Rain, Rain, Rain & Football Brownies

Good morning, we’ve had rain, rain, rain! I believe we’re out of the drought now, but we remain in the same water usage until spring. I don’t know how the water planning works, but it seems you should be able to use any amount of water, not wastefully, you need right now. The lakes are all over full, the rivers are extremely dangerous with water flow and some of the dams are having difficulty letting the water out.

Not having to worry about watering lawns or outdoor plants in the winter now is water saving and nice. 😀 The rain right now is quite high; I believe it was up 8000 feet, which means the snow melt is awfully early and causes flooding. We’ll have a break from the rain this weekend, then more next week, so we’ll see how it goes. Feast or Famine in CA. 😄

Anyway,we have Super Bowl Sunday at my sister-in-law’s every year and usually try to take a dip or other food with us. Lois always goes all out and has a wonderful spread, but I feel we need to take something to contribute. Sooooo, I decided to make some football brownies. 😊 The brownies came out delicious and the ganache as well. However, my cake decorating these days seems to have a lot of ‘buts’ in the story telling.

When it came to putting the laces and football markings on top, that was another story; 😁 they looked pretty sad. The lines were quite squiggly and gave a new meaning to the word uneven, but Bert came in the kitchen wanting to try his hand at it. Now, his baking starts and ends with pre-baked pizza! ☺️

I can’t tell you which brownies he did and which ones I did.. When finished, all we could do is laugh. Lol. When I suggested swirling the white frosting to make it look deliberate, Bert insisted we leave them. He then nicknamed them “deflated footballs”, which would make the strings look good. Lol

Truly, this was not for Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, who was playing that day. For those not football fans, last year there was quite a scandal about the footballs being deflated, which gave the quarterback a better grip, giving the Falcons an edge. Tom Brady, their quarterback, was found to be involved. The Falcons won, as they did this year. It just happened that my brownies were perfect “deflated footballs”. So Bert took some by our daughter’s house and headed to the Super Bowl Sunday party. The brownies were enjoyed anyway. 😆

The bad part is that I became ill all of a sudden and couldn’t go to the gathering to enjoy the day. They all had a great time, though, and I watched the game at home. Anyway, the “Football Brownies” were a big hit, 😀so all turned out well.

Have a great week!

Angie’s Southern Kitchen

I stopped by Yummly’s to find a good focaccia bread that I could make sandwiches with. ( hard crust isn’t Bert’s or my favorite). Anyway the directions lead me to Angie’s Southern Kitchen (I’m still learning how to do a link, so humor me. Lol) 
and I have to tell you I was delighted. I didn’t use my bread machine, normally I use my Bosch, but this was a smaller recipe so I used my Kitchen Aid

Focaccia Bread

JANUARY 20, 2012 BY ANGIE

This is a wonderful bread and yes you can make this one in the bread machine. The boys love, love this one and I use it for many things. Their favorite is for sandwiches. This takes a sandwich over to a new level. I will make it to serve with pasta as well…hope you enjoy it as much as we do. You can change up the topping to suit your taste this is one we have been working on a while with and love this combo…hope you will too.

Focaccia

3 cups of bread flour ~ I use King Arthur
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Toppings

Maldon Salt
Fresh cracked pepper
fresh chopped rosemary
pizza seasons from Williams and Sonoma
2 tablespoons olive oil

I like to use only one type of yeast and yes it does make a huge difference in your bread and the out come of your bread. It is a commercial yeast. I order this from King Arthur and it does take a while for most to use this amount of yeast but this is a product you can place in the freezer and it will last for ever or close to it. This you can also get in small little packets from Trader Joe’s this time of the year..but, after Easter they take it off the shelves…Why, who the world knows?

I place all the wet ingredients in the machine first, this is what this machine requires. Water and oil in 1st then the dry ingredients.

I do my best to mix the salt in the flour some what and not let it get right on the yeast. Why you ask well, yeast does not like salt.

After getting all your ingredients into the machine turn on the dough setting. Once the dough cycle is complete I do let the dough sit in the machine and rest for about 45 minutes. Take out and put in a prepared pan. I use a 1/4 sheet pan for this recipe. I butter and put a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, place the dough in the pan spreading out evenly with my hands. Then I rub it with olive oil and let it rise until it is more than doubled. Once doubled I make indentations with my fingers of the risen dough. Then I top with the remaining oil and spices.

I let rise it a little longer until it is large and fluffy about 30 minutes. Then I bake it at 400 for about 20 -25 minutes bake it until it is golden brown on the top and bottom.

The sandwich above is made with the bread, crack pepper corn turkey, dry salami, arugula, avocado, cheese, mayo and crispy bacon. This is a great sandwich. You can just make the bread it is truly a great bread for pasta or soup. I hope you

Cupcakery

Wow, when I blow it, I blow it! Lol I said Toni has a cookbook coming out “soon”, it IS out and it’s fantastic. I have the book so I’ve no idea why I said that. I’m so sorry. The book is wonderful and I know you’d enjoy it.  Toni gives all kinds of tips and a wide variety of cupcakes.

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Toni at Make Bake Celebrate

Mother’s day is just a few months away, and what better way to say “Thanks Mom” than with some flowers? Flowers that just happen to double as cupcakes that is!

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This has got to be one of the most adorable arrangements I’ve ever seen.  Click on the picture to go to see all the wonderful possibilities and to see the full instructions. This she posted for Mother’s Day (obviously) she makes it not only look so easy, but doable.  Lol  We’ll see, time will tell for me. Lol

This, like Quilting, is practice, practice, practice ! My first attempt at putting that big beautiful swirl of frosting on a cupcake? Well, needless to say I ended up grabbing my knife and spreading the frosting.  They tasted great, just weren’t nearly as pretty.  Next time that happens I’m going to put a thick layer of frosting and totally cover it with Sprinkles! Lol

Talk about tasting great!!!!!.Toni has some awesome cupcake recipes, cookies and a tutorials to learn from.  She has a book coming before too long as well.  There will be more about this terrific lady and all the wonderful things she does:)

Easter Bunny Rolls

Dessert Now Dinner Later

I haven’t done anything really productive today:(. Made my first “Dump” Cake and it was ok, nothing to write home about.  I did find some incredible Easter Bunny Rolls for dinnet.  Dessert Now Dinner Later has some great recipes and the recipe and directions are there. Actually it’s just below here.  

Dessert Now, Dinner Later

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