Brownies that are too Delicious for words!

I have yet to try and cut this recipe in half because it bakes a full 9×13 pan of ooey-gooey delicious brownies. I worked it out to create an 8×8 square pan & a 9in. glass dish (about half of the batter in each cooking around the same time). It came out miraculously still (although I know I like my brownies to be thicker and plumper…yes…plumper) and thus I encourage you to make the full size pan if you intend on having many guests. I would say the original recipe could easily yield 12-15 pieces depending on the size of the cut and remember: these are so moist and indulgent, I promise you and your guests will be unable to eat a big piece.

…Now onward to the baking….

Tip: No hand-mixer needed! Best Part! Nothing more is needed than a sturdy wooden spoon and you have brownies in less than 15 minutes to prep and 30 mins to bake and voila!

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Red Velvet Cake Balls – First Try…

Now let me tell you where I think we went wrong….too much frosting!

We started to build the cake balls from a Betty Crocker box mix (which is much easier than trying to create my own) (make according to box directions). We prepped the cake the day before to ensure it was entirely cool because it would not work without that being proper.

Next, we made ourselves homemade frosting (because store-bought tastes store-bought and it’s so easy to make your own!)

Tip: When the cake is finally cooled and you have broken up the cake well, slowly (and I mean slowly) add the frosting in small batches to develop the correct consistency you are looking for. Otherwise the cake balls will fall apart. 

Homemade vanilla frosting:

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting: 
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Where to start?

Well….where do we start on a lovely rainy Sunday in the Pacific Northwest? I have trying to decide what kind of blog I would want and would want others (specifically my family and friends) to read and know about my life and what I’m coincidently up to. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants in terms of major life decisions….it is something about me that I LOVE. I tend to just roll with it when it comes to major decisions, such as: Moving to the Seattle/Tacoma area in February 2013, and moving to Barcelona, Spain to study for my Master’s degree in 2010 (and finally finishing learning Spanish).

In coming across the word WANDERLUST one day while in Spain, I felt tremendously attached to the significance of the word and coincidently I have chosen it as my blog title. If you ask my friends and family, they will tell you I have many interests: baking, cooking, languages, learning, international relations, history, and moving myself to new places to try out new things. I figure this will be a great thing to be able to tell my kid(s) one day to have hopes and dreams and that they truly can achieve anything if they put their mind to it.

I wanted to create a space for my thoughts, recipes, stories, pictures, and adventures that I take (with le boyfriend, B.)

I do a lot of writing and snail mail letter sending and maybe this is a perfect way to document my adventures and the things that are inspiring at the moment in my life.

So cheers! To a rough blog start and to improving this blog as it grows!

P.S. I love to post pictures of my travels/daily life (it reminds me of fabulous times!)

Alhambra, Granada, Spain