Chilly Swim and Zucchini-Chocolate Cupcakes

>> Thursday, August 26, 2010

A bunch of us headed for the lake yesterday. It was a chilly morning compared to what we've been used to - I think someone said it was below 60 when we were about to start our swim. (Steve H asked what the windchill was!) We all did about a 56:00 lap around Square Lake and then paused for this photo:

Pam, Kathryn, Steve H, Kelly, Julia, and Marie. (And me, of course.)

Then Julia was going to practice "starts" with anyone who was interested. So Pam, Kelly, Julia, and Kathryn lined up and practiced those "high knees" and dolphin dives running into the lake:

There's something moderately amusing about a pregnant woman running into a lake. ;)

Kathryn's butt, Julia mid-dolphin, Kelly swimming, and Pam coming up for one more dolphin.

Afterwards, all swimmers were treated to my wife's delicious baking!! Pharmie had sent me with some homemade chocolate-zucchini cupcakes with buttercream frosting! Here's Marie and Julia ready to hit it:

Coach Jen, don't worry - they were homemade, they had zucchini in them, and most of the oil was replaced with applesauce. So they're practically a health food.

But I still can't help but think those cupcakes my lovely wife made us had something to do with my last post.... ;) Ha!


teacherwoman 7:10 AM, August 26, 2010  

Wow... those cupcakes sound DE-LISH!

misszippy 7:35 AM, August 26, 2010  

I would love that swim AND the cupcakes!

GoBigGreen 7:57 AM, August 26, 2010  

Ha! Steve I thought the same thing! Thanks for a nice morning!

JC 7:58 AM, August 26, 2010  

mmm I've made those cupcakes as a cake before - definitely a family fav!

Unknown 8:10 AM, August 26, 2010  

yum. those cupcakes sounds delish!

Christi 8:24 AM, August 26, 2010  

The cupcakes look yummy!

Anonymous,  4:18 PM, August 26, 2010  

would pharmie share the recipe with us??? please.

Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) 5:34 PM, August 26, 2010  

Cupcakes look great but have been on my verboten list since December. I see that you are eating better.... good for you, although I'm sure Pharmie wishes you'd have a slice of pizza or two....

Sara Cox Landolt 9:17 AM, August 27, 2010  

They are healthy! And anything with buttercream is good with me.

Steve Stenzel 8:23 PM, August 27, 2010  

For those interested, here's the link to the recipe:

- Cut the sugar from 2 C to 1.5 C.
- 3/4 C oil instead of 1.5 C.
- 3/4 C unsweeted (natural) applesauce to replace missing oil.
- Didn't add the nuts, but used 1 C chocolate chips instead.

And she "wrung out" the zucchini by wrapping it in a thin towel and wringing all the extra moisture out.

Then used a butter and cream chocolate frosting. Homemade, of course.

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