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Raspberry Truffle Brownie Bars


We went on a short camping trip this past weekend, albeit the weather was windy and a bit drizzly.  For me, camping is a time to relax, be with family, and eat a bunch of junk food we normally don’t eat.  In fact, I take the kids with me to the grocery store and choose candy from the bin and fill up a plastic bag.  It’s honestly the highlight of the kids’ summer.


Four “note-worthy” things happened while camping:

1. Matthew learned to ride a bike with no training wheels.


2.  Grace learned to sort-of throw a Frisbee.  It’s like a tomahawk throw, actually.  The kids are finally beginning to get the concept of Frisbee golf.


3.  Eric finally beat my dad at corn-hole.  It’s a silly game if you ask me, but they love it, even though their shoulders are very sore the next day.


4.  Matthew lost his front tooth.  It was the 5th tooth he’s lost, not a huge deal, but how he lost it was pretty funny.  He and Grace were playing tag and he accidentally rammed his tooth into the backside of Grace’s head.  He came back crying (not Grace, surprisingly) and 5 minutes later, out popped the tooth.  However, the tooth fairy couldn’t bring him anything that night, because she didn’t know that he was camping.  (Thankfully he fell for it! We made up for it when we came home the next day and he received an extra coin under his pillow.  “She remembered! She remembered!” he kept saying.)


I decided to make these brownies to take camping with us.   Continue reading


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Black Bottom Brownies

My good friend Carri-Anne had a baby girl a few weeks back.  (You can read about her baby shower here.)  Today, she and baby girl came over for lunch.  But before they did, Matthew thought he’d make something sweet and kind for them.  He ultimately settled on these brownies, which combines a little bit of brownie and cheesecake.  However, he had a rocky start.  You see, he wanted to add some Cheerios, milk, and white chocolate chips.  Maybe for a new breakfast combo…Eventually, he asked for some help to get it right, so we worked together to make these yummy brownies.  Matthew was so proud of his work.  (Sorry if the picture is a bit blurry.  It’s hard to keep a toddler smiling for more than half a second.)

These are big, fat brownies, and I love them.  The dark chocolate chips just sink into the cheesecake layer and create this level of gooey-ness that can’t be described.

I forgot that I had this recipe until last night, when I tried to make grasshopper brownies and they didn’t turn out.  (I hate directions that are unclear.  When you have a layer dessert, you need to specify if you wait for a layer to cool or not!  And it was from a published cookbook!!)  Anyway, totally not dwelling on the loss of a few hours and ingredients from last night.  This is a layered dessert and will take a little extra time, but I promise you, it is worth your while. Continue reading


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Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies

Happy New Year to you! I hope 2012 has treated you well so far.  One tradition that I love to do January 1st is to make New Year Resolutions.  In years past, I would make 10 or so resolutions, but I’ve become wise in my old age, and decided that 5 was plenty.  (Especially since I could never accomplish them all and felt like a failure.) Since I’ve been married, one resolution that was always on the list was to love my husband more, but since it become a “tradition” to put that on the list, I subsequently dropped it. I am going to share my resolutions with you because they (experts, maybe?) say if you tell people, then you have a good chance of accomplishing them.  So, here are my 5 resolutions for 2012:

1. Not be afraid to try new things, like make a cake and decorate it with fondant.

2. Train for a 10k and be okay if I walk some of it.

3.  Eat more vegetables, but not necessarily less sweets.

4. Get better at decorating sugar cookies.

5. Continue to grow as a writer, baker, and photographer.  I am inspired by you every day!  (Thanks for reading, commenting, and trying my recipes.)

I think they are completely doable.

In regards to resolution #3, I wanted to share with you this amazing fudgy brownie recipe.  It’s one of those I-forgot-I-had-this-recipe recipe.  The only reason I remembered this delicious treat was because I was at the grocery store a few weeks ago and saw a bag of chocolate chips that contained dark chocolate and mint–together.  My world changed in that moment.  Continue reading


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Brownie Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream {tutorial}

My grandmother passed away a year and a half ago, and when she died, I acquired some of her old recipes.  You see, my grandmother was a phenomenal cook and any chance I could take to talk with her about food, or help her in the kitchen, I took.  Most of the recipes are handwritten by her, but she also had some from her friends.  And most of these recipes, just by looking at them and the recipes cards they were written on, appear to be from the 1950s-1970s. (After all, wasn’t the jello mold craze around then? And she also had a recipe for a mustard plaster, which I thought was hilarious, because she applied that to my dad when he was a kid and had a bad chest cold.  She swore by it, though.)  When I returned home from the funeral, I filed these recipes in my recipe box and promptly forget about them until late last week.

This recipe is very similar to a one-bowl brownie recipe, except you put them in cupcake liners instead of a square pan.  The first thing you need to have is a double boiler.  You don’t need anything extremely fancy.  My mom gave me her old one and it works like a charm.  (If you don’t have a double boiler, you could use a shallow pan and place a metal bowl on top of the pan, covering it fully.  When you add the water, however, you HAVE to make sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water, otherwise your chocolate won’t melt properly.)

So here is my non-fancy, well-used double boiler:

Add a small amount of water to the pan and get it boiling.  (You can see how little I added.)  Once it’s boiling, turn the heat down to simmer.  In the top part of the boiler, add butter and unsweetened chocolate squares.

Stir the mixture every so often until it is all melted and smooth.  Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool down to room temperature, about 10-15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, eggs, flour, and vanilla. (If you like nuts, you can add 1 1/2 cups of broken nuts.)

Stir it just until it’s combined and there are no traces of flour. Continue reading


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