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Red Velvet Brownies!

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I will definitely be making these today!


Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
source: adapted from How Sweet It Is

For the brownies:
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 oz red food coloring or 2 teaspoons if you are using the gel kind
2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

For the white chocolate buttercream frosting:

1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 oz good-quality white chocolate (not chips), melted
1 – 2 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 cup cream cheese

To make the brownies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter and flour an 8″x8″ baking pan.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes (mine looked like puffy snow).  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla.  With the mixer off, add in the sifted cocoa (to avoid any lumps that sometimes happens with cocoa) and food coloring, then turn the mixer to medium and beat the two mixtures together until they are one uniform color.  Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix on medium-low speed, just until combined.  Do not overmix.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir up the batter with a rubber spatula once or twice just to ensure all of the flour has incorporated from the sides of the bowl and there isn’t anything stuck on the bottom of the bowl.  You’ll want one uniformly colored (red) batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies.  Allow brownies to completely cool in the pan on a baking rack, about 45-60 minutes.  For prettier brownies, remove the entire batch from the pan to a cutting board, cut into 12 bars, THEN frost, and serve.

To make the frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until soft and fluffy then beat in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time; allow the sugar to mix in before adding the next 1/2 cup. Once all of the sugar has been added, beat on medium speed for 30 seconds and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add in the melted white chocolate and cream cheese and beat on medium speed until incorporated.  (The original recipe did not include cream cheese, but it just wasn’t red velvet to me without the cream cheese frosting). With the mixer on low, add in heavy cream 1 tbsp at a time and beat at medium speed until the frosting has reached your desired consistency.


$1 Off Coupon For Any Size White Milk!

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Tonight – Beef Stew

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Tonight, since its not so hot outside, will be beef stew night.  Stewing beef is fairly inexpensive and can feed a whole family.  Stewing beef was on sale for $3.69 a pound and this package was a little over a pound.  Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large heavy pot, salt and pepper meat and add to the pot with a couple tablespoons of chopped onion and celery.  Add 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons of margarine and saute till meat is browned and not quite done.  When I have sliced mushrooms I will add them to saute as well, love baby portabellas for this, about a cup of them.

Add 2 14.5oz cans of beef broth, 1/4 cup Marsala cooking wine (can omit),  1 cup water, 1 packet of beef bouillon, 1 cup of diced carrot and 2 medium potatoes diced to a similar size as the carrots.  Salt and pepper to taste, add 1 bay leaf. Simmer



When carrots and potatoes are tender add 1/2 cup frozen peas, generous pinch of dried parsley and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed into 1/2 cup cold water.  Simmer 10 minutes stirring often till thick.


Serve warm with Bisquick biscuits.

1 1/2 cups Bisquick mix

1/2 cup milk

mix together till thick and sticky

drop by large tablespoons, should make about 6, onto greased pan.  Bake at 450 8-10 minutes.


Perfect Iced Coffee | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

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I have shared this recipe on Facebook and if you love iced coffee you will love this.  It sounds a little complicated but really isnt.  Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Perfect Iced Coffee | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond.

Paula’s Summer Sippers —

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Paula’s Summer Sippers

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

The temperature is on the rise and shows no signs of stoppin’!

With the summer heat sweltering down on us, we’re all looking for ways to chill out. How about some super simple summer drinks? Paula’s got a bevvy of beverage recipes that you’ll be thirsting to gulp down. Cool lemonades, sweet shakes, and perky iced coffees to help you beat the heat this summer.

Timely Tips & Tricks | Farmers’ Almanac

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Timely Tips & Tricks | Farmers’ Almanac.

Timely Tips & Tricks

Grease Stains?
Try rubbing a shortening or butter on the stain and then wash as directed.

Grass Stains?

When grass stains get on clothes, coat the stains with molasses, rub in well, and let soak several minutes before washing.

Broken Mug?
Make colorful garden planters out of gently chipped mugs or cups.

Save Money.
Make a low-cost drain cleaner. Mix 1/4 cup cream of tartar, 1 cup salt and 1 cup baking soda. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into the drain and add a cup of water. Flush the drain with hot water when bubbling stops. Store extra mixture in a jar and add a label that lists the ingredients.

Keep Tomatoes Fresh Longer
Store tomatoes stem side down and they’ll last longer.

Tar on Bare Feet?
Try using a cotton ball l dipped in mineral oil. Apply light pressure to the tar with the cotton ball. This should take the tar off and it’s safe for your skin.

Beach  Tip
Decorate your beach umbrella with painted hand prints and art. This will help kids (and adults) find the right umbrella to go to.

Microwave Deodorizer
Place a microwave safe boil filled halfway to the top with water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or a cut up lemon in the microwave. Cook on high for 40-60 seconds, then remove.

Boil water now or later? Timely Vegetable Tip

Ever wonder if you should boil the water before or after you add vegetables to the pot. Here’s a simple way to remember:

  • Vegetables that grow underground (beets, carrots, potatoes) should start off in cold water.
  • Vegetables that grow aboveground  (corn, peas, greens) should be placed in boiling water.

140 Free Address Labels from Vista Print

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Click here to design your free labels. Its super easy and all you pay is a couple dollars shipping. What cant you use these for!  Return address of course, how about college text books, work or school lunch containers or design them as gift tags.  But hurry, they have these sales often but they dont last long.


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