Mirth & Wonder
Yellow Squash Muffins

Last weekend I noticed at our neighborhood farmer’s market that yellow squash were still available, and at lower prices. I’m sure some of you have had more than your share of yellow squash over the summer, but if you have an abundance of them and you’re not quite sure what to do with them, here’s an easy recipe. The muffins were moist and lightly flavorful. If you like cornbread, you’ll like this recipe.

Once I filled up my muffin tin, I had extra squash mix left, so I filled up my baking pan with the excess (about half way), and voila yellow squash bread loaf.

Ingredients:

2  lbs  crookneck yellow squash
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Steps:

1  Trim ends of squash and cut into 1-inch slices.
2  Cook in a small amount of water for 15 to 20 minutes.
3  Drain well and mash.
4  Measure 2 cups of the cooked squash, combine with eggs, butter, applesauce, and set aside.
5  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
6  Make a well in center of mixture.
7  Add squash to dry ingredients, stirring only until moist.
8  Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling 3/4 full.
9  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

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This photo of Gregory Peck is irresistible, for obvious reasons, more so because most of the photos I’ve seen of the dashing Mr. Peck shows him clean-shaven. He pulls off the rugged + suit combo exquisitely. Source and more info about him here.

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Photos by Jennifer Ross.

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If I could do this I would. This Michigan couple - Echo and Ryan - married in a small chapel in Iceland with just a handful of their close family members. When the landscape is this beautiful, you don’t need much decorations.

From Ruffled.

A sunny walk through the historic Pioneer Square, Seattle.

Photos by Jenn, Mirth & Wonder.

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This song instantly gets me in a good mood. Perfect song for the last few sweltering days.

crashinglybeautiful:Martha & The Vandellas  - Heat Wave (from chairofbullies)

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Via sfgirlbybay (from Veronica TM’s flickr Photostream).

Blackbird - The Beatles

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Proper way to cool down in HOT New York City!
crashinglybeautiful: Leonard Freed, “Harlem Street Party,” 1963 (from: melisaki)

Proper way to cool down in HOT New York City!

crashinglybeautiful: Leonard Freed, “Harlem Street Party,” 1963 (from: melisaki)

There’s always a smile on my face walking under these summer trees.

Lady in my Life - Michael Jackson