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Best Ever Brownies

I make brownies from scratch. I heard there’s another way to make them….something about a box….but, no, in our house they are made from scratch. The recipe is quick and easy and if you cook at all, you likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen already.

Here’s my full recipe, complete with detailed pictures:

Melt 2 sticks of butter or margarine:

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To the melted butter, add 2/3 cup powdered baking cocoa:

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To that, add 2 cups granulated sugar:

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Next, add 4 eggs:

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Then 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Mine is home made, I reused a store bottle:

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Mix all that together, then add 1 cup all-purpose flour:

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Then 1 teaspoon baking soda:

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And, finally, one heaping cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips:

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Mix well and pour into a 9 x 13″ baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray:

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Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour:

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Enjoy warm from the oven or cooled!

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Happy Baking!



French Onion Soup

My husband and I love French Onion Soup, yet I’d never made it at home. I thought it was high time I did, so I found a recipe on the internet and got started.  I soon abandoned the internet recipe, it was bland, and made the recipe my own. 

I started with 3 large yellow onions:


I sliced them thinly:


Then I peeled 2 large cloves of garlic:


Added the onions to a large skillet with 2 Tbsps of butter, then minced the garlic into the onions:


I let the onions and garlic cook down a bit…..



I then added salt and  fresh ground pepper:


In the meantime, while the onions cooked down, I got out my crock pot, sprayed it with cooking spray, and turned it on high:



Well, the picture shows it on low, but I changed the setting to high.

When the onions were nice and brown, I put them in the crock pot and added one 32 oz box of beef broth and 3 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce, along with a little more salt and pepper. 



I walked away and let that cook for about 3.5 hours, adding salt, pepper and extra worcestershire sauce as needed, then served in ramekins with large, toasted croutons I made from a loaf of French bread, and shredded mozzarella cheese.  I broiled the final product and served hot out of the oven:



My hubby said it was fantastic!  I loved it, too!  The kids weren’t interested.  The only thing I might do differently is use beef stock instead of beef broth, as stock has deeper flavor.

Let me know if you try this, I’d love to know how it turns out for you.