hazelnut brownies.

Hazelnut Brownies

Hazelnut BrowniesSeriously.

I don’t think we can be friends if you don’t like Nutella.

My cousin Evie loves these brownies. And I love her, so there you go.

I am kind of speechless about what to say about these little nuggets because they are just perfection, and sometimes that’s hard to describe.

Also, it is 5:34 am.

Let’s do this.

Hazelnut Brownies
Brownies with a twist of hazelnut spread? Are you kidding me?
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), plus more for greasing muffin cups
  2. 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped finely
  3. 1 c. sugar
  4. 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  7. 3/4 c. flour
  8. 1/2 c. chocolate hazelnut spread {like Nutella}
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Butter the heck out of 8 muffin cups, or an 8x8 pan, or an entire tray of mini-muffin cups.
  3. 3. Melt 1/2 cup butter.
  4. 4. Add baking chocolate and stir to melt.
  5. 5. Add sugar and cocoa. Whisk.
  6. 6. Add eggs and vanilla. Whisk.
  7. 7. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full of batter.
  8. 8. This part gets tricky: try to make a little well in each cup. Put a tablespoon of Nutella into each well. Alternatively, if you're using a pan, just plop spoonfuls of the Nutella around on top of the batter and use a knife to swirl it and spread it around a bit. Mini muffin cups take less per brownie, of course.
  9. 9. Bake 20-24 mins, until toothpick test reveals just a few crumbs.
  10. 10. Cool 10 minutes.
  11. 11. Remove brownies from muffin tin to cool completely, or cool in pan if using.
  1. These are really sturdy and travel well.
Adapted from Sunset Magazine
Adapted from Sunset Magazine
Fresh Scratch http://freshscratch.net/

return to me: a giveaway.


annabelle's chocolate chip cupcakes, IIIt’s been a while since my girls were babies. They’re five and nine now, and they don’t need me for everything. Sometimes I look back at when they were very small – when Annabelle was nine months old and alternately puking and playing happily as I stayed home with her one day, or when Clementine seemed like she would never learn to stay in her room at nap time after we got rid of her crib – and I wonder who the heck that woman was who raised those babies.

IMG_6297Because she is not too much like me. Oh, she is, because she is/was me, but I also feel like I don’t really know her in the way I know myself now. There’s the me before kids and the me now that they’re a little more grown up, and those ladies seem to have a lot in common. But there was this version of Mrs. Fresh Scratch who was for a good many years strung-out, tired, feeling a little trapped, who hardly had energy for mascara, and who had not much of an idea what the heck she was doing.

There was a me who didn’t bake for nearly four months straight because there was no time!!! Hard to imagine.

my 1st day of school, 2014But I can remember it all, and that’s what makes me appreciate where we are now. It’s a lot of work, blood, sweat, duct tape, and tears to get from newborn to elementary school-er. From new mama to a mom who packs lunches and hangs school pictures on her wall and has time to meet a friend for drinks.

Me & Emily BoatingWe are always changing and always growing and always learning new things about ourselves. I am so lucky that my best Oly gal is also a life and parenting coach. Emily is so amazing at listening and then helping me to see the situation differently and try something new. I think I’d still be trying to get back to being me if it weren’t for some help from her.

returntomeShe’s starting a new online class next month on her website {evolving parents} for just this very thing, and it’s fittingly called “return to me.” It’s about finding out who we are and letting her sparkle. It’s nestled into that sweet pocket of time between back-to-school craziness and holiday mayhem. A little breather for you to remember who you once were and who you want to grow up to be.

Because we each deserve it. Mamahood is hard work.

Emily wants to share this opportunity by giving away a spot in her class. The class is six weeks long, has four workbooks and two Google hangouts, and is meant to fit into your life, not feel like homework. All from the comfort of wherever you are.

What do you have to do? Enter below. A winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday morning, September 22, and I’ll get you in touch with Emily.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Hope to see you there!
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