September 13, 2017

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Hello everyone! What a crazy few weeks it's been here, my baby (not really a baby, but he's my baby) started school a few weeks ago and it has been a crazy adjustment for all of us. Kaley wanders around the house looking for him most of the day and seems pretty confused as to where he is hiding, but the smiles when he finally comes home are too sweet!

But today is the day! I am FINALLY sharing the recipe for the Zucchini Lemon Poppy seed Bread I made and shared back in June on Instagram with you guys! Sorry that it has taken so long, life just got in the way.

I found the recipe on good old Pinterest from Fabulously Frugal and it was easy enough to make, considering the work it is to grate zucchini. I made one large loaf instead of mini loaves and chose not to put the glaze on from the original recipe. Next time I do want to try the mini loaves for the simple fact that I think they are adorable and would be the cutest little gifts for people.

Zucchini Lemon Poppyseed Bread  (adapted from Fabulously Frugal)                     

3 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup butter, melted an cooled
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp poppy seeds
3 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tbsp lemon zest
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice (that's all I got from my lemons)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and line bottom with parchment paper.

2. Grate zucchini, then wring out in paper towels or clean dish towel to remove excess moisture. Set aside.

3. Whisk dry ingredients together in small bowl (flour, baking powder and poppy seeds). In a large separate bowl  mix the eggs and sugar. Add zucchini, butter, zest and juice. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture until combined. Pour into prepared loaf pan.

4. Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack before removing. Turn cake onto rack and let another 30 minutes before eating or let cool completely before storing.

And honestly guys, I really don't think it needed the glaze at all! This bread was a hit both with Luis and I and when I brought it to work. The bread was just sweet enough with the delicious hints of lemon and the yummy poppy seeds. I love poppy seeds, and this is probably my favourite flavour combination.

So if you find yourself with some zucchini and the energy to bake, you should try this bread. You will not be disappointed! And if you're in the mood for something chocolatey, check out my zucchini brownies. Another recipe that doesn't disappoint.


September 8, 2017

The Story of How We Almost Didn't Move.....

Hello again, welcome back! I feel like I am never going to catch up with all the things I have to share with you guys, it's almost funny (and not the ha-ha kind of funny). I still have a few things from the old house that I am not sure if I am going to share or not, we will have to see what happens. It seems likes such a waste not to share, but then there is so much new going on that I don't know if I will have time. First world problems over here.

Today I am sharing the story of how we almost didn't move and actually moved four days later than expected. This will just be a quick, cautionary story for you guys about how you should never close two houses on the same day. We were told that this really wasn't THAT big of a deal prior to everything, but guys.... trust me. Don't do this.

 (Our First House)

We were set to close our old house (first house) on July 7th and use that sale to buy our current house (new house) on July 7th as well.  Prior to moving day Luis and I moved anything that wasn't being used on a daily basis into a storage unit, so that on moving day it would just be furniture and essentials. We had an extremely tight timeline, but thought we could do it. We rented a truck and had a ton of people help us move everything into it by lunch time.

We started to get antsy around 3pm when we hadn't heard anything from our lawyer and called him. This is where we were told that somehow the financing from our buyer was rejected and they would not be able to get the keys to our new house that day and that the sale was now in question. Guys, I have never been so scared and upset in my whole life.

We decided to leave everything where it was and stay with my parents for the weekend, leaving the animals in the empty house and going over a few time a day to let the dogs out and feed them all. Luis and I took the Monday off work, had our helpers meet us at the old house after lunch and waited. And waited. And waited. At 4:45 I drove over to the lawyers office and started to cry in the reception area while waiting to talk to our lawyer because we still didn't have word on if we would be getting the keys or not.

 (Our New House)

We got the keys at 5:01pm on July 10th and had the entire truck and storage unit unloaded by 7:00pm that night. I can't even tell you how hard our friends worked that day for us. Oh, and did I mention that both of the kids and myself had fevers and a really (REALLY) bad cold? Yeah, it was a good time and I was pretty much useless for that part of the move.
Apparently the credit union that our buyer used is notorious for not checking paperwork and not getting things submitted on time. It ended up working out quickly for us, but this little hiccup ended up affecting 6 families total because the people we were buying from had to stall the purchase of their new house.  And so, and so on, for 4 more families. Such a crazy and scary thing to happen, and as we were going through it everyone just kept saying "the chances of this happening are so small" and "it's always a possibility, but I've never actually had this happen". Not very helpful people.

So moral of the story? Don't close two house on the same day. Bridge your mortgages if you can, and if you can't see if you can crash somewhere until you get the keys to you new house. This was my public service announcement that will hopefully save someone from having a mental breakdown in front of all of their friends and family.