On Bake Sale Fun

The Arkansas Food Blogger Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry was a wonderful success! 

(with a side of fun and a sugar rush!)
The grand total of $2000 was achieved (DOUBLE last year’s total!) 
and you can still contribute here!
Did you know that Arkansas is #1 for Childhood Hunger?  
My Momma’s Brownies on Display!
Momma’s Brownies Up-Close and Personal
Just a few of the Lovely Bloggers Who Participated! 

And here are just a few recipes from the sale:

It was so great to meet up with some of my bloggy friends I’d met at AWBU last year and some I’ve never met but have wanted to! What a great group of people who love food! 
A big “Thank You” to Christie (AKA Fancy Pants Foodie) for organizing everything.  You rock!

Momma’s Brownies

For the Arkansas Food Blogger Bake Sale this past weekend
my momma was kind enough 
(as she always is)
to make me some brownies!  
(Thanks mom!)

Now my momma’s brownies are by far the best brownies around.
(And I might fight ya if you say otherwise!)
She uses the recipe from the 1963 Betty Crocker Cooky Book (one of the best cookbooks I own BTW)
and I’m not sure why but even when I follow the same recipe mine are not quite as delectable.
(She must do something secret I’m not aware of…)

Here is that recipe:

Brownies from the Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book 
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate (4 oz)
2/3 cup of shortening
2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350.
Grease a 13″ x 9″ x 2″ pan.
Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat.
Beat in sugar and eggs.
Blend flour, baking powder, and salt and stir in.
Mix in nuts.
Spread in pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
Cut into bars!

Mom’s Brownies on Display!

Brownies Anyone?

Come on down and get some goodies
TOMORROW from 9AM- 2PM!!
at the 
Argenta Farmer’s Market, 
Main Street- North Little Rock!
All proceeds go to NO KID HUNGRY 
to help fight childhood hunger in the U.S.!
Arkansas food bloggers raised $1000 last year and we hope to top that this year!
My momma has made her fantastically marvelous, special, nutty brownies 
for the occasion and I can tell you you won’t be disappointed!  

Can’t make it (maybe because you don’t live nearby?)
You can still help fight childhood hunger by 
donating on this secure site!
  • $35 can help a child care center begin
    providing free after-school snacks and supper to at-risk children
  • $65 can provide a grab-n-go cart to an
    elementary school making it possible to provide free nutritious
    breakfast for all their students as they enter their classrooms
  • $100 can help provide 25 children facing hunger with backpacks full
    of healthy food over the weekends and holidays when school meals are


Change in the form of chocolate?

Recipes and Ruts-
Seems we all seem to get in them, don’t we?
I know I have my favorite recipe for something and don’t vary from it- mainly where baking is concerned. (Honestly I’m not one to actually follow a recipe otherwise- such the rebel, eh?)

For example:


I adore chocolate, and brownies… can you get any better than one straight out of the oven with a cool glass of milk? (Chocolate chip cookies come in a close second in my book.) The ultimate comfort food.

I use two recipes for brownies normally. The “Fudge Brownie” recipe that makes a small glass square pan (so I won’t eat more) from BHG’s “New Cook Book” from 1989,

The old time Betty Crocker’s “Cooky Book” recipe from the 1963 edition (mom uses this one.)
It makes a 9×13″ glass pan so I only do that one when I know the kids will devour most of them before I do.

Last night I had a brownie craving and made the BC recipe in (gasp) my Pampered Chef jelly roll stone pan! And… I iced them! The kids were in shock this morning when I revealed them.

“But these don’t look like brownies, mom.”
“These are different.”

Sometimes change is good I think. The pan is a third gone already!