Watching Life Change Before My Eyes & A Recipe For Bacon Cheddar Zucchini Bread

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It started out like any other day. I woke up, had my Jesus time, ate breakfast, then started my day. But this day would change my life in so many ways. My husband came home from working out of town to tell me he had not been feeling well. Which was a shock because he’s never been ill before. He’s had a cold or flu but no major issues.

So he went to the hospital, they ran tests and told him he had kidney stones. “Ok” I thought, “we can deal with that” so they made him an appointment. But it wasn’t going to be for a month. I knew he needed one sooner.

Well, we had to wait for the doctor to find him a specialist to go to so we did end up waiting. Three weeks go by and finally a doctor was able to see him. I knew my husband was tired more than usual but still never thought anything much about it.

Finally, we went to this specialist who was going to go in and remove the stones. Well, that was the beginning of a nightmare.

About two hours went by and the doctor calls me to say, “Mrs. Rucker we couldn’t get all the cancer out of your husbands bladder.”

“Wait”… I said, “What cancer? He has kidney stones.”

The doctor responded, “No ma’am, I’m sorry, it’s not kidney stones, it’s cancer.”

I fell to my knees in the office and cried out to Jesus. No way, there’s a mistake, not my husband. Even though I’m a full believer in Jesus and healing, at the time I couldn’t deal with what I heard. But the Lord showed me even in the worst time that he was there to walk us through the trials.

Has it been an easy walk? No, but my God will be with us.

We are currently waiting on the doctor to do surgery to remove his bladder but at least I get my husband here with me a little longer. I know we are in for a long road but with my God having our back all things are possible.

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Bacon Cheddar Zucchini Bread

Prep time 10 min

Cook time 1 hr 20 min


3 Eggs

1 Tablespoon Sugar

1/2 Cup Oil

1 Cup Shredded Zucchini

1 Cup Cooked Bacon (drained & diced)

1 Cup Grated Cheddar cheese

6 Tablespoons Milk

1 1/2 Cups Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Baking powered

Pinch Salt

1 tsp Black pepper

In a mixer, add eggs, sugar, oil and mix for 5 minutes.

Switch off mixer and using a wooden spoon, add the zucchini bacon and cheese. Combine well. Then add 6 tablespoons of milk.

In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & pepper and then add slowly to the wet mix and combine well.

Add the batter into a lined baking pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clear in the center.

In addition to providing delicious recipes on her Faith and Food blog, Tina Rucker is a proud mom to her 18 year old son, happy wife to her husband Joel of six years, and the spearhead of the Five Loaves Food Pantry ministry in her local church, open twice a month. 

Tina has worked in the food industry for over 25 years, and has a heart and a passion to serve, feed, and provide for those in need.

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