Peppermint Brownies

This is what failure looks like:
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Don't get me wrong.  Mint Brownies are a tried and true hit.  You can't go wrong with them.
But I had something fabulous planned for my neighbor gifts.

And it was a flop.  Failure.  Didn't work.

It was one of those things that was fabulous in my mind, but didn't turn out even close to that when I tried it.  Then I had idea #2.  It didn't work.  I think everyone has experienced this and hopefully you can sympathize.  In our creative endeavors, some things just don't work.  I'm just so glad that some things DO work out as well as they did in my head.  Like this.  And this.

And I'm glad I have a few standards (like mint brownies) that are always there for me in times of need.
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So with some nice candy boxes from my local cake store and some ribbon to top it off...
I came up with this for the neighbors.  I dyed the mint frosting pink, instead of green and sprinkled my favorite peppermints (Bob's) on top.  I didn't even have a cute saying to go with it.  Just a plain old tag that says "Merry Christmas."  And I feel good about it.  :)
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I also like a simple satin ribbon.  It reminds me of Martha.
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Do you think Martha ever has flops?
Probably not.
But maybe she has.  And maybe she turns to her "mint brownie" recipe for comfort too!

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  1. Ok, you're "failure" looks fabulous. I would love to see these from a neighbor!

  2. I'm still oggling over your bedding. I think of it every time I walk past fabric or into the fabric store! Will you come be my neighbor these look amazing!

  3. When you said this was what failure looked like, I thought for sure there was going to be a photo of me. Thank goodness is was brownies, which - if I don't have to make them - are never a failure in my book.

    Have you posted the recipe somewhere, or is it top secret? I'm going visiting teaching next week:

  4. Okay so they LOOK really cute, and that's half the points, right?? Oh and the Simpsons Christmas special (don't know if you watch that show or not but you should watch this one part) has a bit with Martha Stewart that is freakin' hilarious.

  5. umm they were quite amazing, my tummy thanks you. and your pics look fab too!!

  6. the presentation is fabulous, i need to find a good bake/cake store around here to get some cute boxes and stuff. those look delish!!

  7. Now if only MY "failures" looked so good...

  8. Those look absolutely amazing. You should see my first attempt at cake pops. LOL I would've had to tie ribbon around the WHOLE box to cover up the bad aesthetics.


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