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  • Fireflies in the Garden April 17, 2014
      Fireflies in the Garden, a Poem by Robert Frost Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies, That though they never equal stars in size, (And they were never really stars at heart) Achieve at times a very star-like start. Only, of course, they can’t sustain […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Loblolly Pine Wildlife Value April 16, 2014
    Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) is a native tree of the southeastern United States. Often growing in wet woodlands, Loblolly Pine provides great habitat and value for wildlife. The native range of Pinus taeda covers eastern Texas to northern Florida, and all of the southern coastal states up to Delaware. Pinus taeda Botanical Description Pinus taeda: This tree [ […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • For The Love of a Tree April 12, 2014
      Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.  ~Chinese proverb       You may remember last year I wrote about the plight of our ash trees.   It was just about this time, in early spring, that we were saying goodbye to 4 of our mature ash trees […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let u […]
    Donna Donabella
  • Squirrelly Squirrels in the Garden April 11, 2014
    Squirrels are a normal occurrence in a great many beautiful wildlife gardens.  Up until this year, suprisingly my yard was not one of them. Perhaps not so surprisingly after all.  When I purchased my plot back in 2006, it was pretty much clear cut sans a smattering of long leaf pine trees.  Squirrel have a […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to s […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Go Forth and … Purchase April 10, 2014
    Spring is a wonderful time to buy plants and the stores are full of them. Even the grocery store had everything from annuals to potted fruit trees to tempt shoppers the other day. Native plant lovers are no less immune to the call of a plant sale than anyone else and luckily spring native plant […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the b […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Birding Festivals Through The Year April 9, 2014
    If you want to learn more about the birds in your wildlife garden, one of the best things you can do is to attend birding festivals near you to learn more about birds in their natural habitats. One of the big things on my bucket list is to travel around the country going from birding […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful ph […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Spring, Up Close April 7, 2014
    I love macro photography. The ability to look very closely takes the most ordinary object and makes it extraordinary. I thought it would be fun to take a “macro-eyed” view of my wildlife garden during each season. Here’s my offering for Spring 2014. In the grand food web of life, plants are the heavy-lifters. In […] We love hearing from you! Please click her […]
    Christy Peterson
  • Pollinators: Soldier Boy, oh my Little Soldier Boy April 4, 2014
    When you talk pollinators, most people expect a conversation about bees and/or butterflies.   Often flies will be considered as backups.  Well, let’s add another player to the pollination conversation…BEETLES. The Margined Soldier Beetle a.k.a. Margined Leatherwing (Chauliognathus marginatus) is here to dispel the myth that beetles are evil.   Hey, we aren’t […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • What’s Scaring the Wildlife? April 3, 2014
      On a recent trip to Village Nurseries in Huntington Beach, CA, my first trip to this garden center, I was surprised by its location; the nursery was located in a corridor of High Voltage Power Lines. When I inquired about it, I learned that many nurseries and Christmas tree farms rent land from the […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all […]
    Kathy Vilim

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Zucchini Brownies

Vegetables are a must on a diet.

I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.

~Jim Davis, “Garfield”

If you’re like me and you grow summer squash, you’re always looking for new ways to use them. Fresh is best, healthy is great… and chocolate gets the teens to eat them. I bake up a batch of these on request (usually once a week in the summer)… after all we have plenty of zucchini and they’re quick and easy! They’re a bit more cake-like than traditional brownies but that’s never stopped our family from gobbling them up!  (By the way, there’s no eggs needed for this recipe.) Enjoy!

Zucchini Brownies

  • 1/2 c. natural applesauce (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 1/2 c.  organic granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. organic flour
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. shredded zucchini (unpeeled, seed if necessary)
  • OPTIONAL: 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. grease and flour a 9″x13″ pan. Mix the oil, sugar and vanilla blendng well. Add the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mix well. (The mix will be dry.) Stir in the zucchini and optional ingredients if using. Spread into the baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until the top springs back when touched. remove from oven and allow to cool.

Frosting:

  • 1/4 c. fresh butter
  • 1/3 c. cocoa
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp.. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter and stir in cocoa. Combine well. Stir in the vanilla. Using a mixer, beat in the powdered sugar. Mix on high speed until smooth and creamy. Spread over cooled brownies.


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