October 8, 2020
Enjoying an autumn walk.
(Okay, so to be honest, I actually took this selfie in late September. :o)).
I bring you today’s blog post from the vantage point of my back deck, soaking up the splendor of this glorious autumn afternoon. I love fall, don’t you? Why not pour yourself
a cup of tea/coffee (I love me some Barry’s Irish tea!), find yourself a cozy spot, and spend the next few minutes “chatting” with me about some of the fun stuff that makes autumn so awesome?
I am a fan of brownies made from this Ghirardelli mix .
But I had one more brownie recipe in my culinary bag of tricks. I just had to give this recipe a try for Halloween; that being the Spiderweb Brownie. (I found this recipe on Pinterest. You can see the original recipe, here.) Let me tell you, this brownie is a good one, with, or without the cream cheese topping! This recipe is a keeper!
This recipe is a keeper!
I felt a bit of a failure, though, in my presentation. Nailed it? NOT! My brownie’s cream cheese topping resembled a toxic spill more than a spiderweb, but fortunately that did not affect how deliciously rich and chocolatey it tasted.
A spiderweb? Not so much. :o)
Most of the ingredients for the recipe are items that I usually have around, which makes this recipe a dangerous temptation when the craving for chocolate hits. :o)
The batter is quite thick.
Cooking with Gammy
Acorns (or D0ugh NUTS)
When “studying” squirrels on Gammy Day, these cute little “acorns” were the perfect accompanying snack to create!
(I used Entenmann’s Glazed Donut Pop’ems.)
(I used Duncan Hines dark chocolate in the plastic tub.)
Mini chocolate chips
Stick pretzels-broken into thirds
Dip the top of the donut hole in chocolate frosting, or frost with a knife.
Dip/roll frosted end into the mini chocolate chips to coat.
Push in the 1/3 pretzel stick into the middle of the chocolate chip end, for a stem.
2-3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins were another of my grandchildren’s kid-approved recipes.
(A friend of mine had suggested these, an old Weight Watcher recipe.)
Upon discussing these with my four grand girls, they excitedly shared that they had
recently enjoyed pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips from a local bakery.
So…this 2-ingredient recipe, became the 3-ingredient recipe that you see below. :o)
1 Spice cake mix (about 15-18 ounces), any brand
1 small (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1/2-1 cup, or more, chocolate chips (optional)
( I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line a mini muffin pan with mini cupcake liners.
Spray with cooking spray.
Mix together the cake mix and the pumpkin with a spoon.
Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.
(We also placed one chocolate chip on top of each muffin prior to baking.)
Bake about 8 minutes, until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
Place muffins on wire rack to cool.
Owl Cookie Faces
The “study” of owls with my preschool granddaughters was made complete with the addition of these cute little owl faces that they created. :o)
3 Chips Ahoy! cookies
4 Oreo cookies
Canned frosting (I used Duncan Hines)
1 candy corn
Place 3 Chip Ahoy! cookies on a plate with two on top and one underneath,
placing the cookies top-down. (Refer to photos above.)
(Allowing the smooth flat part of the cookie, face up, for frosting.)
Frost all three cookies on the smooth flat side.
Twist apart two Oreos. Using the half of the cookie with the cream, place
the Oreos onto two the frosted Chip Ahoy! cookies.
(Eat the remaining half of the Oreos. :o))
Place one m&m/eye in the center of the cream of each Oreo.
Place the candy corn/beak, point down, in the center of the bottom frosted cookie.
Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. :o)
My friend, Caralee, snapped this beautiful fall photo in her native Minnesota.
Thank you, Caralee, for allowing me to share it!
I received this nice surprise, in the form of this cute Murder She Wrote postcard, in the mail this week, from my British “pen pal”. :o). Jenny is currently working on a cookbook based on the classic TV show, Murder She Wrote.
You can read about the talented Ms. Jenny here and here.
In My Neighborhood
What fun it is to see my neighborhood all decked out for Halloween! :o)
In keeping with the Halloween theme, there are even some very old and very real tombstones.
Frankenstein guards my neighbor’s front door.
A nod to Disney’s A Nightmare Before Christmas graces this neighbor’s lawn.
A mummy keeps watch over the neighborhood from this window.
Six very old tombstones go mostly unnoticed in my neighborhood.
Halloween/October and Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts
Fat Witch Brownies
Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies
Cape Cod Brownies
Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.
Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Thank you for reading!
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