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  • Buckwheat and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly July 24, 2014
    Nothing warms my heart quite like hearing the happy news that butterflies are flourishing~ somewhere.  Rarely do we get good news about our winged friends lately.  But this story is one of hope and promise! The El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is a pretty light blue butterfly that is found nowhere but in So […] We love hearing from you! Please c […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • The Wildlife Nursery July 22, 2014
      Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, summer or fall you will […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all t […]
    Donna Donabella
  • The Good in Grapevines July 18, 2014
    I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the cardinals dancing in […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping July 17, 2014
    At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny’s space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native perennials, and cumulatively the site […] We love hearing from yo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Smooth Sumac July 15, 2014
      Just a couple weeks ago, some of the bushes along my woodland edges were abuzz with pollinator activity. The flowers of Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, were the magnet.   Butterflies, including this Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, were part of the crowd.   Honey Bees, gathering nectar, to help some bee keeper with his honey supply were also attracted. […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Sweet as honeyvine July 14, 2014
    This “weed” is a host plant Honeyvine milkweed (Cynanchum laeve) is a vigorous, perennial trailing vine that is native to our eastern and central states.  Some people consider it to be a nuisance “weed”, but I call it Monarch caterpillar food. Hardy hearts I like the honeyvine’s heart-shaped leaves and the fact that I never […] We love hearing from you! Plea […]
    Judy Burris
  • Yellow and Blue make Beauty in the Garden July 11, 2014
    When I see the bright yellow flowers of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista* fasciculata) I tend to think of Sulphur butterflies because it is a larval host for several members of the Sulphur butterfly family. The other day I was out enjoying the diversity of insect activity on the Partridge Pea plants back in my pond […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Tracking Down a Lonesome Dove July 11, 2014
    Boy, were husband Matt and I baffled when a friend sent us this picture of a bird nest on the ground, with chick and egg. “What is it?” he wanted to know. “Precocious young?” That was our first thought when seeing a feathered youngster next to an egg—that “precocial” youngster already had feathers when it hatched. […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Sally Roth
  • What Native Plants Will Stay Green In Summer Drought? July 10, 2014
    In Southern California, we have a problem: There’s no green stuff in the summertime.  Many of our native perennial plants die back and leave you with a garden that is, well, lacking for the color green.  Most of us have this ńeed to see green in the garden, so much so that we would go […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful p […]
    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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