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My Mom’s Zucchini Bread (aka “The Best Zucchini Bread Ever!”)

I’ve had my share of zucchini bread (and my share of neighbors ringing my doorbell, offering  grocery bag loads of zucchini because they had way too much and couldn’t think of any other way to get rid of it!)  None, however, has ever been as good as my mom’s.  Hers is so moist!  She used to make it every Christmas for friends and family.  Now, she’s handed the recipe down to me and I am using it to try to get to the bottom of the pile of zucchini that seems to grow each day.  Keep your doors closed, neighbors!

Mom’s Zucchini Bread

BEAT together:

3 eggs beaten ‘til frothy

2 cups grated zucchini

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil (I used canola)

2 teaspoons vanilla. 


MIX together:

3 cups flour

2 teasp. Cinnamon

1 teasp. Baking soda

1 teasp. Baking powder

1 teasp. Salt

1/2 teasp. Allspice

1/2 teasp. Nutmeg


Add flour mix to egg mix gradually, beating well.  Add 1 cup chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 in 2 well greased and floured loaf pans for about 35-45 min.  Check it when you start to smell it.  Cool; wrap and store overnight before slicing (if you can stand it!)

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by DaisyMuse  |  1 Comment »

Barbecue Cups

When I first got married, I brought this dish to virtually every potluck I went to, and always received requests for the recipe.  My husband and children love it, as do the various people who’ve received it over the years when they had a new baby, or were laid up after surgery, or moved into a new house. It was one of my childhood favorites, handed down from “Gramma” (aka my mom).

Barbecue Cups

Brown 1# ground beef or turkey; drain fat.  Add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, 2T brown sugar, and 1/4 cup chopped onion.    Press 1 can of Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers Buttermilk Biscuits into 10 ungreased muffin cups.  Make sure dough goes up to edge of each cup. Divide meat mixture evenly among cups.  Top with shredded cheddar cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min, or until biscuit edges are golden.

Pair it with a salad or green bean, and you’ve got dinner!

Posted on January 19th, 2011 by admin  |  11 Comments »


“Gramma” (my mom) is the greatest Mom ever!  =)  You may, coincidentally, have one of those, too– I hope you do feel that way about your mom.  Mine taught me some of the most important lessons I will ever learn, so I thought she deserved her own spot here on my blog.  Here’s a short bio:

 Gramma was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1941.  Shortly before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Some of her earliest memories are of World War II blackouts!  She married my dad in 1965, and they have three daughters—me (the eldest), and my two younger sisters.   Today, Gramma lives in a cozy apartment and spends time with her children and grandchildren everyday (she has to fly out to visit me, so I get her all to myself for several weeks!).  She loves to crochet, play the guitar and piano, and listen to Big Band music.  My kids think she’s a “cool gramma” because she wears hoop earrings.  But the real reason Gramma is so neat is that she’s thoughtful and interested in other people.  If you tell her purple is your favorite color, she’ll never forget it, and you’ll get dozens of purple gifts for every occasion.  She also listens, and praises our accomplishments while seemingly forgetting our shortcomings.  In short, she edifies everyone she comes in contact with.  I love being around her.  And she’s the kind of mom I want to be.

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by admin  |  2 Comments »