Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Way, the Truth, the Life

I recently painted this at church

I love the simplicity of the quote; it is a great reminder of who He is.

"Jesus Christ" is hand-painted and I made a stencil with the Silhouette to paint bottom part.

My friend, Sandy, asked me to paint this in the Connection Corner at our church.  This is a room in the lobby where new believers go to learn more about Jesus and how to grow in their relationship with Him.

Sandy has such a gift for sharing Christ's love with others; you can find out more at the Sharing God's Grace website or by following on Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Buckeye Brownies Recipe

 Oh.  My.  Goodness.  These things are so amazing!  I found the recipe on Pinterest, but they were adapted versions of the original from Buns in My Oven

Warning:  They are rich!  But anyone who loves the peanut butter and chocolate combo (and who doesn't?) will flip for these brownies.

*note:  It helps to get a head start on this recipe.  Make the brownies the night before or in the morning on the day you'd like to have them

Here's what you need:

1 box mix brownies, prepared according to package directions (I used Ghirardelli and added extra chocolate chips)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter (I microwaved it for 15 seconds)
2 cups powdered sugar 
1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed (I didn't end up needing it)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Here's what you do:
Prepare the brownies according to recipe or make brownies from a box mix.  I added extra chips to mine because, you know, they probably wouldn't have been rich enough without more chips.  Allow brownies to cool completely.
With a mixer beat together the peanut butter, butter, and 2 cups of powdered sugar until well combined and smooth. Add more powdered sugar if needed to get the consistency you prefer. The mixture should be thick, but add a tablespoon or two of milk if needed, so that you are able to spread the mixture easily on the brownies.
Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips in a bowl. Whisk until the chocolate is melted.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then pour over the peanut butter and brownies. Smooth with a spatula and then place the brownies in the fridge to set for at least 1 hour.
You can really see the layers here.  It doesn't matter if they're a little messy looking, they'll look great when they're cut.

Let me know if you decide to try these... you won't regret it!

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