Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s day!! I’m hoping you’re having a great day, we are freezing here but that won’t stop us from celebrating!! We started our day with an avocado toast, smoked sausage and fruit, of course the toast had a heart-shaped over easy egg in the middle, I’ve been seeing these heart-shaped toasts on Pinterest for a while and thought today was a good day to try them.

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My hubby surprised me with Godiva chocolate truffles and flowers, two of my favorite things in the whole world!! Godiva chocolate truffles may be a little pricey but they are totally worth it. I gave him his present yesterday, it was impossible to make it a surprise since our apartment smelled like chocolate heaven, I baked him English toffee and sea salt brownies, we’re having a sugar overload this weekend but it’s ok, it’s Valentine’s!!

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If you’re still looking for a dessert recipe to make today, these brownies are the answer, not only they’re delicious but they’re really easy to make and most of the ingredients might already be in your pantry.

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You’ll need 1/2 cup of butter, 1 cup of white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of baking powder, 3/4 cup of Heath bits and 1 tsp of sea salt.

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The secret for chewy brownies is mixing everything by hand, that way you won’t overmix the eggs and the batter won’t get too much air. Let’s start! Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan, I like to use the remaining butter stuck to the paper wrap to grease my pans, that way you don’t waste anything!!

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a pan or a dutch oven melt the butter over medium high. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract,1 cup of sugar.

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Add 2 eggs and stir quickly before the eggs start to cook. Follow with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.

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Then add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking powder and gently fold. Finally add 3/4 cup of Heath bits.

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Pour batter into prepared pan and tap it against the counter a couple of times to spread evenly the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of sea salt.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes, cut and enjoy!!!

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These brownies turned out SO good, I’m having one as I’m writing this post, you know for inspiration, lol!! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s, we had dinner plans to go out for sushi but tonight’s forecast is -20 degrees F, we’re having second thoughts about it. Have a great weekend!!

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English Toffee and Sea Salt Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of Heath bits
  • 1 tsp of sea salt

Directions

  1. Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a pan or a dutch oven melt the butter over medium high. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract,1 cup of sugar.
  3. Add 2 eggs and stir quickly before the eggs start to cook. Follow with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.
  4. Then add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking powder and gently fold. Finally add 3/4 cup of Heath bits.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and tap it against the counter a couple of times to spread evenly the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of sea salt.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes, cut and enjoy!!!

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Santa Claus is coming to town!!!

I’m so excited about Christmas!! Who isn’t? I know this could be an overwhelming week between cooking and shopping for last minute presents, but forget about that and give yourself a moment to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!!! (I’ve been watching Ellen, she’s the best!!)

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I’ve been living under a rock!! Last week I started using Pinterest (shame on me) and I want to kill myself for not starting before. I’m obsessed with it, there are so many ideas and I wanted to share with you the ones that I liked the most:

Best everyday tip: Everybody needs to know how to jump start a car, especially at this time of the year when snow and low temperatures can make your battery die. I had no idea there was a specific way to connect the cables and if you don’t follow them, your battery could explode. Not cool.

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Best decorating tip: I love crafting!! I don’t do it as often as I’d like but I really admire people that come up with ideas like this:

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Best winter outfit: I’m still not used to winter, so finding outfits that will keep me warm and make me look cute is a challenge. This outfit is definitely my style.

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Those are a few of my favorite pins, to see more you can follow me on Pinterest, not sure how, but this is my username: SweetSaltyThoughts, if you can’t find me let me know and please share your wisdom with a Pinterest newbie like me.

I’ve been wanting to share this Sugar Cookie recipe for a while, and what better time than Christmas. These cookies are perfect! The recipe will make 24 medium cookies or 12 big ones, our perfect size.

Chewy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter and 2 tablespoons
3/4 cup white sugar, plus more for rolling
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

In a different bowl, cream the butter. Then add the sugar and mix until smooth. Beat in an egg and vanilla.

At this point I like to switch my mixer for a wooden spoon. Pour half of your dry ingredients into the butter mixture and blend slowly, then add the other half and be careful of over stirring.

If you don’t have a dough scoop like me, use your ice cream scoop to roll dough into balls, then toss them in a bowl of sugar until well covered and place onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are golden. I’ve learned that baking is a little about intuition, so make sure to use yours, it takes some practice but you’ll get there.

After you’ve taken cookies out of the oven let them rest two minutes to cool down.

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I put some chocolate chips in a couple of cookies because I was in the mood for some chocolate (ok I’m always in the mood for chocolate).

I hope you enjoy these cookies!!