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Kahlua Brownie Souffle

A food post! 😀

Finally!

As much fun as I have had with my natural/healthy beauty posts, I mustn’t forget about my love of food. Ahh... Food… Italian. Mexican. German. American. Japanese. Chinese. I love it all ❤  But for now, I’m just going to talk about dessert, which is obviously the most important part of any meal. 😉

Today’s post is all about Chocolate. And alcohol. Combined. Omg, right? .. Whoever came up with the idea first to combine chocolate and alcohol, I’d like to raise a toast to you.

So, I wish I could take credit for this amazing recipe, but I can’t… I actually found it on another blog instead of an actual recipe website. (dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com to be exact).  I found this recipe in an attempt to satisfy my sweet tooth at my sisters’ house, which happens almost every time I visit her. Lol. On this particular evening I wanted to incorporate BOTH chocolate and alcohol into my dessert of choice. I think it was a smart move. 😉

In the words of Barney Stinson “Self-five.” *clap

I promise, this will be a recipe you’ll want to write down and keep in a safe place.

>> Happy Baking! <<

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cocoa, unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup melted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans. (*I did not add walnuts/pecans when I first made this dish, but I will probably add chocolate chips in the future)

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda; blend in 1/3 cup melted butter. Add boiling water and Kahlua; stir until well blended. Stir in sugar, vanilla, beaten eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter. Stir in flour and salt. (*Optional: Stir nuts/chocolate chips into chocolate brownie batter.)

After you have mixed all ingredients together, Pour chocolate brownie batter into a greased, ‘deep dish’ souffle cup. This recipe is enough for 2 souffle cups. You are welcomed to pour the batter into a 13x9x2 -inch baking pan if you don’t own a souffle cup.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes in baking pan. For a brownie souffle, it will take longer to bake. You can start out with setting your timer to 40 minutes or so, but after that,  you will need to watch the souffles carefully so they don’t overcook. I like them to be semi crunchy on the outside and very gooey on the inside. I would say 45 minutes to an hour would be enough time. It all depends on your own personal oven and how you like the texture of your brownies to be. But definitely watch them once 40 minutes has gone by. You can determine if it’s finished cooking by sticking a toothpick or butter knife directly in the center of the brownie. It’s okay if the toothpick or butter knife doesn’t come out completely clean.

That’s it!

This dessert is great when topped off with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.  🙂 🙂

Enjoy!

brownie souffle

image courtesy of Pinterest.

xo,

manda

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Lucy Minerals Make-up Review!

Today’s post is all about healthy make-up options! And a special make-up brand in particular 🙂

As we may all know, many people desire to live healthy lifestyles. We workout. *fist bump* 😎 We choose healthy food options at restaurants/grocery stores *high five* — But, there are a lot of people who are unaware of (or just don’t pay attention to) what’s inside the products they use on a daily basis. Many well-known, trusted product brands contain harmful ingredients that absorb into the skin and can potentially have long-term effects. A lot of ‘every day’ products used by the average person (i.e. make-up, body wash, lotion, shampoo, etc.) contain sulfates, preservatives (parabens, etc.) and/or unnecessary disguised chemicals. I haven’t thrown away all of my products that contain harmful ingredients, but I am definitely working on phasing them out. However, I am happy that I have found a make-up line that I trust and truly believe in.

After researching the ingredients in the drug-store make-up I used to buy, which included parabens (again, preservative), I began looking for a make-up brand that contained simple, safe ingredients, and could still be as effective and give the same full-coverage look as my other foundation. That’s when I came across “Lucy Minerals.” LM make-up products are hand-blended, natural looking, full of antioxidants & natural SPF and are free of preservatives and chemicals. I have used LM foundation for awhile now and I can honestly say it is an amazing product and I am so glad I found it! It’s so light that it feels like I am not even wearing make-up! At the same time, it gives a great medium to full-coverage look when applied in light layers, as it is a creamy loose mineral foundation. This make-up can cover common skin issues (rosacea, blemishes, dark spots, scars, etc.) ; safely and effectively – unlike other mineral foundations out there. It has been a life changing delight since I began using this product. As my sister says, LM is an “organic product minus the cancer-causing-glow-in-the dark ingredients.” 🙂  Which is so true. Check the ingredients of the products you use – especially the ones you use daily… ‘What you put on your body is what you put in your body.’

LM1If you want to read what other Lucy Minerals users have said about this make-up, you can click on the link directly here: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemID=128247

Some LM basic information you should know: There are four different mineral foundation formulas. The Original formula is the most popular, containing: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, mica, magnesium stearate, iron oxides, allantoin, apple poly, green coffee bean extract, trans-resveratrol and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Next, there are 2 Oil-Control formulas that have the same ingredients as the original, except one formula contains Silica and the other contains Calcium Carbonate, which are both oil-controlling ingredients. Lastly, there is the Lucy Light formula. This formula gives you the same coverage as the others, but with no added antioxidants for those with extra sensitive skin. Annie, the creator of LM, specifically and carefully designed these four formulas in an effort to meet the different types of skin needs of her customers. How awesome is that?! Indie brands like this add a special touch of personal care that you won’t find anywhere else. I love that about these types of companies ❤  All you have to do is find your shade, choose your formula and place your order!  “Try-it” size foundation samples are available for $2.50. And if needed,  you can custom-blend shades for the perfect match at no extra cost!!! 😀  How cool is that?! Leave a comment if you’ve ever tried this makeup or if you are considering trying it out! I’d be happy to answer any questions 🙂 ❤

xo,

mandaLMM

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