Friday, February 10, 2012

Brownies and Hot Chocolate....XOXO

Oh how I love a snow day! The kids are always full of anticipation waiting to find out if they will have school, making plans for the day. I love waking up to a blanket of snow and having all of my people in one place....home. A typical snow day around here includes brownies and hot chocolate(or some kind of baked goodie) and lots of loads of laundry! However, this year we have not had one snow day, not one. I do not think we have had even 6 inches of snow total. Don't get me wrong, I am a Summer girl at heart, but I do love at least one snow day. Since I could not share the warmth of the kiddos on a snow day, I thought I would at least share the brownies and hot chocolate, made with XOXO just for you....



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Okay, now on to the brownies. I am usually an "out of the box" kinda girl when it comes to know, easy, fast, chocolate. Well, no more! I found this recipe and I do not think I will use a box again. Easy, fast, and oh so chocolatey!

Best Brownies


1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour 8x8 or 9x9 pan. (I used a silicon baking pan greased with shortening)
2. In a medium bowl beat melted butter and sugar. Add eggs, mix well. Combine flour, cocoa, salt; combine with sugar mixture. Mix in vanilla. Spread in pan evenly.
3. Bake 25-30 minutes, cool completely before cutting. (I baked the hearts for 22 minutes)

note: I used regular flour and added my own baking powder

{source: All Recipes}

Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Valentines Day!

the long road

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Tricia said...

Even though it's morning, I could totally go for a brownie right now. Your photos look beautiful...I love all the little lights :)

Amanda said...

Beautiful pics! Love them!

Eve Stein said...

Such a pretty scene - and great colors... but now I'm craving brownies. ;)

satakieli said...

Yum, I'm going to have to try this recipe out... those brownies look delicious.

Also, I am a little in love with the heart shaped marshmallow :)

Thanks for taking part in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge!

Barbara said...

Love the way the heart theme runs through these images, so pretty!

Tezzie said...

mmmm...chocolate <3 Beautiful photos...and a lovely Valentine's Day gift idea!

Henrietta Hassinen said...

So lovely, bright and happy pictures, I like them so much.
Have great weekend:)

homeschoolceo said...

Beautiful compositions, beautiful images! How sweet!!

Elisa said...

As much as I hate winter I could have used a snow day. Feeling lonely in this new town and would have liked to have all the kiddos around. Thanks for the brownie recipe! I will have to try it.

Gina Kleinworth said...

I'm drooling Tiffany!!!! You do such a beautiful job making me want to spend more time with my set up & getting me up & in the kitchen to create things. Wishing you all a beautifully glorious weekend! Thinking about you!

Tara said...

I love snow days :)) They are the best and we haven't had a single one :( I am loving these brownies with the pop of red!

rebecca said...

chocolate on top of chocolate? awesome. also, your blog is awesome. :)

alicia said...

Um, can you be my mom? lol. Such fun ideas! And warm brownies and cocoa? Yum!! Love the heart shaped marshmallow. Did you make that too?

alicia said...

If this is warmth, can't wait to see what you come up with for passion! Thanks so much for participating in the Poetic Winter Challenge!

Tamar SB said...

These look so delicious! Super jealous of your snowy day too!

Jessica said...

I love the photos, but how did you make the heart in the hot chocolate?

Dominique Goh said...

The brownie looks super yummy!!

Faith said...

oh I love all of these!! as always :) That heart marshmallow in the hot cocoa was brilliant. Thanks so much for participating in the Poetic Winter photography challenge

Mira Crisp said...

I love that third photo! It looks like a true celebration!

Danelle said...

Your photos are gorgeous, as always. And the brownie recipe looks fantastic.

Susan said...


How do you do it? You never seem to run out of ideas and your work is just stunning.

Loved each one!!

Hope you have a blessed day♥

CĂ©line said...

beautiful pics ! looks so yummy !
thanks for the recipe

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

Gorgeous photos, as always! And a recipe too? Love it!

Thanks so much for joining us in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge. Since we already pinned one of your photos to our Poetic Winter Pinterest board, I pinned your recipe to my Food Glorious Food board. :) We'll be moving on to "Passion" on Friday. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Ann said...

Arrived here from Pinterest and heading into Autumn! No snow but this is my kind of post - beautiful photography, delicious and easy recipe and felt! Love it!