Recipe for Social Media and Quick Breads

Seattle Bloggers Visit Allrecipes.com in SeattleI recently attended a Seattle bloggers event at Allrecipes in Seattle.  Allrecipes is a social recipe site. For those who are familiar with Ravelry, it is basically the Ravelry of the food world.  It was started by a group of University of Washington graduate students and has grown over the last 16 years.

To be honest, before the event, I was unfamiliar with the site. Most of my recipe hunting is done through Pinterest these days so I wasn’t sure I need another time-waster resource. One thing I don’t like about Pinterest though, is that it is often difficult to determine what recipes are good and what are duds. Number of pins doesn’t really mean anything, but I pin a TON of things that I never make. Allrecipes allows users to rate the recipes, comment on it and share any changes they may have made.

Sunday I was looking at my remaining CSA share and wanting to get ahead as much as possible for the week. I had cut up much of the veggies to roast, but I had several remaining zucchini. I downloaded the iPad app and searched for “zucchini.” Many recipes popped up and I filtered it down to zucchini bread – perhaps my favorite baked good. After searching through the recipes, I found a great recipe for zucchini blueberry bread. Since I had a pint of blueberries from the CSA as well, it was an easy choice. I reviewed some of the comments, could see that it had been made 10,000 times and was highly recommended.

I will say I encountered a few issues, none of which were the recipe’s fault. I mean, did you know vanilla extract can evaporate if not used in a timely manner? It can. Did you also know that you can use maple syrup as a substitute? Also? You may want to double check how much oil you have in your house before starting. Issues aside, I pulled everything together and out came two beautiful loaves.

Verdict? Delicious. I wish it had a bit more zucchini flavor, but I think that might be because I just used the 3 small zucchini I had instead of measuring out the 2 cups shredded zucchini. My other substitutes did not seem to affect the flavor much or at least not in any negative way.

Having had such a great experience with Allrecipes.com, I’m super excited to use it for the next few months to find some new recipes for our CSA. (One can only eat roast beets so many weeks in a row.)  I’m looking forward to being able to build a virtual recipe box filled with recipes I know have been tried and tested, especially when so many look so yummy. Apple-berry pie, anyone?

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Trying to Find More Hours in the Day

On Facebook last week, a fellow working mom posted the Business Week article Work-Life Balance: Late Nights at Home Now Common. I almost laughed out loud as I read the first paragraph because it fit me (and my husband) to a tee:

This productivity is great! But I feel so, so tired. Like I should be under the covers instead of checking off my endless to-do list. That’s because it’s bedtime, 11 p.m., and I’m home in my striped pajamas.

Flexible work schedules are great and with the continued technological advances, easier to come by. Just in the past week, a flexible work schedule and modern technology allowed me to respond to an urgent email while at the doctor’s office with my daughter, work from home on the virtual portal while waiting on a repairman, and dictate emails through my phone while sitting in traffic on the way to daycare. But with the ability to have this kind of flexibility, should it be expected that employees are constantly online?

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Asking the Hard Hitting Questions

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Lila is in the why phase. Which should really more accurately called the why, why, why, TELL ME ABOUT IT, why phase. Most of the time this results in questions like: – why does the sun set? – why does Lucy not know the alphabet? – why is that dog walking there? -why does Cal […]

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Binge-surfing through Netflix

I read an article today that discussed the term “binge watching” being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Back in the day, I could binge watch with the best of them. I may have watched the first season of 24 in approximately 24 straight hours. I watched the first season of Mad Men on such […]

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Breastfeeding a Toddler (Yes, we still do that)

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Lucy toddles over to me on her chubby 19 month old legs and plops herself into my lap. She immediately rotates her body, props her feet up on my leg and reclines to look at me. “Milk?” she asks as she makes the sign. This is breastfeeding with a toddler – the ability to ask […]

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Enter the Plague

Our house has been a house of plague this past week. It’s had an odd run, managing to slow roll through the whole house and stretch out for more than a week. It all started last Saturday when we went to the Seattle Children’s Museum for a birthday party. We’d never been and the girls […]

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Bucket List

Splash Park

As I mention in the last post, when we returned from vacation two weeks ago, A and I felt a little down with nothing to really look forward to. We had front loaded all of our vacations for the summer and now, just work and the day to day of life. We decided to come […]

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Keeping Up Appearances

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I think we can all agree that at this point I am a) barely a blogger and b) never going to be able to catch up on everything that’s happened in the past (gulp) two months. So let’s hit some highlights and just go from there. 1. We went to the Oregon coast for the […]

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Shining Our Light Brightly

Over Memorial Day weekend we traveled to Vancouver for a short get away. We liked Vancouver when we went for Lucy’s birthday, but really went because it was the location of Raffi’s Beluga Grads tour kick off. I remember listening to Raffi when I was little, maybe not when I was Lila’s age but definitely […]

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Selfie Wordless Wednesday

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