Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Too much zucchini? Make bread

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Through the many, many years of my life, I have adopted some personal "rules" that I live by. Some were passed down by my mother; others I adopted on my own.

Rule 1: Always use the bathroom before leaving home — or any place you're at. Public bathrooms aren't that easy to find and bladders can be tricky. One minute it's happy, the next insisting it's going to burst.

Rule 2: (Along the same lines as Rule 1) When using a public restroom, check and make sure there is toilet paper in the stall before you proceed. Just saying ...

Rule 3: Always bring a book to an appointment, be it the doctor, dentist or hair dresser. With few exceptions, you'll be waiting awhile and the magazines provided will be three years old or non-existent.

Rule 4: Make sure you're wearing clean, not ripped, underwear. This comes from my mom, who would add, "You never know when you'll be in an accident ..." Hasn't happened yet, but she's right ... you never know and I'm not tempting fate.

Rule 5: Never go to the supermarket without a list. I've gone home more than once without the items I originally went in for — and 20 items I didn't need or really want.

Rule 6: Don't sweat the small stuff; pick and choose your battles. This one got me through my son's rebellious stage when he was 4 and again during his teen years. Was fighting over his refusal to eat green beans, or broccoli, or basically any vegetable really worth ruining dinner every night? No.

Rule 7: Always have spare change in the console of your car or the bottom of your pocketbook. This springs from my youth, when there weren't any cell phones and you used a pay phone to call your parents when you needed a ride home. These days, it's to ensure I have money for parking meters — a quarter beats a $5 parking violation.

Rule 8: Always have a safety pin in your purse or pinned to a piece of clothing you're wearing. You never know when the zipper on your jeans is going to split or a strategic button is going to pop off.

Rule 9: It's just as easy to be nice as it is to be hateful to people — an adage from my late husband. This rule is sometimes tough to stick to ...

Rule 10: If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade. Or, as I've grown older, if you buy a bottle of wine you don't like, add lemonade and make sangria.

Life currently isn't giving me lemons, it's giving me what is going to be a plethora of zucchini. I've never grown it before and thought three plants would yield me a few squashes. If the blossoms are any indication of the harvest, I'm in big trouble! Just to be prepared, I rifled through my recipe box for my zucchini bread recipe ...

ZUCCHINI BREAD

INGREDIENTS:

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3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 cups shredded zucchini

3 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in another bowl and add to the dry mixture. Bake in two greased loaf pans. Bake at 325 F for an hour.


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