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This past Saturday was my 31st birthday…I don’t really feel older, I just hear my biological clock ticking MUCH louder! I opted for a low key night out to dinner with three of my favorite people, Brian, Jamie & Brittani. It was a great way to spend my 31st and was full of food, drinks and laughs.

For my birthday, Brian, my brother and my parental units chipped in to purchase me the 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens that I have been lusting after for over a year. Needless to say, I was pretty pumped with my new piece of camera gear and have really enjoyed experimenting with this lens. I will be sure to post some macro shots in the very near future.

I also received the Perfect Brownie Pan from my fab friend, Jo. Yup, it’s the pan from the infomerical and I was stoked to put it to use. Although I am pretty leery of infomercial gadgets and the uber cheesy personalities (Slap Chop Guy) that try to push them down my throat at 3 am, this product is actually quite rad! It worked like a charm and is pretty darn easy to use. It makes slicing and serving the brownies a breeze and I am excited to add this to my ever-growing collection of pans! Thanks, Jo!

Since I had a new pan, I had to put it to good use and make some brownies for St. Patrick’s Day. This recipe was recommended to me through a tweet from Carrie of the blog Kitchen Vixen. They turned out fabulous…rich, chocolatey and fudgy…just how we like our brownies. I topped them with ganache and some white and green sprinkles to dress them up for St. Patrick’s Day and I think they turned out pretty cute! If you have a free sec, be sure to head over to my Facebook Fan Page and become a fan…then check back tomorrow for a sweet giveaway! Thanks for stopping by, have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re going out, remember to drink responsibly and drive safely!

Fudgy Brownies


1 cup of butter (2 sticks) 4 squares of baking chocolate. 2 tsp of instant coffee 1 tbsp of chocolate liqueur 2 tsp of hot water 3 eggs 1 cup of flour 1/2 cup of cocoa 2 cups of brown sugar


1. Grease two large mini-muffin tins (24 capacity) with butter. Preheat oven to 350F (I used my Perfect Brownie Pan, but a 9x13 would work too) 2. Melt butter and chocolate together over a double boiler. As mixture is melting, dissolve coffee into hot water and add to mixture, along with chocolate liqueur. Once mixture is melted, stir in brown sugar, and let sit. 3. In a large bowl, sift together cocoa and flour. 4. Once chocolate mixture is lukewarm, add in eggs, one at a time, stirring until mixture is glossy. 5. Pour mixture into flour and cocoa. Stir until well combined. 6. Using a tablespoon, scoop mixture into greased mini-muffin tins. Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes, until centre is just barely set. Let cool slightly before removing from pan. (I baked for 23 minutes in the Perfect Brownie Pan)
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  1. Fuji Mama says:

    Ooooooh, these look deadly delicious! I’m going to have to make these for sure!

  2. shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    The brownies look so great and happy birthday!
    also, awesome to hear that pan really works! I was scared it would give me a lot of edge pieces, and I am more of a middle-brownie girl…but your brownies look very middley :)))

  3. Memoria says:

    Goodness! I want one or three hundred of those brownies. I must make this one day.

    Happy birthday!!

  4. oviana says:

    hello :)
    happy belated bday…
    this is looks so yummy ^^
    btw, if you don’t mind, I want to know how much gram of flour that you put on a cup?
    thanks :)

  5. Jane M says:

    WOW that is a cool pan – does it really work great? Now I want 1 too! I just printed out your recipe. I do not have chocolate liquer – might have to just use vanilla instead.

    1. Jamie says:

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by, the pan really does work! I think vanilla would be just fine! :)

  6. brittany says:

    I just happened to see these on foodgawker and I HAD to click on the link. looks amazing.

  7. sheena says:

    mmm those look so fudgey and yum. now, im really thinking about purchasing that perfect brownie pan.

  8. bunkycooks says:

    Belated happy birthday and congrats on the new lens! The brownies look fabulous…really rich and decadent. Be still, my heart! Death by brownies! :)

  9. Chris says:

    First, Happy Belated BDay. Second…Slap Chop guy gives me the willies! LOL Your comment made me giggle. Third….your brownies….OMG! They look so rich and yummy. I am glad you found a recipe to use. ;)

  10. Jess says:

    Oh wow those look so rich! Of course who doesn’t like rich brownies. No theme bake for me today. I’m thinking more towards something special for easter.

    BTW. Happy Birthday and many sweet treats to come!