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UltimateMama relaxes by teaching her children to cook.  A simple, easy, yummy, and favorite recipe makes for a fun afternoon.  These zucchini lemon muffins are great on their own or can be turned into dessert muffins by adding chocolate chips or broken pieces of a chocolate bar.  With or without the chocolate, UltimateMama’s kids could not believe a whole zucchini was in the muffins!

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup shredded zucchini (in food processor–can even be in puree format)

1 egg

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tsp lemon juice

Optional

1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks if you want to make a “sweeter” version of this recipe.

To do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. This recipe makes 12 muffins to line your muffin pan with a dozen paper baking cups.

In a large bowl use a wooden spoon to mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.

In a small bowl use a wooden spoon to mix the zucchini, egg, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Add the ingredients from the small bowl to the larger bowl and stir.

Fill the 12 baking cups equally and bake for approximately 20 minutes (give or take depending on your oven).

Test doneness with a toothpick.

Remove from oven.

Cool or eat a bit warm!


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UltimateMama and her family are heading to Tennessee and North Carolina this Easter weekend to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood so the Easter Bunny will visit The Park Vista a Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Gatlinburg, TN on Sunday morning.  Trying to meet our goal of only 2 carry-on travel suitcases for our family of four, UltimateMama warned the Easter Bunny to not overdue it!  After an hour in total at Michaels, T.J. Maxx, Modern State, and CVS, the Easter Bunny was equipped with all the necessary goodies for the two children.  Fun, attractive, practical, and sweet, UltimateMama feels the Easter Bunny hit a home run this spring. Check it out!

Michaels:  2 Floral Gift Bags, initial luggage tags, pocket tissues

T.J. Maxx:  Totes pocket umbrellas, Jelly Belly candy, Ghirardelli chocolates

Modern State:  Harmonicas

CVS: Cadbury mini-eggs


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UltimateMama loves her birthday cake alternative — chocolate fondue! It is decadent, easy, and fun for the whole family (regardless of age). UltimateMama served it with marshmallows, strawberries, and bananas. Other great dipping accompaniments include pineapple, apple, and angel food cake (or pound cake)!

 

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