Butterscotch Brownies – baking instead of buying!

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So we all know impulse buys, right? It is not only me? You should never go and shop while you’re hungry and you should especially never visit the baking aisle without having a vague idea of what you want to bake and what you need for it. If you ignore all the good advice you end up like me, with a bag of butterscotch chips and no idea what to make of it.

In my search for the perfect and deserving butterscotch “something” I ended up on one of my favorite blogs: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Over time I have tried a lot of her recipes and they were almost always excellent so I went for it.

On a sidenote: These Brownie Bars were made for the man in my life to take to work last Saturday because I firmly believe that when you have to work on a Saturday you should at least get cake, or cookies, or brownies, or cupcakes – or all of the above. The remainder was then taken to my workplace, so these bars have been taste-tested by roughly 30 people and all of them asked for more 🙂

I will probably adapt the frosting next time, I did not follow the instructions completely so I can’t blame Mel, but my frosting did not harden as well as expected. I waited a couple of hours and then decided to spread it on the cake and let it rest overnight in the fridge.

Bad idea, don’t do that. Do what Mel tells you to. My frosting ran off the cake and left me with a thin layer on top and a pool of frosting on the bottom of my pan. But as you can see in the picture: Made it work and it was well received!

Please also take a look at my adorable Easter decorations! I will tell you all about these in a separate post 🙂

Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe – Butterscotch Brownie Bars

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Button Originals: 5-a-day Smoothie

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To be clear: Smoothies are for the lazy! Yes, you heard me. If you have blender it should really take you a total of 2 – 5 minutes to make a Smoothie and clean up after yourself. If you are not convinced about this, ask Anna and you will find a quick and easy way to clean your blender!

So back on track: Smoothies are for the lazy. You can basically throw in all the fruit and vegetables you are supposed to eat, mix them with some liquid and you are good to go! I mainly make them in the afternoon because I need something savoury in the mornings but it would also give you a great start in the day! This is a recipe I just invented and will definitely make more often in the near future.

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5 a day Smoothie
(makes 1 large glass)

  • 1 cup of frozen fruit (I used strawberry, apple, berry mix)
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons granola or müsli (I used my homemade Granola from the BBC GoodFood website)
  • 1 cup of Vanilla soy milk
  • 1/3 cup apple juice

Directions:

    1. Blend all ingredients together smoothly, add some more apple juice when the mixture is too thick and your blender does not rotate properly.
    2. Serve in a large glass with a straw 🙂

ZIP IT!