Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What I'm loving right now...

First of all, thanks for all of the encouraging comments to my last post. We are going to look at a house tonight but it still feels like a long journey ahead.
So there are many thing I am loving nowadays (weather being one of them), but here are some of my favorites:

Brownie Bites

Um, ok....this is just amazing. I have had one of those mini muffin pans for ages and rarely use it. I bought it for tassies but just don't make tassies too often. The other night Canaan wanted brownies and we decided to do them in the mini pan. As I began dividing up the batter, I realized how easy it would be to fill them and top them with different things. (I am sure someone out there has done this on food network or something, but it was a total ah-ha moment for me!). So I went to work filling some with peanut butter -YUM! topping some with fresh strawberry slices adding nuts to others and leaving some plain.
Holy cow, friends. These are rockin'. I like to keep my brownies slightly undercooked ~ which can make it a bit trickier to get out of the pan. So I popped the entire pan in the freezer for about a half hour and voila! ~ they came right out. I am open to new and interesting brownie bite toppings ~ have any?

Otto and his fall clothes

The weather has finally cooled enough to pull out the fall clothes. And sweet, chunky Otto is just too much in all of those adorable plaids, flannels, and little mini Uggs. Of course he is much too busy rolling around and trying to crawl to get his photograph taken. Hence, every photo nowadays is of his blurry baby goodness.

Homemade bacon

Yes, we have officially begun curing our own bacon. After reading a big ol charcuterie book and doing some research online, it happened...and its amazing.

10 lovely notes:

Cheryl Arkison said...

Oh, I'm with you on the undercooked brownies. Mmm, now I want to make brownies tonight.

How about mint chocolate chips? Marshmallows?

City Sister said...

my favorite are s'more brownies...first a little butter and graham crumbs...then brownie...topped with marshmellows...yummie

mbb. said...

homemade bacon? i'm wishing i had some of THAT to go with my morning coffee!

Karen said...

You made our whole family want brownies! I had to run out to walmart to pick up one of those tiny muffin tins this morning! Mine are in the oven now. My toppings were: frozen cherries, fozen raspberries, coconut, chocolate kisses, almonds, and some of your peanut butter....mmmm. They are almost ready to come out of the oven now. They smell delicious. Thanks for the idea!

Julianna said...

I have tried mixing cream cheese, crushed pistachios and powdered sugar together and baking it on top, yummy. Andes mints are another good one. I use my mini pan all the time. I've made mini carrot cakes, mini tiramisu and mini apple pies. ALL DELICIOUS. Buy the premade pie crusts and put your favorite pie fillings in them... so yummy!

HipHome said...

I LOVE all of these ideas!!! I am going to be getting some good use out of that pan ;)
Karen~ that cracks me up that you went out and got a pan. What fun toppings. Which was your favorite?

Karen said...

I have tried the cherry, raspberry and peanut butter so far....yikes! Three brownies in less than 24 hours! Cherry and raspberry tie for first place, but that peanut butter comes a close second! I think I'm going to make more. I want to try after eights, crushed peppermint candies, caramel squares and some pecans. I gave some away, and my kids demolished a bunch...so I really do need to make some more, don't you think?? I've become brownie obsessed all because of your photo of those brownies!

Regina said...

Now I need to dig out my mini sized muffin tins. Great idea!!

molly said...

You read my mind! I've been meaning to make some minis with cream cheese, just a notion, never tried. Will report back with findings ... LOVE the little feet :)

Four Gambel Girls and a Guy - documenting the adventures we call life said...

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