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Saturday, May 18, 2013

A bit of a different post....My Favorite Brownies

Okay, so a few of you know I've been low carbing for 11 months now and have lost 70 pounds which is pretty amazing being as how I'm now in my 60's and fairly sedentary...well okay, very sedentary.  I have collected a pretty spectacular and delicious bunch of low carb recipes and this particular one is probably my very favorite sugar free, gluten free dessert.  I've tried to track down the creator and the best I can come up with is that it was originally on Suzanne Somers' website.

Because I love you I am going to share.  It is easy, delicious and there are no strange ingredients.  You're welcome!

Favorite Brownie Recipe  
8 oz. cream cheese
5 whole eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tblsp. melted butter
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. black walnut extract (optional)  I didn't use
1 cup sugar substitute, such as Splenda or Ideal

Place a bowl of hot water on bottom rack of oven. Preheat oven to 325.  Keeps it from cracking.

Soften cream cheese in microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir to eliminate hot spots. Add other ingredients and blend well with wire whisk (I use a mixer on low speed. It mixes better). Pour into well buttered 8" square pan. Place pan on rack above hot water & bake 30-40 min or until fairly firm. (My oven takes a little longer)  I cooked for 35 minutes.  Definitely needs 8x8 pan--someone else tried 8x6 and it didn't cook evenly.

Cool slightly and frost with cool ganache.    Ganache soaks in better if brownies are a bit warm.  Refrigerate until served.

 3 oz. unsweet chocolate  Just baking chocolate.  I used  90% Lindt bar but any baking chocolate will work.
1 cup Splenda - (splenda doesn't mix that well with melted chocolate so I used 16+ drops of EZ-Sweetz) which I believe is why it stayed shiny.  Definitely lower carb too.
1 1/4 cup heavy cream -   I used 1 cup
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate over simmering water. Add other ingredients--stir til all chocolatey grains are melted. Pour over brownies.

Someone else's note: 

**** I need to clarify that the ganache is really thin. If you like it a thicker more traditional ganache, I would cut the cream way down.....maybe use a couple tablespoons or to desired consistency. I like it thin so soaks into the brownie.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

MME kate & co. (new nummy line), Thickers Rainboots letter stickers & cricut

Dreams are like bubbles...some never get off the ground, but others sail to amazing heights and take us along for the ride.

This is a layout I made to frame and give to my daughter April for Mother's Day.  She is an amazing mother and has demonstrated such strength for little Lily and Rowan since their Daddy's sudden accidental death in October.  We all had a lovely Sunday celebrating...3 hours swimming with the children in the pool and then pizza and sub sandwiches (everyone made their own so Moms didn't have to cook).  Hope you Mothers and Nurturers out there were pampered and celebrated too.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day Card

I had some fun squeezing in a Mother's Day card for my sweet Mom-in-law.  This design is inspired by Debby400 who makes about the most incredibly beautiful and creative cards.   She never ceases to amaze as she posts her creations day after day after day.  She must have garnered a monopoly on the muses because it appears she never runs out of new, beautiful ideas.  If you haven't seen her work, please do yourself a favor and check it out here A Scrapjourney.
And now back to my scrapbook projects!
(forgive poor lighting)

Entering for a chance to win some beautiful MME paper at Kiwi Lane Designs

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rowan's Birthday Album....4th birthday

At last!  Grandma has caught up on sweet little Rowan's birthday layouts...at least until August 1st when he turns 5.  Now on to his sister Lily's birthday pages.  I'm hereby resolving never to get this behind again.  I'm actually having fun with these.  I thought I'd be fiending to make cards, but I've found cards can be fitted in between layouts and while making random cards for challenges and so on is fun, at the end of the day, the scrapbooks are what will endure and be treasured.   Here is Rowan's 4th birthday celebration pages.
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy with a little Echo Park All About a Boy thrown in.
MS train edge punch, SRM stickers, Cricut

Hope you're all having a  great weekend!