Monday, February 6, 2012

Super stuff for Super Bowl

I made these brownies this weekend from a recipe from my dear friend, Jill.  (You can check her out at her studio, Firefly Yoga and on her blog, Mischief in the Midwest.)  I have several wonderful recipes from her during our time together in Alaska.  We bonded over kids, husbands, houses, margaritas and food.

I brought them to our neighborhood Supper Club where the host called them "Crack."  As in addictive.  And dangerous.  I concur.

So I must share.

Chocolate Mint Brownies
1/2 cup butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Melt butter and chocolate.  Whisk together sugar and eggs.  Stir in chocolate mixture and vanilla, then flour and salt.  Pour in greased 9 in. square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Cool for 1 hour.

1/4 cup soft butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 - 3 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. peppermint (or 1 tsp. if you really like mint)
green food coloring

Mix all and frost cooled brownie.  Cover and chill for 1 hour.

3/4 cup chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. butter
Melt together and pour over chilled brownie and frosting.  Store in refrigerator.    

I also tried my hand at a craft that I found online - mainly because I had a heart shaped wreath that I tried to wire greenery around and it didn't work.  I'm pretty good at making wreaths, but when it's in a shape other than just a circle or a square, I guess you need some talent.  True to myself, I got pissed off and threw it in the trash when I failed.  Then I saw this and dug the wreath form out of the trashcan, grabbed some clothespins, and printed out a cute saying.  Voila!
I am kind of craft challenged, so this was a small success.  I learned how to make my own wreaths from this Martha Stewart book, Handmade Christmas:  The Best of Martha Stewart Living.  I bought it before our wedding in 1995 and that's how I made garlands and wreaths to decorate the farm where I grew up - our reception was there.  They were pretty amazing, if I do say so myself.  This clothespin one isn't so super, but it's done.  And next week is Valentine's Day, so I'm good with it.


  1. Yum. We call those BYU brownies because that's how I earned my freshman 15...they sold them at the bookstore. I haven't decorated at all for V you go girl with your clothespins.

  2. I miss these brownies almost as much as I miss seeing you on a daily basis! I need to figure out a gluten-free version that will do the original recipe proud!