Domesticated-ish

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I am so pleased with myself.

Yesterday I had plans to make my first attempt at homemade bread but that didn't end up happening.  Instead, the kids' and I make up a batch of pizza dough and tomato sauce and make homemade pizza for supper.  despite the 'hot' pepperoni that my other half bought for the 'za,  it was a huge hit.  The dough was delish and the sauce was surprisingly tasty.  (I didn't quite have a recipe for the sauce, so I was winging it) .

It felt good to eat a pizza that wasn't prepared from a freezer or a can....and boy was it gooooooood.

After a dessert of strawberries and bananas in cream,  I sent the kids off to bed and started on my next project....a zucchini loaf.  I've been wanting to try this recipe for a while, and after feeling so proud of my supper victory I decided it was the night to try it.  

Here is the result....




...and can I say it's freaking AMAZING?!  The best part;  My kids ate it without complaining.

Here is the recipe I used.

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking power
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts.

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
2.  Sift flour, salt, baking soda baking powder and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3.  Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl.  Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well.  Stir in zucchini and chopped nuts into the mixture until well combined.  
4.  Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until center comes clean.  Cool for 20 minutes and remove from pan to completely cool.

Back to Blogging--Playing Catch Up!

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Sooo...I totally dropped the ball on the blog the last few weeks.  The third trimester hit me like a tonne of bricks, so between that and the incredible amount of work I have been doing to change and improve the lives of my family I just didn't have the mental energy to devote to blogging.  I think things have settled down now and I am in a better place to start sharing again.

First off, pregnancy update.  Today I am 29 weeks and 1 day, with about 76 days left until my EDD.  Realistically, I have about 10-12 weeks to go before I am a Mum of three.  I just know this time will fly by, so I am really trying to enjoy this last stretch of what could be my final pregnancy.  Here is my most recent belly shot...


The spring cleaning is ongoing we and continue to simplify and purge both material and emotional baggage, as well as fill our lives with more positive things.  Everyday feels better than the one before, and that's a great feeling.

This week is marking our first week of homeschooling the children.  Last week H-Man school sent a letter home threatening suspension if his immunization records weren't produced to the health unit.  He is fully immunized and that information would be obtainable, but it just seemed like a sign...and simply writing a letter to the school board seemed so much easier.  Oddly enough, I have already noticed a return of H-Man's enthusiasm for learning and that makes me feel that much better about the decision we've made.  I know it's what will be best for him...for both of them.

Today I will be trying my hand at baking bread, thanks to the inspiration of fellow blogger over at "Living Life Simply, Most of the Time".  I will be reporting on the success (or not) of that endeavor laster this evening.

I think that's mostly it.  I do have a few blogs in my head waiting to be written, mostly about those things that have occupied my time and energy for the last few weeks.  Hope you'll be tuning in!!

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