Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownie Recipe

By Kim Mash
on July 01, 2017

Chocolate chip zucchini brownies recipe from our farm. What do you do when the garden gives a lot of zucchini?

chocolate chip zucchini brownies recipe

Make chocolate chip zucchini brownies of course with chocolate glaze. I love finding ways to use all the zucchini I get from one plant. You can adjust the recipe however you like. You can add walnuts, use oil instead of applesauce or add an egg for a more cake like consistency. You can cut the salt too if like. I love the extra salt in baked goods. We used to sell our zucchini baked goods and goat milk fudge at the Grove City Farmers Market. Now we just bake at home for us but we love to share recipes with you. 

Here's what you'll need for the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a large bowl combine the above ingredients, applesauce, sugar and vanilla. Here's what you'll need next:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened organic cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 

Mix the dry ingredients above, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar applesauce mixture. Stir, stir, stir. Once you get everything mixed together add the remaining ingredients. 

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (skin and all)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or more if you like a lot 

Fold the zucchini and chocolate chips into the brownie batter you just created. You'll need your oven preheated to 350 degrees and a greased 9"x12" baking pan. Spread the batter evenly into the pan. Bake 25 minutes. Depending on your oven you may need to adjust the baking time. You want the brownies to spring back a little. 

Now for the chocolate glaze:

  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine 

Heat the butter and cocoa powder together in a saucepan or microwave and stir together and set aside. Here's what you'll need next for the glaze

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until combined then add the cocoa powder butter mixture. If it's too thick you can add more milk. If you prefer a chocolate icing you can add more powdered sugar. 

Enjoy eating fresh baked chocolate chip zucchini brownies. 

The Art Of Candle Making

By Kim Mash
on June 19, 2017

The art of candle making takes practice and patients. 

candle making

Sure you can glue a wick in a jar and pour wax easy enough but what you choose matters. Here's some things to consider if you want to make candles. 

  • Use the right wax. If you want to make container candles use container wax. Read up on the pros and cons of different waxes like soy wax, beeswax or palm wax to name a few. Pick the best for your needs. Decide what you like. It's easier to sell something you like. 
  • What wick do you want to use? We've used cotton core wicks before and love them. I still use them at times for our own custom jars or custom orders. Wood wicks are really awesome and that's what we use now. 
  • What fragrances? It's important to find a vendor you can trust and carries a high quality oil. 
  • Test burn, test burn, test burn and we can't say it enough. 

The art of candle making is fun but requires research, practice, patients and don't give up. If you love candles and have a desire to make them give it a try. 

Be sure to use containers safe for candles. The size of the opening of your jar will determine the size of wick you need. We push the bar when it comes to adding fragrance. We add as much as the wax will absorb and that takes practice and it depends on your wax choice how much of a load the wax can hold. We love to hear how one of our candles filled the whole room with fragrance so adding as much as possible is important to us. 

To get started try different wicks and waxes and see what you like best. We mark the bottom of each candle  with numbers that tells us information needed when we test burn. We keep a log sheet at each candle. Here's some things we look for - how long did it burn? did it burn hot enough? was the scent throw good? did it burn too hot? 

This is just a few things to consider when making candles. Have fun exploring the art of candle making! 

Wholesale Goat Milk Soap For Your Boutique

By Kim Mash
on June 15, 2017

wholesale goat milk soap

Wholesale goat milk soap for your boutique and store. 

Wholesale goat milk soap is our specialty. Ask us about setting up your account today. We have many handmade goat milk soap varieties to choose from. You can mix and match a combination of our products to meet minimum purchase amounts. With as little as $176 you can start carrying Chickenmash Farm products. We have a flexible wholesale program geared towards small business.

We had our own gift shop in downtown Grove City, Ohio. We understand the real struggles for small mom and pop shops to have to meet high minimum amounts. We make shopping wholesale so easy. We want your new products line to be a success and blessing for your business.  

The best part is you can mix and match any of our products to meet the minimum purchase amount. 

We don't hold you to ordering a lot of any one product or scent. You are in control of what you order. That means you can mix soap, candles, lotions, creams and body sprays. You decide. We've glad to tell you our best sellers and you can see if they work for your area. 

Our farm in located in Williamsport, Ohio. We can ship all over the United States. If you live outside the United States ask about setting up an account for you. Fill out this quick easy form to get started. 

Vendors listed as wholesale vendors, may utilize our website as a resource for Chickenmash Farm product information, with the exception of our design colors and design layout. All product images, product descriptions and logo can be utilized in promoting Chickenmash Farm products. Chickenmash Farm remains the sole owner of all images used but you are more than welcome to use our products images to help sell your new product line. 

Wholesale goat milk soap is a great addition for your boutique. 

 

Natural Bug Repellent Products Your Skin Will Love

By Kim Mash
on June 13, 2017

Natural body care products that contain pure essential oils. 

natural body care products

We combine five different essential oils to help repel bugs and we think it does a pretty good job.Our goats are happy too. During the summer flies will drive the goats crazy. We use our natural body care Summer Daze Bug Repellent Body Spray on our goats and stalls. It keeps the flies down and the goats happy. 

Our combination of citronella, lemongrass, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus creates an herbal infusion of scents that keep the bugs away. We make our Summer Daze product line in our hydrating body spray, our goat milk soap, our lotion bars and in our wood wick soy candles. 

Natural body care that really keeps the bugs away and is safe to use.

Summer Daze is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Take a bar of soap camping with you and be sure to combine with our lotion stick or body spray. Burn a citronella Summer Daze candle at your campsite for extra precaution. 

I love gardening and know how much mosquitoes can be a nuisance. I love our spray. It's quick easy and you can mist all over. The lemongrass can cause discoloration. Be sure to get it on your skin and mist your cloths from a distance or test spray so you don't stain your favorite cloths. 

Be sure to check out our sales page. We offer sales and discounts on many of our products each month. Keep an eye out for our sale on our natural bug repellent products. 

Zassy's Treasures and Circle S Farms Updated June Barn Sale

By Kim Mash
on April 28, 2017

Zassy's Treasures Barn Sale is moving to Circle S Farms.

Zassy's Treasures Barn Sale & Vendor Market June

 

Join us for the Zassy's Treasures Barn Sale & Vendor Market at Circle S Farms. The farm is located at 9015 London Groveport Rd, Grove City, OH 43123. 

The event hours and dates are still the same.

The show dates are Friday June 2, 2017 for the VIP shopping night and June 3 and 4, 2017 for general admission. The hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

We look forward to seeing you there. Come out and join in all the fun. Shop and eat local at Circle S Farms. 

 

Zassy's Treasures Barn Sale And Vendors Market Summer Barn Sale

By Kim Mash
on April 25, 2017

Join us June 2-4, 2017 for Zassy's Treasures Barn Sale. 

Zassy's Treasures Barn Sale

Annual Summer Barn Sale in Grove City, Ohio.

Friday June 2, 2017 is VIP night. The hours are from 5pm-9pm. Saturday and Sunday June 2,3, 2017 the hours are from 10am-5pm. Shop local all weekend from handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind items. Did we mention there's live music and food? Come out and support local vendors on this 22 acre family farm. 

Zassy's Treasures Barn Sale VIP night requires a ticket. You can buy a ticket from Zassy's Treasures. Saturday and Sunday you can pay $5 at the gate to enter the event. 

Located at 6079 Grove City Road in Grove City, Ohio

Come out to this family farm and shop for treasures. We'll be there with our goat milk soap and goat milk products. You'll find over ninety vendors selling re-purposed, vintage handmade and food items. We can't wait to see you there! Stop by and sample our goat milk products and shop wood wick soy candles. Zassy's Treasures Barn sale has something for everyone. 

Timber Wood Wick Candles In Amazing Fragrances

By Kim Mash
on April 03, 2017

Transform your room with timber wood wick candles.

timber wood wick candles

Change a room with the the aroma and charm of timber wood wick candles. Turn your bedroom or bathroom into a spa with our Stress Relief Wood Wick Candle. You'll love the aromatherapy blend or eucalyptus, lavender and spearmint. Relax and enjoy the ambiance of the crackling wood wick. 

We have many fragrance to choose from. You can shop our candles online or visit us at trade show and stop and smell the candles. You'll love the intense fragrance and the decorative tins that look great in your home. Our timber wood wick candles are made to travel too. We use travel tins made right here in Ohio. We buy our tins local straight from the manufacture. You can take your favorite candle camping with you or anywhere you stay along your way. 

You'll love how timber wood wick candles burn.

They burn even right down to the bottom with the wax. You'll enjoy the relaxing scent right down to the bottom. 

Keep your kitchen clean with the cool scent of Citrus Basil or warm with our Home Sweet Home Candle

Crackling wood wick soy candles offer a maintenance free candle that doesn't require trimming wicks. Wood wicks naturally burn down to the bottom right along with the soy wax. You'll enjoy the crackling sounds, the flicker and intense fragrance. We don't skimp on our candles. We put as much fragrance as the wax will absorb. When you buy wood wick candles from Chickenmash Farm you can know we test burn all new fragrances to ensure you get a clean burning, intense fragrant candle that will will the room. Our candles burn even too. You'll get about 25 hours burn time from our soy candles. Soy wax burns slower than other waxes. 

Shop our collection of timber wood wick candles today! 

How To Dry Roses For Handmade Soap

By Kim Mash
on March 31, 2017

Put your roses to good use and see how to dry roses for handmade soap. 

Our Victorian Rose Goat Milk Soap is an old fashion favorite. We take fresh roses after they are almost spent and place them in a paper bag. You can pull each petal apart or leave them whole. I've done it both ways. It doesn't take too long before they are ready. 

That's all there is to it. Just pick roses, place them in a paper bag and let it dry. I've never had an issue with molding. You can also lay the roses out and let them dry or place them in a vase with no water. We grow lavender and rosemary for our soaps also. Throughout the growing season I trim our rosemary and place it in a paper bag to dry. After it's dry I take the leaves off the stem. It's super easy. Let us know your favorite way to dry flowers and herbs. We love hearing your ideas. 

When do we add the roses to our soap? 

We add our dried rose petals to our soap when we run it through our blender for the first time. So that means before it saponifies. The blender blends the dried rose petals and leaves your soap speckled with petals. It makes for a really pretty soap. You'll love how herbs look in your handmade soaps. You don't have to limit your soaps to herbs either. We grow organic cucumbers for our Cucumbers & Cream Goat Milk Soap. We use a soap process called cold process. When done right you don't have to worry about the added produce molding. The curing process preserves the soap. 

Try it in your next batch of handmade soap. How to dry roses for handmade soap is a pretty easy process. 

Weight Watchers Shepherd's Pie Smart Points Recipe

By Kim Mash
on March 25, 2017

A classic favorite made into a Weight Watchers Shepherd's Pie. 

Weight Watchers Shepherd's Pie Recipe

 

 

We've made this before and have a recipe for a low carb version. This time I added more zero points value food and ground chicken breast. I used red skin potatoes for the topping but you can even cut the points more by making mashed cauliflower instead. Want to save even more points? Skip the cheese. I really wanted mashed potatoes and cheese for this one so I think it's worth the extra points. 

8 servings = 6 smart points. 

When you create your own recipe do the math and see what you get. I added all the points values for the total amount of each ingredients then divided the servings. I cut mine into 8 pieces if you want bigger pieces you can easily cut this casserole into six servings and each serving will equal 8 smart points. Not too shabby for a big serving of comfort food. It's loaded with vegetables. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 4 red skin potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream (I only had regular but you can use light or fat free and make this for even less points.)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon organic sunflower oil (use your favorite here)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • steamed carrots
  • steamed broccoli
  • french style green beans
  • chopped onion finely chopped
  • chopped mushrooms finely chopped
  • chopped celery finely chopped
  • chicken broth
  • seasonings of choice

First I started by cooking my red skin potatoes whole in a pan. In a separate pan I sauteed the onion, mushrooms and celery in oil. Add ground chicken and seasonings and cook thoroughly. After this was done I place it in the bottom of my casserole dish and added my can of green beans. After steaming the carrots and broccoli I added to the casserole dish. Mix together. I used chicken broth and corn starch to make a gravy with added seasonings. After it's done mix into the casserole dish. 

Smash cooked potatoes with chicken broth, salt, pepper and sour cream. Spread on top of the casserole and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. 

There you have it Weight Watchers shepherd's pie. 

 

Ohio Made Market Spring Fling and Pigskin Brewery

By Kim Mash
on March 21, 2017

Ohio Made Market is hosting their annual Spring Fling. 

Ohio Made Market Spring Fling Pigskin Brewery

I'm ready for spring in Ohio. Are you? We couldn't be more excited. Ohio Made Market is teaming up with Pigskin Brewery in Gahanna, Ohio for their annual Spring Fling, You'll find us located at the brewery, located at 91 Mill Street. So go ahead and shop the market then stop over at Pigskin Brewery for some lunch, drinks and stop and visit us. We would love to see you. This will be our first Ohio market of the year then we're heading to Nashville for the Country Living Fair. If you can't head to Nashville head to Gahanna and shop local. 

Goat milk soap and spring candle collection at the brewery. 

We'll be there with our goat milk soap and body care products. We'll also have our spring candle collection. You'll love to smell the Japanese cherry blossoms, honeysuckle and lilac and feel the warmth of spring arriving. Be sure to smell our Citrus Basil wood wick soy candles. It's a fresh favorite for spring. If you're looking for body care with limited ingredients for sensitive skin be sure to check out our lotion bars; smooth, natural roll on lotion you're skin will love. You'll be able to sample our goat milk cream,lotion and body spray. Come feel how soft it leaves your skin. A little bit goes a long way and won't leave you feeling greasy. 

You can shop at the Creekside Convention and Event Center in Gahanna, Ohio for other local vendors from Ohio. Shop handmade, one-of-a-kind items at the market then come over to the Pigskin Brewery and shop some more. There will be handful of handmade crafters at the brewery also. Eat, drink and relax. We look forward to seeing you at the Ohio Made Market Spring Fling. 

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