Zucchini Corn Muffins

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Sneak some shredded zucchini into these yummy corn muffins and your kids will get a dose of veggies right at breakfast!


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3/4 cup oat milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  1. In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Stir together the applesauce and remaining 1/4 teaspoon baking powder in a large bowl. Add the apple juice concentrate, the milk, and the butter.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then gently stir in the zucchini.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly among 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.

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Hanging Instruments to Crash, Rattle, and Bang!

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Old toys that don’t get much attention can seem novel if presented to your kids in a different way. To wit, Veronika hasn’t been very into her musical instruments lately… until I strung up a few on a cord and introduced this novel way to have musical play!

We played this game indoors against a dresser, but if it’s a beautiful sunny day and a warm time of year, it works equally well against a fence!

Using colored twine, I threaded instruments that could slot easily along the line, namely tambourines, bells, and a triangle. Get creative with your definition of “instrument” here, too; a colander from the kitchen added some percussion!

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Once I had everything threaded up, I presented Veronika with wooden spoons and rhythm sticks, and it was time to make music!

She loved using the wooden spoon in particular and soon there was bashing…

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…tapping, and jingling. She also loved reaching out with a hand to shake the bells on the cord.

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This game will no doubt entice older siblings over to play, too! A great way to revive a bag of old instruments.

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