Tip of the Day: Got some white clothes you just can’t get white enough? Add regular plain white vinegar to the wash and watch the white come to life! I typically wash the clothes a second time without the vinegar in the second round just because it can leave a vinegar-ish scent on the fabrics, that or add tons of fabric softener and dryer sheets to get the smell away, mostly ’cause I hate the way vinegar smells, if it doesn’t bother you the clothes will air out quickly if you just let it hang around for a little while before use.
“I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up”
Ever had a song that you just can’t stop listening to? I’m having that kind of day. I got my first paycheck from my new job and decided I was going to splurge on myself. I drove my little Corolla to Walmart and picked up the latest Jason Mraz CD. I AM IN LOVE! First off it has the song, “I Won’t Give Up“ on it and lets say its been on repeat for awhile now, second the whole CD is awesome. Not to sound like I’m some kind of crazed fan, but this guy sounds like prince charming, I would totally leave my hubs for him!….Just kidding. Kinda.
Needless to say life is forever a changing thing, and mine is no exception. My husband started school, is working, I’m working, and being full time mommy. I find myself running around to work, sitter, play dates, doctors appointments, speech therapy, and finally back home. By no means am I complaining, I love my kiddos and hubs but man oh man, never realized just how much really goes into all of this until I found myself here. You never want to admit your parents, or elders were right but sometimes you have to take a break from pride and admit it.
With all of life going on it is hard to find time to do things that I enjoy just for me but I try very hard to make it happen. And what do I enjoy you ask? First and foremost, baking. Oh how I love to bake. In no way does this me I’m actually good at it, but I sure as heck love doing it. So after today, my last day of work for the week and getting some no so exciting news from the hubs, I decided its time to bake. I tired to find the most “healthy” brownies but I mean really?! Healthy brownies, that’s like asking for a non-alcoholic beer, what is the point!? And yes I know what you’re thinking, and yes they do make non-alcoholic beer, I guess for the pregos that just can’t kick the bottle, honestly I don’t get it but anyways….. Like I was saying I did attempt to make “healthy” brownies by making Gluten-Free brownies and by using as natural of products to make as I could find.
I would also like to just mention this little fact, just ’cause it makes me giggle. My son is two, almost three (in August) and he is just like a puppy! You know how a dog gets excited if you move his food bowl or he hears you rattling the dog food? My son is the same exact way with my mixer. He hears it come on and he is pacing in the kitchen waiting to see what treat I have worked up for him. I love my stinker.
Gluten Free Brownies
You will need:
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup all purpose gluten-free flour mix**
1/4 cup amaranth flour**
8 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa
1/2 teaspoon guar gum OR xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
**If you prefer you can remove the 1/4 cup amaranth flour
and substitute 1 cup of all purpose
gluten-free flour mix instead, I have had great results with both ways.
Preheat oven to 325°F
Line your pan of choice with parchment and grease with butter or lightly coat with baking spray.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and mix until they are well incorporated.
Place dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk until blended,
will look like a light brown-ish color by the time you finish.
Add the dry ingredients and mix just until well combined.
Spread brownie batter in prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until done.
Take caution to not over bake the brownies, that’s when you get tough and crumbly brownies.
Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting.
Cut. Serve. Enjoy!
(This recipe was modified from a few trial and errors and
is strictly my own and I am no professional,
but by all means share away!)