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Brownies!!!

Happy Thursday! We are almost to the weekend! Yay!!

This week has been a little crazy but actually most consistent and less surprised crazy than previous weeks. I still managed a little me time in all the craziness and part of that included making homemade brownies!

I had a hankering for cupcakes and/or brownies the other night. I got the hankering at about 10 o’clock at night though, so my lazier side kicked in (and my healthier “you should not be eating cupcakes and/or brownies this late at night” side) and I managed to put off making to the brownies until yesterday. Haha!

I decided to give making made from scratch brownies a shot. I had never done so and it looked pretty straight forward. Guys, let me just tell you, it was super simple. I will not be buying boxed brownies anymore lol. It takes about the same amount of work as making boxed brownies and I already had everything in the house already. No need to go to the store!

While it may be super simple, I still managed to mess it up a bit. They taste delicious, don’t get me wrong! However, I did not cook them long enough….

I snagged the recipe from Lindsay over at Life, Love, and Sugar. The recipe was super easy to follow so I highly recommend checking it out on her blog! You can see the recipe here.

Here is my attempt:

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I got everything mixed together here and it is looking yummy! The batter definitely tasted delicious!

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I can’t say I’m the cleanest when it comes to making food… the kitchen usually looks like a disaster zone for a bit when I am done.

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As you can see, it doesn’t look the prettiest. It eventually deflated. I need to bake it longer next time.

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A little crumbly, a little gooey but super delicious either way! Goes perfect with a glass of milk! Yum yum yum!

Next attempt, cupcakes. I am craving some homemade cupcakes and some homemade frosting. It has definitely been too long.

Do you have a scratch made brownie recipe that you go to? What is your favorite brownie recipe?

Thanks for reading!

Ashley

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November 17(belated): What I Love About Winter

Winter is honestly one of my favorite seasons! Growing up as a California girl, I never thought I would say that. I am still a beach bum at heart but I love winter! I really really do! There are so many things to love!

~ Snow! How can you not like snow?! I mean if you don’t ski or like to be outside I can see why you don’t like snow. I am not one of those people. I love to ski and play outside with my huskies in the snow! I love hiking in the snow. (Not ice) It is so beautiful and light and fluffy! It makes everything look so magical! I cannot get enough of it. I was ready for snow in July. I am such a weirdo.

~ The smells. Wintertime brings with it all the Christmas smells. Cinnamon, pine, frosting, firewood, wool, snow. All of them are such great smells! Wintertime is baking season in our house. TJ bakes more bread and more cookies. I bake pastries and occasionally another dessert. I tend to leave the baking to him! 😛 The smells are just so comforting!

~ Christmas! I am obsessed with Christmas! I love it a lot. I have been desperately trying to behave and not put out Christmas decorations too early or listen to Christmas music too early. It has been so hard! I love them so much! I love putting up a Christmas tree! The songs, the movies, the presents. I love giving gifts! Remembering the real reason for the season! Its all wonderful!

This year I am aiming to not be so stressed out during the holiday season. I am still in retail and that will make it difficult but I am aiming to end the year as stress free as possible!

Enjoy this season! Don’t stress about it!

See ya!

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

The weather is getting cooler and the colors are changing and more get togethers seem to be happening. You know what this means?! Baking season! TJ has already made his first loaf of bread! What?! Is it time already?! I love baking season! I know I know some people bake all the time, but honestly I just do not want to turn the oven on in the summer. It makes the house way too hot! You know what I’m saying?! So, that being sad I have had my first attempt at sugar cookies at altitude. They weren’t terrible but I definitely learned my lesson lol. These ones were different than the ones I grew up with. They were chocolate and oh so delicious!

I got the recipe from Julie over at Table for Two. Check out her blog, she has some super delicious recipes on there!

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 14 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1¾ cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. Place granulated sugar in a shallow dish and set aside. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Whisk to combine.

Microwave 10 tbsp. butter, covered, in a large bowl until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir in remaining 4 tbsp. of butter until melted. Allow butter to cool to 90-95 degrees, about 5 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and melted butter together until no lumps remain. Add in the egg and yolk and mix until smooth. Gently add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Working with small balls of dough at a time, roll balls in granulated sugar and divide between baking sheets. Using a bottom of a drinking glass, flatten cookies to 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle each sheet of cookies with 1½ tsp. remaining granulated sugar.

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Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are slightly puffy and edges have begun to set, about 15 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking.

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See, here they look super fluffy and delicious! They did not stay that way! Add some extra flour my friends when cooking at altitude!

Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Let cookies cool completely before serving.

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They got flat and kind of crunchy! When they turn out like this, serve with ice cream or lots of milk!

Have you ever made chocolate sugar cookies before?

See ya!

P.S. This recipe was taken from Table for Two, I did not come up with this recipe.

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Time to Stop Avoiding

Alrighty, well I have really been avoiding the blog lately because I keep saying, Oh I need to post about Hawaii. That task just seems so daunting right now lol. We took so many pictures and did so many things that it seems like such a monster to tackle. I am not sure how I feel about tackling said monster at this point. So, instead of avoiding the blog I am just going to continue blogging. Fun things happen everyday and I miss talking with you guys! Hawaii will come, I do promise that. I am just not quite sure at what time. First thing to do is find the SD card with all the pictures. I think I might have misplaced it. Oops!

We are now into the month of October! Yay! I am so happy and ready for all of the fall weather and fashions. Not gonna lie, the more layers the better! Love it! I have made my first pumpkin chocolate chip bread of the season. So yummy! I got the recipe here. You should definitely give it a shot! It was a hit at the little friend gathering I went to as well, so it wasn’t just me munching away at this deliciousness! Are you guys excited about the changing weather as well? Or is that just a me thing?

Also, we have snowcapped mountains now! I love the Colorado mountains all year long, but they are especially beautiful when they are snowcapped. When it is sunrise, the sun reflects off of them often in pink and purple colors that just cannot be beat. Seeing the snow up there means that some of the ski mountains will be starting their season soon. That is music to my ears! We have started getting our ski gear in at work and I could not be happier. It is giving me the itch to get out there and “shred some gnar”.

Cooler weather means Faelyn and I get out a little more. It is so hard to take a husky outside when it is blazing hot. But we are now going hiking a couple times a week. That keeps him from getting destructive as is the tendency of bored huskies. I love seeing all the colors and getting a good cardio session in at the same time. You just cannot go wrong with a good hike!

Well, I’m off to enjoy this beautiful weather! Hope your fall is starting off awesome!

See ya!

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New Cookbook!

I got a new cookbook this week! It was kind of a splurge or investment if you will. I don’t usually buy cookbooks. I have a stack of them that I have gotten as gifts and I love them! I especially love the ones my mom made for me! But I usually end up finding stuff on pinterest and whatnot. This one is a cookbook that a friend of mine has. He always makes some of the best pastries and breads. I knew I had to have this book. The book is called Tartine by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson, the owners of the Tartine bakery in San Francisco. I got the book and have already made two of the recipes out of it. I made Buttermilk Scones and Fruit Gaelettes. Both were supremely delicious and a huge success with friends! 

The Scones recipe had them doing fruit but I had some chocolate chips I wanted to use. It turned out just as good. (Although, I think I will be doing raspberry scones tomorrow.) 

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I made them a little big but oh well! I think tomorrow I will cut the raspberry ones into littler squares.

Then I made the Fruit Gaelettes for dinner with some friends last night. 

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Oh man! They were so yummy! The strawberries were the freshest I have had since living in Fresno, California. They were amazing! So I made a Strawberry Apple Gaelette. The flavors were perfect together! A friend that was there last night, had no idea I made them and was going on about how we should hire the friend who originally had this book to make pastries for our hypothetical shop we want to open. He then was informed I made them. Lol. Best compliment ever! Being compared to someone who makes deliciousness! Yes! 

Anyway, had to share the yumminess!

See ya!

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We Made Pizza!

So, within the last couple of months I had bought TJ a bread making book. It had all these recipes and it was right up his alley. Well, the other night he found a pizza dough recipe he wanted to try in the book. He made the dough and then last night we made five personal size pizzas. Obviously we did not eat them all last night. There was some left over for lunch today and probably even lunch tomorrow. Sweet right? Well, he along with other members of my family got me a really sweet DSLR for my anniversary/ birthday. So, I have some awesome pictures to share with you!

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There is our first pizza. It was a white pizza. Olive oil and garlic with mozzarella and parmesan.

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I made a smoothie for me too. 🙂

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We were aiming for that gooey cheese look. Did it work?

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Tj’s cheese. Yummm

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Hammy as we fondly called this pizza.

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My cheese.

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There is four of the five pizzas.

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The last one was another white one because it was so stinking delicious! I told TJ I would be ok with never getting pizza delivered again. This was so good and honestly so easy. He could easily make a batch of dough and freeze the dough until we are ready to eat it. So easy! Yum!

So, there we are! Deliciousness! And fun with the new camera!

See ya!

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V- Very delicious and Very healthy!

I love dessert. I feel like we have had this conversation. I love sweets too. Yum yum! So when I stumbled upon this quinoa apple bite recipe, I was sold. It is really pretty healthy for you and it is super tasty! Yum!

You can find the original recipe here.

It is dairy free!

Ingredients:

1 Cup cooked quinoa
1 Cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup chopped apples
2 eggs, lightly beaten

You mix all the ingredients together until just combined. Make sure you add them in order so that the mix well!

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The you place about a tablespoon of the mixture or so in a greased mini muffin tin and you bake them for about 15-20 minutes.

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Easy and delicious!

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Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

See ya!

P.S. sorry about the quality of pictures as of late. I have been taking pictures with my phone because my camera charger cannot be found and when I am out and about I forget to get a new one.

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