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Glazed Zucchini Lemon Cake

Glazed Zucchini Lemon Cake

Glazed Zucchini Lemon Cake

Glazed Zucchini Lemon Cake
Recipe Type: Cakes
Author: Victrocious
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Cook time:
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Serves: 1 loaf
When you have too many Zucchini make this delicious Glazed Zucchini Lemon Cake.
Ingredients
  • FOR CAKE:
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of grated zucchini
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl add the cake flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, oil and sugar. Beat until creamed well.
  3. Add to the sugar mixture, the lemon juice, buttermilk and zest of one lemon. Mix well.
  4. Fold the zucchini into the liquid mixture.
  5. Add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix well, scraping the bottom and the sides of the bowl.
  6. Pour into a greased 9″x5″ loaf pan and bake for 40 – 45 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
  7. Check when done by inserting a clean knife into the center. If it comes out clean then it is done baking. If it comes out with batter still on the knife, bake it another 10 minutes. Repeat knife test until done.
  8. While the cake is baking you can get the glaze ready. Add the conf. sugar to a medium bowl. Slowly add the lemon juice and mix well. Add the milk and mix well. The consistency should be like a thick syrup.
  9. When the cake is baked and cooling, remove it from the pan. Now pour or spoon the glaze on the cake allowing it to run down the sides.
  10. allow the cake to cool and the glaze to set up before cutting & serving. Enjoy!
Notes
Tips:[br]1. How to make CAKE FLOUR if you only have all-purpose flour. Measure out the needed amount of flour into a small bowl. Remove 2 Tablespoons of flour from the bowl and put back into flour container. Add 2 Tablespoons of corn starch to the flour in the bowl and sift well until fully combined. [br]2. How to make BUTTERMILK if you only have regular cow’s milk. Measure out the needed amount of milk in measuring cup. Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar (white or cider) to the measured milk. Let this sit for 1 minute to caudle. Now you can add this buttermilk to your recipe.

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Donating Hair for Love

 Zoe wanted to donate her hair so that a cancer person could have a wig made of real human hair. After Googling various websites and checking the guidelines, her mother began the first cut.

The 1st cut

The 1st cut

The donation requirements are pretty simple:

1. Make sure your hair is clean, free of hairspray or other styling products.

2. Gather your hair at the length you want to cut it. It has to be a minimum of 8″ but there is no maximum length requirement.

Zoe had 15" of hair to donate!

Zoe had 15″ of hair to donate!

3. Create a ponytail with an elastic band. Sometimes a second band below the first allows you to cut between the bands. Make sure the band is tight around the hair to keep the hair together after cutting. If it comes out of the band, it can’t be included in the donation. A second hair band can be placed around the middle of the ponytail to keep the hair together.

4. Cut the hair above the single elastic band (or between the double bands) so that the elastic band remains on the ponytail after cutting and keeps cut hair together. Do not wash or style the ponytail in any way after it has been cut off.

5. Put the ponytail with the attached band in a zipper-lock bag and seal tightly. Make sure the elastic band stays securely on the cut hair or it will be rejected for wig making.

6. Place the sealed bag with the ponytail in a padded envelope and send it to:

Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Attn: 192-123
806 SE 18th Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Please ensure that the ponytail is completely dry before sending. You can put hair in a braid rather than a ponytail.

Look at Zoe shine now!

Pretty Zoe sporting shorter hair

Pretty Zoe sporting shorter hair

Protein Granola

I bought a bag of granola the other day. I like to eat it as cereal with milk, mix it with my yogurt or just as a crunchy snack. I noticed the package said it contained 10 grams of protein  per serving. There was big 1″ high letters stating the contents were PROTEIN GRANOLA. Why was the protein significant?

Protein Granola

Protein Granola

When someone is talking about a protein based diet, I think of red meat, cheese, eggs and  fish. I don’t think of plants. Actually every whole food has protein in it. What’s the difference between animal-based protein and plant-based protein other than the source?

Animal-based protein is high in cholesterol, has no fiber and is acidic to the human body. The acidity causes calcium to be stolen from your bones, reduces the oxygen levels in your blood and negatively effect your digestion and lymphatic systems. On the other hand plant-based protein is free of cholesterol. It is high in fiber which makes you feel fuller longer after eating. Thirdly, it is alkalizing to the body which promotes digestion and builds up the immune system.

Let’s get back to the original question. Why was the protein in the granola important? That’s simple to answer. Protein builds muscle. We use muscles to move our bodies, pump our blood and move food along our digestion system. Our nerves and blood vessels are held together by structural proteins. Even our very DNA is made up of proteins; its the building blocks of life. You can see why protein is so important.

Maybe now you are thinking that bag of granola is pretty good. What else is there  to eat? Do I just make a salad? Some  plants are packed with more  protein than others. Pumpkin seeds, asparagus, cauliflower, almonds, quinoa, oatmeal, peanuts, bean sprouts, spinach and broccoli are all protein rich. Here is a list of plant-based proteins and how much each contains.

1. Chia seeds (1/4 cup = 12 grams)

2. Hemp seeds (1/4 cup = 10 grams)

3. Sunflower seeds (1/4 cup = 8 grams)

4. Spirulina (1 oz. = 16 grams)

5. Quinoa (1/4 cup dry = 6 grams)

6. Sesame seeds (1/4 cup = 7 grams)

7. Pumpkin seeds (1 oz. = 9.35 grams)

8. Mushrooms (1 cup – 5 grams)

9. Barley grass (1/2 cup, juiced = 12.6 grams)

10. Watercress (1 cup = 3 grams)

11. Peas (1 cup = 8 grams)

12. Asparagus (8 spears = 3.08 grams)

13. Romaine (1 cup = 1 gram)

14. Almonds (1 oz. = 6.03 grams)

15. Cauliflower (1 cup = 2.28 grams)

16. Maca root (1 tbsp = 3 grams)

17. Broccoli (1 cup = 5.7 grams)

18. Kale (1 cup = 2.5 grams)

19. Sprouts (1 cup = 5 grams)

20. Avocado (1 avocado = 4 grams)

21. Brazil nuts (1 cup, shelled = 20 grams)

22. Figs (1 cup = 2.5 grams)

23. Goji berries (1 cup = 10 grams)

24. Spinach (1 cup = 5.35 grams)

Yes, a nice salad with some of the items from the above list or yogurt with  granola and you have a protein-rich meal that not only your taste buds will enjoy but your body will too.

Hairy Tongue

I had the strangest dream the other night. I had a hair growing on the edge of my tongue. Ewww! How gross! What an odd feeling I had when I woke up. I was repulsed and intrigued at the same time. I wondered what the bizarre dream meant.

The Dream Dictionary stated: To dream that your tongue is hairy or that there is hair on your tongue indicates that you are regretting what you said. Something you said could be leaving a strange taste in your mouth.

That made perfect sense to me  as I had an argument with someone close to me  recently. But who would had thought that a hairy tongue meant regret.