Ohh so Goody, Fudgy Brownies Recipe
A friend requested me to bake some brownies for her post birthday “Desserts and Makeup” celebration last weekend. It has been a while since I baked a batch so I’m happy that it turned out good. Rich, fudgy, yummy!
The secret to a dense, fudgy brownies is underbaking. Just as you start to smell the chocolatey aroma, or when the sides are already forming a crust, it’s time to check for doneness. If the toothpick inserted is no longer wet or gooey, pull them out in the oven immediately and place the pan on a tub of ice (just make sure the brownies will not get wet) or chuck it into the freezer to cool it down fast. That way, the brownies will be fudgy and you get to eat them right away! Coz, who likes waiting, right?
So, to make, here’s the recipe:
3/4 cup Ghirardelli ground chocolate
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 organic eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon The Vanilla Co. vanilla extract
1/2 cup Elle & Vire butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, stir eggs with sugar and vanilla; add melted butter.
Sift all the dry ingredients together: Ghirardelli ground chocolate, flour, baking powder and salt.
Stir into egg mixture; add nuts.
Spread into greased 8 inch square pan.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes. As mentioned above, check for doneness when you see the sides forming a crust.
Insert a toothpick. If the batter is no longer gooey, take it out of the oven and place on top of a tub of ice or inside the freezer right away.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!Read More
Green Cleaning DIY: Lemon Vinegar All-Purpose Liquid / Disinsfectant
Lemon and vinegar are safe, natural and effective all-purpose cleanser and disinfectant. You can use either as both has high acidity, but combined, they carry a powerful punch in killing most of the bacteria in your house, particularly in the dirtiest part of your home: the kitchen and the bathroom.
It’s very easy to make and very economical, there’s no need to spend a lot for different kinds of cleansers that mostly are just harmful to us as well as the environment.
Here’s the step by step:
As much as possible, I try to reuse and repurpose things. I actually have quite a collection of different bottles and jars of Sola, Starbucks and even baby food jars.
Step 5: Let the concoction sit for several days before using and shake once in a while.
You may opt to transfer the liquid to a spray bottle if you have, just leave the lemon peels in the bottle and refill again with vinegar.
To use: Spray on surfaces and air dry or you may use a sponge and wipe to clean and disinfect. If areas like the sink / kitchen counters or floors need a bit of scrubbing, you may use a hot, soapy water first to clean and then finish off with the lemon vinegar to disinfect.
- As fruits and vegetable rinse. In a bowl, pour a capful of lemon vinegar. Let sit for at not more than 3 minutes, scrub to remove wax residues (from some fruits) then rinse.
-Disinfectant for babies eating utensils that are not sterilizer-safe as well as toys. For the utensils, just add a few drops of lemon vinegar to a bowl filled with water then soak for a few minutes. For the toys, spray the solution directly (for wood or plastics only as it may stain plush toys) then wipe with a cloth.
-Toilet deodorizer. Pour a capful to get rid of smell.
-Toilet seat sanitizer.
I’m so sure you’ll love this. It will change your life! Lalo na yung mga OC maglinis or yung mga germphobic like me, ayyyyy this is for you my friend!
By the way, since this concoction is potent, you may dilute it with a little water if you wish. At pag nakalahati mo na yung bote, you can just refill again with white vinegar. Ok?
Happy cleaning!Read More
Philosophy Opens Largest Store in the Philippines!
Philosophy officially opened it’s doors last February 11 at the uber posh SM Megamall Fashion Hall.
Oh, how I’ve missed you Philosophy!
I was heartbroken when Beauty Bar stopped carrying you so I’m really, really glad that you’re back now and with a bang too as you opened here the largest Philosophy Boutique in the world!
"what is in our bottles and jars inspires better skin,
what is on our bottles inspires better days.”
Not only we have the largest store, it also has a special room called the Peel Cabin which is a small, private skin spa wherein customers can be treated to a quick facial or peel using Philosophy products.
Mikki Galang of BREAK MY SPELL!
Thank you Philosophy and SM Megamall for the invite, I really had a great time!Read More
Mikimoto x Hello Kitty
In honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, Mikimoto - known to have the finest pearls in the world, collaborates with the Hello Kitty franchise for a 20 piece collection that includes Hello Kitty-themed multi-strand necklace, earrings, bangle bracelet and single strand pearl necklaces with bow available in various lengths.
The collection was launched first in Paris just this January 2014, then in Japan next. This su-purr special collection is now available in selected Mikimoto boutiques in Japan.
This multi-strand Akoya pearl necklace is the most elaborate and intricate piece - featuring the face of Hello Kitty that is highlighted with a bow made from rubies and a pair of onyx eyes.
To make it more special, it is complemented with a pair of earrings with a similar design to make a PURRRRRfect set that is priced at…. brace your heart, ¥ 29,085,000 or ($280,000)!
What can I say, our favorite feline is now officially a grown lady and thus celebrating her 40’s (which by the way is the new 30’s) in a classy, elegant way (matured na).
Way to go girl!Read More
Lauren Conrad’s Engagement (Prenup) Shoot Teaser
Lauren Conrad recently posted a teaser of their engagement photos and they’re are lovely!
Oh, I can’t wait to see the rest. I’m pretty sure they’re gonna flood Pinterest and Tumblr big time!