Archive | July 2012

Mug Brownie, My Way

So, if you don’t know me, you probably don’t know that I’m a chocolate addict.  Truly–if I go a day with no chocolate, I get cranky.  So, when I saw this recipe  for a mug brownie on Pinterest, I had to try it.  It was pretty good, but it was missing something.  On top of that, it was more dense and cakey than I really like my brownies.  Ideally, I like them incredibly chewy.

To give you an idea of how dedicated I am to chewy brownies, I have a little story for you:  I got a box of Ghiradelli brownie mix at Sam’s Club and made them per package instructions.  They were very good flavor-wise but too cakey.  I started to think about it, and I realized that other brownie mixes have a slightly shorter baking time for chewy brownies AND they use more eggs; Ghiradelli only uses one.  On top of that, I thought they used different amounts of oil and such, too, so I searched the Internet for the instructions for one of the other brownie mixes I buy and used those instructions to make my Ghiradelli brownies.  Guess what?  Perfection!  So, I taped the other instructions to the Ghiradelli box for the final bags of brownie mix, so I could make them exactly how I like them.

So, what was I to do about this imperfect mug brownie recipe?  For a while I just left it.  And if I made it, I put ice cream on top (everything’s better with ice cream, right?).  Then I stumbled across a lower calorie mug brownie recipe which had vanilla in it.  Bingo!  I figured this was the ticket.  Unfortunately, when I made it, I forgot the vanilla, and it was even more blah than the first one.  Oops!  But, I was sure that vanilla was the key.  So, I played around, combining the two recipes.  The first version I came up with was good, but still too dense and cake-like for me.  The second version looked too watery, but when I cooked it, it was more light and chewy, and I’ve been making it this way since.  The only thing I don’t like is how much oil I have to put in to make it this way, and I think eventually, I will get some egg product and play around with substituting some of that for some of the oil.  Or maybe I’ll just whip up an egg and make sure I make several within a couple days to use it all. Anyway, here is my current recipe…

Mug Brownie:

4 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp sugar (can use up to 4, but I found that too sweet)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp oil (if you want more cake-like brownies, use 2 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp water (if you want cake-like brownies, use 3 Tbsp)
1/8 tsp vanilla (approximately–I guestimated using a 1/4 tsp measure)
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients in your mug.  You can also add nuts, if you like.  I add walnuts, myself.  Microwave on high for about 1 minute, 15 seconds.  This can vary by microwave; I determined this time by putting it in for 1 minute, then adding 15 when it wasn’t done.

When it comes out, it is VERY hot.  I mix mine up to help it cool, though it doesn’t look as pretty after mixing.  Ice cream cools it down faster, but that’s only if you want an extra indulgence.  🙂

Mug brownie with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. And yes, that is MY Lilo and Stitch mug. I love that movie.


Fabric, Fabric, and More Fabric

I was talking about fabric with a couple of friends on Facebook, and they said they wanted pictures, so I thought, “Why not blog it?”So, here’s the deal.  I have fabric hoarding problem.  I told them I have two boxes of fabric in my guest room closet.  After going in there to take pictures of some of the fabrics, I realize it is now three boxes.  Some of these are remnants from actual projects.  A lot of these are just remnants or clearance fabrics that I saw and said, “Ooo, pretty.”  So here, without further ado, are some pictures of the fabrics in my closet, along with a few patterns I bought on sale today:

Two fabrics I want to use to make shirts for my boy, along with my $.99 pattern I bought today at JoAnn’s.

A pretty remnant I bought today.

The two reversible quilted fabrics Mom gave me yesterday when I went snooping in her boxes of unused fabric.

A silky Asian print and a beautiful floral. I keep pondering the possibility of adhering the yellow floral print onto a canvas because I love it that much.

Two celestial fabrics (the one on the left is satin with velvet objects) and a pretty purple flannel with multi-colored spots. I used some of the flannel for a case to put my daughter’s ski goggles in.

Zebra print cotton and kids’ jungle animals.

Complimentary floral prints I found on clearance, so I grabbed a yard of each.

A bunch of clearance cotton florals.

Pink with white polka dots (cotton) and another silk print.

Leftover Nemo fabric from the curtain in the kids’ bathroom and purple with butterflies.

Care Bears on clearance, Halloween clearance, and leftover fabric from a pants outfit I made my daughter (which had a hot pink solid for an accent color).

Top: Leftover butterflies from my daughter’s curtains. Bottom: leftover frog prints and lime green from a dress for my daughter and leftover orange from a dress for my daughter.

Top: Blue with circles; I think I used some of this to make a case for a PSP or Nintendo DS or other small device. Bottom: Pretty pink and green in a thicker weight fabric, pretty fabric with sayings all over it, and a red with multi-colored stars, which I’ve used some of to make a holder for a Leapfrog book and cartridge.

Pooh Bear and butterfly remnants that I fell in love with.

Sea creature fabric a friend bought and never used, so she gave it to me. I have used some to cover shoe boxes to be used as storage boxes. I will blog about that one of these days.

A soft, stretchy fabric covered with lots of colors and hearts. I got it for REALLY cheap at an estate sale (maybe $1.00 for many yards of it). I’ve used some of this to make cases for small electronics such as the Nintendo DS.