was making some zucchini bread this morning.
been making a lot of it lately. As in, A LOT. We have a garden
at our house this year, and it has been incredible. Just about
everything we planted not only produced, just about everything
thrived. And as the vast majority of gardeners will attest,
when things like tomatoes and cucumbers and more thrive, they
can deliver at overwhelming levels.
has a recipe for banana bread. It’s a great recipe that works
equally well if you swap the banana with zucchini. You might be
able to jump ahead slightly at this point to arrive at what happens
when you have a garden that is offering more than a lot of zucchinis
and a great recipe for zucchini bread.
full recipe makes two loaves of bread, and since we had plenty,
Terry would usually end up making two batches. Just so happens
that works smoothly with our ktichen, as we have four metal loaf
pans. Funny story though…
told you… lots of zucchini. One day, Terry baked twelve loaves.
(She has brought a lot of it to work. Still, our freezer is full.)
I looked at her, laughed, and suggested we should pick up at least
two more loaf pans. She didn’t laugh. In fact… I know the look
she had in her eyes VERY well… and she was considering it.
that. Not “was” considering. She IS considering it. It’s
still an option. I am one-hundred percent certain that if she
thought I could get back to the house in under thirty minutes,
I would have been off and buying at least two loaf pans (and probably
four). Instead, she knew the baking time, knew my minimum get-back-home
time, and figured that it was just as easy to use the ones she
had. But I’m guessing that I’ll know the time for next year’s
garden planning has arrived when I see her in a store with a few
loaf pans in the cart.)
actually do have some additional loaf-size pans. One is an air-bake
style that we don’t like to use that often. Two others are glass
baking dishes that are used most often for meatloaf and such.
Experience tells me that having some alternatives on hand will
own more than a few crockpots.
on… guess. How many do you think we have?
yourself credit if you knew it was a trick question. Right now,
we have 12 that I can count easily. But it’s not simple. That
count includes: 2 round crockpots, 6 oval, 2 mini, 1 specialized
unit that features two mini oval sections, plus 1 round one in
a box. And the reason it’s a trick isn’t because of the number
I arrived at or that special-event-double-unit. It’s because between
a strong assortment of chaffing dishes, warming trays and more,
I can virtually guarantee you that I’m missing one or two on the
storage shelves. I also didn’t include some of the really mini
crockpots she has that usually get used for things like sauces
and gravies and cheese.
another pair of metal loaf pans? Yeah… it’s probably happening.
thing is… they get use. They all get use. Not kidding, more than
a dozen crockpots, and I have seen her consider the needs she
had and put all of them into service for different events. She
the other hand… me and my extra things…
bought a new push mower this year. My lawn care needs usually
involve beating them up. Years of use on an uneven, rocky with
lots of dirt yard. Now, the lawn is great but there is a drainage
ditch as just one fun part of the mowing experience. And the old
one stills runs. Which meant the new one… for a few weeks… stayed
in the box. I kept convincing myself just-once-more, putting in
a bit of gas, and then heading outside with the older mower. Part
of it was stupid… not wanting to scratch the new one when the
old one was still running. Part of it was rationalizing… the old
one had a handle that snapped and is held together by two metal
rods and duct tape, it would have to fall apart for good eventually,
so keep it out there until it did. And… yes… I knew before that
initial no-more-returns period was up I needed to make sure the
new one was running. Still, old one… duct tape and all… is off
to the side (just in case).
have central heating and air in the house now, and yet I brought
along three air conditioners from the old house because you never
my defense—in our defense—everything gets used. Well… maybe not
the portable propane grills, but pretty much everything else.
For us, it’s not a question of trying to measure how many would
be too many. It’s usually experience telling us we could use one
or two more.