|Brunch of Champions?|
Sunday was the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the USA. I decided to celebrate with an American style brunch of scrambled eggs, bacon, and two types of hash browns. I prefer hash browns made with finely diced potatoes while my daughter prefers the grated potatoes made into a patty version, so I made both versions. In the process, I discovered that the bag of potatoes had started to spoil during the time I had been sidelined by the sciatic nerve pain! I salvaged what I could and put the rest of the potatoes out to try and plant them, later. Daughter took the photo and emailed it to me because my phone is still refusing to upload photos to my computer. I thought of the Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt prompt No.1: A Breakfast of Champions. But, I am not sure if this will be the photo I will select for that prompt.
On Sunday, in addition to making brunch, I changed the bed sheets, did two loads of laundry, chatted on the phone with neighbor T and then, watched some videos, and sewed a few more patches on the quilt I am repairing. I have now patched up the worst of the tears and am checking for developing tears and worn out spots to repair them.
In the evening, there were quite a fireworks being lit by various residents around me, although none in my immediate block, even though setting off fireworks is supposed to be illegal in my city! My daughter and I stood outside in the front yard for a few minutes to watch the fireworks; a few of my neighbors were also out in their yards, watching the displays. People were setting off fireworks until past 2:00 a.m.!
Reader Chris had mentioned she had a recipe for zucchini brownies in her comment on my Saturday blog post and had said she can provide the recipe if I was interested, which I was, of course. But, while I waited for her to send me her recipe (she has since sent it and it is in the comments section of Saturday's post), I looked online and found several zucchini brownie recipes! I decided to go ahead and try one that didn't call for any eggs - just two cups of grated zucchini, flour, oil, sugar, unsweetened cocoa, salt, and baking soda. I grated the zucchini and greased and floured the baking pan while daughter mixed up the rest of the ingredients. She was a bit skeptical about not needing an egg, but, after stirring the mixture for a bit, the batter looked quite moist. We baked it at 350F for 25 minutes:
|Eggless Zucchini Chocolate Brownies|
The resulting brownie was very moist and chocolaty. The recipe called for a chocolate frosting on top, but, we decided to omit that step! We tried a piece, each, when it was still warm and my daughter thought it had a bit of an aftertaste, but, it wasn't that noticeable to me. I had a second piece after it had cooled and I thought it tasted just fine. Daughter declined a second piece, last night, but, guess what she had for breakfast, today? LOL!
Because 4th of July was on a Sunday, the holiday is being observed today and my daughter has a day off from work and was able to sleep in. In the morning, I watered the fruit trees in the back garden for the first time since May! I felt fine both during and after the watering, for which I am very thankful! It is one more thing I am able to do by myself!
I also picked two more zucchini, a handful of green beans, and the first ripe Roma tomato!
Today, neighbor S called and asked if we'd like to have some hot dogs and a couple of pieces of a gelatin dessert she had made. I offered her zucchini brownies in exchange! Daughter and I enjoyed the hot dogs for our lunch, along with some coleslaw.
Plans for the rest of this evening include making another batch of zucchini chutney!
This holiday weekend, I am grateful for:
- Continuing to be pain free
- Gradually regaining the ability to do my daily activities
- The fireworks didn't cause any fires in my neighborhood
- S sending us hot dogs for lunch
- More zucchini recipes!
This weekend's joyful activities included watching some of the fireworks, trying out new zucchini recipes, and watering the garden.
Plans for tomorrow include making some appointments for blood tests, car service, and a piano tune-up.
How was your weekend? What are your plans for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend?