First I have to share this recipe I made today with zucchini and basil since soon our gardens will be overflowing with both! I also experimented last night when baking chicken breast (bone in, skin on) and I am impressed with the results. I baked the chicken in the oven at 350 degrees for a little over an hour – the chicken breasts were rather large. I took fresh basil leaves and covered the top and also put some under the skin next to the meat – the finished flavor was fresh and I will definitely cook this way again! Now on to the Muffin recipe – Zucchini Basil Muffins -
Grate 3 cups of fresh zucchini and combine with 2/3 cup melted butter along with a 1 cup of chopped basil. Combine 1 1/3 cup sugar, 2 eggs (I used 1 egg and substituted 1 TB flaxseed with 3 TB water for the other egg) and 2 teaspns. vanilla. Add all together. Mix 2 teaspns. baking soda with 3 cups flour, 2 teaspns. cinnamon and 1/2 teaspn. nutmeg. Stir into the zucchini mixture and add 1 cup chopped walnuts. Bake 20-25 minutes – Yum!
I finished up 2 different gourd vases for my sister this past week and they were very easy. Basically I just added a light coat of stain to darken them up a bit and a coat of polyacrylic (varnish) to seal them. The smaller vase I did woodburn a few flowers as a design but I have to say the gourd’s own design is enough.
Closeup of the gourd
These gourds were from my harvest last year and were ready to craft with a while back but I just now finished them up. I have more gourds to design and also have Apple, Bottle and what I call Champagne Bottle (the tall gourd shown) planted in the garden this year and already vining out all over!
I am in my glory today since I received my new Provocraft Gypsy!!!
…. I am so excited! I charged the battery and added a recent update, the Photo application. I now have to link my cartridges and start learning! I did create another blog, RunningGarlicDesigns, and I will be using that to show my different craft creations. What Fun!!!
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