Christmas Baking

Sort of.  As I was scrolling through my moisturizer catalog the other day….what? a recipe for brownies in a make-up catalog?  It completely amazes me how everybody has to get in the “act” with just about everything.  I don’t see what this has to do with a cosmetic company – kinda scary, actually.  But, there was recipe, looked good; I love olive oil use instead of butter and since I can’t eat brownies because the butter/sugar/chocolate combo puts me into the sick as a dog zone within minutes I usually don’t make them or I put them in the freezer for Paul in daily bites packages.  But these…..I haven’t tasted better and they are easy and for some reason don’t make me sick.  The only change is no butter, more chocolate perhaps, less sugar?



Preheat oven to 350.  Oil a 8×8″ pan

5 oz. dark chocolate  (I only use a 65-75% cocobutter chocolate, same one for glazing cakes, etc.) melted

1/2 C. white sugar

1/2 C. brown sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 C. Olive oil

1/3 C. whole wheat flour (my change)

2/3 C. white flour

1/2 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Drost is nice)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 C. chopped walnuts or more

Mix the wet, add your dry, bake 1/2 hour.  fini

They really are delicious.  I wish I had used peppermint oil instead of vanilla and drizzled peppermint glaze on them but then I would eat some so probably not a good idea.  I just put them in the freezer to get rid of them.

Yesterday I was expecting to go to a party in the evening so I made a pile of tiny cookies to take.  Zillions of little men.  I made a light glaze to brush them with when they came out of the oven then later on added the decoration.  They are so tiny I didn’t want to clutter them up.  So yummy, one little man = just 1/10th. of a real cookie, yes?  These I had to package up quickly as they were soo soooo nice with tea!  We get to the party…’s outside they light a tree… moves inside for refreshments…..Paul heads for the car.  That was enough socialization for him – all 15 minutes of it – cookies went into the freezer when we got home.  You may wonder?  I have 4 freezers downstairs and one kitchen one upstairs plus the fall back of the apartment freezer.  Any food shortage out there at anytime, come here, we’re stocked.  Some people collect shoes.

gingerbread men

In between fat makings Luna and I walk the beach these days.  Low tide has been at a good time so off we go…… She absolutely loves going and becomes a puppy again for the whole hour.  It’s real nice!


I love the rock pools.  She flies along, in and out of the water with a look of supreme happiness.  Luna is a smiley dog all the time anyway but this is an extra boost.  I’ve never been a beach walker as usually there are far too many people here in Vacationland but during these months, we have it all to ourselves.  It couldn’t be prettier.

Some other productive happenings around here when I’m not baking:

I’m finally weaving those baby blankets for Ruth’s friends infants ….. both girls.

rose:pink weaving

And, some mitts.  This was a case of I ordered some yarn, apparently it was backordered for a long time then it arrived – I don’t even remember ordering it but I get those impulse moments when I see some stuff and it happens!  What to do with two skeins of a fairly thick yarn??? I went onto ravelry (I love this site, a knitting & weaving site) put in the yarn to see what others are making with the same and came up with some mitts.  We like mitts; each one takes a few episodes of whatever is on tv that night – These are my Prison Break mitts.  My sons girlfriend, Allie, told me I’d love it, good knitting show – yiiiikes, I love it, great knitting show as was The Palace and Damages.


So, fingerless mitts.  They are kind of heavy and fit my husband but I like them too, warm and roomy with lots of cuff action.




One thought on “Christmas Baking

  1. Marji says:

    Great post Carla, funny as usual, great beach photo, I agree this is our time for the beach. I can’t believe you found that brownie recipe in the DHC catalog. Weird. With brownies you get beauty. I had a brief memory relapse when I saw the gingerbread men…..


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