Monthly Archives: August 2016

Need a Pool to Cool Off in Grass Valley?

Great for a Pool Party when visiting Grass Valley!

Welcome friends to Spring Hill Cottage for a family sized pool party – its a great relaxing place  with lush green herbs, veggies, and fruits  surrounding a large deep end sparkling pool.

spring hill flowers and backyard


When its hot in Grass Valley and you have a gathering planned, consider renting Spring Hill Cottage.


\ pool at night Pool deck with flowers and herbs

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Out by the pool, looking towards th house

Use Zukes Now: Low Sugar Chocolate Zucchini Cake

SkypePhoto_20160731_17_14_22Its that time of year- too many zukes and patty pan squash – I made this Low Sugar Chocolate Zucchini Cake for my sons’ 21 B’day – remarkably like fudgy brownies and hugely delicious.   Not too sweet since I reduced the original King Arthur recipe’s sugar requirement

Uses 3 cups shredded Zucchini

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup  All-Purpose Baking Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons decaf coffee, optional but tasty
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini or patty pan squash


  1. Set oven to Preheat at 350degrees
  2. Spray a 9″ x 13″  or 12 in round pan  with PAM  cooking spray
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, buttermilk and salt until smooth.
  4. Beat in the eggs.
  5. Mix in the zucchini
  6. Stir together n the baking soda, baking powder, and the flour, then stir into the oil mixture above
  7. Add the cocoa and espresso powder, mixing until smooth.
  8. Then pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top springs back lightly when touched, and it seems set.
  10. or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven, Cool on a rack.
  12. Yield: 24 servings.


  • 1 pint whipped cream plus  ¼ cup cocoa powder plus ¼ cup sugar and 3tablespoons hot water to dissolve cocoa – then chill prior to adding to whipped cream



Recipe compliments of Spring Hill Cottage   enjoy visiting our vacation rental cottage in Grass Valley CA