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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Today

A little bit of what I did today...

I filled up that big bird feeder I got at the auction
and hung it out on a tree.  I ran out of seed several
days ago, so it took a few hours for the birds to
realize the restaurants were open and come back!

I also did a mountain of laundry.
Samantha supervised!


I pulled a Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Toffee Pecan Streusel
out of the freezer.  Then I had to have a piece with my coffee...
just to make sure it was good and all. ha.






I cleaned up the boys' computer room and noticed that Spencer
had added something to his books that are connected with
miles and miles of scotch tape.  Three little wooden
railroad men he dug out of the old toy box.
Yep, they're laminated on there for good.
This is becoming a strange work of art, in a way. :)



And I cleaned up that big marble piece I dug out of the
auction trash.  I'm loving it on the kitchen island!
The Mister asked if I wanted to try to polish it
so it was shiny.  No, I don't.  I like it worn
and old looking.  It's clean and that's all I wanted. ha.



I work at another auction tomorrow but it won't be
an estate auction.  I'll be outside in the rain with a lot
of farm equipment and a couple hundred farmers.
No picking through the trash and no driving a combine
home just for fun.  lol. :)

Anybody want a piece of moist, yummy zucchini bread?
Please help me out, or I'll eat it all myself!


38 comments:

  1. I'll have a piece of zucchini bread if you'll eat one of my orange flavored cookies. :)

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    1. Oooh...it's a deal! Those sound really yummy!

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    2. And coffee sounds wonderful.

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    3. I've moved on to earl grey tea, but I'll gladly brew you a pot! :)

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    4. And here I thought you had coffee...
      Ah well, maybe you have some this morning.

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  2. The marble slab looks great on your counter and the zucchini bread is the perfect topping!

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  3. such a great day, thats a yummy cake and my oh my that young man loves tape doesn't he!
    I just hope there are no animals at the auction!Goodness knows what you might bring home!

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    1. HAHA...oh, that is so funny. That would not be good if I brought home a bull, with a sheep or two. lol....

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  4. Hope Samantha escaped before the fluff and fold! I love the marble slab and the zucchini bread looks wonderful - I would have taste-tested it too! I like Spencer's ouevre - very cool. And here is my big confession - I love old farm equipment! Especially the various shapes and sizes of old tools hanging on weathered barnboard... rustic and architectual at the same time. Yup. Call me crazy. :-)

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    1. Hey, Suzanne! Oh, I don't blame you for loving the old tools...they are very collectible! And some are really interesting...once in a while we have one at an auction and I don't even know what it was used for. lol. I don't think we're having anything that fun tomorrow...just tractors, combines and fun attachments like sprayers. And that's the extent of my farm language. haha. If there were chickens, though, I'd be so tempted. Fresh eggs in the morning? Yes, please!...even if I do live in the city. haha.

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    2. Oh, yes! Fresh eggs would be divine! Wonder what the kitties and Nugget would think of them? lol To say nothing of your neighbours!

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    3. so, so true. Could be a problem. let's see...do you think a hen could fit in the parakeet cage? lol....it would be convenient to have the eggs laid right in the kitchen. :)

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  5. Very inspiring title today
    Oops did I just steal it at your bay? lol
    Good thing Samantha didn't go on the merry go round
    Then a supervisor would never be found.
    And farmers you say
    Maybe they'll be plenty of overalls and half moons on display lol
    You like the moon right?
    And just maybe that horse will come in sight
    Throw in a dog or two
    And the mister's dream will come true

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    1. Farmers, not plumbers, you silly cat.
      And don't worry..I won't take photos of that.
      Although I've been known to take some of bellies
      that were too big to stay in the t-shirt foldies. ha.
      Maybe that's why farmers wear overalls...
      they don't want to be confused with those who make house calls.
      Or maybe they're just more modest
      and a little more honest. ha.
      Good idea about the pony and dog pack.
      I'll send them home just like that!
      Over the hill and on to home
      where they can forever roam.
      hahahaha.

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    2. hahaha love to see the mister's face
      When a pony and some dogs ran home for an embrace
      Farmers plumbers sorta the same
      But yeah farmers are prob more tame

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  6. How do you always manage to catch the cats in the middle of such interesting activities? In our house they would have moved by time I ran and got the camera.

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    1. maybe it's just the ratio of cats to interesting activities? ha. I don't know...but some thing seems to always be happening!

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    2. That's true--you do have a LOT of cats :-)

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  7. I love your zucchini bread look delicious; with a cup of tea would be perfect:)

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    1. that's exactly what I had for dessert tonight! yum!

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  8. ha...i love his art....and it is growing...smiles...so the streuss was good eh? i mean if you need a second opinion...ha...i bet the birds were happy....

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    1. def need a second opinion on the streuss! smiles. :) haha. with coffee,too, right?

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  9. Hi Betsy, I´d like to help with the yummy zucchini bread!!!It does look delicious! - Spencer is processing a work of art, indeed. Does he show any interest in other artists´ work? And are his brothers also interested in trains? Or do the have different passions? - I watched Alex finger crossing on one of your former posts and read your translation of the meaning of it and I thought, that this must be part of an elaborate, individual communication system, he invented beside conventional speech, as we use it. - By the way, Betsy, I follow all your posts and appreciate them always immensely, but I am afraid, I was rather reluctant in commenting lately. It´s just that I had so much work to do... I also apologize for not being able to provide an English text version for each of the posts on my blog. I am always delighted to see you have been visiting, it makes Ohio sometimes feel to be much nearer than say some German towns of the region. And you seem to understand the German language perfectly well, don´t you?
    Have a very nice weekend, it´s sunny and much warmer over here now. So spring might arrive at last!
    Christel

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    1. Hey! Lovely new avatar! :) Yes, Spencer is doing a work of art, I think! Much like a collage of sorts. Each of the triplets has an interest in trains...or maybe an obsession would be a better word. And yes, I've become good at reading body language and little signs to know what's wrong or what they might be wanting or needing...but I think any mom would do that with a non-verbal child. :)
      You know, I took 2 years of German in high school, but I can't translate much if any! haha. But I have been able to translate your posts! It doesn't translate things on the sidebar or header, but I have been able to read posts in English most of the time! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment...I know you are busy! xo

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  10. Very busy lady ... I would love the recipe for that zuccini streusal...it looks absolutely devine & I love xuccini and pecans, yum!

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    1. Hey, Katherine! You know, I just did a basic zucchini bread recipe, but the batter in a tube ban and added a streusel, which was a generous mix of brown sugar, pecans and chocolate chips. Hope you try it...it's really yummy! My basic recipe is in my bread recipes on my blog...you could put 'zucchini' in the search box and find it quite easily!

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  11. Hi Betsy .. the seagulls, magpies, jays and pigeons wait for me to go down to feed them! They 'pad' around waiting fairly impatiently - it seems to me ... then all hell lets loose as the cacophony reverberates around and 'every bird in town' comes crashing in! Those delightful tits, robins, blackbirds et al ... they just rush away - I hope they get their due amount at some stage ....they are out there, so probably enjoying the seeds.

    Beautiful clear and clean glass, I love the marble round, and that zucchini cake looks just what I need now - time for a late lunch!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. aw...you sound like the beloved bird lady! I'm sure they appreciate your feeding them. I smile as mine usually come swooping in when they hear my voice and know I'm filling the feeders!

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  12. Love that piece of marble you found and thanks for reminding me I have to fill up the bird feeders :)

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    1. I'm really loving it, too! :) Love your new avatar!

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  13. Great day so far...that marble piece is perfect!!!
    And the cake looks so good....perhaps I should pull another of my banana loaves from the freezer!!!
    Have a great weekend Betsy...and steer clear of "the tape guy'....that is too funny...:o)

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I left home for an auction all day and let The Mister deal with the tape guy! lol....

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  14. Your recipes all look so yummy. Ya'll sure do eat good at your place. Would love to come over for some of that bread, some tea, and a long chat. XO

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