Turning Original Butterscotch Brownies into Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. The Easter holiday with my family was wonderful, but I’m glad to get back to normal. Of course normal means I don’t really have a theme for my bakes. So I headed to my great grandmother’s recipe box again for something delicious. She had two recipes for butterscotch brownies that were exactly the same, but by two different people. If school taught me anything it’s that when the teacher repeats something it is important, and probably on a test. I decided to do a little test of my own by turning the original recipe into something even better. With a bit of experimenting, I created a recipe for espresso chocolate chip blondies.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondie Recipe

Experimenting with food and flavors is always fun. This time I’ll share great grandmother’s original butterscotch brownies and my espresso chocolate chip blondies. They both turned out deliciously. So why not try them both and decide which is the best butterscotch brownie recipe?

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Get a Hop on Easter with this Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

Good morning all! Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away? The entire weekend is going to be chalk full of activities and family time. I have such fund memories of Easter growing up. The whole family would get together at my grandmother’s house at church. First we’d have an Easter egg hunt, then Sunday lunch, and finally a jelly bean hunt before sitting down to visit and play games. As you can imagine, Easter usually lasts all day for our family. So this year I thought I would bring a fun dessert for everyone to enjoy. After looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box, I found a yummy recipe for carrot cake. To make it a special treat I made an Easter egg shaped carrot cake.

Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

This egg shaped cake is actually easy to make and only uses one batch of carrot cake batter. The allspice instead of nutmeg is a nice change and doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Your family will adore and devour this delicious carrot cake this Easter.

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Sweet Potato Muffins with Toasted Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Thanksgiving is just one week away, and I’m so excited. It’s always lovely to gather with friends and family to enjoy the day. When the extended family gets together, it’s a big group. Everyone brings a dish or two to share. This year all of the main dishes have been assigned so I decided to make a dessert. But I still wanted the dessert to be inspired by Thanksgiving. Sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving essential on many tables, especially in the south. Taking that as my inspiration, I created a delicious and unexpected dessert that everyone will enjoy: sweet potato muffins with toasted marshmallow icing.

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The mellow sweetness of the sweet potato is a perfect harvest flavor. The slightly toasted marshmallow adds a bit of sweet whimsy to these muffins. There have already been rave reviews from my family for these sweet potato muffins. I am certain they will be a big hit at any Thanksgiving gathering.

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Chocolate Mocha Cake Recipe with Fudgy Frosting

Finally it’s starting to feel like fall and it’s perfect weather for a nice hot beverage. So it’s perfect that today is national coffee day and national mocha day. While pumpkin spice has invading coffee shops across the country, I still prefer traditional chocolate mochas and dessert. So I decided to make a chocolate cake from my great grandmother’s recipe box with a coffee twist.

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The fudging frosting is rich and delicious. It might be too rich, but the coffee in the chocolate mocha cake helps the cake from becoming too sweet. It goes great with coffee too!

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Unplug and Bake French Coffee Cake

The other day I forgot my cellphone at home when I went out to supper with my parents. It felt so strange being disconnected from…everything. My mom also forgot her cell phone as did my dad, and we all felt kinda odd. Granted we were just out for dinner, but still I actually wondered what I would do if I had some free time on my hands without my phone. Heaven forbid I just sit back and relax! 😉

March 4-5 is National Day of Unplugging, that means no cell phone for as long as you can hold out. I know my family has a hard time getting off their phones even to enjoy dinner together. I think I’m going to implement a sort of cell phone tower strategy.

The idea is that everyone piles their cell phones on top of each other on the table and the first one to cave and grab their cell phone has to clear the table and do the dishes. I’ve heard of something similar when going out to dinner with friends and the one who grabs their cell has to pay the bill. Both of those consequences seem like enough motivation to disconnect from a cell phone and reconnect with loved ones.

While participating in National Day of Unplugging, I think I’ll do some baking. And why not use a recipe from a nearly technology free era? I dug through my great grandmother’s recipe box and came across her recipe for French Coffee Cake. This will be a great reward for my family at the end of our day of unplugging.

French Coffee Cake Recipe

I did a trial bake and it turned out delicious! Everyone is going to need a reward for unplugging and this delightful coffee cake is perfect.

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Fudgy Brownie Bites with a Pretzel Crust…Happy New Year Indeed!

Happy New Year! Wow it’s the end of 2015 and the beginning of a brand new year. One of the best things to happen this year was beginning this blog! It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait for the new year with new posts, DIY, recipes, and fun.

Some of my New Year’s resolutions include getting organized, cooking lots of new recipes, and stretching myself creatively. All of which add up to an exciting new year of blogging and life in general. 🙂

Since it is New Year’s Eve, I wanted to give you a delicious way to celebrate it.

These brownie bites are rich, sweet, and oh so good. The hint of salt in the pretzel crust give the brownie bites a welcome pause from all that delicious decadence. Easy and quick to whip up, these beauties a perfect dessert to bring to a party.

Enough talk! Time to get started on some deliciousness brownie bites.

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Sweet and Savory Corn Bread Stuffing

As I was planning my Thanksgiving feast, I was thinking of my family and all the traditional food we have. The turkey, pies, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce (out of the can, ridges and all), and of course stuffing or dressing.

If it is cooked inside a turkey: it is considered stuffing. If it is cooked separately outside a turkey: it is considered dressing. Whatever you call it, it is delicious!

You will always find my plate loaded with stuffing…or dressing,

So I decided to look through my old box of family recipes for a version of this savory side dish.

I found my great grandmother’s recipe for Corn Bread Stuffing.

Sweet and Savory Cornbread Stuffing Recipe - Home with Heartland

 

 

Score!

It has a slightly sweet taste along with the savory, which is a welcome surprise from all those very savory dishes at Thanksgiving.

From our family to yours here is my great grandmother’s recipe for Corn Bread Stuffing.

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