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I figured I’d post this recipe since Holly asked for it. Chocolate Zucchini Cake comes courtsey of the A Family.

1/2 c marg.                                         2 c zucchini – shredded                             1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 c vegetable oil                            2 1/2 c flour                                                  1/2 c chocolate chips

1 3/4 c sugar                                     4 Tbl cocoa

2 eggs                                                 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla                                       1 tsp baking soda

1/2 c sour milk                                 1/2 tsp cinnamon


*To sour milk add 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice to 1/2 c milk and let sit for 5 minutes.

Cream marg, oil, and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and sour milk. Beat until combined. Mix together dry ingredients and add to wet mixture. Beat well with mixer. Stir in zucchini. Pour batter i n to greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Bake at 325* for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and dry.


Don Johnson is just a tad bit of a movie fanatic which is fine. The problem comes in when the movie theater decide that cost of two tickets to the movies is equal to a nice meal at a steakhouse. We try, of course, to combat this by going to morning shows rather than evening shows. But, if you factor in the added cost of a 3D movie or an IMAX (or heaven forbid an IMAX 3D movie), there isn’t much of a difference between a 10 AM show and a 5 PM show.

That being said since we are childless for the summer (translation: we only have to pay for 2 tickets rather than 3 or 5), we have gone to our fair share of new releases this summer. Some have been better than others. Let’s have a little run down of some of the shows that we’ve seen, shall we.

The X-Men movie– I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I wasn’t sure how they were going to pull off the early years of Professor X and the rest of the X-Men crew. We saw this one in IMAX 3D with the Darling boys, John and Michael. Well worth the cost of the tickets.

The Green Lantern– Don Johnson and the Darling boys were not as happy with this movie as I was. I had never read any of the Green Lantern comic books before. So, I had nothing to base any judgements on. I thought it was a pretty decent movie. It certainly wasn’t the worst comic book movie that I’ve seen.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2– This was the movie that I’d been waiting to see. And for me, at least, it lived up to my expectations. I know there are others out in the world who were disappointed that it didn’t match the book exactly. As far as I’m concerned, this was a fantastic way to end the movie version of the series. Don Johnson liked this one. His favorite scene was when all of the Hogwarts teachers were casting the shield around the school.

Captain America– I wasn’t familiar with the Captain America story line of the Avengers comics. So, once again, I went into it with few expectations. I was really happy with it. I’m looking forward to seeing Captain American return in the Avengers.

Friends With Benefits– I went into this movie thinking that it was going to be extremely similar to No Strings Attached. I was wrong. While the over all premise of the movie was similar to NSA, this film was done in an entirely different way. I think I laughed through the entire movie. There were several times when I looked over at Don Johnson and said “That’s you. That’s so you!”

Cowboys & Aliens– This was the bummer movie out of the group. We went and saw this today. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible either. It was pretty much an ehh kind of movie. Although, I will say that I find Daniel Craig to be a much better cowboy than Bond. I just don’t like him as James Bond. He doesn’t have the look in my book. I wouldn’t waste your money on this one.

I think we may have seen a couple more this summer, but I can’t remember them off the top of my head. If I remember, then I’ll update. Until then, if you need me, I’ll probably be standing in the long line waiting for popcorn.

Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as a cake can transport you back to a more carefree place in your life? I’ve been making chocolate zucchini cake for 20 odd years now, and every single time I make it I feel like I am 10 years old again.

The first time I made this cake, I was spending the night at my best friend’s house. We were 8 when we met. We made this cake so many times over the 6 years that we lived in the same town. Looking back, it seems that we always made it at her house. I don’t know why we never made it when she spent the night at my house.

This cake reminds me of slumber parties. I want to pull out my sleeping bag and go crash on the floor of my best friend’s room. It makes me want to get in trouble for staying up late and waking up her little sisters because we were too loud.

So many things have changed in the 20  years. My best friend is married with two small kids of her own. Even her little sisters are married now. I’ve been married and divorced and married again. Life moved forward as it should. But chocolate zucchini cake has stayed the same.

When I ate my first forkful tonight, I smiled as I remembered all of the carefree times that we had making a chocolate mess in my best friend’s kitchen.

Hi! Welcome to my little corner. As you can see from the name of this blog, I live with Don Johnson. No, not the Miami Vice Don Johnson, but a Don Johnson just the same.

I don’t have a set direction for this blog, but I imagine that I’ll cover all the different aspects of live in the Johnson household. This could include anything from trying out a new recipe to a movie review to trips or even just daily life.

I’m a momma (and stepmomma) to our 3 Darling children: John, Michael, and Wendy.

I finally decided to join the blogging world. Hopefully, family and friends will be able to keep up to date on what is going on with the Johnson’s.

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