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Yummy--Zucchini Bread Recipe

So I started the contest blog out with a Wheat Bread Recipe , and I am going to end it with another bread recipe! 
Here is a great Zucchini Bread Recipe! I have made it twice so far and it turns out perfect and so yummy! 

Zucchini Bread
3 eggs
1 C vegetable oil
1 ½ C sugar
3 medium zucchini – grated and well drained  (2 C)  (I put the grated zucchini in a strainer, press down with my hands to get out liquid and then put a plate on top to drain out as much liquid as possible.  I’ll leave it for about 10 minutes to let it drain.) 
2 t vanilla
2 C sifted flour (all purpose)
¼ t baking powder
2 t baking soda
3 t ground cinnamon
1 t salt
¼ t nutmeg
1 C raisins (optional)
1 C chopped walnuts
Beat eggs lightly in large bowl.  Stir in oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla.
Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Cinnamon, nutmeg and salt onto wax paper.  Stir into egg mixture until well blended.  Stir in raisins and nuts.  Spoon batter into two well greased 8 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans.  Put 3 C batter in each pan.
Bake in a moderate oven (375 degrees) for 1 hour or until center springs back when lightly pressed with fingertip.  Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely. 
(350 degrees works best for my oven and I still cook it for 1 hour – see which works best for you.)

Thankful for my friend Dani Kizer who shared this wonderful recipe with me! 
In my bread I didn't use raisins, only walnuts, and it was fantastic.  Also, I only used 2 zucchinis instead of 3 and that turned out wonderful! 

Anyways, I would love to hear if any of you try this! Or if you have a different recipe, let  me know what you do different in a comment below so I can try your style! 

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Save $$: Homemade Household Cleaner

So I don't know how it is at your house....but in my kitchen, the counters and table-tops only get cleaned off when I do it.  And to me, my whole kitchen can be clean, and if the counter-tops are dirty I feel like it is so nasty.  So I am constantly cleaning my counter-tops off.  When I first got married, for several years I used Lysol to clean my cabinets.  If you don't know, a normal can of Lysol spray costs about $4 each. And when you use it every day, maybe multiple times a day to clean up after your family, it goes quickly.  
You see at my house, it is myself and four boys.  My husband is pretty good at cleaning up after himself, but wiping the counters off after cooking something is still not in his clean-up routine.  As for our three host-sons, (read about them HERE), they have gotten better at cleaning up after themselves, but it is still a constant reminder for them to put their dishes up and not just leave them in the sink.  It is even harder to get them to wipe off the stove after cooking noodles or something.  
So after continually using Lysol to keep my kitchen clean, my sister from Natural-Nurturer informed me of how much money I was wasting.  She then introduced me to this amazing all-purpose household cleaner.  I now use this recipe to clean all throughout my kitchen! It is so handy, I still use Lysol sometimes when we have had raw chicken on the counter or something, but my homemade household cleaner mixture works amazing for everyday use.  

The great thing about this cleaner is that the total costs of all the supplies (and I bought bigger bottles) is that it is only $6.50.  I would guess that you could make up to at least 5 bottles of this cleaner, if not more from all of the supplies.  Here is what you need. 

So quit wasting your money on all the expensive household cleaners and start making your own with this simple recipe! 

Another Helpful Hint: Add a little vinegar to your washing machine when washing towels to help take the mildewy smell out of them! 
Hope this is helpful for you all, and let me know if you make the recipe and how it works for you and your cleaning needs! 
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