Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Color Challenge 174 - Groovy Banana Chips

I absolutely fell in love with the color challenge colors of the day on Splitcoaststampers - Groovy Guava, Barely Banana and Chocolate Chip! I am sad that this did not photograph better -- the chocolate paper actually has a fine prints in light brown on it, which looks really cool in real life. Also, I colored the table, the chair, and the word "together" with luminarte twinkling H2O's in buttercup. They are shimmery in real life. I have not used my H2O's for a long time, so it was fun to pull them out and play a bit. The groovy guava dress is paper pieced. It's a rather simple layout with few layers and no sewing *faints*, but I think it turned out pretty! Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!!

I made some delicious brownies yesterday, so I am going to post that recipe for you all to enjoy! They were a prize winning recipe in Taste of Home and the frosting on them is absolutely to die for! Be sure to stop by and visit again soon!

Stamps: Hanna Cafe, Studio G - Hampton Arts - Sentiment Set purchased at Michaels. Paper: Barely Banana, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Imaginisce- Moroccan Chic Ink: Versafine Onxy Black Accessories: Brown brads, Luminarte Twinkling H2O's - Buttercup, Aquapainter, Prismacolor Pencils, Sansodor, Blending stumps, banana ribbon, SU circle punches {1 3/8 and 1 1/4}

(By Sue Soderlund courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine)


1 cup butter plus 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
3/4 cup baking cocoa
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

6 tbsp butter, softened
2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 to 1/3 cup milk

In a saucepan, melt butter. Remove from the heat. Stir in cocoa; cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture. Mix well.
Spread in a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (being careful not to overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
For Frosting: in a mixing bowl, cream butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Add enough milk until the frosting achieves desired spreading consistency. Spread over brownies. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen


JenMarie said...

Oh how very adorable!!

Savor the Journey * TexasGrammy said...

Wow! I love that suntan color on Hanna! And what a cook you are, Ms. Manda!! I pale in comparison!


stampinc said...

Your brownies sounds so good. I just love your card. Great layout and the colors are awesome together.

Mandy said...

Looks great! The coloring on the hair is just PERFECT!

Tracy said...

This is adorable! Thanks for the brownie recipe too!