Candy Bar Brownies

“Hello?  Is there anybody in there?  Just nod if you can hear me…”  (Singing Pink Floyd’s [or the cover by Scissor Sisters], Comortably Numb)

First, I must apologize for being a horrible blogger.  I know I haven’t been blogging as much as I want to.  It’s not that I am an extremely busy person, it’s just that life gets in the way.

Halloween has come and gone.  Parrish was a black Angry Bird and Ava was the Little Mermaid, their costumes are the last things my dad bought for them.

Don’t they look so excited?!

And so of course they got a TON of candy that they are not allowed to eat.  So what is a mom to do?  I can’t eat the candy to myself or can I?!  Of course I can’t eat all the candy, but I can eat the majority of it.  I did decide to bake with some of it and that is how Kit Kat and Reese’s PB Cups ended up on top of this brownie.

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Can you see the Kit Kat and PB Cups?

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Candy Bar Brownies

adapted from: southern cooking

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 large eggs
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
kit kat and reese's PB cups, coarsely chopped (as much as you like)

Directions:

Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs and butter, stirring well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon the batter in a lightly greased 13x9-inch pan. Sprinkle evenly with candy pieces; gently pushing the candy into the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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[DIY]: Cakestand

I love cake stands! My problem is the price tag on the cake stands.  Of course, if you know anything about me than you know that I have expensive taste, so the cake stands I want are never less than $40.  I guess you can say I have “Champagne taste on a beer budget”.

I have solved my problem and decided to craft my own for all less than $2.  Yup, all less than $2!

Here is what you will need:

– glass candlestick holder (I got mine from the Dollar Tree.)

– a pretty plate (I had this collecting dust in my cabinet.)

– glue gun and a glue stick (Every Domesticated Diva’s necessity.)

 

Take the glue gun and draw a circle (with the glue) in the center of the plate and trace the rim of the candlestick (with the glue).

 

Stick the candlestick on to the bottom of the plate and let dry.  It should only take a few minutes.

 

Turn it over and enjoy!

 

Stick one on top of another and end up with a tiered dessert stand, perfect for cupcakes or macarons.

 

I made these stands in literally less than 5 minutes tonight (which explains the Instagram photos).

I love the way they look and I love the price tag even more!

 

[obsession]: hair romance

I have been obsessing over this blog for a few months now. Hair Romance has made me want to do more than just straighten my coarse and frizzy hair.

My favorite is the Twist and Pin to the Side. Now, if only I can actually do the hairstyle on my on head, I can barely even braid it. Yes, I am braiding-illiterate. Don’t worry, I will master it, someday.

Sweet Revenge

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I was looking through my dad’s recipe book and found an e-mail with a recipe for “Nieman-Marcus Cookies”. According to the e-mail there is a story behind this recipe.

I don’t know if this story is for real, but I found it amusing. The cookies are pretty damn good too.

Read the e-mail below to find out the story behind the cookies.

BTW, this e-mail is from 1995, that was like a bajillion years ago. Who knew that people back then knew how to e-mail. 😉

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This message is sent to you with the hope you will forward it to EVERYONE you have ever seen the e-mail address of. In the spirit of the originator, please feel free to post it anywhere and everywhere. Okay, everyone…a true story of justice in the good old U.S. of A. Thought y’all might enjoy this; if nothing else, it shows inernet justice, if it can be called that.
My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Nieman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a smal dessert. Because our family are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the “Nieman-Marcus Cookie”. It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and they said with a small frown, “I’m afraid not.” Well, I said, would you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile, she said, “Yes.” I asked how much, and she responded, “Two-fifty.” I said with approval just add it to my tab. Thirty days later, I received my Visa statement from Nieman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, “Cookie Recipe- $250.00” Boy, was I upset!! I called Nieman’s Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was “two-fifty,” and I did not realize she meant $250.00 for a cookie recipe. I asked them to take back the recipe and reduce my bill and they said they were sorry, but because all the recipes were this expensive so not just everyone could duplicate any of our bakery recipes…the bill would stand.
I waited, thinking of how I could get even or even try and get my money back. I just said, “Okay, you folks got my $250.00 and now I’m going to have my $250.00 worth of fun.” I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover will have a $250.00 cookie recipe from Nieman-Marcus for nothing.” I said, “I’m sorry but this is the only way I feel I could get even,” and I will. So here it is, and please pass it on to someone else or run a few copies…I paid for it; now you can have it for free.
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Nieman-Marcus Cookies a.k.a Sweet Revenge Cookies

adapted from the original recipe in the e-mail (I just halved the recipe)

makes 60 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
4 oz. Hershey Bar, grated
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

*The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (your choice), but I omitted them.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a food processor or blender blend the oatmeal into a fine powder. Place the oatmeal in a large bowl and add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder, mix together.

Cream the butter and both sugars together until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Slowly add in the flour mixture until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate and nuts (if using).

Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes.

Have fun!! This is not a joke— this is a true story. That’s it. Please pass it along to everyone you know, single people, mailing lists, etc…
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Who would have known that 16 years later this recipe and story would still be going around?! The originator of this e-mail really did get her $250 worth!

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Halloween Sweet Treats

I cannot believe that Halloween is only a few weeks away.  It seems as if time is flying, as it always does.

Halloween is so much fun because it’s the only day of the year to be someone you’re not.  Along with being someone you’re not, you can make fun and creepy goodies.

Here are a couple of fun Halloween treat ideas…..

(image sources: brain cupcakes, frankencake, mummy, meringue ghosts, pumpkins, tombstone cookies)

[obsession]: lace

(image sources: cake, dress, envelopes, shoes, jacket, nails)

This is for you, Dad

Andrew C. Guevarra

11/30/54 – 10/01/2011

 

On October 1, 2011 I lost a very important person in my life, my dad.  I took an emergency trip our to California and got  to see my dad while he was still in the hospital.  The 3 days that he was in the hospital the ICU was brimming with family and friends who were there to see my dad.  There were at least 50 people at one time in the ICU.  The man was definitely loved.

 

His funeral was beautiful and it was everything that he would have wanted it to be.  Over 200 people came to pay their respects to a kind, generous and happy man.

 

We let balloons go in his memory and for his upcoming birthday.

For those of you who don’t know my dad, he was a kind, non-judgmental, generous and happy person.  Regardless of the choices I have made in my life, my dad was there to support me.  He did his best to make sure I never went without, but also made sure that he raised an independent daughter.  Words cannot express the love and respect I had for him.  He is in a better place now and I know that he is watching over me.

My father was many great things and among those things he was a great baker.  He was well known for his fruit tart, a buttery pie crust with frangipane, custard and topped with fresh fruit.  In honor of my dad, I made a fruit tart.  I used his recipe and it was my first time making it.  I wanted to make my dad proud.

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I used raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and mandarin oranges.

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Almost done…

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The beautiful tart

This is for you, dad, a loving husband, father and papa.  Thank you for everything!  You will never be forgotten and you will be missed every minute of everyday.

Homemade Halloween Costumes

I love Halloween!  I love it simply because it’s the start of the “holidays” and the candy. 

This year my children’s costumes have already been ordered and we are waiting for them to arrive.  Parrish (my son) is going to me an Angry Bird and Ava (my daughter) is going to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. 

I am hoping to take sewing lessons soon and purchase a sewing machine, so I can get my sew on and maybe next year I can make their costumes (or not).

I scoured the internet and found these great homemade costumes for kids.  The chicken costume is my favorite. 

(image sources: ewok, chicken, lamb)

 

(image sources: stuntman, paper doll, owl, peacock)

T-Shirt Necklace

I will tell you that I am definitely not the first person to make these, but I do admire the person who first thought of this idea.  My family has plenty of t-shirts taking up space in our drawers and up-cycling them is such a great idea.  It’s taken me a few days to build up the courage to make the necklaces, but once I got started I realized how freakin’ easy it was.

Oh and my rotary cutter is my new BFF!  I love it!


I took two of my old cotton t-shirts and made these (I got 4 necklaces out of the 2 shirts.)…..

(Sorry, for the quality of the photos.  They were taken with my phone.)

Tutorials on how to make a t-shirt necklace is all over the web, like here, here, here and here.

[obsession]: Ombre

ombré

adjective

shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color

Origin: Fr, pp. of ombrer, to shade < L umbrare < umbra, shade

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I am completely infatuated with all things Ombre!


 

 

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I love Ombre Nails!


 

 

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I want Ombre Hair!


 

 

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I need Ombre Curtains!


 

 

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And of course, I adore Ombre Cakes!