~Here’s What’s Cookin’~ *Mississippi Mud Brownies*

January 20, 2012

 

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ cups Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • ¾ teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • ¾ cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cups Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 1-½ teaspoon Canola Oil
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • ½ cups Chopped And Toasted Pecans
  • 2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Of Milk
  • ¼ teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8×8″ square baking pan with parchment paper or foil.  If using foil, spray it with cooking spray.

In medium bowl, combine flour, 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, beat together 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and 3/4 teaspoons vanilla until creamy.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Stir dry ingredients into batter.  Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Bake in preheated oven for 22-25 minutes.

When brownie layer is done baking, combine peanut butter and oil in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and microwave on high for 20 seconds to soften.  Pour this warm mixture over hot brownie and spread.  Sprinkle the peanut butter covered brownies with marshmallows.  Return to oven to bake for 3 more minutes, or until the marshmallows puff.  Remove from oven and sprinkle puffed marshmallows with toasted pecans.

To make frosting, combine confectioners sugar and salt.  In small saucepan, melt 4 Tablespoons butter over medium heat.  When butter is melted, add the 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of the milk and heat until the mixture begins to boil.  Pour this mixture into confectioners sugar/salt mixture and beat on high speed with an electric mixer until smooth and glossy.  If frosting is not pourable at this point, add remaining 2 Tablespoons of milk (I didn’t have to do this).  Lastly, beat in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, then pour evenly over puffed marshmallows and pecans.

Let cool completely in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.  Cut into squares and enjoy!

Love It!

January 17, 2012

I just love coming home to a yard full of deer!  It’s probably been 15 years since we have had this many deer in our yard at one time (back when we were building our house).  I have tried numerous times to get a picture of them, but haven’t had any luck.  It’s not the deer that won’t cooperate…it’s the flash on my camera!  Still believe me…. It’s such a beautiful sight! 

Today’s Thought!

Forgiving is not a gift to someone else – Forgiving is your gift to yourself – a great gift – the gift of happiness!

It’s Friday!

January 13, 2012

Your life is a learning process – you can only become wiser from learning. Sometimes you might have to make a painful mistake to learn something important, but after the mistake you have far greater wisdom. Wisdom cannot be bought with money – it can only be acquired through living life. With wisdom comes strength, courage, knowing, and an ever-increasing peace.

Happy Friday to Everyone! …Its a Great Day to be Alive!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!!

January 9, 2012

“With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?” –Jay Leno

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. 
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. 

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads. 

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. 

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren’t overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day.
–And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem..
We did not have Play Stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were No video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. 

WE HAD FRIENDS And we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, And there were no lawsuits from those accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, belt, razor strap or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.
 

We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and The worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and -although we were told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in to talk to them. 

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! 

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever. 

The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.. 

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
 


If YOU are one of those born
between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives “for our own good.

While you are at it,forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?  🙂

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Elvis!

January 8, 2012

Ugggg!!!

January 6, 2012

I DIDN’T WIN THE BOOTS!!!! ;-(  …Boo Whoo Whoo!

Happy Friday! & Happy Weekend Too!

When you withdraw your attention from those things that are not pleasing, and you put your attention upon those things that are pleasing, those pleasing things begin to become more abundant; and those not-pleasing things become more rare. Until, eventually, those not-pleasing things cannot be part of your experience because you will have eliminated your attraction factor from your vibration… What you think and what you get always matches. 

 

January 5, 2012

Just entered a drawing to WIN these boots!!!!  Had to say what my favorite Elvis song is & I’m keeping my fingers crossed cause I really really really want these boots 🙂  The Winner is going to be announced Friday….You WILL hear about it if it’s MEEEE!!  Oh yeah…my favorite Elvis song?  Too Much!

 

The Last of the Elvis Boots!!

Happy Day!

Fixin’ ta do some cattle sortin’ on this here BEAUTIFUL January morning!!!

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