Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mixing it all together

Angie here:

Mix one character paradox with all the right ingredients for a romantic masterpiece and figure out how to eat it while dieting...isn't that what we're talking about this week?

Just kidding, I made zucchini bread tonight and let the whole world go a bit. It was wonderful to smell the rich, sweet aroma floating through the house. (Recipe below.)

It was time for a baking break. Well, I do that but not nearly as much lately. You see, I'm an over achiever. Even now I'm looking at my computer and realizing the little clock says 2 hours past when I planned to go to bed. It figures. It's so me. I took time off and subconsciously began working again. A bit of a catch-22. Relax, seemlessly move into working, realize I'm working 2 hours into it. Hmm.

I just had to make that zucchini bread though. I didn't want to let my hubby down. His eyes sparkle when I bake him treats. Yep, a little touch of romance ;-) While it baked, I sat down to do a blog post. I also needed to send the recipe to my friend. But because I'm a Weight Watcher leader and ambassador, I had to alter it to make it healthier. (See my college son rolling his eyes.)

It turned out really, really good! I know because I had to, um, taste test it. Why? When I altered it I needed to know if the recipe would work for my friend's church cookbook fund raiser. And we're back to that over achiever thingy. Sheesh! I had a whole different recipe planned to send her. I sent it. Then I sent another. Yes, but I sent this one too.

I think I figured out that my paradox is that I want to relax and find balance, but I can't master the part about relaxing and finding balance. Hmm. I'm easily bored, love learning, love helping people, love checking things off my to-do list. I get excited when I achieve something, especially if it makes someone else smile.

I can live with being an over achiever. I'll be eating zucchini bread while I ponder my newest book tomorrow. I've got it all plotted out, you know. Then I'll go walk it off for 5 miles with my hubby and dog.

What do you do to relax?
What do you do to add romance into your relationship?
Do you add romance through food?

Healthy Zucchini Bread
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
5 cups zucchini or summer squash
 1/3 cup oil
 2/3 cup applesauce
 1 cup white flour
 1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Mix liquids. Add zucchini. Mix in dry ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees in greased dishes for 50-60 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean. I use my casserole dishes so after the breads are cool I just plop the lids on top. Loaf pans are common but you have to turn the loaves out and cover with foil. The bread just seems drier to me when stored that way.

Let me know if you make this healthier version of zucchini bread. I'd love to know if you like altered or if you'll roll your eyes at me, lol.
Angie Breidenbach


  1. Angie, I can almost smell the bread baking! I'll definitely take down your version so I can make it sometime!

    My husband cooks a lot for us, many men are great cooks! Relax? What is that again? LOL, usually, how I relax is turning off the light and going to bed. I don't remember anything for at least 5 hours.

  2. Angie, I don't think I've ever had Zucchini bread. It sounds delicious though. But I'm one of those people who can't bake. I just don't have the knack. Even though I follow directions things don't turn out well. It's probably because I don't do it very often.

  3. Hmmm, can your overachieving self be persuaded to pack me up a bit of that bread? I hate baking.

    But, I understand the overachiever part. When I get quiet, unless I'm exhausted, my brain begins to loop into all the things I'd like to do or should be doing. But, you know, it's okay to overachieve as long as those things that really matter are not left by the wayside. Put God, family, yourself first, then you can overachieve all you want. (Yes, I just gave you permission to overachieve.)

  4. Christy, my daughter-in-law sugars her pan for banana bread instead of flour. I think it would work for zucchini bread too. I meant to try it! Hmm. I smell another batch coming, lol. There's another yummy twist.

    Lindi, I taught all my kids to cook. I think men make wonderful cooks. My sons have a blast making their versions of gourmet burgers. They've had cook-offs with their guy friends! They always win, lol, because they've taken the time to experiment. That's all cooking and baking big experiment. Sometimes quite hilarious too. I've overflowed a huckleberry pie when I didn't know too much sugar would do that. What a mess! It's the messes that teach us the spectacular lessons.

    Dianna, I'll take that permission and choose to stay an over achiever. (I don't think I could be different anyway.) My family would bust out laughing if I tried. It would last about 3 minutes. They'd put bets on it! It's just who I am and how I'm made. I did take a day off once. That's the day my house got cleaned, roflol.

  5. Angie, You are so funny! I'd be taking bets with your family! LOL

    We love you the way you are!

  6. You're welcome, Missy :-)

    Ah, Jenn, you know me too well. Lol.