Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yesterday's Crafty Accomplishments

First accomplishment...

My daughter got all interested in baking after that first try with her friends. She asked if she could make something again all by herself. Of course, I obliged as I am all for her learning how to bake. I suggested another recipe from the same children's cookbook we used before. She likes brownies so that's what she made.

I know there are tons of brownies recipes in the internet, but as the book says, this one is "childproof in the sense that a little undermixing or overmixing, or a little inaccuracy in measuring ingredients will not be detrimental to the outcome." So this is really a recipe designed for kids. And it's yummy too.

The marshmallow topping is not really included in the original recipe. I just thought of adding it to give the brownies a more 'kiddie look'. The topping turned out a bit sticky for my was hard to cut neatly. It's up to you if you would like to do the same.

Kiddie Brownies

In a large bow, mix together:
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Add in: 1/2 cup chopped nuts (we used walnuts), if desired

Grease one 9" by 9" square pan. Pour in brownie mixture. Bake in a pre-heated 180 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the brownie starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. If you want to add the marshmallow topping, do so a few minutes before taking the pan out. Let the marshmallows melt but be sure not to overcook the cake. Cool, then cut into desired sizes.

Second accomplishment...

I finished my third messenger bag. A real cutie. Seriously, this is the last one (at least for now). It gets a bit tiring after a while. I am currently brewing something new, which I hopefully will be able to do once the school holidays are over. In the meantime, I have got to catch up on household chores!


Top view

Cute inside lining

Hanging in my daughter's bedroom door (yes, she's a Miley Cyrus fan)


  1. I had to drop by and let you know I spent all day yesterday making my messenger bag based on your awesome tutorial. It was very easy to follow, and I really love the way the zipper sits! I am making the strap adjustable so I had to go buy the slider for that today but once I'm done with it I'll post some pictures and send you a link. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  2. Lovely bag! I am always surprised (and jealous) about how fast you finish your projects!.

    Thank you for the brownie recipe, I am a chocolate lover so just preheating the oven...

  3. Hi lisamarie, That's fantastic! Looking forward to seeing photos of your bag.

  4. Hi Corinne! I posted about my bag here: and more photos are in my flickr if you follow the link from my blog. I'm so happy with it!!