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Easy (organic) Brownies from scratch!

Easy (organic) Brownies from scratch!

Never ever buy brownie mix again!  Here is all you need & you can easily get all these ingredients organic.

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Prep time: 5-10 min

Bake time: 30-35 min

Hardware needed: measuring spoons, measuring cup, brownie pan (8×8, or 9×9 pan), mixing bowl

Ingredients:

-6 tbsp cocoa (organic)

-1/4 cup butter (organic)

-dash or two of salt

-1/2 teas of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of flour (Organic white or wheat)

1 cup of sugar (organic)

2 eggs (organic)

Optional but recommended- chocolate chips 1/4 of bag – 1/2 bag

First, put the cocoa and butter in a microwavable bowl and melt.  Watch closely and when ready mix well together. Should be like a very thick mud like this:

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Then add the salt vanilla, flour and eggs.  Mix well.  I recommend waiting to add the chocolate chips until last because if you add it with everything else it will make it just harder to mix! It is looking tasty!

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Try a 1/4 of a bag to start, they will be sweet.

Spray pan with olive oil or grease, poor brownie mixture in.  It will be thick but it will fill out the pan when baking.

Organic Brownies from scratch

Pop it in the oven at 325 for 30-35 minutes.  I eat them when they are still warm from the pan with ice cream!

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Grandma’s Zucchini Bread!

Grandma’s Zucchini Bread!

Grandma’s zucchini bread was my FAVORITE growing up and still is.   My Grandma would make this for gatherings and birthdays and it always quickly disappeared!  I have been making this bread myself for probably a good 10 years, it disappears in a flash anywhere I take it.  😆 I can make it year round from zucchini from my garden that I shred and freeze (see below for more info on how to).  This recipe freezes well so I recommend making 4 loaves at a time and popping the extras in the freezer for when you need something quick to take to party or potluck!

Here’s how to make it yourself….
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Peanut Butter Cookies Gluten Free (3 ingredients)

Peanut Butter Cookies Gluten Free (3 ingredients)

Ok so you gotta try this recipe out before the New Year.  I am saying this because it isn’t a cookie you should be eating when on a diet which is a lot of peoples New Year resolutions!  I was looking for a simple recipe to make that was gluten free for work so everyone could enjoy them.

Peanut Butter Cookies Gluten Free

Makes: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (organic) peanut butter (our Costco sells a big two pack of organic for a great price)
  • 2 cups (organic) white sugar (once again Costco…10lbs for $10)
  • 2 cage free eggs

Kitchen Gear you will need:

  • A cookie sheet or two preferably
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • A small spatula (optional)
  • Cooling rack (optional) or plate to use for cooling
  • Measuring cups
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • A normal fork
  • A normal teaspoon you eat with

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooktime: 8-10 minutes

Temperature: Preheat oven to 350

Here we go:

  1. Measure ingredients and throw everything into your mixing bowl.  Looks like this….IMG_2391
  2. Mix for approximately 2 minutes until everything is evenly mixed.
  3. Take heaping teaspoons full of the mixture and place on cookie sheet…you can probably fit a dozen on a sheet.
  4. Take your fork and make criss-cross patterns on the top of the cookies smooshing them down some.
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  5. Place tray in oven and bake 8-10 minutes.  Note: These cookies don’t get brown like other cookies with flour in them.  They will look almost undone but they are really done.  If you over cook them til they start to brown they will be dry.
  6. Take out and allow them to rest for 2 minutes before moving over to a cooling rack or plate.  They are still really mushy when you first take them out of the oven..that is why you have to let them cool before moving them.
  7. EAT THEM!

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Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Its never too late for a pumpkin pie from scratch!  I actually bake them year round….I could probably eat a whole one on my own if you let me! haha.  This is my favorite recipe from our local co-op which only take 10 minutes to prep.

Ingredients:

Kitchen Gear you will need:

  • Whisk
  • cookie sheet
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • medium mixing bowl
  • aluminum foil
  • pie pan
  • a knife or meat thermometer

Pumpkin Pie ingrediantsPrep time: 10-15 min (I think the bulk of the time is just gathering everything you need!)

Bake time: 45 min

Temperature: Pre-heat oven to 425°

Here we go:

  1.  Measure everything out and dump it into your mixing bowl…seriously.
  2. Whisk it until it is well stirred.  Will look like this: Pumpkin pie mixture
  3. Place pie pan onto the cookie tray…it is much easier to move the pie when it has the mixture on it when it is on the cookie tray.
  4. Place pie crust into the pie pan, press lightly so it forms to the pan.
  5. Pour mixture into pie crust.
  6. Cover the crust with aluminum foil or a crust shield (Pampered Chef has one…I have ordered but didn’t have for this round)   Here is my awesome foil job…pie with foil
  7. Open oven and carefully, slowly put the cookie sheet with the pie on it in the oven.  The mixture is a thin liquid, any sudden movements and you will have a mess!
  8. Bake for 20 min at 425° then turn down the heat to 350° take the aluminum foil off the crust.  I recommend just opening the oven and leaving the pie in there while taking off the foil.  The pie is still very liquid at this point and taking it out and in is asking for a mess.
  9. Bake for another 25 minutes.  Then check to see if it is done…you will be able to see the pie mixture firming up.  You can take a knife and check the middle or use a meat thermometer.  I do the latter because it leaves a small round hole which is less noticeable.  The knife or thermometer should come out clean when done.
  10. Take out, cool and enjoy!

Want to make your own whipped topping?  Check out my new Pinterest page for how to make your own whipped cream topping in a mason jar!

DIY Organic Brown Sugar

DIY Organic Brown Sugar

Organic is $$$$!!  A few years ago when I started to shift more to organic ingredients I couldn’t find myself coughing up the money for some of them- the price difference was too big for me to swallow.  So I started learning that some things that I considered raw ingredients like brown sugar really were not raw ingredients!!  Seriously it is just sugar and molasses!  Here is how you can make your own organic brown sugar for a third of the price of what you would pay at the store.

Ingredients:

Kitchen gear you will need:

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large spoon for mixing
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer on the counter I recommend it

Here we go:

  1. Put the sugar and molasses in the bowl (double or triple the recipe if you want).
  2. Mix until blended.  This is about 2 minutes in the Kitchenaid on the lowest speed or a few more minutes if doing by hand.
  3. Store your organic brown sugar in an airtight container so it does not clump or dry out.  I use a Snapware container.
  4. Feel thrifty and super accomplished that you just made brown sugar!!diy brown sugar

 

Today is national pretzel day….make your own!

Yes there is a day for everything! I love soft pretzels so I thought I would re-share my pretzel recipe post from earlier this year today…..

Click here to learn how to make pretzels like Aunt Annie 🙂