Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Bars

My sister brought these bars on our camping trip. I thought they were amazing... so amazing I made two recipes of them today.

They are so moist and not too sweet. It's a win-win situation.


 Thank you sister!

Chocolate Zucchini Bars

2 cups zucchini, shredded
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Mix together zucchini, sugar and oil.
Add remaining ingredients and stir with spoon, then spread
 into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Whipped Ganache Frosting

 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi sweet)

Combine in a small saucepan and heat until chocolate is smooth
and melted. Chill in refrigerator. Whip until peaks form
 and spread on cooled bars.

Enjoy!
 Hope

Monday, August 18, 2014

Noel Camping 2014

We had a lovely weekend camping with the Noel Farm Kids. To see a previous camping trip in 2011 go here.

My sister came to join us all the way from Indiana! The weekend was full of fun and delicious campfire food.















Blessings,
Hope

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Baby Lauren

I had the honor of taking Lauren Kate's newborn photos. Her mom, Jessica, worked with me at Campbell Copy for years and she is also my husband's first cousin.

Meet her sweet baby, Lauren Kate.









Congrats!
Hope

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Everyday Life

Our computer has been broke so I haven't been able to blog. I do still cook, but these days meals are quick and I don't have as much time to create recipes. I hope to return to writing recipes when my baby lets me:)

Here are some photos of our little one...



 Dad's home!

 These playmats need guard rails.

 Sweet Caroline...

 Cousins by the dozens.

She looks like mom through her eyes.

See ya soon!
Hope

Cousins

I photographed my cousin, Maggie's, sweet little ones over the past few weeks.

Alex is a happy baby with lashes as thick as a paint brush and Danielle is a little lady full of herself- talking a mile a minute.



















Happy day!
Hope

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The past weeks...

Here are a few snapshots of the past weeks with our little one...


 11.5 lbs already!


Airplane rides with Daddy.


 She's becoming a talkative little thing.


She is a wirey little thing- holding her head to see everything.


Blessings!
Hope

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Asparagus and Ham Puff

Our neighbor gives us asparagus every spring. I usually just saute it in butter, but tonight I decided to make a main dish out of it. I posted this recipe awhile back using broccoli instead of asparagus. It's simply delicious. Josh set down to eat and said, "What is this?" After he had a few bites he was taking back his sarcastic comment and dipped a second helping.





Broccoli and Ham Puff

Puff
1/4 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

 Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet
or 9 x 13 dish. Beat remaining ingredients together
and pour into dish. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes
until puffy and golden brown.

Filling
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 lb. asparagus, chopped
1 1/2 cups cooked ham, chopped
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
I didn't have cheddar on hand so I used Havarti slices in the bottom
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a skillet and add asparagus and ham. Saute
until asparagus is slightly soft. Whisk together milk and flour.
Add to skillet and stir until thickened. Reduce heat and
add sour cream, lemon juice and hot sauce.
Sprinkle in some salt and pepper if it needs it.
Pour into puff and top with cheese.
Return to the oven for a few minutes
to melt the cheese. 

Enjoy,
Hope


p.s. Please note this is not like puff pastry-
It's more like a fluffy pancake.