I made these brownies yesterday for St. Patrick's Day. We all LOVED them. Jake's friends came over too and gobbled them up. I'll be sure to add these to my Recipe Binder---the BEST of the BEST recipes.
Have a GREAT weekend!
Lucky Mint Brownies
1 cup butter 3/4 cup baking cocoa 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 cup flour 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. salt
Combine butter and cocoa in large saucepan, stirring constantly until well combined. Remove from heat, stir in sugar. Allow to cool slightly, add eggs one by one. Stir until well combined. Add flour, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine and pour in greased 9x13 pan. Bake 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool and frost with Lucky Mint Frosting. Chill for 1 hour. Top with chocolate topping. Put in freezer for 15 minutes. Cut in squares and serve. Refrigerate leftovers if needed :)
Lucky Mint Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 3 TB milk 1 tsp. peppermint extract 5 drop green food coloring
Add butter to mixing bowl, beat until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, alternating with milk. Whip until fluffy. Add peppermint extract and green food coloring. Whip again and top cooled brownies with frosting. Chill.
1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup baking cocoa 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 4 TB milk
In saucepan, add butter and cocoa. Stir on medium heat constantly until well combined. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and milk. Pour over top of chilled brownies and place in freezer for 15 minutes. Cut in squares and serve. Store leftovers in fridge if needed.
This is a great soup for cold days like today. We also LOVE it on Friday's during Lent.
I sliced a baguette and sautéed in a little olive oil to compliment the soup.
Tomato Basil Cheese Tortellini Soup
6 TB butter 1 onion, diced 28 ounce can tomatoes, cut up 46 ounce can tomato juice 6 TB sugar 3 bouillon cubes black pepper, to taste 2 tsp. dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh 9 ounce package cheese tortellini 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
In large soup pot, sauté onions in butter until translucent. Add tomatoes and tomato juice until combined. Stir in sugar, bouillon, black pepper and dried basil. Bring soup to almost a boil, turn down to medium and add cheese tortellini. Cook 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add heavy cream.
Note: I like to use an immersion blender after adding the tomatoes for a smooth and creamy soup.
These are a few photos from last month that missed it on the blog.
In February, we had quite a bit of snow and we actually LOVE that. I think it's been around three years since we went sledding---so it was great to finally go again. We chose Rohmer Park instead of our usual 4th Street Park---the hills are so much bigger and Jake absolutely loved it. Dan and me---not so much :) We're realizing we're not "spring chickens anymore". hahaha
The chickens aren't fans of the snow but they are doing better than we thought they would. I know they are very excited to start eating strawberries and grapes again from the garden. Our girl Maisey seems to be keeping a watchful eye on them---but we're still not sure how she would react to them if the fence wasn't there. I'm not willing to find out. We do hope she's more of a herder and not a retriever but you really never know.
We've been enjoying going to a new library spot on the weekends. It has a cute little café and Jake loves to pick out treats and find a cozy spot to read.
Valentine's week was great. Jake made his very own Five Nights at Freddy's Valentine's Day box. He's so proud of it and I love that he did put a few hearts on it here and there. I mean it's a Valentine's Day box after all :) Nothing too scary about that. We went bowling at Boondock's and Jake was so excited to get to bring a friend along. It was such a fun night. Dan and I got a little caught up on the candy factory claw machine. We did score a few pieces of candy. The best news of the night---I got my very first Turkey! #yayme
I bought this darling wishing well from a friend that was moving. I can't wait to give it a little stain and plant some flowers. I've always wanted a wishing well, so I jumped at the chance when she asked.
Wishing and hoping for Spring---but more snow is on the way beginning Sunday. I'm OK with that though---maybe we'll make that snowman we keep promising Jake after all.