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Zucchini Cupcakes

I am always trolling the “day old” section at the grocery store in the produce department.  They typically put out things that aren’t perfect enough to sell at the going rate, but still completely useable.  My favorite items to look for are brown bananas that I freeze for smoothies and banana “ice cream” and then zucchini.  The zucchini can be used for these decadent cupcakes that seem healthy in concept, but deliver on their dessert promise.  And then also my zucchini pancakes or zucchini bread–both family crowd pleasers!  These can also be made with any of the summer squash and/or with shredded

Top 10 Posts of 2015

I love retrospectives.  If you haven’t checked out our video retrospective, chock full of bloopers, from 2015.  You must! Looking back at the year lets you see how much you did accomplish.  Because even if you felt like you came up short–believe you me, my list of potential posts is WAY longer than what actually got posted, you can see that you actually rocked it all things considered!  So I did a bit of analytics sleuthing to see what you enjoyed most at Just Jennessa in 2015.  And here it goes…working backwards! 10. The Container Queen Sharing all of my

Feaster Five Apple Muffins

I’ve noted before that to run, I would need to be chased.  What about you? But that hasn’t kept us from participating in a few 5Ks along the way.  One of which is the Feaster Five in Andover (where we live) on Thanksgiving morning. The added incentive for this 5k, which of course I just walk, is that everyone gets a pie at the finish line.  When you sign up early (that isn’t me) you get a shirt that says, “I Run for Pie.”  That would be a fitting t-shirt for me even though it’s not true!  Not unless the

Banana Bread

I know that there are probably many ways I could use up “spent” bananas like freezing them and spinning them up in a kale smoothie.  But seriously, banana bread is so much better!  This is by far one of the easiest recipes I have.  You put all of the ingredients in the bowl in order while mixing them. Period. I of course bake them in mini loaves, because they get done so much faster and it’s easier to eat some and save some in the freezer.  Every one loaf of bread makes three mini loaves–for future reference.  But you can

Williamsburg Breakfast Bread

As you may or may not know, my mom and I published her collection of recipes in the early 2000s in a series divided by season and it included menu plans, gardening tips and entertaining ideas.  She owned the Addie’s Place Bed & Breakfast when I was in high school and then went on to have her own catering company (Catering on 5th) and was a custom baker.  In other words, folks would have her do their baking for her and in some cases pass it off as their own (like an entire Thanksgiving dinner in the client’s own pans). 

Carrot Spice Muffins

My husband’s new toy (for me to play with) is a Breville juicer.  Yadda yadda yadda…he can’t eat most veggies in their original form, so to get his nutrients we’ve taken to juicing.  Everything we juice smells like freshly cut grass in my opinion, but he seems to love it!  The downfall of the juicer is that it creates a lot of “pulp” that seems a shame to throw away.  So the other day I used the carrot, apple, and kale pulp from his juice to make muffins, but it’s typically made with shredded carrots.  You could substitute zucchini and/or

Valentine’s Round Up

While my husband will tell you that every day is Valentine’s Day, I would beg to differ!  That aside, I do enjoy having fun with the kids for Valentine’s and this year with 60″ of snow and still counting, it’s the only thing keeping us sane!  So here are some of my favorite Valentine’s ideas, crafts and goodies.  Enjoy! These were Zain’s Valentine’s from first grade with bouncy balls…Valentine, You Make My Heart Bounce!  It’s safe to say, they were a huge hit all round.  Here is a link to a free printable of the card.  I used clear cello

Step One: Accepting You Need a Grocery List

Meal planning is by far the most commented on and requested item of me and it’s fairly simple, but the first step is accepting you need a plan in the first place!  You can’t make a meal if you don’t have the ingredients you need.  You won’t have the ingredients you need unless you actually purchase them.  Simple…right?  Or maybe not! This photo is of my refrigerator yesterday after eating ourselves out of house and home over the holidays.  It was pretty sparse and it was giving me hives.  So it was back to reality for me.  To make life

Mom’s Quick Coffee Cake

This is by far the easiest coffee cake recipes you will ever run into.  It can be whipped up in less time than it takes to preheat the oven and it only takes 20-25 minutes to bake.  Can you say, instant gratification?  My boys love it!  I make mine gluten free by using a gluten free one-to-one baking flour blend and dairy free with almond milk and Earth’s Balance ‘butter’.  Since it has 3 teaspoons of baking powder it leavens very well in spite of being gluten free.  Enjoy!

Cinnamon Waffles

My boys live on waffles and way way back when Zain was little I would buy frozen waffles from the grocery store because they were easy and seemingly nutritious–right?!?!  But over time, as I would make waffles on the weekends, Zain would revolt against the grocery store waffles, which was a compliment, I guess, but seemed like way too much work to make waffles every day.  So instead, I started making large batches on the weekend.  Enough for them to eat them for a weekend morning and enough to freeze for the week.  Once they are cooled, I put them