Month: November 2013

2 minute mug brownie

2 minute mug brownieJust to be responsible, I’m issuing a warning with this post. These may be a bit too good and way too easy! If you’re looking for a quick, single serving dessert that’s as yummy as it is easy, this 2 minute brownie is for you. When you’ve got an extra couple of minutes, try this:

  • Add 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt and 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa to a mug and stir with a fork or small whisk to combine and remove lumps.
  • Stir in 2 tbsp milk, coffee or water and 2 tbsp canola or other vegetable oil (not olive). Mix well until there are no lumps.
  • Microwave for 1-2 minutes checking at the 1 minute mark. Brownie will be springy on top and a fork will stand up in it when done. Let cool for a minute and enjoy – perhaps with a wee scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

2 minute mug brownieHow quick and easy was that? I’m not gonna lie to you, there are pro’s and con’s to these little ones and they’re kind of the same! You decide: easy, quick, single serve size, simple ingredients that you probably have on hand right now, rich flavor…..and yummy!

Vintage mixmaster – thrift find

Vintage mixmasterCheck out the thrifted treasure I found! It’s a mixmaster with a milk glass bowl…and it works! Part of the fun of thrift shopping for me is the hunt and another big part is discovering the history of the purchase.
Vintage mixmasterWhat we have here is the Sunbeam Mixmaster Model 12. It was made from 1957-1967 and was the longest running classic model for Sunbeam. It has 12 speeds ranging from ‘folding’ to ‘beating’ with really cute descriptions like ‘one bowl cakes’ and ‘prepared cake mixes’. I can totally imagine a newlywed homemaker starting out with one of these back in the day!
Vintage mixmasterThis gem’s been well used and has a few little dings in the finish but runs perfectly. I gave it a good cleaning with soapy water and a magic eraser then tested it out with a batch of cinnamon honey butter. It works like a charm! The only thing missing is the original full-sized bowl which I’m now on the lookout for. Such a great find and only $5!

Map lamp – an Ikea hack

ikea lamp hackThere was this dark little corner on my bookcases crying out for light. When I spotted an Ikea glass lamp at the local thrift I knew it would work perfectly. Except it didn’t. The light was way too bright and glaring, totally distracting when I tried to read or watch a movie. I hate feeling like I’ve wasted money and it was the perfect fit for the spot….so, I hacked it.
Ikea lamp,hack, beforeI photocopied a page from a vintage atlas, trimmed it to fit and wrapped it around the glass lamp. My original thought was to modge-podge it on but I actually just tacked it where the paper joins with good ole scotch tape. Now I can change the map out if I get tired of it and I haven’t ruined the lamp. Cue the angels singing here.
Ikea lamp hack, afterBonus that the lamp ties in with my globe collection and displays my home town. Seriously, I love it when a simple plan works out and that my $5 was well spent!