Mug Brownies

Did you ever need a quick desert for just 2 or 3 people…or yourself? Sometimes a large cake or full pan of brownies is just too much and I can’t control myself and will eat half the pan there will be leftovers.  This is your quick fix.




Into a mug add:

4tbsp flour

3 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp water

Mix well with a fork.

Cook on high in microwave for about 75 seconds (depending on the strength of your microwave).


Be very careful when out take it out, it looks like brown play doh it is extremely hot!

Best served with vanilla ice cream on top. Actually, only serve with vanilla ice cream on top.  It gets all melty and chocolately….mmmmm.

There you have it.


Dig right in.



Caramilk Brownies

I thought this would be a good recipe to post for Valentine’s Day recipe. I rarely post what I intend to for a particular holiday. I usually make things in a hurry and forget to take pictures, or get busy and do not post. This is my valentine post, early!! This never happens. It is only happening now because I was going to the gym, instead I decided I should make brownies with pieces of Caramilk bar inside. Maybe I will make it to the gym tomorrow and run a little while longer.


Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a 9″X13″ pan.

1 cup of pecans (optional).  If you are using the pecans spread them on a cookie sheet and bake until toasted, about 10 minutes.  Coarsely chop.  I didn’t use pecans this time but they are very good with the pecans.

Coarsely chop 4oz of unsweetened chocolate, combine with 2/3 cup of butter.


Microwave until melted.  Keep an eye on it and stir every now and then.  Should take about 2 minutes.


(I love taking pictures of chocolate)

Cool chocolate until lukewarm, and then stir in 1 & 1/2 cups sugar, 3 eggs and 1 & 1/4 tsp vanilla.



Gradually stir in 1 cup of all purpose flour.


Break up 2 family size Cadbury Caramilk Bars (I think that is about 200g total).  Give or take a square or two (maybe 3), ok I ate a few.



(more pretty chocolate pictures)

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Stir the Caramilk pieces and pecans, if using, into the batter. Spread evenly into pan.


Bake for about 20-25 minutes.  DO NOT OVERBAKE!  Keep checking on it, very important that it doesn’t over bake.  I baked for about 22 minutes and I think that was a little too long.


Melt 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips with 1/2 cup table cream, stirring.  Once all melted and creamy spread over the warm brownies.




Let cool completely.  Then cut into squares.  Try not to eat too many at once.




Farm-sitting Day 1….with “teenagers”!

We recently spent an extra long weekend farmsitting. The “teenagers” (aka Karam, Hilary and Sammy) who aren’t actually teenagers, spent the first day with us to help us settle in and play with Evie. She adores them and had so much fun. As you can see from the pictures they made mud pies, danced Gangnam in the kitchen, played Candyland and made mug brownies for dessert (mmmm, so good). After the girls left we took the dogs for a nice walk before bedtime for some birdwatching at dusk. So beautiful and quiet, except for the birds. Evie got to use her birthday binoculars a lot.
Notice the cute pink and purple friendship bracelet on Evie’s arm, the talented Hilary made it. Evie loves it!