Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Have a lot of extra Zucchini piling up?  We had several on the large size as of late and Purplicous decided to give a new recipe from Jamie Cooks it Up a try.  It was a BIG hit around here.doublechocoloatemuffins

I tweaked the cooking time just a little and turned it into mini muffin bites the 2nd time around and the munchkins are LOVING taking them to school in lunches.  They freeze wonderfully!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Adapted from:  Jamie Cooks it Up!


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  •  2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Mix the wet ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk.  Add the zucchini to the wet ingredients.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl with a wooden spoon.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir, junst unil combined.  Fold in the chocoalte chips and you are ready to pour into muffin pan.
  4. Line your muffin tin with cupcake holders and fill a bit more than 2/3 of the way full.
  5. Bake at 350 for 17 minutes.


Optional:  If you want to make mini muffin bits we dropped the temperature to 325 simply sprayed the muffin tin with a little PAM and baked for 11 minutes in a pan like this

img source: Internet


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Craft Camp

This week Purplicious has been attending a craft camp in the neighborhood.  Today we decided to feature 2 of her projects completed so far.

First up:


The tile(this Masonite) was pre-painted.  She got to apply the vinyl add the button for the flower and tie the ribbon.


Second project:


Light switch covers.  First clean your base plate with rubbing alcohol to allow the tape to stick better.  Then add washi tape across it.  Next cut out the holes and fold the tape back.  Finally brush mod podge over everything and allow to dry before installing.


Pretty cute and fun don’t you think?

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Change and Ice Cream

Hello hello!   I hope each of you still taking the time to check in now  and then (THANK YOU!)  are enjoying a lovely summer!

A few quick items of change

Item #1 – I will continue reunion info in the near future however it is going to be interrupted for a bit.  (Truthfully I still haven’t taken the pictures needed to complete the post) :)

Item #2 – I am going to be switching from blogging M/W/F to Tuesday/ Thursday.  I promise I have tons I want to put up but I am just not keeping up.  Between wanting to be in the moment with my family, my continued limited time allowed sitting in a computer chair staring at a screen etc. and a need to de-stress I am backing off of my self imposed schedule.  I hope you will still take the time to drop in though!

Now onto a lighter topic – Who doesn’t love ice cream??

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?  We have been celebrating in style with 4 new flavors to share in the coming weeks.

Tonight’s flavor is Funfetti Golden Oreo ice cream.  Adapted from Blahnik Baker.

This flavor was a real kid pleaser! (Can you ever go wrong with sprinkles??)


I think the best part of homemade ice cream with our current ice cream machine is the ability to watch in eager anticipation for it to start to thicken and look like ice cream!


Funfetti Golden Oreo Ice Cream


  • 1 cup whole milk, chilled
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 c heavy cream, cold
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or 2 tsp. vanilla extract)
  • 1 c chopped Golden Oreo cookies
  • 1/3 c sprinkles
  • a pinch of salt


1.  In a large bowl whisk together milk, sugar,vanilla bean seeds and pinch of salt on low- speed until sugar dissolves, about 1-2 minutes.

2.  Stir in heavy cream until combined.

3.  Pour into your ice cream maker and churn until thickened.  During the last 5 minutes of mixing add in the chopped Oreos.  During the last minute add int eh sprinkles.

4.  Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container and freeze for 2-3 hours till firm.

5. Eat and enjoy!



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A chance to give

I know I don’t generally post on Tuesday but this is time sensitive:

Yesterday I saw a note asking if you had time to send a Birthday card please take a moment to read the link.  So I clicked on the link and found a story that was done on abc News about a little boy named Danny

Photo from abcNews click on the picture to go to the story


He has been battling an inoperable brain tumor since October and his Birthday wish was to receive a bunch of birthday cards.  If you want to read more please click on the picture to be taken to the abcNews story.

Needless to say the story tugged on my heartstrings a bit and the munchkins and I decided to spend sometime yesterday creating Birthday cards for Danny.


It was also chance to have a really good sweet conversation with my kids about life, death and sickness while doing something to brighten someone’s day a little.

I thought I would put it out there and share in case any of you fabulous readers wanted to take a moment and send a card:

Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035



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Reunion Recap: GO FISH

I have dubbed this week Reunion Week.  I am going to highlight and recap some of the big projects I have been working on with my amazing mom for the last several months.

First up Family GO FISH!



I originally saw this idea on the Crafting Chicks blog  and thought it was a lot of fun.  (I somehow missed the lots of work part) :)  First step was to create my template for the cards.  We decided to go with a different color background for each family.  This way the cards could be used to play a game OR help the cousin’s figure out who belongs to who.

gofish_2(I assure you the kids mugs are cuter than this crew) ;)

We also included an OLD Maid to give the cards more versatility.


To create our Maid I used the cow graphic from Miss Kate’s Cuttables.  I did edit it a little to make it black and white like our family cow that somehow became a mascot of sorts for reunions.  I also added a few digital scrapbooking elements to fancy our cow up.  Sadly I am not sure where I picked them up from.

To make the cards we designed fronts:


and backs:


Then printed LOTS of cards followed by lots of cutting before gluing fronts and backs together and laminating them.

Then we were FINALLY able to cut them again for completion.  (HUGE shout-out to my husband who helped a TON with this since EACH family got their own deck of cards)

Last but not least Grandma found great containers to keep the decks of cards in.  For the top I designed a fun label again using images from Miss Kate’s Cuttables and from Ellie Lash.  Which I used my Silhouette to print onto sticker paper and then cut out for the containers.gofish_7

It was so much fun at the reunion to see what a hit these cards were:


Even the older crew got into them and there were LOTS of giggles all around and memories made!



On a quick other small note.  I had NOTHING to do with this project but a shout out to my mom who made each of the Grandchildren their own set of jammies!  I know at least at our house these are much loved!


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My entrepreneur

Purplicous sold 3 more scarves!


In other news so we “keep it real”  here on the blog when Doctor’s tell you “Don’t eat toothpaste” it’s legit.  (Not that I doubted . . .)

However, apparently this little munchkin did.


He decided to go for an early morning unsupervised tooth-brushing extravaganza to the tune of 3/4 of a brand new tube of toothpaste.  “Mom I kept trying to spit it out but I just couldn’t”

I am grateful for Poison Control who we spent the day talking to as they monitored the situation.  I also learned that the calcium in milk will bind to fluoride and help it exit your body.  (However the process is slow and painful)

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Firework flashback

Summer is here and with it a new refreshing sort of craziness.  So far our days have been spent enjoying camping, swimming lessons, tennis lessons, reading and sunny days outside.

This weekend we even had our first zucchini ready to harvest!  Plus our raspberries are starting to trickle in.

Since Friday is the 4th of July I thought I would re-share a post from the past in case anyone is looking for a yummy treat to celebrate the big day.

Firework brownies!


You can find the full details HERE

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