Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Snickers Brownies



My latest Pinterest attempt - it was amazing!!!!!  You must try this!  See below for original post website.



Ingredients:

2 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cup (12 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups Snickers, cut into chunks (About one bag of fun size snickers)

Directions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Whisk the granulated sugar into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour and salt.
  3. Once combined, spread half the mixture on the bottom of prepared baking dish. Sprinkle snickers bits over the brownie batter as evenly as possible and then spread the remained half of the batter over top.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan and the top is crackled.
  5. Let cool completely before slicing. This is very important as the brownies will fall apart if sliced when warm. To speed up the process, put the brownies in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Cut into 24 pieces and serve immediately.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Bathroom Reveal!

View from master bedroom with filter
The BEFORE view




Top Gallery wall shelf


More gallery wall


Anchor on gallery wall

Favorite picture since I was about 12 years old





Gallery wall

"Linen closet" without a single linen  :)

Linen closet with soft close door and frosted glass

New vanity and granite counter top

Love the pulls on the vanity

Hanging mirrored jewelry cabinet
More gallery wall
Vanity top and mirror reflecting gallery wall

Vanity 
Sneak peak of shower




David's sink
Gallery wall
Gallery wall


Gallery wall - gratitude print to be changed out to gold foil bee print


My sink
New closet - feels like a dream!
Looking from closet to master bedroom-note cork boards and push pins for long necklaces

  


Closet has pull downs to utilize space at ceiling level
Bins in  cubbies are from Target

Gallery wall

Key to my heart print close-up

Gallery wall with filter



Close-up of Norman Rockwell print
Shelf above toilet

Middle shelf above toilet

Top shelf above toilet

Floating shelves above toilet

Found the cool train on our way home from California at an antique shop





Cool shot of chair in the jewelry cabinet mirror


Freestanding deep soaker tub


Tub-love the chair-perfect for chilling while our grand-daughters take a bath






New shower with frameless doors



BEFORE shower



New exhaust fan - had no idea you could get them so pretty!


My view when I shower
Pull down in closet


Chrome ceiling fan in bathroom


Lots to be said about the remodel.  First of all, it still seems a bit surreal to me.  I have dreamed of this for 13 years.  It may not look like much, but it is so much lighter and brighter and I was able to more then double my closet space without adding on.  We did lose one of our doors to the master bedroom, but it was a great sacrifice.  The double doors were very pretty, but the functional closet makes my life so much easier!  

One of the big surprises for me was the 3-full days it took me to get everything back into the bathroom and closet.  One of those days I had David helping all day too.  For the first time in our 35 years of marriage, he went through every drawer and all the clothes and shoes in his closet and sent a bunch of stuff to DI (Goodwill Utah style).  I thought I would have us back together in a day.  Oh, how I under-estimate sometimes!

I am in love with the wall color - which I used in the bathroom and closet.  It is Sherwin Williams Waterscape.  I like it so much I am already planning to repaint one of the bedrooms upstairs the same color.  

The tile came from my flooring guy, Jeff at Factory Flooring in Tooele.  His number is 801-250-0395.  He has done all the flooring in my house and I love working with him.  He is familiar with my home, my style, and knows the overall look I am going for.  After meeting with the tile places recommended by the contractor, I was totally depressed as I could not even come close to staying within my budget.  Jeff helped my stay close to budget and had a great selection to choose from.




I went through American Home Services to find my contractor Will French, who then assigned a crew to do the job.  I affectionately called these my Russian Boys as both Peter and Michael, who are brothers, are from Russia.  They started with the job with Igor, also Russian, who assisted in the demolition, etc.  The "boys" came when they said they would and worked hard!  They were clean and conscientious of my space and things.  Peter had a great sense of what I was desiring for the finished project and made changes to the design the first day that were just simply better in every way!  I could not be happier with the finished product!  Peter and Michael seemed to really enjoy the project and consulted with me throughout the process.  Love my Russian Boys!  Definitely planning to use them on future remodels!

When I first suggested putting in a ceiling fan in the bathroom, they thought I was crazy and told me no one puts a fan in the bathroom.  I told them I was hormonal and at my age if I wanted a ceiling fan in the bathroom I would be having one!   :)  SO glad I did!  I start every morning with 40+ minutes in an infared sauna, followed by 20-30 minutes of cardio.  When I get out of the shower I am still sweating!  The ceiling fan is a life-saver for me!

Most of the bathroom fixtures came from Standard Plumbing, but I purchased the ceiling fans(I put one in the bedroom too) from Houzz.com.  Chrome waste basket and toilet brush came from Wayfair.com.

STILL waiting on my plantation shutters (they have been ordered) through Stanfield Shutter and the barn door (being built by my son in AZ) for the closet.  But at least we are functional and I could not be more pleased with my end result!

NOTE:  I totally forgot to give a big shout out to Bill at Cutting Edge Closet and Design 801-735-8940.  He had a great vision on the closet design and implemented my idea of using the pull-downs to utilize ALL space effectively.  I mean, why do builders always put shelving at the top of a closet?  No one can reach them anyway!  Everything we had on our shelves went to DI as it had not been used in 13 years.  :0

Picture credit goes to Brianna Renner - as you can see from the before pics - I never get the lighting right or the angles for that matter.  Super happy with the pics and the way it shows our finished bathroom.  If you need pics, PM me for her information.