Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birthday celebrations

Someone turned 3 today!  The woodland fairies arrived at our place to celebrate the day: there was a new birthday crown (sewn the night before), favourite stories & popcorn in the tent, then roaming through the gardens, wood-fired personal sized pizzas from the outdoor oven (with our most-loved pizza crust from Feeding the Whole Family), zucchini spice cupcakes (recipe below) topped with fresh local berries (decorated by our 3-year old), and later, dinner outside in the evening with a little campfire.  Lovely day.

Zucchini Spice Cupcakes - wheat-free, dairy-free
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
3 farm-fresh or free range organic eggs
1 1/2 cups light spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2-1 3/4 cups shredded zucchini, packed

1) Mix margarine, sugars and eggs in a large mixing bowl, stirring well. 
2) Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add to the margarine/sugar mixture.  Stir until just combined (do not over-mix). 
3) Then fold in zucchini and mix again until just combined. 
4) Pour batter into lightly greased (or lined) cupcake tray.
5) Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes, until golden and knife inserted comes out clean.
6) Ice with your favourite icing (as cupcakes), or serve plain (as muffins).  Variations - add nuts, raisins, chocolate chips to the batter.


  1. AnonymousJuly 29, 2011

    My goodness Karin - I can't believe she's three already!
    It looks like it was such a beautiful celebration. What a lucky little (big!) girl!

  2. Jenne ToddJuly 29, 2011

    absolutely beautiful in every way - you continue to inspire me. Happy Birthday Maya!

  3. Too bad we missed out on a fantastic birthday celebration. We made some zucchini muffins with some from our own garden today - just beginning to ripen, and Josh loved them fresh out of the oven!