Monday, September 18, 2017

Raspberry Brownies

I just spent a long weekend in Maine. Oh how I love it!
It's off season, less people, and still just such a nice time


As an added surprise, my two older cousins came up for a couple of nights too.
As kids, they spent many an hour beating me up and doing everything in their power to exclude me from everything (ewww girl cooties and all that junk)

BUT, when one brother wasn't looking, the remaining one would always hang out with me.

As we have grown up, they have stopped giving me noogies and tossing me onto the bed.
We have such fun being together now.
After the 3 of us, it took 8 years before there was another cousin...so we sort of feel like it's our own "club".

I love knowing I have them in my life.
Hubby loves them too...the three men spent time just sitting around the fire chit chatting.
We all slept in the loft together...it's been many a moon since I have shared a room with them!






Ingredients:
1 Box (1 lb 2.3 oz) Fudge brownie mix
(water, oil, and eggs called for on box)
1 (8oz) Package cream cheese (softened)
½ Cup Powdered sugar
½ Cup Raspberry preserves
1 oz Unsweetened baking chocolate
1 Tbsp butter


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Bake brownie mix as directed on box (9x13 pan)
3. Cool completely
4. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and preserves
5. Melt chocolate and butter together
6.Spread raspberry mix over brownies
7. Drizzle chocolate over raspberry mix
8. Before serving, refrigerate 1 hour (or until chocolate is firm)
9. Store in fridge

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Adapted from: Betty Crocker


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #31







"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!
4. Don't forget, all features are pinned to the Smell Good Sunday Pinterest Board






Featured Recipe from Last Week:

Pumpkin Gingerbread Truffles from www.Playdatesparties.com







Monday, September 11, 2017

Key Lime Pie Squares

One would be hard pressed not to understand the magnitude of the terrible situation due to Hurricane Irma.
This is unreal.
My hubby is glued to the TV. The weather junkie that he is keeps him going for marathon viewing sessions.
It's so hard to wrap one's mind around what is happening.
Such destruction.
Mass evacuations.

I applaud all the first responders and volunteers who are heading into the disaster instead of fleeing from it. There was just a snippet on the news about how so many states are sending out electrical workers etc to help the local companies get things done when it is safe to do so.

Everyone knows someone affected by Irma.
Keeping everyone in my thoughts.










Ingredients:
Crust
2 Cups Gingersnap cookies (finely crushed)
3 Tbsp butter (melted)
Filling
4 oz Cream cheese (softened)
4 Egg yolks
14 oz Sweetened condensed milk
½ Cup Key lime juice
2 Tsp lime zest


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Line 9x9 baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray
3. Mix cookie crumbs with butter
4. Press crumbs into bottom of pan
5. Bake crust for 10 minutes
6. Beat cream cheese until smooth
7. Beat in egg yolks
8. Beat in sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and zest
9. Pour into crust
10. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until sides start to brown
11. Cool to room temperature
12. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours

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Adapted from: Sally's Baking Addiction

Crust Ingredients

Filling Ingredients

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #30

I had this horrible horrible thing happen.
My internet went down. For almost a week.
OMGosh.

Sigh

So, I skipped Smell Good Sunday last week....but the feature for this week came from that batch of amazing links.
Thanks for your patience!





"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!
4. Don't forget, all features are pinned to the Smell Good Sunday Pinterest Board






Featured Recipe from Last Week:

A Baker's Tale from Marilyn's Treats







Monday, August 28, 2017

Coffee Marshmallows

My mother's cousin is a good friend of mine. I truly love how my family members are more like friends than relatives.
She lives in state, but just far enough away that when she comes to visit, an overnight is in order.

She was down a couple of weekends ago, we had a fun "field trip" and then she spent the night.
The next morning, she was watching TV with hubby while I was puttering in the kitchen. She said "whatcha doing". When I said "making coffee marshmallows" she was in the kitchen in a flash!

Together we made these from A Cozy Kitchen.
Sadly, she had to go home before they were done chilling.

The next day, I cut them all up and packaged some for her.
I searched the house for a box to fit the container (no luck) so I brought it to work. Yeah, no luck there either!
The office manager and I managed to find a box that plastic silverware came in that was the right height. I spent some time being crafty, cutting it down to fit.
Whew!

Mailed them out (love me some click and ship!) and kept it a secret.
A couple days later I got a text message "OMG this is just sooooo good". Package had arrived safe and sound...and made cousin a very happy camper!

She now wants to play around with different flavors. I'm in!


Ingredients:
Prep:
½ Cup powdered sugar
½ Cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
Vegetable oil
Marshmallows:
¾ Cup warm water
1 Tbsp instant espresso granules
3 Envelopes gelatin
1 ½ Cups sugar
1 Cup light corn syrup
½ Tsp salt
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tsp vanilla extract
Vegetable oil


Directions:
1. Prep ingredients: sift the dry ingredients together. Grease a 10 x 8 casserole dish with the vegetable oil. Add a tsp or two of the cocoa mixture, sprinkled over the prepared dish.
2. Combine ½ cup warm water and instant espresso granules
3. Whisk until granules are dissolved. Put in fridge to cool.
4. Pour cooled espresso into a large bowl (stand mixer preferred, but a hand mixer does work)
5. Sprinkle gelatin over the coffee mixture and let sit for 10 minutes
6. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and ¼ cup water.
7. Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved
8. Turn the heat up to medium high and bring mixture to a boil
9. Cook for one minute, until the candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees
10. Carefully add boiling liquid to the gelatin.
11. Turn mixer to high and beat for 8-10 minutes, until mixture has doubled in volume and holds stiff peaks
12. Sift in the cocoa powder and pour in vanilla
13. Beat until incorporated
14. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish
15. Dust the top with a few tablespoons of cocoa powder/sugar mixture
16. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and allow to set until firm. Minimum 4 hours, preferably overnight

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #29

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured Recipe from Last Week:
Jack Daniel's Grilled Salmon from Marilyn's Treats




Monday, August 21, 2017

Cookies and Cream Brownies

Some of the friends I have made over the years are due to my child's choice in friends.
Isn't that nice when it works out that way? The kids hang out, the moms (and sometimes dads) hang out too.

This one in particular, the girls were friends almost from birth to age 6. We moved away from them, but the girls (and moms) kept in touch via letters, presents, and Christmas cards.
Later on, the girls got back in touch via Facebook.

Mom and I though, we just stopped talking one day. Nothing happened, that I could think of at least, we just lost touch.

Last night I had a bad dream about her. It woke me up in a sweat. As I fell back asleep, I ended up slipping into another bad dream about her. This happened about 5 times total. It left me with an uncomfortable feeling.

I looked through my email and found a work email for her. I didn't even know if it still was the right one, but I had to give it a try.

To my relief, she answered it! We talked for a bit, and then promised we will have a phone marathon very soon.

I decided to celebrate by making some brownies!
I had seen a recipe on Inspired by Charm and just had to try it.

Oh. My. Word.

Now I am not sure what is more exciting, yummy brownies, or reconnecting with an old friend!

Ingredients:
2 Boxes brownie mix
(plus ingredients specified on box)
4 Cookies and Cream candy bars


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Prepare brownie mix according to the directions on the package
3. Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray
4. Spread half of the brownie mixture into the cake pan
5. Place candy bars on the brownie layer
6. Cover with remaining brownie batter
7. Cook for 35-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean

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