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September 15, 2011

Mini Martha

This past weekend I spent a little time getting jiggy crafty with it. I bought some simple items at Michaels and turned them into masterpieces. Ok, not really but they’re cute and easy and ANYONE could do them.

Wreath – made with a twig round wreath, glue gun, berries & leaves. SO simple – Just glue everything where you want it.

Leaf Ribbon? No idea what to call this. I bought a package of leaves and a small thin silk ribbon. I attached the leaves with paperclips and hung it over the mirror. It was so simple but it really looks great in our living room.

Adam got crafty with it too – He built this buffet and hutch! It took a while because there were a million bajillion pieces but it looks so good. All I did was paint those letters you see up on top. You will need paint, paint brush and letters – See? My projects are so simple! I also painted some wine & martini glasses you see up there but we’ll get to that a different day.

More letters – More Paint – and added glitter!

Um, have i mentioned I’m obsessed with monograms?

and this I bought. But I thought you needed to see my last fall decoration (so far).

I have ideas in my head for a chandelier over the bed and a couple of other things so hopefully Adam will agree to Goodwill this weekend.  Last weekend he told me I am banned from Home Goods but I think he will be OK with Goodwill – It means I have to work on a project and he gets the TV to himself to watch all things sports related. Win-Win situation.

PS: Check out my guest post over at Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill today!

QUESTIONS: Have you done any crafts lately? Any fall ideas for me?

January 25, 2011

3 brownies – 1 pan

First of all, I totally forgot to wish you all a happy national peanut butter day yesterday. Did you get your fix in? Of course I did… 3 times 🙂

My morning started off a little stressful… I am still house sitting and getting a child off to school, feeding dogs and doing the rest of my morning routine was a little much for me. I forgot to pack my breakfast and after I dropped the boy off at school I was so hungry i thought my stomach was going to eat itself. Somehow I made it back and was able to make a quick breakfast.

See, I told you I was hungry (half eaten apple before bagel popped out of the toaster) Cinnamon Raisin bagel thin *new obsession* – one side with better n peanut butter and strawberry sugar-free preserves, the other side with goat cheese.

Work consisted of ballet classes, crafts and birthday party planning! We made a  Valentine Day wreath… They love their crafts 🙂

Lunch for Meatless Monday was a whole bunch of veggies stuffed in a pita and a side of cottage cheese with blueberries.

Drizzled with some hot sauce – This might be my new favorite go to lunch. I have been obsessed with pitas lately!

I skipped my workout to watch Oprah and because my back was in a lot of pain from the weekend workouts. Did anyone watch Oprah? I occasionally tune in when I have time but yesterday’s show was a good one… It was sad yet happy – Does that make sense? If you saw the episode you will know what I’m talking about.

The 16-year-old that I am watching while house sitting had a long day at school so I decided to make him some brownies 🙂

Those looked kind of boring to me so I decided to try and make 3 different types of brownies in this one pan. Double Chocolate, Smores and of course Peanut Butter Chocolate.

Did you know the average brownie has almost 400 calories!? Ugh…sorry to be Debbie Downer. While browsing through Cooking Light magazine I saw this recipe and made a few changes – These brownies are about 145 calories each…Much better than 400 and still just as tasty!

Fudgy Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used ghiradelli)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • All natural Peanut Butter
  • Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips
  • Graham crackers (1/2 sheet), crushed
  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with whisk.

  • Place butter and chocolate (dark, chopped) in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Stir until smooth and set aside. Cool slightly.

  • Add 1 cup sugar, milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, egg yolks and egg; stir with a whisk to combine. Add butter mixture to flour mixture stirring just until combined.

  • Pour batter into an 8 inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray.

  • Take a knife full of peanut butter and swirl it through 1/3 of batter

  • Take crushed graham crackers and SOME of the chocolate chips and swirl through 1/3 of batter with knife.

  • Last but not least add chocolate chips to the last part of batter and mix in with knife.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

  • 2 minutes before the brownies are done sprinkle marshmallows on top of graham cracker section and place under broiler to melt/brown.

Yum 🙂

Peanut Butter section

Smores section

Double Chocolate

I tasted every single one but I couldn’t pick a favorite! I liked that these had a nice crunch to the top and a fudgy mid section (without giving me a pudgy mid section 🙂 )

Since it WAS National Peanut Butter I had a square or two of the dark chocolate topped with some better n peanut butter.

Cheers!

QUESTIONS: Did you celebrate National Peanut Butter day? If so, with what? Have you ever made a low-fat brownie? Could you tell the difference?