Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Baking Brookies

 

Image copyright Betty Crocker

Brookies may seem intimidating, but they're really no harder than making chocolate chip cookie bars and brownies. The original recipe comes from Betty Crocker. I made a couple of changes which I will detail following the recipe.

This post contains affiliate links. If readers purchase a product through these links, I earn a small commission from Amazon.

Cookie Layer

3/4
cup granulated sugar
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
cup butter, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
package (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)




Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.

For Cookie Layer: In large bowl, mix sugars, softened butter, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips. Press dough evenly in bottom of pan.

Brownie Layer

2/3
cup butter or margarine
4
oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
1 3/4
cups sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla
3
eggs
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

For Brownie Layer: In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. In medium bowl, beat sugar, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on high speed 5 minutes. On low speed, beat in chocolate mixture. Beat in flour just until blended. Pour on top of dough in pan.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 2 hours. Remove from pan; pull away foil. Cut into 5 rows by 4 rows.

I used a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix to make the brownie layer, substituting 1/3 cup of melted butter for the 1/3 cup of oil called for on the package. I did not line the pan with foil. I melted the butter for the brownies in the pan and put the cookie layer directly into the pan.

Amazon Links

Ghirardelli brownie mix:

Best price per ounce (6 mixes)

https://amzn.to/3oBR2sT

Best variety 

6 mixes, two of each variety

https://amzn.to/3oKNAfP

Chocolate Chips

Best Value

Ghirardelli Semi=Sweet Chocolate Chips

6 12-ounce bags $16.68

https://amzn.to/2XvgJzi

13 x 9 nonstick baking pan

Wilton 2 pans for $17.36

https://amzn.to/39hXVsR

These are the ones I use and I have been very pleased with them.

I use Watkins baking vanilla, which can be purchased from my consultant page.

http://bit.ly/watkinshomebiz

You might also consider Monin Mexican Vanilla extract at $11.63 for 33 ounces. I have not tried this brand, but it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.

https://amzn.to/3i0KoK6

With a dessert this decadent, all a diabetic like me can say is, thank the deities of medicine for insulin!

Also, yum!


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Thursday, January 7, 2021

While Nero Tweets, the Elderly and Disabled Suffer

  

Free use image by John Hain on Pixabay

This post is a response to this post:

https://kalpanawrites.com/shadow

I can definitely relate to the feeling of being a shadow of my former self. In fairness, my former self was a workaholic who didn't take care of herself at all. I'm kind of surprised that I didn't end up in an early grave.

I have been waiting on a disability determination for almost a year now. That people are punished for becoming disabled is unconscionable to me. However, seeing as my country is figuratively burning while Nero tweets (or he would tweet if he hadn't been booted off Twitter at least temporarily) nobody gives a rat's hindquarters about handicapped and elderly people, I can assure you.

Ornery Owl Has Spoken



Free use image by Open Clipart Vectors on Pixabay


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Watkins Wednesday: Watkins Wonderful Guacamole Mix

 

Free use image by Julie Henriksen on Pixabay

My son and I had some avocados to use up, so we decided to make them into guacamole. This was the easiest thing in the world to do with Watkins organic guacamole mix. Just mash two ripe avocados and blend in the contents of the seasoning packet. I like to add a bit of sour cream for smoothness.

Watkins guacamole mix contains no preservatives or flavor enhancers such as MSG hidden in unnamed "spices". The following is the complete list of ingredients.

Organic lime juice powder (organic rice maltodextrin, organic lime juice concentrate), sea salt, organic onion granules, organic garlic granules, organic red bell pepper, organic jalapeno, citric acid, not more than 2% tricalcium phosphate to prevent caking.

It can sometimes be difficult to find acceptable avocados. Placing avocados in a paper bag in a warm area can help them ripen faster. Never put unsliced avocados in the refrigerator as it delays their ripening. 

Watkins dressing and dip mixes make whipping up a quick meal or snack a breeze. Just add their chili mix to black beans, corn, chickpeas, and other favorite vegetables for a fast, hearty chili. For more protein stir in a bit of seasoned ground beef. 

Watkins taco and fajita blends contain no artificial flavors or sneaky spice blends. Everything is always listed on the label. Price-wise, Watkins seasonings are on par with grocery store prices but the quality is far superior.

Check out my Watkins consultant page to stock up on your favorite spice blends, or consider becoming a consultant yourself. http://bit.ly/watkinshomebiz

Don't forget to enter the Win Free Vanilla contest where you can win not only free vanilla but approximately $100 in other good stuff as well.

~Cie the Ornery Old Lady~


Guerrero Words: Of Wild Blossoming and Fog

Guerrero Words: Of Wild Blossoming and Fog: not quite J ournaling , week 1 through the fog, sweet coffee and books conjure warmth 12/14/2020 : Outside my window, my neighborhoo...

We get a fair bit of fog where I live. I love it as long as I don't have to drive in it. It can go on for literally 50 miles and then some, and driving in thick fog makes me claustrophobic. 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Dear Santa

  


Dear Santa, I don't want to set the world on fire or learn how to fly
Some places are so humid you could trim your tree with fish if you wish
The place I live is much too dry, it would seem, to do any such thing
So I tend to lean to swimming upstream with a mouth full of dust
After I import the weapons with which to arm bears and export toxic waste
My poisons inflicted on the poor, there is no way I can present myself as virtuous 

~cie~










humid and dry
import and export

after
arm
fire
fly
lean
mouth
present
seem
stream
swim
tree
trim
wish
virtuous

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Celebration Clouds: Double Troiku

  

Free use image by Gerhard G on Pixabay

I

mysterious landscapes
rise and unfold before my eyes
worlds of clouds

mysterious landscapes
in the dreams of my childhood
promise of wonder

rise and unfold before my eyes
in clouds on Christmas morning
when I still believed

worlds of clouds
promise happiness for all
to those who ascend

II
mysterious landscapes
in the dreams of my childhood
promise of wonder

mysterious landscapes
dreams of faraway places
clouds on Christmas day

in the dreams of my childhood
I believed in tomorrow
every dream a gift

promise of wonder
that only came at Christmas
a beautiful world

III
rise and unfold before my eyes
in clouds on Christmas morning
when I still believed

rise and unfold before my eyes
long-lost dreams of yesterday
with a childlike hope

in clouds on Christmas morning
I believed there were angels
watching from above

when I still believed
there was hope in the worst times
Father sang carols

IV
worlds of clouds
promise happiness for all
to those who ascend

worlds of clouds
billowing, ever-changing
they are no less real

promise happiness for all
clouds do not demand your faith
even at Christmas

to those who ascend
looking down upon the Earth
I wish you good cheer

~cie~

For my father, who now flies above the clouds.

Write an "exit" poem.
The poem does not specifically use the word "exit," but it is (finally) the last poem for the November PAD challenge, and there is a reference to winter celebrations occurring at the end of the year.

I don't know if I'm going to enter the PAD chapbook challenge. I never win those things. I'm thinking about just publishing the poems myself, nuts to the contest part of it. 

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Readers Roost: From Dill to Dracula Book Promotion, Review, and G...

Readers Roost: From Dill to Dracula Book Promotion, Review, and G...:   From Dill to Dracula A Romanian Food & Folklore Cookbook by A.M. Ruggirello Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook Romania—a hidden gem of Easter...

Don't miss my review of this wonderful book filled with gorgeous pictures, interesting tidbits, and plenty of delicious Romanian recipes.

Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate such.