazy and use the bagged pre-cut stuff!
  • 1 large tomato or 2 Romas
  • white onion, diced—about 2 T, depends how much you like raw onion
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded colby-jack cheese

What To Do:

Brown your meat of choice, seasoned with salt and pepper. If using turkey, add a little garlic salt.

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In a separate sauce pan, heat the tomato sauce seasoned with 1-2 T garlic salt (to taste).

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Chop your tomatoes and onion.

Layer it up in a big bowl—that’s it! Really!!

If you’re Boyfriend, you start with a good base of slightly crushed tortilla chips, then lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, onion, and sauce.

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If you’re Girlfriend, you start with a good base of lettuce, then meat, sauce, tomatoes, 2 crumbled Melba toast, and a small pinch of onions.

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Either way, you’re going to scarf it up and continually say how good it is—and you may catch your boyfriend licking the bowl Winking smile

 

Are there any dinners you eat at least once per week?

 

Amber

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