Maple Butterscotch Brownies

It is a bit of a tradition to kick off the NFL season with a dessert to enjoy while watching the post game shows.  One favorite is my maple butterscotch brownies.  They are simple to make and oh so tasty!



You will need:

1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup of melted butter, (one stick)

1 1/2 teaspoons of Real Maple Syrup

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees

In the bowl of  a stand-mixer cream the butter, sugar and maple syrup. Add the eggs one at a time.  Whisk the flour and baking powder together and then combine with the egg mixture.  Mix in the walnuts.

Pour mixture into a a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 27-30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack and dust with Confectioner’s Sugar if desired.


Friday Finds- all things pumpkin

This week’s post, all things pumpkin, was inspired by the return of  the famous pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. Is there anything better than pumpkin in the fall?

1) Pumpkin Roll- easy to make despite looking complicated.  I found the recipe on the Land O Lakes site.

2) Dress up your front door with this gorgeous wreath….


3) Or bring a little  Autumnal color to you bed room….

Your home shouldn’t have all the fun…..

4)  While you go about your day why not rock this lovely vintage dress worthy of Samantha Stevens…..

5) NYX Lipstick  offers up a variety of pumpkin shades  too…..

So go ahead and add some pumpkin to your world……

Fallin For Wallpaper

My childhood bedrooms walls were adorned with wallpaper and deciding on the right one for my room was often left to me. Together, my mother and I would build my room around the pattern I picked. I remember the walls popping with color, pattern and life.

It’s been a good twenty plus years since I have even considered working with wallpaper, and yet it is become the focal point as I redesign our bedroom.  Right now I am loving these patterns.




Pot Luck Dinners

When money is tight how do you entertain?  Do you just forego the chance to host a party or is there an alternative?  I like the idea of a Pot Luck.


The term dates back to the 16th century and referred to a dish served to an unexpected guest. They were given what ever was already in the pot.  Not a bad way to look at feeding someone you were not anticipating.  They are lucky to be getting anything.

Pot lucks or covered dish meals are popular among churches and other civic organizations.  It allows people to come together and share a communal meal with out any one person shouldering the expense.  With the economy the way it is hosting a pot luck dinner will let you enjoy a meal among friends while still having an inexpensive and fun evening.

We have been thinking about a way to open our home to friends and host a party. Money is tight and we like to do it right.  We have shied away from any entertaining due to the cost.  Then the thought of sharing the planning came to mind. All of our friends are foodies.  What better way to enjoy everyone’s passions then to host a pot luck?


How best to plan a Pot luck?  Have a theme and ask everyone to bring a dish representative of that theme.

Ask one group of friends to bring appetizers or sides and another to bring desserts. As the host you can provide the main dish, turkey, ham,  ribs on the grill.  For drinks, you can supply them or ask everyone to bring something they would like to drink.  I generally make up a huge batch of Sangria to share.

While it does have that 1950’s vibe to it, it does bring friends together for an evening.  Hey why not have a 1950’s inspired party?  Yep, that’s what I am off to plan.  Lots of casseroles, and easy to make meals.  Maybe I’ll even have people dress in the style of Mad Men… hmmm.