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My first Pinterest creation

Ah, Pinterest. That site that it seems everyone is addicted to now. I sure know I am! That virtual pinboard of things you like, want to save, and want to share with others. I have learned a lot thanks to Pinterest about photography, cameras, and things as random as how to tie a proper necktie.

About a week ago, I saw a friend pin the cutest Santa Hat Brownies, and I declared that I would have to make them. I followed the link to read how to make them, and then I decided to give it a go. I used a brownie mix, store-bought icing and strawberries. I don’t have the time or equipment or patience to go through all the steps to make them from scratch. Forgive me my laziness there.

Santa Hat Brownies

I had SO MUCH FUN making them! The most fun part was figuring out how to cut out the brownie bites. I used a shot glass!! A lot of humor a couple times as I couldn’t get the brownie out of the glass. I was glad no one was videoing me trying to shake it out.

Are they as pretty as the original pin? No. But they were made with love, fun and a whole lot of Christmas spirit. I hope everyone likes them at the Christmas party tomorrow night!!

 Santa Hat BrowniesYUM!


I am not a baker. No, I rely on cake mixes to make any sort of pastry item.

I am not a decorator. Not when it comes to food. I think I do an okay job in other areas, but decorating cakes and cupcakes, etc? I am only good in my mind.

So when my husband said he wanted an Oregon cake for his birthday, I readily went, “YEAH! I can do that!” Then we agreed we’d do half Oregon, half Texas A&M so we could take it to the game watching party tomorrow. Again, I said, “Oh, EASY!”

Today, I went to the store to pick out my cake mix. I opted for a red velvet cake because, well, I couldn’t find it for my birthday and since he didn’t make any request I figured it was fair game on flavor. ;) I got home and dove into baking challenge.

I mixed the cake mix (only causing a moderate level of mess that resembled a murder scene), and I decided to make cupcakes. I decided it would be easier to decorate cupcakes in two different styles than to do a half-and-half cake decor.

Once they were baked and cooled, my mind took over and I decided I’d be brilliant and put all my icing in a sandwich bang, snip the corner and pipe the icing onto the cupcakes. You know, like they do on tv. Like I had never, ever done myself but somehow thought I was talented enough to do it.

Let’s just say all the cupcakes got icing, but none of them looked professional.

Then I put green “O”s on half the cupcakes. That went okay. Not great, but okay. Then I went to but A&M on the others. Yeah, that went “fair” to say the least. In fact I gave up and put sprinkles on the last 1/4 in frustration. I had to admit… I am not a cake decorator. So, no bakeries have any concern of my coming along and competing with them.

I did eat one already. They taste good at least! Even if they aren’t the most pretty things. I’m giving myself an A for effort. I tried. And they were trainwrecked with love. So… in that respect… I’m proud of them. And I hope my husband will like them, too.

Red velvet and all.

010: Game day cupcakes

Happy Birthday, honey!!! Go Ducks! Gig’em Aggies!