Hubby’s Dungeons & Dragons birthday cake¬†

So Hubs said he wanted a D&D cake this year. Um…sure I can do that. You may remember last year he wanted a Star Wars cake. I used a Wilton sugar sheet and cut out basic shapes with scissors. But the D&D logo is way more complicated. So I thought about printing it out and tracing it with chocolate candy melts. The idea was daunting but I went for it. I think it turned out well. 

Hubs like it. He didn’t want to eat the candy. We ate the cake though. There’s a theme, he got a matching shirt.

What I did was print the logo the size of the cake. (It’s an ice cream cake from Cold Stones) and taped it under a piece of wax paper. 

I put a cookie sheet in the freezer to chill it while I melted some chocolate. 

Then I put the melted chocolate in a storage bag and snipped the corner and prepared to trace the image. My first attempt didn’t work so well so I ate them. Ha. Then I got a new bag and snipped a smaller hole and tried again. It went much better the second time. I chilled each piece and removed it before making the next one. By the time I got to the dragon head I felt like an expert. 

As a bonus I surprised hubby at our D&D game at Mythic Card and Games with dice petit fours on Saturday. I thought of it but paid Publix to make them.

Suburban Woman Chocolate Chip, Reese Chip Brownies 

So yesterday my friend told me about this recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/knock-you-naked-brownies/ from the pioneer woman that used cake mix to make gooey caramel brownies. I happened to have chocolate cake mix in my pantry. I was feeling kinda down and so I looked up the recipe. It sounded good. Except I don’t have the same kind of cake mix, caramels, or evaporated milk. Or nuts. But I do have Reese peanut butter chips. 

This is what I did. 

I used my cake mix. Devil’s Food mmm.

Then I mixed it with a 1/2cup unsalted butter, melted, and 1/3 cup regular old 1% milk. It makes a stiff dough instead of batter. I patted half of it into a greased 9×9 glass pan and baked it for 8 minutes. The recipe called for 350 but my oven runs cold so I set it to 375. Then, since I didn’t have caramels to melt I checked Facebook and put some laundry in. 

Time for these goodies. 

After 8 minutes I pulled the pan out of the oven, and added half a bag of peanut butter chips and some chocolate chips, enough to cover the brownie in an even layer. I didn’t measure. 

Then I patted down the rest of the brownie dough to put on the top. I apparently didn’t divide it evenly and I didn’t have enough to cover the whole top. Oh well. I baked it for 20 minutes. 

The house smelled so good.

The recipe calls for letting it cool in the refrigerator but what I’m making doesn’t  have caramel, so this one you want to eat warm. But I did have to let it cool some and I had to wait. Like Cookie Monster:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbWyYr82BM

Oh though the wait was worth it! Melty chocolate peanut butter goodness in a warm brownie with a glass of milk was sooooo yummy. Hubby loved it to. We were both down today so it was a nice moment to share with him. 

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350

Grease 9×9 pan well

1 chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup melted butter

1/3 cup milk

1/2 bag Reese chips

Chocolate chips, enough to cover area.

Mix cake mix, butter, and milk into a dough, divide. Pat half into greased pan, bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, spread each kind of chips evenly. Pat remaining dough over chips. Return to oven and bake 20 minutes. Let cool a few minutes. It’s good warm…

Lovin’ from the oven.

I have achieved cinnamon rolls!

  
I had to make them in two batches because our oven isn’t working and I had to use the toaster oven. The first batch has already been consumed! 

I haven’t posted much lately but I have been writing – it’s just hard to photograph that- and crafting. The craft project is a surprise so I can’t post it yet. 

But for now… Mmmm.

Adventure

Hubby and I went to Medieval Times today! I got tickets through Groupon for about half off and surprised hubby for Christmas. I even got parchment paper to wrap the vouchers in and had a friend address it to him in calligraphy and I printed out a wax seal and cut it out to close it. Anywho we went today and I know how to book events let me tell you! It’s in Atlanta 3 hours from our house plus Atlanta is an hour ahead. We left later than we intended because we well, I’m me, and we breezed in 15 minutes before show time but I  bought a royalty package which apparently meant we had front row reserved seats and we could go in before everyone else. La ti da. Everyone was super nice and the food was excellent. Our knight was the red knight. We had fun cheering and booing. The red knight threw me a flower and won the tournament! Woohoo!