Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dark chocolate, Caramel- Sea Salt Skillet Brownies with Pecans

Happy Day before Friday! Hope you are all enjoying your Summer!
Ours is coming to an end
with the kids going back to school this coming Monday!
Where did the Summer go??
The girls and I are finishing up Katelyn's dresser,
an updated post is soon to follow!
Today I wanted to share with you something that has been a long time coming. My father and I had several things in common. My favorite past time when I got a little older was, over our morning coffees, we'd finish the daily crossword puzzle together. It was his love of reading that I really miss! He'd always have a book in his hand! What I remember most about my dad was
 his love for his cast-iron skillet!
 That was his baby!

To be honest, I don't remember my mother ever using it!
He'd make us one of his famous ham and cheese omelets in it!
Confession time....
I've had one, I just never use it!
That is until, I had this need for chocolate!
 It's been a busy couple of weeks,
and I haven't really made anything sweet, since the
A few other family things have been going on in the background,
my grandparents' health are declining, and
I worry about my oldest daughter being so far away from home!
That brought me back to thinking about my father!
How he was there for me when ever I needed to talk
or just be. There were some days, we would just drink our
coffee and do our cross word puzzle in peace 
without ever saying a single word.

My Daddy has been gone almost twenty years now!
 If you still have your father with you,
 give him a hug today and tell him you love him!

Holding that skillet in my hand felt pretty darn good!
A peace came over me,
or maybe it was the thought of the ooey-gooey
of that perfect dark chocolate brownie fix.
Either way, this skillet is going to be used
much more, but right now
it's baking brownies!

Dark Chocolate, Caramel-Sea Salt Brownie Skillet with Pecans (adapted from MidWest Living)

1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
6 oz dark chocolate chips
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Heat a 10x2-inch cast-iron over medium-high heat.
Toast chopped pecans in skillet for 2-3 minutes, until lightly toasted.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
3. To the pecans, add the butter and brown sugar. Just as the brown sugar is almost melted, and the butter starts to bubble, add the 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and the sea salt. Stir until the caramel is well combined, return to heat until the brown sugar is completely melted, and then remove from heat.
4. To the flour mixture, add the melted butter, eggs, heavy cream. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
Spoon over the pecans and caramel.
5. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
As always, I saved a slice for you!
Sharing this at these Fabulous Parties!
You might also like my recipe for
Nutella Brownies
If you are looking for more Brownie Loving recipes, check out this
Until next time! Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday #39

Welcome to the Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party! 
Thank you to everyone that shared their amazing projects last week!

 I am so glad you’re here and linking up and sharing your inspiration with us! If you are new to the party, this is where many bloggers can link up their favorite crafts, diy, recipes and more posts.  You will find amazing and creative projects, inspiration and DIYs.  This party is also a fantastic way to meet and make some new friends, as well as a great way to get more exposure and traffic to your website. I showcase and share many of your creative ideas on social media,  mostly Pinning and Tweeting your posts;
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This is our 39th Week since the “Oh My Heartsie Girls” Wordless Wednesday began. Our Wordless Wednesday is an opportunity for you to meet and make friends with bloggers from around the world. We are honored to have visitors from  USA, South Africa, Europe, UK, Japan, Austria,
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Co-Host Evija Roberts // From Evija with Love // DIY Beautiful Peg Frame // This is such an easy way to update an old frame and make it into a beautiful display for your photos, notes or lists.
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♥Co-Host Celeste Meredith // The Whole Serving // Strawberry & Chocolate Chia Smoothie // This Strawberry & Chocolate Chia smoothie is Guilt-free delectable goodness!!! It’s quick, simple and “Easy as Breeze” to make.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

A Week in CASL photos: July 20th- July 26th

Happy Beautiful Monday! Hope you all had a relaxing weekend! It was a very busy, fun and lovely weekend over here! There is still more getting ready for back to school 
 and painting going on over here! I didn't get a chance to capture all of this week's prompts, but here are the ones I did!

What I like about doing a Photo365, is that I get to share with you a peek into what my week has been like, and possibly a sneak peek to what next week will bring. I've tried 365 Photo or Daily photo memes several times before, and surprisingly, I am getting farther posting my photos once a week, instead of once a day. It makes a big difference, and it's really nice to look back and see a slice of my day!

July 21st~ Real...
Easy Homemade Pizza Bianco  The girls and I had a blast making homemade pizzas last week. They made pepperoni of course, and for me and my husband, this wonderful Pizza Bianco. It's easier than you think!!

July 22nd~ Fake

I would love to try and grow these 'Blue Orchids', but based on what I've read the roots are injected with blue dye, and are way overpriced! That they are basically white orchids, tinted blue! They are still gorgeous!

July 24th~ Bloom

'Luscious' rose
Here is the first bloom, from the first rose bush, in our new garden. I found it at Berridge Nurseries located in Phoenix. The staff is extremely friendly and very helpful indeed. With it being late in the year, finding roses is a challenge. At the nursery, there was still an unbelievable selection of potted roses, with many favorites. In January, the selection will be even more extensive. I'm looking forward to getting my next rose in January from them.

July 25th~ The Two of Us...

A fun day of Back to School shopping with the girls.

July 26th~ Clouds on Fire

One of the things I love most about living here in Arizona, are the incredible sunsets we have.
This was one of the prettiest I've seen. Others have had dark shades of purple, and fuschia.

Are you on Instagram? You really should be!! 
You can follow me here on Instagram

   I recently started following a photo a day prompt on #fmsphotoaday.
 Let me know if you decide to join in the fun!

Have a great rest of your week! Until next time!
xo, Christine

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