Frosted Zucchini Brownies: Decadent and Rich

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If you have ever grown your own zucchini or yellow squash, you know how prolific and inundated you can become with it. That is why I am always looking for a great way to hide  use it, particularly in baked goods.  I don’t remember where I found this exact recipe, but I was re-acquainted with it this year when I was organizing my recipes.  I tried the recipe again and it is amazingly decadent and rich.  No one would ever guess that there is zucchini hidden inside of it.  This is my go-to brownie recipe! I hope you enjoy it!


Frosted Zucchini Brownies: Decadent and Rich
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini or yellow squash
  • ½ cup walnuts (optional)
  • Frosting:
  • 6 Tbsp. cocoa
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Lightly grease a 9"x13" pan
  3. In a large bowl, mix together oil, sugar, vanilla and egg. Then add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix well
  5. Fold in zucchini and nuts
  6. Spread into prepared pan
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  8. Frosting:
  9. Melt together cocoa and butter. Cool slightly.
  10. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, milk and vanilla.
  11. Stir in cocoa mixture.
  12. Mix well
  13. Spread over cooled brownies before cutting into squares


Book Review: Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson

For those of you who follow our vlog, you know that since 1-1-15, my husband and I have been on a mission of purging our home of excess things.  When this book came out for review, I just knew that I had to read it. This review is my own, personal opinion.  I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House book review program in exchange for my reading and honest review.

The title caught my eye; “Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion & Joy”. That title sound EXACTLY like what I wanted to read. As soon as it arrived, I immediately dug right in.  I liked the first couple chapters so well, that my husband borrowed the book to his side of the bed to read. :)  But most importantly, this book spoke to my heart.

Susie Larson has done a wonderful job writing these chapters, applying scripture and then concluding each chapter with a prayer, personal reflective questions, A Wise Word tidbit, group discussion questions and finally ending with a prayer. This book is NOT one you can just power through, read it and move on. If you want to get the most out of this book, slowly and prayerfully read each chapter. There is so much to think about and how it applies to your own life.

One of the things that spoke to me was the chapter on Busyness vs. Abundance. The author speaks to how busy we are, doing all these good works. But how many of those good works are things that God wants us to be doing? We feel tired, exhausted, worn out and just plain sick from our day to day running. Running for things that are good and noble to be doing, yet should we be living exhausted 100% of the time?

When I was pregnant with my fourth child, I became extremely sick for the entire pregnancy.  I spent many hours laying in bed, too sick or tired to move. My husband had to stay home from work to care for the other kids. It was at that time that we pulled back from almost all of our commitments.  We just couldn’t do everything.  Something had to go.  I had so much guilt over pulling my kids out of everything, saying ‘no’ to my commitments and just slowing down. But that is what that time in my life called for.

Following the pregnancy, I realized how good it felt to not to be involved in everything that everyone wanted me to be in. I still had guilt over saying ‘no’ but I had had a small taste of what God wanted for me and my family. I wasn’t going back.

It wasn’t until I read this book until I realized that God doesn’t want us running full speed ahead 100% of the time with no rest. There are times when we need to be running, other times walking, and other times just resting. Before we start saying ‘yes’, we need to pray over those future commitments and ask God if that is what he wants us to do. Seeking God to lead you will give you that peace to saying ‘no’ when God says no.

My other favorite chapter was chapter 10, Simple Sacred Steps. In that chapter we read about the power of consistency and how that is necessary for a fruitful life. Small acts and disciplines add up to huge changes in life. Susie Larson has a large list of small disciplines that can be life change. Things like: daily devotions, daily prayer, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, going to bed early enough, giving generously, etc. This chapter invigorated me to return to those small steps taken each day to help improve my life.

After reading this book, I felt inspired, refreshed and had drawn closer to God. I would highly recommend it to everyone, especially those who are tired and worn out.  Prayerfully read though the chapters and ask God what He would have you change in your life.  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Baked Zucchini, PattyPan (Scallop) Squash and Garden Fresh Tomatoes

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Baked Zucchini, PattyPan (Scallop) Squash and Garden Fresh Tomatoes
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Make this dish when you have an abundance of summertime ingredients like tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash. The roasted flavor brings out a natural sweetness making this dish a huge hit!
Recipe type: Vegetable
Serves: 8
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/4 lb. ripe red tomatoes (paste tomatoes), cored and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 2-3 Pattypan summer squash or any yellow squash, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1Tbsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place oil and onions in skillet and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until onions are golden brown.
  2. While onions are cooking, slice other vegetables and toss with 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp dried thyme and 1 tsp salt.
  3. Mix squash and seasonings.
  4. When the cooking time is up for the onions, add the minced garlic and cook for another minute or until the garlic is fragrant.
  5. Place onions in a greased 7x11 inch baking dish and spread to coat the bottom of the pan
  6. Layer the zucchini, pattypans and tomatoes until you have used all of the slices
  7. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the vegetables.
  8. Sprinkle with thyme and Parmesan cheese
  9. Bake at 375F for 60-70 minutes until fork tender, the juices are boiling and the dish has reduced considerably.
  10. Let sit 15 minutes before serving.