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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Easy Brownies in a jar

Oh yeah, I did it. I baked brownies in baby food jars. Not only did I create delicious, moist, chocolate treats that are portable, I also added a white chocolate peanut butter frosting on top. I know, I have prayed for forgiveness, because these bad boys are SINFUL!

 

I didn’t get any pictures of the process, because, quite frankly, I did not know how they would turn out. But here is the recipe I used:

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1. Melt butter

    2. Mix butter and sugar until creamy

    3. Add eggs and vanilla extract

    4. Mix in sifted cocoa powder, and flour. Add salt

    Uh, done. Why do you buy box mix? No idea.

    I scooped two cookie scoops of mix into each jar, and it was enough for 12.

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    Baked at 350 for 18 mins and these babies were crinkly and crackly and DONE! The secret to awesome brownies is to not over mix your batter. So be gentle with that spoon!

     

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    For the frosting, I just halved a basic buttercream recipe. (1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup Crisco, 1 lb. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 tbs milk) So, halved that (1/4 cup butter…and so on…) then added 3 heaping tablespoons of WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER. Uh, if ya haven't had this stuff yet, your life will be changed. For Brendan's (he’s allergic to PB) I just took some of the buttercream aside, and added a little cocoa powder.

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    Snip off the end of a piping bag or zip lock, and boom!!!

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    I packaged some up to drop off at my friends house. These are PERFECT for gifting!! And they stay MOIST!

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    VOILA! Enjoy!

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    PaintDate PlayDate with the Whites

     

    Last week we headed out to Burleson to have a paint date with the Whites! Inyeda is one of my soul sisters… one of those very rare people that you come across that shares the same kind of spirit as you. It’s always fun to get our brood of EIGHT together!! She’s got 3 girls, and one baby boy! We were prego with our youngest babes together, and she even brought me food when I was struggling through my first trimester, and she was like a whopping 7 months pregnant.

    So, like me, Inyeda is CHEAP! We wanted to take the kids to do something fun, indoors, for the low-low. Well, we gave up after looking to see how much it was for the Fort Worth Science Museum.. It was $15.00 for adults, not including lunch, ha-ha, and I think $11.00 per child. Well, cheapo me, and frugal her, were NOT paying that, so we decided to do something at home. We bought Citrus, and let the kids do some paint stamping! They had so much fun! And so did we. Inyeda is trying to complete a little gallery wall in her dining room, so this was perfect for her. Sadly, I have no wall space left in my house. I’ve been decorating crazy for the past month or so, so I had to leave these cute creations at her house.

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    When we got there, she had everything set up all nice and neat! I love her!

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    Baby JJ and Brevy mans just had to spectate.

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    Look at Jada's pretty flower!

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    Our two older ones wanted to paint with brushes, so Inyeda whipped out some more little canvases, and we taped them, and let them have at it!

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    Look how pretty they came out! Shout out to our little artists in the making!

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    The Banks- White clan, with their sticky lollipops lol.

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    And of course, their mamas! Thank you Inyeda, and White fam, for having us! We LURVE you guys!!