Bonus Blog · Books and Beverages

More Gadgets for Your Books and Beverages!

I did another gadget post like this one over a year ago, and in that time I’ve discovered a few more awesome things that I think book and beverage lovers will enjoy as much as I do.

Tea and Books Mug

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I found this mug from the Etsy shop, Lenny Mud. They also have a website. It looks like this mug isn’t available anymore, but they do have another really cute reading mug.

This mug is perfect for Books and Beverages and I had to have it. There are so many cute details included on the mug like it’s an actual book. The handle looks like pages and the opposite side looks like a spine. It’s so adorable!

Electric Kettle / Hot Pot

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When I’m too lazy to venture to the kitchen, or when I don’t want to wake everyone up with a kettle whistling, my electric kettle comes to the rescue. When I was living in the dorms I also used it to cook box mac and cheese and soup, so it’s really a versatile little device.

Amazon has a similar one here. (Gotta love Amazon!)

Kindle

I bought myself a Kindle before I went to Japan. I thought I would never use an e-reader, but I’m really glad I got my Kindle. It was so handy to have on the long airplane rides to and from Japan, and it was also great on the trains. It’s really lightweight and I could check out e-books from the library so that I didn’t have to buy or bring any books on the trip. My Kindle isn’t backlit, so it was a good thing I had my handy dandy reading light.

Additionally, since I moved I don’t have access to as nice of a library system, but I can still get e-books from it. Although nothing beats a physical book with pages, the Kindle sure has its advantages.

Baking · Uncategorized

Brownie Bit Cookies

My roommate was about to throw away some overbaked brownie edges when I told her that I might be able to use them. After all, I hate seeing food go to waste. That’s how I came up with the idea to make cookies with them.

 

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Creamed butter and sugar. What’s your name, man?

It’s pretty basic. You take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and substitute brownie crumbs for the chocolate chips. It even works with regular brownie edges, if you’re not into overbaking yours. I wouldn’t recommend the fudgy center, however, as that would be hard to crumble.

 

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The following recipe assumes that you’ve already made your brownies and taken the edges off. You want about a cup of crumbles, which I found to be most of the edges of a 13 x 9 pan.

Brownie Bit Cookies

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I discovered that these are really good for dunking in hot cocoa!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brownie edge crumbles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until creamy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure it’s well incorporated.
  3. On a low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture until it just starts to form a dough. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Fold in the brownie crumbles. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet. Leave about 2 inches between cookies as they will spread out a bit. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until golden brown around edges.
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What’d I Miss?

Seriously. I feel like I haven’t blogged since 1789. I haven’t been like ambassador to France or anything, so where the hell have I been?

Honestly, if I knew I’d tell you. I think there were a lot of factors that led to my absence from Sparkle and Sprinkle, too many to list here.

This year I have some ideas in mind, such as expanding the baking section to include savory foods that are baked in the oven. I’m pretty excited about that! I’m also rebranding Yellow Raspberry Jewelry, which is probably going to include a name change, but more on that later.

So like I wrote on my About page, every Friday will be a new baking post, either savory or sweet. Every second Friday of the month will be a Pintertest post, in which I’ll test out a popular recipe on Pinterest and give you my verdict. Tuesdays will still be for jewelry, and you can look forward to some DIYs and a studio tour!

I’ve really missed blogging regularly and I can’t wait to get back on the blogging wagon!