Posts tagged ‘baking’

February 21st, 2011

Bird Seed Saturdays (1)… But on a Monday

by Madeleine Rex

This is the first Bird Seed Saturday… but on a Monday. Hopefully I’ll actually hit the target and manage to post on Saturday next time!

As an apology for being late, I’m sharing the best brownie recipe ever. My family calls them “Wedding Brownies” due to the fact that they were served at every wedding on my mom’s side of the family (she has 5 siblings. That’s a lot of brownies.).

Wedding Brownies

Big Batch


4 sticks of butter
8 squares of bakers’ chocolate
8 beaten eggs
4 cups of sugar
2 cups of flour
4 tsp of vanilla extract


Melt the butter and baker’s chocolate together. Make sure to stir frequently, otherwise the
mixture will burn and sizzle. When the mix is melted, take it off the burner, but keep it moving.

Mix the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the chocolate/butter mix.

Pour the batter into a cookie sheet (greased) and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until
inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Mint Frosting:


2 cups softened butter
3 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract (I do it to taste)
8 cups powdered sugar
8 Tsp milk
green food coloring

In a mixing bowl, beat all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Frost brownies when completely cool.

P.S. This makes a ton of brownies, so if you’re going for something… daintier, divide it into halves or quarters.

P.P.S. Please give credit where credit is due. If you love them, fabulous, but please don’t plaster it all over without mentioning where you got it. Thanks!

February 12th, 2011

I’m Sorry

by Madeleine Rex

I’m sorry!

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged.

I’m sorry I haven’t finished a single book in February.

I’m sorry I have no blog post ideas.

I’m sorry I don’t tweet often enough.

I’m sorry I have 250+ unread emails, one of which might be your blog post.

I’m sorry I haven’t made much progress on my book in weeks.

I’m sorry I’ve disappeared.

I’m trying to figure out how to fix all this. I want to spend just as much time with you as I used to, but that seems more and more difficult every day. I want to give advice and rant and just talk with you. I’m working on it. My life is a WIP.

I’ve been trying to come up with new ideas and new ways of approaching various aspects of my life. I’m starting track at the end of February (I’m as shocked as you are). I’ll have practice 5 days a week from 3:25 to 5:45. Instead of watching television with my family at night, I’m going to start writing again. I’m hoping to make a lot of progress during the track season (February 28th through May 5th).

I’ll also set aside a day of the week to stock up on blog posts instead of writing. I know this is a book blog, but I’d also like to touch a bit more on my life in general. I’m not turning this into a journal (you wouldn’t want to read it. I wouldn’t want to write it.), but I’d like to take Saturdays to post recipes. I love baking. And what’s better than baked goods and books on a Saturday evening?

Anyway, I wanted to check in and let you know that I am, indeed, alive.

I certainly hope that all of you are still alive as well!