Day 265: Golden Brownies {Recipe Revealed!!}

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Wrinkles!! There is something oddly pleasing about this picture of the Golden Brownies I made for my Mother in Law (MiL).

There isn’t much that my MiL needs. She is comfortable and enjoys shopping so why take that away from her? I do know her weakness. Sweets. Practically anything sweet.

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I know she likes blonde brownies and we have purchased some from the bakery for her in the past. I thought to myself, how hard can they be?

I was pleased to find that the recipe was pretty simple. I followed this recipe exactly because I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like. I think it is somewhat of a sin to remove the chocolate from.brownies–but this is good to know for Mah Gurl who is allergic to chocolate.

Apparently I did a pretty good job, because I had to fight Kit off of the pan full of brownies until I was sure I had enough to pack up for his mum.

Please note my Christmas paper plates double stacked and put into plate gift bags. This is as fancy as I get.
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I am officially renaming these GOLDEN BROWNIES. I think it sounds prettier.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I adjusted the salt as recommended by reviewers and it was perfectly)
2/3 cup butter
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Recipe yields 2 dozen

Directions

Melt butter or margarine. Add sugar and mix well. Cool.

Add eggs and vanilla, blend well.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips.

Put into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

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Winter Goals Update!

How is she doing? Ashi Danza!! She is doing quite well.

As you may recall, I posted about my winter goals not too long ago. And I am doing so well that I may have to update my challenges.

Bookie Progress

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (meh)
A Gift for a Rogue by Parks (ok)
Gypsy Rizka by Lloyd Alexander (TGR=Thumping Good Read)
Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich (jolly for the season)
Partial read: Drinking Water: A History by Salzman (strong start of lore)

I intend on going back to finish reading the Salzman book but I just got tired of renewing it from the library at present. I am currently reading The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester.

It is a non-fiction book about how the Oxford English Dictionary came about. Fairly interesting so far, but I’m just a couple of chapters into it. The holidays are not friendly for folks trying to get reading done. There is so much to do and obligations (although enjoyable) that one must fulfill.

Don’t worry. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of reading done in the next few months ahead. They are for the most part dead months and terrible weather outdoors sends readers under the covers.

Embroidery Projects 
That I’ve made
-Headbands x2
-Bookmark with a music related quote on it (in progress)

I have a few other projects planned but it seems to take me ages to go from the planning to the stitching phase. I love planning them though.

Recipe Experiments
-Tapioca pudding (utter failure)
-Sausage and potato breakfast bake (amazing yet greasy)
-Golden brownies from scratch/blondies (good if you like that type of thing)
-Nutella cookies (thank you Pinterest!)
-Greek Lemon Chicken
-Hasselback potatoes

Other Goal Updates
I have made pretty much zero progress on my belly dancing and short story writing goals. I did do a quite youtube search for a belly dancing video and found a decent one but haven’t made any moves yet.