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Thin Mint Cake Brownies

Thin Mint Cake Brownies

Last week I was driving around town looking for girl scout cookies. It was a weekday and I couldn’t find them anywhere!!
Then the weekend came… girl scouts on every corner and at every grocery store.
I must say thank you… because I really wanted to make these Thin Mint Cake Brownies.

I love girl scout cookies. Thin mints are my favorite. These thin mint brownies…are the ultimate brownie!

Here is the recipe:

Thin Mint Cake Brownies

By Carrie Perrins

1 devils food cake mix
1 small box cook n’ serve chocolate pudding (not the instant)
½ bag dark chocolate and mint chocolate chips
½ tsp. peppermint extract
1 sleeve of thin mints girl scout cookies crushed

Cook the pudding according to the directions on the package, let cool. Add dry cake mix to the pudding mix and add some of the chocolate chips and extract.
Mix thoroughly. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top, if desired.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle crushed thin mints over brownies.

I love cake brownies. I had a good friend growing up that her mom made the best cake brownies on the planet. It brings back so many wonderful memories.  Her is a family favorite secret recipe that is not to be shared. This is not that recipe… but still very very close! I hope to someday create those type of memories with my girls.

Now… I know that there are a dozen or more of thin mint brownies all over Pinterest and floating around the web. This recipe is my favorite!  This is the one I created and wanted to share with you.

This one has double the mint with the chocolate chips and extract… but it is not overpowering. 

This girl scout cookie season doesn’t last very long. Soon the girls may not be on the corner of every grocery store… do yourself a favor buy a box of thin mints and go make these brownies. Maybe even buy two and store one in the freezer for later.

You will be in mint heaven.
I have loved the sign created for your doors…. no soliciting unless you are selling thin mints. Have you seen that one??
I love it!


Glazed Orange Muffins

Glazed Orange Muffins

Do you love oranges??
I do!
I have muffin for you today.

Glazed Orange Muffins.

This muffin is a sweet muffin. It is topped with cinnamon and sugar and a orange glaze. It gives it a crunchy yet sweet taste. It is really delicious. It almost tastes like orange rolls, which I love!
When I was putting together the perfect cinnamon and sugar mixture this past week, I wanted to make some cinnamon roll muffins. However, I decided to  make these instead. I topped them with the perfect cinnamon and sugar mixture and a orange glaze.


Here is the recipe:

Glazed Orange Muffins

By Carrie Perrins
*adapted and slightly changed from Betty Crocker’s New American Cooking

1 egg
¾ cup milk
⅓ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ tsp. salt
3 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Orange Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. finely shredded orange peel
2-3 Tbsp. orange juice
Mix until smooth. 
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper cups. 
2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg, stir in milk, oil, and honey. 
3. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until the flour is moistened. (batter will be lumpy)
4. Fill muffin cups. 
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. 
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 
7. Remove from oven and pan immediately and put on wire rack to cool. 
8. Pour Orange Glaze over muffins. 
**I sprinkled The Perfect Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture on the top just before I put them in the oven.**
While muffins are baking… mix up the Orange Glaze. Set aside.
Once you have pulled the muffins out of the oven and pan, pour orange glaze over each muffin. 
Serve immediately. 
Makes 12 Muffins. 
These Glazed Orange Muffins are wholesome muffins, using moderate use of salt, sugar and fats. 
They are dense, yet delicious. 

Oranges… here in Arizona citrus is always in an abundance. Friends and neighbors…. willing give them away for free.  I used one medium orange to make these Glazed Orange Muffins. I finely shredded the peel, and then freshly squeezed the juice to use in the recipe and glaze.
It tastes like orange heaven.

I hope your Muffin Muffin is glazed with orange happiness!!


The Perfect Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture

The Perfect Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture

I like to have cinnamon and sugar on hand for many reasons. 
Cinnamon toast. 
I ran out this week and had to make some more. So… I thought I would share the perfect cinnamon and sugar mixture with you. 
After much research and testing this recipe out for quite some time… I think it is a winner!!

The Perfect Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture

By Carrie Perrins
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon plus 2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine in bowl. 
I like to get these jars from the dollar store and fill it up and then I store it in my cupboard. 
I really believe the is the best mixture. It is the perfect amount of sugar to cinnamon ratio. 
I made some homemade bread yesterday and sprinkled some of this on it… and oh boy… it was good! 

What would you use it on??


Happy Blogiversary

Happy Blogiversary

Happy Blogiversary to 3595!!
Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary!
It is both!
I started this blog of mine on February 27, 2013 with this first post.
Ro-Tel Cheese Dip.
My blog has come a long way since this first post… and it is because of you all my faithful friends and followers. 
I am grateful to each one of you who have viewed my blog this past year. It means so much to me!
I do this because I love to try new recipes, make crafts, etc. I do this because it is fun. 
Now… I had no idea when I started this blog what it would take to have a blog. In fact… I am still learning so much. 
Bloggers put so much time, energy, effort, skill, and craftiness into their blogs. It isn’t easy… and so to all my fellow bloggers… thanks so much for all you have inspired me to a be and to become! I truly admire your work, your creativity, your awesomeness!!
This last year has brought many new adventures, new recipes, and new friends. I have loved meeting all the crafty people out there.
I have not pushed my blog. I rarely join the link parties. I do this because I hope that my friends and family will follow along and come to my blog as a resource for their needs and maybe some inspiration for them and their families. I hope this will be the case for you too!

I want to share with you My top 5 posts of this past year they are…

5. How to treat lice- Home Remedies..

4. Bandana Wreath

3. Mother’s Day Mod Podge Canvas Photos

2. How to Boil Corn on the Cob.

And my number one post of all time…

1. Chick-fil-A CopyCat Peach Milkshake with over 5000 pageviews!

I think back about each one of these posts… and I still can picture the idea or creativity coming to me and me blogging about it and sharing it.

A few other things about blogging…

I am not a professional baker or cook.
I am not a professional writer or speller for that matter.
I am not a professional photographer.
I am not a professional website designer.
I am not a professional graphic designer.
I am not a professional blogger.

BUT… I am a blogger who loves what I do. I am learning new skills. I am learning soooo many things.
I really hope to keep it up. I hope to grow. I hope to meet new friends. I hope to try and share several new recipes, crafts, and home projects.

I just wanted to share some statistics with you as well

I have had over 71,000 pageviews. 

208 –the total number of posts as of today.

412- followers on Pinterest

77- followers of Facebook

230- followers on Instagram

187- followers on Google+

For my first year… I couldn’t be more happier.  It is not all about the numbers right?? Right!!

I really do hope that you come follow along this blogging journey of mine.

In honor of this blogiversary or birthday… I am doing my second ever giveaway!

A $100 dollar gift card to Chick-fil-A.

Isn’t that only appropriate since… that is my number one post!
I think so!!

** The gift cards are donated by me personally and not Chick-fil-A. That means they may come in several increments… such as a $25 dollar gift card or a $50 dollar gift card or whatever I deem necessary for this giveaway.***

The rules are simple..

  • you must be 18 years and older
  • I reserve the rights to disqualify any entries. 
  • The Winner will be contacted by email and will have only 12 hours to respond. If no response is given, another winner will be chosen. 
  • I reserve the right to end, extend, change, this giveaway without any reason and without any prior notice. 

For your entry you must enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You have a little over one week. I will close this giveaway on March 15, 2014 at 12 am.

Good Luck!

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March Book Club

March Book Club

February has come and gone.
March is here.
March Madness.
I love reading. I haven’t had a whole lot of free time lately and so I am not getting in my reading time. My daughter Bo (who is 11) on the other hand has found a new favorite series… and I can’t seem to get her “out” of the books. That is all she talks about. I love it!
The series she is reading is … The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

(Photo Courtesy of GoodReads)

She is also stuck on this series as well… The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan.

She has loved both of these series!! She is loving this author and has retold me the stories quite often.
Well… I haven’t read any of these books. I am not sure I will either, but at least my daughter loves them.

Onto this month’s book:

March’s  Book: 
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
(Photo Courtesy of GoodReads)
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah’s voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood–the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers–Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah–the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women’s society. (Courtesy of GOODREADS)

I am choosing this book for two reasons. One is that I actually have a great great grandmother named Dinah. Two… because I am reading the bible and I am at this part in the Book of Genesis. 

Or… this just has such high recommendations. I really want to read it. 

I have decided to choose another book for March. I started reading this book The Red Tent. I am 33 pages into the book and I believe it is too sexually explicit. This author has shared the stories of the wives of Jacob, however it is not appropriate to have the entire novel or at least the first half of the novel based on their sexual lives. It was way to much for me!!  You may read it and feel different, however I cannot continue reading this novel. 

I have chosen to read another book for the Month of March… 

God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert. 

I wish to apologize. The recommendations for The Red Tent were high… but for me not high enough to finish the novel. 

I will most my review of my new choice on my Facebook account on April 7, 2014. 

Happy Reading-