Monday, April 30, 2012

Girls, Girls, Girls

Anyone who doesn't have any daughters can basically write this post for me. Because I'm pretty sure we are all the same. Little girls. I know it's a package deal of frillies, flowers and catfights, but when you just see the frillies and flowers....they are just too much to resist! I would totally walk right by a gorgeous baby boy, but a girl? I'm stuck. The dresses, and headbands, bracelets, earrings....yum! I could go on and on. And this basically trickles down to cakes as well. If I'm crazy busy, I'd turn down a boy cake any day. Honestly-I'm a little sick of them! But a girl's cake? You got me. I'm yours.

Happy Monday!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Brownie Showdown

One of the best parts of writing for your own blog is that you  get to take self proclaimed vacations whenever the wind blows the right way. Kind of like the past month. And that's all I'll say about my mysterious disappearance.....
But I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaackkkk.

And I come bearing brownies! 

A few weeks ago, the CSB household had a sort of brownie showdown. It was a mess. Chocolate everywhere. Kidding, kidding. As I've mentioned before, I have some sort of ADHD when it comes to recipes. I can be perfectly happy, baking my favorite brownies day in and day out, when along comes a new recipe. And it becomes like a niggling worm in my brain whispering "Try me...I might be better than your tried and true favorite recipe." So I listened to that niggling worm. Which if I even paid attention to the results of past niggling worms, I would have remembered that its never a good idea to listen to niggling worms. Never. But I did, ok? So here's what we had:

King Arthur Brownies
Sweetheart of Pinterest, hogging everyone's brownie boards=Niggling worm planted in my brain. Best Brownies: 
My tried and true favorite recipe. And yep, still my favorite recipe.

So the results: Although I have seen the King Arthur brownies all over the food blogging world, Best Brownies won hands down. Here's my take on each recipe:

King Arthur Brownies: While they had a great flavor, the texture was not what I would want in a perfect, everyday brownie. I think they would be perfect for the bottom of some sort of brownie bar, with a peanut butter or caramel filling, but stand alone they were just too dry and crumbly. Best Brownies: I know everyone has different expectations when it comes to perfect brownies, but these were, and still are, perfect for `moi. They have the perfect density- fudgey, but still dense. You can slice them, but not dry. And you whip them up in one bowl in about 42 seconds.

Sorry King Arthur! Better luck next time!!

If you don't believe me, or you are just the type of person who has to test things out for yourself, you can find the recipes here:

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