Friday’s Five

Hey Cats!

I’m coming to you live from my home office! I technically have the day off, but I have to answer calls from home today. To be honest, I’m a little nervous, because I won’t have all my files or anything to help me. But I’m sure I’ll get through it! I was so excited to sleep later, and I went to bed around 11, which is pretty early for me. This short week has been wonderful, and I’m excited for the holiday weekend! But anyways, on to the good stuff. Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

1. Golden

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Considering yesterday’s post, you already know that I love gold spray paint. It’s a cheap, easy way to add a little glam to your home! This post from You Put It On has quite a few ideas to make your house a gold mine, from candles to magnets and things in-between! I definitely have a few extra projects in mind after reading this.

2. Tassels

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These Acid Tassel Drop earrings from Baublebar are to die for. I’ve been wanting some tassel earrings since last summer, but I haven’t worked up the bravery to buy any, simply because I’m not sure if I’ll actually wear them. However, this seems to be the summer of statement earrings, so it’s only a matter of time.

3. Brownies

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These Slutty Brownies  from What’s Gaby Cooking (my latest food obsession) are calling my name. I am D Y I N G to make them, but obviously I can’t just make a pan of these for only me, because fat. The Bible study I’ve been going to is having a girl’s night, and I’m thinking about making them then. So stay tuned, because I will definitely be sharing them with you if I do.

4. A Cinderella Story

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I found this wonderful Buzzfeed quiz that tests your knowledge of A Cinderella Story, the ultimate 2000’s chick flick. I made a 100 (duh), and if you don’t, literally never talk to me again because we obviously have nothing in common.

5. Abby Lee Miller

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Walk into your 4th of July party like this, everyone will LOVE. IT. This is how to win friends and influence others. Trust.

Enjoy your weekend, trolls. Abby Lee and I sure will.

That’s all for meow!

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Bless These Brownies.

Hey Cats!

So, I’m sure there are many brownie recipes out there that claim to be the best you’ve ever had. But these are literally the best. Trust me. My mom has been making these for years, she got them from the mother of one of her students in her first years of teaching. I don’t know who that woman is, but BLESS HER. They’re so easy and even more delicious. If I ever need to take a dessert to some sort of function, I make these-they’re easy and everyone loves them! I made them last night to take to work today for my last day before I go back to school.

Here’s what you’ll need!

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-2 cups granulated sugar

-1/3 cup cocoa

-1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter (you can use margarine if you prefer!)

-2 tsp vanilla extract

-3 eggs

-1 & 1/2 cups flour

-1/2 tsp baking powder.

Here’s what you do:

1. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and cocoa.

2. Next, add the melted butter, stirring until combined. I personally mix everything by hand with this recipe, but if you prefer a hand mixer, go for it!

3. Pour in the vanilla and mix.

4. Mix the eggs in one at a time. The recipe states this must be done by hand, but if you want to use a mixer, please try it and let me know what happens.

5. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.

6. Incorporate the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture-you can do this gradually if you like, but I just dump it all in and it turns out just fine!

7. Pour into a 9×13 pan, sprayed with cooking spray, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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I usually make icing for this, but I was going to meet my friend Kinsey for ice cream because she’s going back to school tomorrow (tragedy), so I didn’t have time! But you should definitely try them with the icing-it really takes them to the top!

Icing

Five minutes before the brownies are finished baking, remove them from the oven and cover the top with mini marshmallows. Place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes, or until the marshmallows are melted.

Mix together

-2-2 &1/2 cups powdered sugar

-3 tbsp cocoa

-3 tbsp melted butter

-1 tsp vanilla

-A little milk (there’s not a specific amount on the recipe card, and since I didn’t make it tonight, I have no idea!) The directions say “enough to make creamy”, so channel your inner Pioneer Woman and you should be fine.

Once the brownies have cooled slightly, pour the icing over the top.

DIVINE.

That’s all for meow!

ALSO. I’ve been chosen (again!) for the Friday Link Up at Simple Easy Style! Check it out and link up with me!

Recipe- "In Mint Condition" Brownie Bites

Hey Cats!

So, I’m very excited to share this recipe with y’all! It came about when my mom asked me to bake brownies for dinner with some of my extended family. Instead of just making a pan of brownies like your average person, I decided to get a little creative. Also,we had a package of chocolate and mint chips, and I didn’t want to just mix them in the batter, so I melted them & drizzled it on top like ganache! Anyways, I’ll just go ahead & let you try them for yourselves!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A boxed brownie mix & all the ingredients needed to make the brownies. I used Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge, but you can use whatever! Or if you’re feeling super domestic, you can make the brownie batter from scratch!

2. One 10-ounce package of chocolate & mint chips. I used Nestle, but I think they might be a seasonal item, so if you’re not making this around Christmas, I think you can get Andes chips, which would probably work just as well!

3. A muffin tin
4. Pam or other non-stick cooking spray. (VERY important)

Here’s what you do:

1. Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the box.
2. Distribute evenly (mine was about two huge spoonfuls per hole) in a muffin tin coated VERY WELL in Pam. They stick a little no matter what, but I can’t imagine what would have happened if I didn’t use anything.
3. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.
4. During the last few minutes of baking, melt half of the chocolate & mint chips, according to the directions on the package. For some reason, I expected it to be green since some of the chips were, but…it wasn’t.It was a light brown.

5. Once the brownies are done, go around the edge of each brownie with a knife to make sure they don’t stick. After they are cool, remove them from the muffin tins. You’ll probably have to use the knife again & be very careful so they don’t fall apart!
6. Drizzle each brownie with the chocolate. You can make designs if you have that kind of talent, and if you do, I applaud you. I always stick with the abstract look, it’s easier & perfection is optional :).
7. Enjoy! If you let the chocolate set a little, it turns into a ganache-like consistency and is extra delicious!

I really hope you try these, they’re super easy, but different from your average brownie! I have forbidden myself from going to Hobby Lobby until I finish my current project, so it might be a couple of days until I’m able to post again, but I promise it will be amazing! Until next time!