19k have made these Best Brownies

I love my Le Creuset dutch oven. I melted the butter in the pan, mixed these brownies up in the same pan, and then popped it into the oven. When they were done (25 min) I let the frosting melt on top. They stick on the bottom, but I scraped them up with a spoon and put them in a bowl while piping hot. Welcome to chocolate heaven. Words cannot express the love I have for these brownies.

According to allrecipes.com, 19k people have made these, and 8k people have reviewed these brownies.

19,000 people! That is a ton of perfectly chocolatey, rich brownies.

“These brownies always turn out!”

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
  4. To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Stir until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

best brownies

 

 

This is what the brownies look like right out of the oven before and after I put the frosting on- absolutely stunning right!?

Toddler Boy Fall 2018: $100 Capsule Wardrobe at Target

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Toddler Boy Fall 2018: $100 Capsule Wardrobe at Target

12 Items – less than $100 – one trip to target – 40 combinations

5 school days per week – 4 weeks per month – 20 outfits per month – 2 months of school clothes

$99.45 was my total before tax and delivery (store pick up is free). This does not include any sales… maybe you will get a better deal! Download the printable .pdf below.

Clothes in Capsule Wardrobe:

  1. Toddler Boys’ Dwayne Cap Top Sneakers- Red
  2. Toddler Boys’ Leif Sneakers- Black
  3. Toddler Boys’ Pull-On Straight Jeans- Khaki
  4. Toddler Boys’ Pull-On Straight Jeans- Medium Wash
  5. Toddler Boys’ Jogger Pants- Charcoal
  6. Toddler Boys’ Genuine Kids Button Down Reversible- Red
  7. Toddler Boys’ Fleece Zip-Up- Charcoal
  8. Toddler Boys’ Fleece Crew Sweatshirt – Cat & Jack Light Gray
  9. Toddler Boy’s Short Sleeve Striped T-Shirt- Gray/Red
  10. Toddler Boys’ Thermal Long Sleeve T-Shirt – Charcoal
  11. Toddler Boys’ Thermal Long Sleeve T-Shirt – Red
  12. Toddler Boys’ Thermal Long Sleeve T-Shirt – White

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Clothing Combinations

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  1. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 1 (open), long sleeve red shirt, black shoes
  2. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 1 (open), long sleeve grey shirt, black shoes
  3. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 1 (open), long sleeve white shirt,black shoes
  4. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 1 (closed), black shoes
  5. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 2 (open), long sleeve red shirt, red shoes
  6. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 2 (open), long sleeve grey shirt, red shoes
  7. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 2 (open), long sleeve white shirt, red shoes
  8. Khaki Jeans, red button down side 2 (closed), red shoes
  9. Khaki Jeans, long sleeve gray shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, black shoes
  10. Khaki Jeans, long sleeve gray shirt, gray zip up, black shoes
  11. Khaki Jeans, white long sleeve shirt, gray zip up, black shoes
  12. Khaki Jeans, white long sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, black shoes
  13. Khaki Jeans, red long sleeve shirt, gray zip up, red shoes
  14. Khaki Jeans, red long sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, red shoes
  15. Khaki Jeans, red/gray stripe short sleeve shirt, gray zip up, red shoes
  16. Khaki Jeans, red/gray stripe short sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, red shoes

 

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  1. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 1 (open), long sleeve red shirt, black shoes
  2. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 1 (open), long sleeve grey shirt, black shoes
  3. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 1 (open), long sleeve white shirt,black shoes
  4. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 1 (closed), black shoes
  5. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 2 (open), long sleeve red shirt, red shoes
  6. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 2 (open), long sleeve grey shirt, red shoes
  7. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 2 (open), long sleeve white shirt, red shoes
  8. Medium wash Jeans, red button down side 2 (closed), red shoes
  9. Medium wash Jeans, long sleeve gray shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, black shoes
  10. Medium wash Jeans, long sleeve gray shirt, gray zip up, black shoes
  11. Medium wash Jeans, white long sleeve shirt, gray zip up, black shoes
  12. Medium wash Jeans, white long sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, black shoes
  13. Medium wash Jeans, red long sleeve shirt, gray zip up, red shoes
  14. Medium wash Jeans, red long sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, red shoes
  15. Medium wash Jeans, red/gray stripe short sleeve shirt, gray zip up, red shoes
  16. Medium wash Jeans, red/gray stripe short sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, red shoes

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  1. Gray Joggers, long sleeve gray shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, black shoes
  2. Gray Joggers, long sleeve gray shirt, gray zip up, black shoes
  3. Gray Joggers, white long sleeve shirt, gray zip up, black shoes
  4. Gray Joggers, white long sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, black shoes
  5. Gray Joggers, red long sleeve shirt, gray zip up, red shoes
  6. Gray Joggers, red long sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, red shoes
  7. Gray Joggers, red/gray stripe short sleeve shirt, gray zip up, red shoes
  8. Gray Joggers, red/gray stripe short sleeve shirt, gray crew sweatshirt, red shoes

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***Download the .pdf printable here: Toddler Fall Outfits $100

Toddler (12m-5T) Boy Fall 2018: $140 Capsule Wardrobe at Target

Toddler Boy Fall 2018: $140 Capsule Wardrobe at Target

Download the .pdf below

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This wardrobe was done for my son who started preschool, but sizes available for most items on the target.com website were 12M-5T. At the time of creating this capsule (September 2018) all the items can be purchased for $140.45 before tax including shoes! This could be cheaper for you because at the time of calculation, none of the items were on sale.

There is a total of 65 combinations of clothing- with 5 school days per week and roughly 4 weeks in a month, this should provide approximately 3 months of school clothes without repeats of the exact outfit. The days of the week are categorized by the pants. This was really made to speed up mornings and make laundry easier.

I planned it out to chose one outfit for each day of the week by pants… this way each day of the week gets a new pair of pants and laundry can wait until the weekend. The pdf below offers a convenient check box so you can mark off outfits as you go.

Here is the links for the 13 items included in this capsule wardrobe:

  1. Toddler Boys’ Jogger Pants- Charcoal
  2. Toddler Boys’ Reinforced Knee Joggers- Blue
  3. Toddler Boys’ Pull on Straight Jeans- Khaki
  4. Toddler Boys’ Pull on Straight Jeans- Medium Wash
  5. Toddler Boys’ Short Sleeve T-Shirt- Charcoal Grey
  6. Toddler Boys’ Pull on Skinny Jeans- Dark Blue
  7. Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Raglan T-shirt- Navy/Blue
  8. Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Plaid Button Down- Blue
  9. Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Polo- Navy
  10. Toddler Boys’ Avery Casual Sneaker- Olive
  11. Toddler Boys’ Cayden Casual Sneaker- Brown
  12. Toddler Boys’ Fleece Zip-Up Hoodie- Charcoal
  13. Toddler Boys’ Reversible Jacket- Navy/Charcoal
13 items from Target Fall 2018

Toddler Boy Fall Capsule Wardrobe Combinations

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MONDAY:

  1. Khaki Jeans, blue plaid button down (buttoned), white reversible, brown sneakers
  2. Khaki Jeans, blue plaid button down (buttoned), zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  3. Khaki Jeans, blue plaid button down (open), charcoal short sleeve, brown sneakers
  4. Khaki Jeans, blue plaid button down (open), navy blue raglan, brown sneakers
  5. Khaki Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, white reversible, brown sneakers
  6. Khaki Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  7. Khaki Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  8. Khaki Jeans, navy blue raglan, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  9. Khaki Jeans, navy blue raglan, white reversible, brown sneakers
  10. Khaki Jeans, navy blue raglan, grey zip up hoodie, brown sneakers
  11. Khaki Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  12. Khaki Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, white reversible, brown sneakers
  13. Khaki Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers

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TUESDAY

  1. Medium wash Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, navy/charcoal reversible, brown sneakers
  2. Medium wash jeans, blue plaid button down (buttoned), white reversible, brown sneakers
  3. Medium wash Jeans, blue plaid button down (buttoned), zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  4. Medium wash Jeans, blue plaid button down (open), charcoal short sleeve, brown sneakers
  5. Medium wash Jeans, blue plaid button down (open), navy blue raglan, brown sneakers
  6. Medium wash Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, white reversible, brown sneakers
  7. Medium wash Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  8. Medium wash Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  9. Medium wash Jeans, navy blue raglan, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  10. Medium wash Jeans, navy blue raglan, white reversible, brown sneakers
  11. Medium wash Jeans, navy blue raglan, grey zip up hoodie, brown sneakers
  12. Medium wash Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  13. Medium wash Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, white reversible, brown sneakers
  14. Medium wash Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers

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WEDNESDAY

  1. Navy joggers, blue plaid button down (buttoned), white reversible, brown sneakers
  2. Navy joggers, blue plaid button down (buttoned), zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  3. Navy joggers, blue plaid button down (open), charcoal short sleeve, brown sneakers
  4. Navy joggers, blue plaid button down (open), navy blue raglan, brown sneakers
  5. Navy joggers, navy long sleeve polo, white reversible, brown sneakers
  6. Navy joggers, navy long sleeve polo, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  7. Navy joggers, navy long sleeve polo, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  8. Navy joggers, navy blue raglan, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  9. Navy joggers, navy blue raglan, white reversible, brown sneakers
  10. Navy joggers, navy blue raglan, grey zip up hoodie, brown sneakers
  11. Navy joggers, charcoal short sleeve, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  12. Navy joggers, charcoal short sleeve, white reversible, brown sneakers
  13. Navy joggers, charcoal short sleeve, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers

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THURSDAY

  1. Grey joggers, blue plaid button down (buttoned), white reversible, brown sneakers
  2. Grey joggers, blue plaid button down (buttoned), zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  3. Grey joggers, blue plaid button down (open), charcoal short sleeve, brown sneakers
  4. Grey joggers, blue plaid button down (open), navy blue raglan, brown sneakers
  5. Grey joggers, navy long sleeve polo, white reversible, brown sneakers
  6. Grey joggers, navy long sleeve polo, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  7. Grey joggers, navy long sleeve polo, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  8. Grey joggers, navy blue raglan, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  9. Grey joggers, navy blue raglan, white reversible, brown sneakers
  10. Grey joggers, navy blue raglan, grey zip up hoodie, brown sneakers
  11. Grey joggers, charcoal short sleeve, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  12. Grey joggers, charcoal short sleeve, white reversible, brown sneakers
  13. Grey joggers, charcoal short sleeve, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers

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FRIDAY

  1. Dark wash jeans, blue plaid button down (buttoned), white reversible, brown sneakers
  2. Dark wash Jeans, blue plaid button down (buttoned), zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  3. Dark wash Jeans, blue plaid button down (open), charcoal short sleeve, brown sneakers
  4. Dark wash Jeans, blue plaid button down (open), navy blue raglan, brown sneakers
  5. Dark wash Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, white reversible, brown sneakers
  6. Dark wash Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  7. Dark wash Jeans, navy long sleeve polo, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  8. Dark wash Jeans, navy blue raglan, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  9. Dark wash Jeans, navy blue raglan, white reversible, brown sneakers
  10. Dark wash Jeans, navy blue raglan, grey zip up hoodie, brown sneakers
  11. Dark wash Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, grey zip up hoodie, olive sneakers
  12. Dark wash Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, white reversible, brown sneakers
  13. Dark wash Jeans, charcoal short sleeve, navy/charcoal reversible, olive sneakers
  14. Dark wash Jeans, navy blue raglan, white reversible, green sneakers

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***Download the printable pdf here: Toddler Fall Outfits Download

Buying a home in a developing DFW community

Tips for buying a home in a developing DFW community

The DFW metroplex is expanding quickly. New home developments are popping up everywhere. We bought our home 3 years ago and since then we have heard the complaints by our neighbors about various things.Here are 5 tips I have when buying a new home in a developing community. A majority of complaints fall into these 5 categories.

If planning to purchase a home in a developing DFW (or I assume any community) most common complaints could be addressed if prospective home buyers:

1) Are diligent when choosing their builder, monitor building process closely at every stage.

2) Are diligent when choosing home site (what is planned in the future by the home site, is there going to be something built in the vicinity of your home that you would not be supportive of?) I called into the town several times to confirm if their were plans (or not plans for things). In our neighborhood there is a street that backs up to the railroad. You wouldn’t believe how many people complained about the noise. Some lots had a park planned for across the street. You guessed it- people “had no idea” and they didn’t want the park or the traffic. I knew about all these things because I didn’t want any surprises. Do your homework. Don’t be one to say, “I thought…” you need to know. Write it all down- who told you what and when. This way you have documentation if someone goes back on their word.

3) Review the past activities/events that have been hosted at the community center. Are they sufficient for your family- do you need to be entertained more or in a different way? “I thought we were going to have a fitness class… I thought there was going to be a weekly kids art class… I thought…” If the classes/events/activities hosted by the HOA in the past are not sufficient for your family, don’t expect much to change when you move into the community.

4) Gather information from several sources, not just your realtor, builder, or some random Facebook review. Some parties have a vested interest in which home you chose and will likely tell you anything. If having X amenity is extremely important to your family, be sure to verify by several parties that it is planned- not just confirmed by one eager sales person. Realtors are often offered incentives to sell homes in certain communities. Even though we absolutely love and adored our realtor, always take into consideration and question the reason they are so adamant about a particular neighborhood.

5) Expect noise and flat tires. When you finally move into the community, understand that others will be building around you. It seems like common sense, but it can be frustrating when roofers and nailing at sunrise. This is a new community. Houses are being built. Craftsman will play their music and nails will be left in the road. Trash will blow from the job site to your front yard. If your community is flourishing, building goes by quick and this all resolves.