Happy Friday to you!
Does it seem like I've been doing more baking than sewing lately? To me too. It's a quick pick-me-up, my kidlet can actually help (as opposed to trying to sew through her fingers every time I turn on my machine) and it's how I show LOVE. You may have noted it was a big week for love ;-)
So I made these Fudgy Toffee Brownies as a gift for a lovely lady who is basically part of our family by choice not birth (see, we're not that bad!). She is lucky enough to be starting on her next life as a retired person, although I doubt she'll slow down one bit. So I baked these, let them sit over night and then used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the hearts. My cutter was about 3" across and I got an even dozen from a 9x13" pan. My husband was more than delighted to nibble the edges and crusts through out the day today!
Fudgy Toffee Brownies
recipe from the Food Network Magazine
2 C. semisweet chocolate chips (I used 1 12oz bag)
1 stick butter
Melt together in a saucepan over low heat. Then add:
3/4 C. white sugar
3/4 C. brown sugar
After this I moved the mixture to a mixing bowl but if your saucepan was large enough you could just mix everything in the pan. So after the sugars you add:
4 eggs, one at a time
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix well and then add
1/2 C. Toffee bits - I used heath chocolate covered toffee bits
Spread the mixture into a greased and floured 9x13" pan and then sprinkle the top with an additional 1/4 C. toffee bits. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes (toothpick inserted in the center should come out almost clean). Cool and enjoy!
I'm hoping to find some time to actually sew this weekend (we'll see) but whether I do or not I'm planning on enjoying myself and not beating myself up for what I'm NOT getting done. So often I find myself comparing myself to others with crafty blogs I admire and feeling less than, which leads to me telling myself things like "you should be sewing and not lounging on the couch" and THAT's no fun. So I'm trying to remember that crafting is my HOBBY, which is supposed to be for fun and enjoyment not stress and competition, right?! So I hope you enjoy your weekend, may we all manage to slow down for a bit and find some happiness close at hand! :-)