It all started with me reading some of my fav blogs - and seeing a recipe, for Pecan Pie-Brownies, follow this link to get the recipe ( http://cookiesandcups.com/pecan-pie-brownies/ ). Brownies with pieces of pecan pie all through the batter - yes please.
I printed off the recipe and made a batch last night -- the picture below is what my kitchen looked like after the brownies were in the oven. Please notice that chocolate is everywhere - even on the handle of the saucepan. And, let me tell you that cutting an entire pecan pie into bite size pieces is not an easy task -- bits of pie crust flew in every direction. But, I'm here to tell you, it was very well worth the effort - - -
- - just feast your eyes on all these yummy looking brownies! I filled 2 tins and this large container - in fact, the recipe makes so much batter that I baked it in one 9x13-inch pan and an 8-inch pan and I still had nice thick brownies. These brownies are chewy and chocolatey with bits of rich pecan pie in every bite - a very decadent dessert just perfect for the holidays.
Tonight - I'm making gingerbread cookies and Kahlua Balls. I'm on a roll (and a 'sugar high') !!
Smiling . . . can't help it, every time I use my snowman scissors I have to smile. He seems to be so darn happy to help with all the gift wrapping and he is very good at his job, you know. He was a gift years ago from my daughter - thank you again, Jessika.
Gifting . . . is that a verb - or even a word?! Whatever the case may be - it fits the picture. Lap quilts for my KC Girls, all neatly folded in big gift bags - ready for some pretty tissue paper, ribbons and then they will go under the tree. I've loved working on these over the past 6 months -- from the fabric choices to piecing and finally the hand-stitched binding. It's been such fun and I can't wait to see the quilts matched up to my beautiful grand-daughters. BTW - guess which one goes to a 15 year old.
Unwrapping the Nativity Scene - with two helpers. Each figure was carefully placed in the stable as we talked about why we celebrate Christmas. Of course, the little curly red-head thought Mary's robe should have been pink and that Baby Jesus needed a blankie that was more colorful -- because, don't you know, even a Messiah and His Mother should be fashionable.
Tasting the double chocolate cookie dough - they both helped with the mixing, measuring, and; their favorite - breaking the eggs. According to these two, the cookie dough taste much better when eaten directly from the beaters.
Sorting out the Christmas cookie cutters - this took a long time as the merits of sugar stars vs gingerbread men was discussed at length. The gingerbread men won the vote (along with gingerbread stars, mittens, snowflakes, trees, etc. . . . .) These two love gingerbread cookies.