Thursday, October 1, 2009

random, but glorious.

first of all, this post is all over the place. welcome to my brain. nextly, for the 4 lucky ladies who left comments on my last post, i am making you a little clip on rosette flower-ee thing that you can clip on to any cardigan or shirt in a jiff and look totally snazzy. i am modeling one i wore to a benefit for house of hope KC. jenn, heather, and kristen, i'll give you yours at church in the coming weeks. erin, i'll mail you yours or something. so fun!

moving on, should my blog be called "adventures in applique"? i swear, this is getting ridiculous, but it's my new favorite thing as far as crafting goes. i made this shirt for layne's cousin who is having a birthday. layne immediately asked if it was for him and was really sad when i said, "no layne, i made this for a robot that lives on mars and eats children." he had no interest in the shirt after that. just kidding, i didn't say that. and i will be making him a robot. in ALL blue apparently...that's what he keeps asking for. a day will come when sewing layne's clothes is not cool. at all. so i'm going with this for now.

speaking of layne, he eats healthy items sparingly. which means while he's in this house, he doesn't eat a ton. so i have to sneak healthy things in his food like, oh, most of the time. his version of juice is hilarious--blueberry puree, 1 tsp flaxseed oil, 2 juice plus capsules, 1 probiotic capsule and a lot of water. i've tasted it and it is nast-ola. but whatev. sometimes i even throw in pumpkin puree. i just threw up in my mouth.

so i found a new recipe on martha stewart site) called sweet potato brownies. at first i thought they would be gross, but then, after eating the 15th one, i decided they were incredibly delicious. and they passed the stringent layne tastebud test, so you know you'll like 'em. here is the recipe:

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup sweet-potato puree
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee powder

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Remove pan from heat, and stir in cocoa.

Let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in sugar and sweet-potato puree, then egg. In a small bowl, stir together vanilla and coffee until coffee is dissolved; add to cocoa mixture.

Add flour mixture to cocoa mixture and stir until no traces of flour remain. Spoon into prepared pan(i put mine in a mini cupcake pan); smooth the top. Bake until surface of brownies looks barely dry and an inserted knife comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.

eat 15 at a time.
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  1. jami-do the brownies taste like coffee? I found a recipe kind of similar to yours on "cook yourself thin" show. Except it uses BEETS & coffee. it looks so yummy, but haven't tried it. maybe you could try it for me? ha... here are the ingredients

    1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
    1/4 cup finely ground almonds
    5 tablespoons cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    4 ounces beets, peeled and finely grated
    4 ounces low-fat buttermilk
    2 tablespoons strong black coffee
    3 large eggs
    3/4 cup sugar

    For full recipe click

  2. freaking A.
    the one post i didn't leave a comment on, and you choose to send cute things out.
    doesn't your "best comment leaver" get a lil' somethin something?

  3. I love your little clippy! That is super cute and it adds so much to your adorable ensemble. You are too classy and crafty.

  4. you ROCK!
    i can't wait to see it!!!!!!
    that recipe sounds yummy!
    i just made a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies... i thought that the last time i made them would be the LAST time i made them since i ate about half of the batch but apparently i'm over it because i've eaten... well a lot of them. i love the robot shirt, so very cute!!!! you've inspired me to make a shirt with something like that on it! see you at church!!
    love, jenn

  5. don't i get a flower for having you to the house of hope function? ;) sigh. i guess i'll have to wait until our birthday season rolls around again.

  6. nice robot! i want a flower. :) ha! :)

  7. Hooray! I get a flower! Can't wait:)

    Now, let's talk about that absolutely disgusting "juice" you're making your child drink...I thought I was hard core for only giving Arle 1/2 water, 1/2 juice in her cup. Poor Lane...I hope he'll someday be able to forgive you for juice abuse.

  8. yeah, thanks! I could use some cute additions to my clothes, getting pretty boring. Your so creative, not sure how you find the time! way to go!!

  9. hey there jami... this is lisa larkin pierce... ashley harsh's friend... remember me? anyways, somehow i found your blog and i just want you to know that i like to read it. a. i love your crafty ideas... i'm going to be making a onesie for my new nephew and might just try your robot out... or something like that. b. layne sounds pretty funny. and c. i want 15 sweet potato brownies too. keep it coming.

  10. woo hoo woo hoo. i've never won anything on a blog and i guess this technically doesn't count as winning, but boy do i feel like a winner!

  11. I feel like our blogging BFFing relationship has taken on a new level. Your sister posted some pictures of "you" on FB and I studied each and every one. Nice job friend!


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