Monday 22 August 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Finding Treasures and Zucchini Muffins


It's a beautiful day and I'd like to share with you some 
of the treasures in my week.
I went to a garage sale and purchased this lovely floral platter.
I do have a soft spot for blue and white dishes 
so I quickly snagged it. 
It's not sitting on my hutch for easy access. 
I also picked up a cute wall hanging basket for 50 cents.
Now just to find something to put in it. 

I also made a stop with my family at the local free store 
and picked up some more treasures.
I found a great piece of slate.
I am not sure if I'll use it for a sign or perhaps
for a hot plate for the table?
A cute little owl pot that I will put a candle in.
Another little cookie cooling rack.
I find those racks are good for so many things.
I also found some new to us clothes
and finally a  couple metal baskets.
I think they're from a freezer and the plastic is peeling off.
So I'll help that process along and paint them. 
It'll make some more easy storage for 
winter woollens in the entryway.

The garden is doing well still and it's fun to go out and harvest.
I must say the family is getting a touch tired of squash. 
But...I'm happy to say that there are now beans in the greenhouse!!!
Up here it's hard to grow least that is my experience.
I think I actually enjoy the purple beans over the green.
The snap peas are doing very well and producing more then last year.
I've been picking the tomatoes just a hair before they're ready
so that it spurs the others to ripen. 

This past week I enjoyed a lovely paddle out with my girls.
I do love being out on the water.  
This place is a special place for us to paddle as we used to live closer.
The water is higher this year so the weeds 
don't get in the way.
Also no portaging needed to go from one lake to the next.

The mountain views were so beautiful
and my camera could never capture the amazing colours 
as seen with the naked eye.  
You can see the fall colours coming down the mountains.
The clouds were also just incredible and I could have 
floated for hours just watching them.

In the kitchen this week I've done some baking.
I enjoy making pesto and herb buns.
I make some of each as not all in the family are pesto fans.
Then I baked some chocolate zucchini muffins.
Good way to use up some squash. 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup shredded zucchini (squeezed)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Mix and bake at 350F 20-25 minutes

I need to pull out more of the grains from the pantry to grind up.
I have some barley that I want to grind up to make crackers with. 
I need to wake up my sourdough starter again so that I can 
make some more of those kinds of crackers as well.
Sourdough barely crackers?  Have you made any?

This past week I also bought some new sock yarn.
Time to start thinking of winter projects.
For now...I have some doilies I want to make. 
I printed off a few patterns and hope to start today.

Praying you have a beautiful week! 

Love and Prayers,


Anonymous said...

Jennifer you find so many interesting projects to do! Love reading about all the things you think up to do. I miss that! Thank you for sharing.

Sister in the Mid-west said...

Those pesto herb buns look so good! I have only ever made pesto from basil but I have heard that it can be made from a variety of herbs. Do you construct these buns in the same way as cinnamon rolls, swapping out the butter/cinnamon sugar for the pesto?

Margie said...

What great finds! We don't have a "free store", but I am part of a local "Buy Nothing" group where members offer items for free. This week, I shared three teacups that I received from this group.

Sunshine Country said...

That is a pretty blue and white platter that you found! I have a bit of a weakness for blue and white dishes as well. Those herb buns look good! And I always enjoy the pictures you share of the lake. Such a beautiful view! You're so blessed to have that to enjoy.