Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Special Brownies Because I'm Getting Old!

I have a BIG birthday coming up on Friday. I'll be 30! To be honest, that number is kind of scary to me. I've always felt older than I am because I didn't have much of a childhood and I was always more mature than the kids that were my age. Even to this day, the majority of my friends are older than I am and I'm okay with that. I just couldn't relate to kids my age. When I was 18, I told people I was 19. When I was 19, I told people I was 20. It wasn't because I was lying, I just have always felt older than my true age. But now I am 29, and I want to stay that way. haha! I will NOT be telling people I am 31 once I turn 30. NO way!

So I am 29 years old for 2 more days and I am trying to make peace with my birthday (aka. Dooms Day!) I don't know why this number feels so different from all the others. I didn't feel that way when I turned 20. My aunt who is 51 says it's not a big deal and maybe when I'm her age it won't be because I'll be wishing I was 30 again. (Love you Letty :-P) All I know is that I'm entering a new age bracket and I have creaky knees. Seriously, I put Hayden down for a nap and quietly back out of the room and my knees crackle and pop like rice krispies. 

I'm getting older old and while I want to celebrate with all my friends and family in a big way, I also want to just ignore it and hope everyone forgets about it. I guess that's not an option anymore though since I'm announcing it to the world here on my blog, but you know what I mean. I was also hoping I wouldn't see my first white hair until after I turned 30, but that didn't happen either. I just discovered my second white hair and neither of them were on top of my head! Think a little further south. No, not that far down, this is a family friendly blog. Would you believe I got my first white hairs in my right eyebrow?! Weird huh? I plucked those suckers at a rapid speed. If you ever see a picture of me and I only have one eyebrow, you'll know why. 

And because this is a food blog, a quick note about these brownies. They're delicious and somewhat healthy.  At least that's what I'm telling myself since I had one for breakfast. Right after I baked them, they were fluffy and cake-like, then the next day they became somewhat fudgy and more like a brownie. The zucchini adds tremendous moisture without tasting like there are vegetables in your brownies. You don't taste the zucchini one bit and if you have skeptical ones in your family, then just peel the zuke before you shred it and they'll be none the wiser. The addition of the chocolate chips don't hurt either. Oh and I forgot to mention, if you omit the chocolate chips, then you'll be left with a completely vegan dessert. 

Zucchini Brownies adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
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  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 packed cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl combine sugar, canola oil, vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mixture will be dry and sandy. With a wooden spoon add the shredded zucchini and stir until well combined. (The mixture will be thick and somewhat dry looking, just keep stirring until it's fully incorporated and brownie-like). Stir in the chocolate chips, if using.

Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the brownies are set.

Cool on a wire rack. Cut brownies into squares and serve.


Stacie said...

The brownies are nice and all but could that kid get any cuter? Seriously? Happy early birthday!

fusionaryinstitute said...

Recipe looks perfect, I will try it as soon as possible!

Melissa said...

I love zucchini brownies! They are a great way to use all the zucchini from my garden!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Hope your Birthday will be special in every way. 30 sounds so young when you get to be past 60. Happy Birthday.

Becca said...

Happy (early) Birthday! I'm sure it won't be so bad...but then again I'm 18 and no where near 30, haha. But I've never really considered age. Like you, I think I'm more mature for my age than most.

Fantastic looking brownies (even if there is zuccini in it)

Raising Snowpeas said...

Yum! I have never baked anything with zucchini, but I think I will have to try these! Happy birthday! As someone that turned 30 last year, I can tell you it's not that bad ;) Also, Hayden is adorable, LOVE the crooked grin!

Tracy said...

These look delicious! If it weren't 95 degrees here today, I'd make them - but no way I'm turning on the oven in this heat!!

I'll say: the lead up to 30 is FAR WORSE than actually turning (and then being) 30. That last year in 20s was so rough. You feel like you gotta do a lot of fun stuff because you're world is ending when you turn 30, but in all it's just another day and new adventures come your way in your 30s!

Happy day to you!

From the Kitchen said...

Glad to see you threw a brown-eyed boy into the mix (well, not literally).

Happy Birthday!! Celebrate well and long.


Lyndsey Little Treasures said...

Hey Monica,
I am too fast approaching the same dooms day with so much dread I am trying not to think too much about it at the moment. But like you have always felt older than I am and have friends who are all older than me, people my own age just annoy me...oops!
Well I just want to wish you a very Happy Birthday and I hope you have a wonderful day spent with friends and family.
Love your blog
Lyndsey xxx

Peggy Clyde said...

I can't wait to try these brownies. Happy birthday in a couple of day. Your little guy just keeps getting cuter and cuter. Thanks for sharing your cooking knowledge with all of us.

LoLy said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwww, come on, you are still VERY young :D
and that adorable baby is so yummy :D

Abby said...

Happy Birthday! I'll be 33 this year. Yikes. So at least you're younger than me. :) I've never had brownies with zucchini! Love that cake isn't our only option!

Amy said...

Sending you warmest birthday wishes! And oh my, your little boy is so. freaking. adorable!

Keeley said...

Happy birthday, Monica! 30 is a wonderful age (I loooved turning 30) and I'm promising you that the 30s are a great decade. You have a great marriage, a cute baby, a nice house and you're an excellent cook. It only gets better from here! (Take it from this proud 32 year-old mama to be!)

Anonymous said...

Happy 30th Birthday sweet Monica, your baby is about as cute as any baby could be..the brownies look and I am sure are yummy and nutritious with the zuchini in it..will be making it soon, you have had a tremendous year before your 30th a little trepedentious (sp.?) is just fine..Some people have old souls and young bodies, sounds like you, more mature than the others, get along with more mature people because had more responsibility than most, I lost my Momma young always been older in my soul than my actual age, now I don't care who knows I am 64 years young, get the senior discounts and look pretty darned good for 64 it is what is in your sould and heart and reading your blog I can tell you are loving, kind and considerate human being that is what counts in this life..Plus a fantastic cook and terrific WIFE & MOMMA...that is alot to be in this world of I like to think lost souls, you got it right alright, you are terrific, enjoy your birthday with your angel baby doll and your sweet hubby, love your blog...!!!!!!!!!!

Kendall Hoover said...

Love this! I am a little obsessed with zucchini recipes but I think this will be the end-all-be-all of my favorites!
When your blog has attracted too many followers to pretend it's okay because no one's going to see it.

Mona Rae Baroody said...

My 30th was the BEST ever birthday; even have it on video! Enjoy this memorable birthday; you have a loooooong way to go still!

Coleens Recipes said...

Turning 30!?!?!? Puuullleeeeezzz!! The brownie look moist and delicious you youngster!! lol

suzieQ said...

I will join the chorus telling you that age is just a number and it is how you act, think and feel that is the measure of who you are. The joys in your life are what matter and look at all the wonderful things you create; beautiful little boy and the most delicious looking creations I see on the internet. Really, could your pictures be any more luscious looking? I think I gain weight every time I come here. :-)

Cathy J. said...

Wishing you a very Happy 30th Birthday!!! I agree with the other bloggers, you're little pumpkin is becoming cuter and cuter, he's adorable!

Avril said...

Oh you are just a baby! 30 is a wonderful, wonderful year...I am sure you will have an amazing year ahead of you. YUM to those brownies girl!

Anonymous said...

I am turning 30 this year too and am going to embrace every minute of it! It's all the premature gray hair that I have that I am not embracing!!

Georgina said...

These brownies sound heavenly. Even though I'm a diabetic, I still enjoy baking for my family, especially brownies! I love zucchini I look forward to making these as soon as it cools down a bit around here.

Your little guy is so his smile. As for turning 30, you won't feel a thing, trust me. When I turned 60 in Feb., didn't feel any different! The only thing that can be a bit startling at my age is what I see in the mirror and what my spirit feels! LOL

Have a great 30 and have a great've earned it!


vanillasugarblog said...

awww you're not getting old.
you're a young chicken--I'm the old fart here.
hey, I keep getting (like 2x a day) spam emails from your email account.
I think you're email was hijacked.

cybil said...

Congratulations!!!! 30 is super young!!!!!

Julie said...

You're so funny! Hope your birthday was wonderful. I turned the big 4-5 a few weeks ago, and that sounded WAY older than 44! It kinda kicked me in the butt, but it's better than the alternative as my mother always said. As for the brownies...yes please!

Rachel said...

Happy birthday Monica!!!!!!!!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

Hope you had a great birthday Monica! I feel the same way about getting older. On my birthday last year (28) someone asked me how old I was turning and before I could even think the words twenty-one popped out of my mouth. They looked at me perplexed and were like 21? Really? LOL! If that is not a sign of an age identity crises I don't know what one is!

kellirn said...

These are absolutely amazing! I think this is my new go to brownie recipe. The hubby even liked them. Thank You!!!

Maranda said...

These brownies look amazing! I wish I could have one. And I love the little ribbon on it. Too cute!

Anonymous said...

Hi Monica. These look fabulous! I am always looking for recipes to sneak nutrition into my 11 year old son. I think he'll devour this, before he ever thinks there good for him!

You mentioned if we omit the chocolate chips that the recipe is vegan. I just want to inform you that unless you use organic raw sugar in the recipe it is not vegan; as when manufacturer's process white sugar (this is sort of gross, so be forewarned), they refine the sugar by passing it thru charcoal that has been made from cremated animal bones. Hope that didn't gross you out too badly. I personally have started using coconut sugar and agave nectar in my baking for health reasons. I also keep organic raw sugar in my pantry for when sugar is the only sweetener that will do.

Very nice blog and wonderful photos. Best of luck to you.

KarenK said...

Loved the brownies!! My 4 yr old and I had a fun time making them, and EATING them!

We used whole wheat flour and applesauce instead of oil. And, of course topped the brownies a few more chips.

Thanks for sharing!

Beastie said...

No eggs :-) and I am fully obsessed with zucchini cakes, brownies. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

My brownies were a bit on the crumbly side. Would adding two eggs help with that? They are plenty moist...maybe too moist.

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