Sunday, January 29, 2012

S'mores Brownies

The end of January is upon us, but BBQ season is still quite a while away.  What's a girl to do for her S'mores fix in the middle of winter? 

Ta da!  S'mores Brownies!  I came across this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens (I know, I'm the oldest 30 year old girl you know...) and figured I would give it a shot.  Plus, I happened to have an extra bag of marshmallows taking up space in my drawer leftover from the summer.  They came out a little weird - but not too bad!  I might use less graham crackers next time, and up the batter but overall I don't think I will get any complaints from my taste testers tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Get Ready to Party....

 Guess what?  Only one month until Mardi Gras!  I've been working on some fun crafts for the holiday...can't wait to share them with you very soon! 

 This year, Mardi Gras is on February 21, 2012.  Do you have any plans or traditions you're planning this year?  Can't wait to hear! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Corny Cornbread

Once again...not much going on this 3 day weekend - which gave me plenty of time for cooking and crafting!  It's kind of nice to have some time to do whatever you want! 

I felt like baking a bread-like product but was desperately low on flour, and not about to venture out into the frigid air to Pathmark.  (Damn it is cold this weekend!)  I happened to have a plethora of cornmeal so cornbread it was!  I used Mark Bittman's recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - an awesome book that I've referred to more than once on this blog.  It came together quickly and easily, although a little bland.  Next time I might add some more spices, or some canned corn or veggies, or cheese or something to kick it up a bit.  As is though, a great staple to throw together and serve with chili or what have you. 

Try it out!  Let me know what add ons you enjoy in your cornbread.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Feathered Fun

Things happen when you leave me unattended with a hot glue gun.

 Case in point: a three day weekend, minimal plans, and some feathers I had lying around came together to create this little barrette in about five minutes.  I hot glued the feathers to a barrette I had on hand and ta da!  Kind of fun, no?  I think I will give it to my niece Rakia next time I see her to adorn her pretty curls.  I think it will go over well with the Pre-K set!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Lime of a Time!

One of my favorite things to make, and that has proven quite popular, is lemon bars.

But I happened to have a plethora of limes on hand, so I swapped out my citrus in my tried and truly tested recipe.  I realized - when I googled the recipe and saw the date on the article (since the little recipe card I typed out after desecrating the original newspaper clipping is at my parent's house) that I've been baking this for 21 years.  Yikes.  (I was granted oven access at an early age.) 

So here it is my friends!  Enjoy.  Also, check out my new rug!  It's from Ikea and I think its cool!