Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Club & Brownies

As everything comes to an end this year, we had our last book club meeting of the year yesterday. The Henry Clay Book Club has meant so incredibly much to me these past few years; we like to say that we read books, make friends, and eat food, which is exactly what it's all about. Book club is where I've gotten to bring all my new desserts and where I've made so many friends.

But what's sad about yesterday's meeting is that we're losing our seniors, who are also our founders, Logan, Jack, and Silvia (remember when I posted about Silvia's Skirts? Same Silvia!). I'm honored to be taking over the club as president next year! And follow us on Twitter!

We had lots of fun yesterday...

 
 
 

So anyways, I made lots of brownies. They're probably one of the easiest things to make, and everyone loves brownies, especially when you can play with the recipe a lot. For my three batches, I made one with chocolate chips and white chocolate chips, one with M&Ms, and one with Oreos in the bottom.

 
 
And I had to add a picture of the adorable strawberry shortcakes my friend Victoria made. Aren't they good looking?!

Here are some of my favorite ideas for brownies!
  • Literally any type of candy. I mean, just throw in a bag of any sort of candy you like! Or put a layer of bigger candy, such as Reese's.
  • Oreos. I made these for our meeting, and I can't explain how quickly they were gone. I put a thin layer of brownie batter down first, then the Oreos, and then the rest of the brownie batter. The Oreos weren't soft enough to cut into, so it meant that each brownie got one full Oreo!
  • Chocolate chips. I'm a sucker for anything white chocolate, so white chocolate chips are perfect, but so are butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, mint chocolate chips, etc. One time my mom even used raspberry chocolate chips!
  • Frosting. Enough said.
  • Nuts. I love pecans and walnuts!
  • Marshmallows. Throw them on top when the pan is hot!
  • Mints. A layer of Andes on top, mint chocolate chips, or even crushed peppermints.
  • Cream cheese
  • Caramel
  • Rice crispies... was an idea I saw on a blog, definitely interesting.
So seriously, if you're ever pressed for time or just want something different, make a normal brownie batter and put in whatever type of addition you want. It's pretty doggone good.

But I'll miss our Book Club seniors and all the seniors a lot.

And one of my favorite seniors, Lauren Duffy, is such a sweetheart. I'll miss you lots.


But I wish all of the Class of 2013 luck in their future!

Well, sorry for rambling and being sentimental. It's just bound to happen at the end of the year.

-Meredith

4 comments:

  1. excellent photos!!!! really nation side-effect, adore your own ensemble therefore fashionable as well as beautiful!!!

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