Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giveaway Winner and the Coconut Blondies

And the winner is.... msheavt said...

I would LOVE to wear hats and I would love to see American women embrace the tradition! I have a baptism to attend in June and was acutally thinking of wearing something fancy. I do agree with all your comments on the above photos. I think my fav is probably the Princess of Kent.

Congratulation Msheavt!  Your selected piece is on it's way and hopefully you will love it.

I was going to take this time to vent about a piece I recently ordered that I did not love.  It was not from the shop above, but I decided I am above all that nonesense and will go about my day.... uh... no.. okay I have to at least show you a picture of the acclaimed "Quality piece" sent to me by AwardDesigns.

Here my friend is a $50 piece of road kill!  I am sorry to say this is a fairly good picture.  Let's take a look at the underside shall we?
Why yes that is glue from a hot glue gun and a metal tab froma  party hat string, thank you for asking.  Still fuming.  I wrote to Etsy who unfortunately couldn't help me because the woman would not take this back.  Looks just like what she advertises doesn't it?

I meant to say... looks NOTHING like what she advertises.  Oh well.... when life hands you a piece of road kill, give it to the cat, report the shop owner to paypal and make blondies.

Coconut Blondies


1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and cooled


In a bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter and the brown sugar, beating the mixture until it is light and fluffy, add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat in the vanilla. In a small bowl whisk together the salt, the baking powder, and the flour, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and beat the batter until it is just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and the coconut, spread the batter evenly in a buttered and floured 13- by 9-inch baking pan, and bake it in the middle of a preheated 350°F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and crumbs adhere to a tester. Let the mixture cool completely in the pan on a rack and cut it into squares.

Makes about 32 blondies.

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