July 31, 2012

Zakk-ini Bread Basket

We are now in Week #18 of the Zakka Style Sew Along,
and it's never too late to join us.

{Visit Lindsey at  LRStitched for details.}

I love this week's project, contributed by 
Rachel Roxburgh of Roxy Creations.

{Rachel has a way with linen, wouldn't you agree?}

Already I've seen several versions from the sew along,
and they are all just as darling as the model from the book.

I had already started to make mine before I saw the others, which
are mostly light-colored and very cheery.
Mine is kind of dark, since I opted for my charcoal gray linen,
as the main body.  I also used a navy plaid homespun for the handles.

I can't believe I didn't think of using gingham, like 
Tamiko and Amanda did for their baskets!

{I still love it, though!}

I've seen some beautiful buttons out there, too.
For mine, I made a covered button to match the handles.

{One of the most fun steps was braiding the little loop from string!}

I love this print from Recess by American Jane,
for the interior.  

{I also love the way the handles tie into a sweet little love knot.}

What's that inside the bag, you may ask?

Why, it's a loaf of homemade zucchini bread,
and as your reward for sticking with me, 
I'm going to share how to make it, right now.

{You may find the printable version of the recipe for
here at allrecipes.com.}

Start with a nice big zucchini...
I live in Pennsylvania, and our local gardens
are always bursting with zucchini.

{Like my Dad always said, I don't have a garden, but I cultivate friends with gardens.}

Use a grater to shred the zucchini into a bowl.

{Just shred the whole thing, and freeze the rest in plastic bags, with 2 cups in each bag.  This particular zucchini will make 8 loaves of bread!}

I love to collect all my ingredients and pretend I'm on a cooking show.
Here's all the stuff needed for this recipe.

Mix the eggs, oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

{You may use a mixer, or just stir everything together for this recipe.}

Stir in the zucchini and vanilla...

And then the dry ingredients, which have been sifted together.

Pour into two prepared loaf pans.

When they are baked, they have a wonderful, slightly chewy crust, 
and the inside is tender, with tiny green flecks of zucchini peel.

{The first time one of my sons tasted it, when he was very small,
he said, "Mmmmm...I'll have some more of that bikini bread, please!}

Now,I must say that when I pictured this bread basket, 
I thought it would be a lot larger...

{"Is it bigger than a bread basket?"}

Although it's not big enough to hold a regular loaf of bread,
it is just right for pesenting homemade goodies,
which makes it even more appealing!

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  1. More lovely goodies, both sewn and baked. AND YOU HAVE a red and white dotted teapot!!! Love it!

  2. Your colors will be splendid through the winter months, too!
    I made Zucchini Bread last week, too :)

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  4. Your bag is great and I am going to Pin your recipe, must try it out soon.

  5. Lovely bag and thanks for the receipe. Judith, Texas

  6. Oooh, I have just gotta try that recipe - your bread looks so delicious. We call them courgettes here in Blighty. As for your bag - it is darling and very stylish. Love it.

    p.s. If my bread doesn't work out I might just have to get the olympic rowers to whisk me across the pond to your place!

  7. I just saw your TITLE of this at the top of the blog!!
    Zakk-ini Bread Basket

    You waited a lot of weeks to be able to pull one off, didn't ya!!! too funny (smiles and giggles on this one!)

  8. oh I love your little basket - just really sweet detailing. And fun you included a recipe - an all-around nice post!

  9. Your basket is wonderful! I love the fabrics you chose. Thank you for the zucchini loaf recipr, it looks so yummy!
    This would be a great idea for a home made gift for someone that already has everything (like old grandma's, etc...).
    I'm always on the lookout for gift ideas, so thank you!

  10. Hey, thanks for linking up to Tuesday at the Table!


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