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
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!
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.