Zucchini chocolate chip muffins

I am sitting on the porch again writing today’s blog. So far no turkey or hawk sightings but the hummingbirds are always around and always hungry. Last weeks post I mentioned there were around 6 baby turkey’s. Later that day they all showed up in my back yard and there was actually 12 of them running around. I tried to get a picture but they would not cooperate at all.
IMG_3121Guess what my garden has been over producing? Yup you are correct here we go again with the zucchini recipes.  I haven’t made anything other then grilling them with olive oil, salt and pepper but the baking is about to begin; I shared this recipe a couple of years ago. I have been seeing a blueberry zucchini bread floating around on Facebook and I may just have to check it out or some resemblance of it. If I like it stay tuned as I am sure I will share it.
IMG_3112I am not sure if I mentioned how much it has turned into animal kingdom around here since my dog passed away. I have since apologized to him; in my own way. He pretty much was an indoor / outdoor dog meaning he asked to go outside ALL the time and at night we would just run around and bark. We figured he was just crazy but I now believe there were actually things out there he was barking at. We have had several bears, tons of deer and this is the first year I have seen a bobcat around here. I am hoping to see a Moose before the end of the summer but it’s been awhile since we have had one of those in yard. I can only hope my brother-in-law Michael will be here for that. It’s on his bucket list to see a moose. Whenever he is here he is always on the lookout for one.  
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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

great way to use up some of your harvest

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or substitute 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded/drained
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Combine in a large bowl the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • In another bowl mix egg, oil, milk, lemon and vanilla.
  • Stir wet ingredients into the dry till combined. Fold in zucchini, chips and walnuts.  
  • Fill cups about ⅔ full
  • Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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