Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today I took a little break from gardening to play in the kitchen. Not only did I have a hankerin' to bake something, but I decided it should be chocolate. Brownies. I found a recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that fit the bill nicely - I already had all of the ingredients on hand.
I also got the opportunity to play with a toy Hubby gave me at Christmas - a Broom Cake tester.
Just break off a straw and insert in the middle of your cake.
If it comes out clean, the cake is done.
If brownies are good, then brownies with frosting are even better . . . right? Chocolate cream cheese frosting, that is.
Sorry Harper, this is not a doggy treat. Don't worry we'll find her a suitable snack.
When I said there was no gardening today, I only meant outside. In the kitchen windowsill, I found a little sprout poking through the soil.
Can you see that teeny tiny little green sprig? It is supposed to grow into a Christmas tree. It will probably be a long time before I have a nice, full 6-foot tree to decorate at the holidays. But I can wait.
Speaking of holidays -Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. I'm off to frost the cake, then lick the spoon.

21 comments:

Melinda said...

I have one of the little broom cake testers and have used it for 14 years. It still has many more years of usage left. I really like mine and use it regularly. I hope you have fund with yours.

Catherine said...

Mmmm -- I can almost smell those brownies!! They look delicious!

KCQuilter said...

MMMMMM....frosted brownies! Now you're talking!

Connie W said...

Oh Yummm, that sounds so tasty!

Chocolate Cat said...

Chocolate brownies - yum!! I love your broom cake tester. We have a little plastic chef on top of a metal tester who is one of our favorite gadgets in the kitchen, even has a special spot to live!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I love the broom straw cake tester, that cake looks yummy, Libby! I think growing your own tree is a great idea... gives you a long time to look forward to it's glowing beauty, too! ;)

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Libby--I just love the look on Harpers face and his tongue is just so cute!!!! Thank you for visiting my blogsite and you must stop back as i won a blog makeover from Jan at Rose Haven and she installed it earlier today--it's me--totally country!! Have a great day--Just, Di

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh--I forgot to tell you Libby--I have a very old cake tester that is metal. it has a red painted ring at the top of it and a thin long metal rod coming down from that, that you poke into the cake to see if it is done--I just love it and always use it when i bake!!!!! Just Di

Stephanie D. said...

Pretty cute idea, that broom tester! Actually, the brownies are a pretty good idea, too. Not to mention the cake. Did you make it chocolate mint for St. Paddy's day?

And to continue the chocolate theme, my verification word is "malteds". Yum!

Beth said...

I had to chuckle over the little broom cake tester. I remember when I was a kid, whenever mom baked, we'd just get the household broom and pluck out one of the bristles and use the "clean" end to test our cakes. A toothpick works good too.

Julia said...

Hellooo!! I am trying to diet here, Libby!! LOL

My mother always had a special broom just for this purpose. Thanks for the memories!

What kind of tree are you growing? A pine tree?

Candace said...

What a fun toy, Libby! Not only is it unique and a great decoration for your kitchen, but useful! Those brownies look wonderful!
And you'll be surprised how quickly your tree will grow! You can bring it in during the holidays for a tabletop tree while its growing up!
Cheers!

Karen said...

Hope you haven't been sweeping the floor with that little broom! I use a toothpick for testing cake for doneness.
You will have to post progress of the Christmas tree every now & then so we can see how long it takes to get to a size before you decorate it.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Those brownies looked wonderful.I love the little tin... it spoke to me...truly. Love the latest additions to the quilt pile.They are wonderful.I so need to finish something for spring...before summer gets here!

Screen Door said...

My Mom does the same test.. I remember!!! Harper's looking good.

Carol said...

Oh yum...I'm on my way for frosted brownies...tell Harper I'll bring a special treat. Love your little sprout.

Cathi said...

We weren't so fancy at our house, we used toothpicks! And I had to go and read this post before breakfast!!! Off to get my yogurt.

ROZ said...

I'll have a piece, no make that two pieces.

sewprimitive karen said...

Good heavens, you're growing a Christmas tree? Keep us posted :-). Amazing that you caught that Harper tongue exactly right !

Guðrún said...

Mmmmmmmmm, looks great. How many years until the Christmas tree will be ready?

Quilts And Pieces said...

That broom cake tester is too fun! Looks like Harper got something that dropped on the floor if you ask me!