September 21, 2011

Want To Win A Whole Workout Outfit? With Pooch-Control Shaping Panels? Of course you do. (Sponsored Post)

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Things are lookin' up, people.  I mean YEAH – it's been raining virtually non-stop for the last few weeks.  And YEAH – I'm still livin' over here in Philadelphia where I have no friends or family and YEAH – over half of our stuff is still in boxes in the basement which flooded two days ago….but UP.  UP is where I'm looking.

It must be this runner's high of mine.  

If one, can, in fact, get a runner's high from 8 minutes of running.  Which is all I managed the last time I ran.  I'm just so. darn. tired.  But still – it was 8 minutes of running.  So I'm going to call myself a runner, eat an extra brownie (I've grown fond of my pooch anyway), and keep on keepin' on.  And looking up.

Wanna join me?  'Cause I think winning a pair of shaper pants with a shaper tank and this cute little jacket would easily qualify as a runner's high and earn you a nice big brownie, too.  

We talked about Champion's fabulous shaper workout pant and tank here.  And I styled up this little jacket here.  Now all you have to do, if you'd like this entire outfit in your size, compliments of our friends at Champion, is the following:

Share or like this article on Facebook, then leave a comment telling us about your favorite brownie recipe (feel free to leave links).

psssst – to share, look for this icon at the bottom:

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Winners will be chosen at random on Thursday night, September 29th.

 

What?  M is pregnant and I'm….well, I'm not.  But still.  It's been a tough few weeks people.  I needs my chocolate.

My fav brownie recipe is here, with a little of this cocoa powder mixed in (black onyx).  Only for the serious chocoholic. (Thanks, J!!)

xo,

S

*******THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***********

Congrats to TheRingChronicles!!

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Thanks to all who participated….and left the drool-worthy brownie recipes….YUM!

 

72 Comments
  • Andrea J
    September 21, 2011

    My favorite brownie recipe is here. http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/01/best-cocoa-brownies/ Yep, we have it in common.

  • Barbara H
    September 21, 2011

    I love the brownie recipe off the can of Ghirardelli chocolate – and then I play with adding orange extract, or mint extract, or pepper…or whatever I’m in the mood for. Yum!

  • Angela
    September 21, 2011

    Brownies Recipe…I love them when they are dense and perhaps a little oily. I’ve only ever been able to make them that way using the Duncan Hines mix. Sorry to be boring, but there it is.

  • Michelle
    September 21, 2011

    can’t go wrong with chocolate and mint…http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/03/chocolate-mint-brownies/ delish!

  • Sabrina
    September 21, 2011

    So I can’t do gluten, but there are lots of good brownie mixes out there– there is one made by a company called Pamela’s that seriously is like brownie crack, gluten or no gluten.

  • Kristen M.
    September 21, 2011

    Oh boy…I never use a “real” recipe, but I do love those Giradelli boxed numbers. I think the beauty of brownies might just be the make-at-the-last-minute-ness of them. :) Shared on FB.

  • Cari M.
    September 21, 2011

    Yep, its all about the Ghirardelli box for me! And corners and edges … I want one of those pan inserts where every piece is an edge :o)

  • aly
    September 21, 2011

    I think the only brownies I have ever made came from a box…but there is one boxed mix that has teeny tiny peanut butter cups in it. YUM.

  • Em
    September 21, 2011

    sigh. for some reason this post made me miss you!
    Made me think of when R would take super naps and P would chill in the ergo…that was when you would make me hot chocolate (I sound like a child!) and we could talk fashion for a few moments.
    best. job. ever. :)
    p.s. I made the best brownies at your house, probably using the recipe above!

  • Jenn
    September 22, 2011

    I shared on FB – as far as brownies, I use the boxed mixes and it sounds like I really need to check out the Ghirardelli one!

  • Jen d.
    September 22, 2011

    I shared on facebook and I love, love, love the knock you naked brownie recipe here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/05/knock-you-naked-brownies/

  • JJ
    September 22, 2011

    FB shared it here
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=206222129444166&id=202445043155208&ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment#!/JamieCCox/posts/194890417251026
    Is it bad that I just like brownies out of a box? No sophistication here – Duncan Hines works for me. Gooey, moist brownies (not cakey ones). They are my guilty pleasure.

  • theringchronicles.blogspot.com
    September 22, 2011

    I like any brownies with frosting – box or homemade. Shared on FB.

  • Michelle Gasiorski
    September 22, 2011

    I love Paula Deen’s Toffee Brownies! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/toffee-brownies-recipe/index.html

  • Julia Ashbridge
    September 22, 2011

    I LOVE this recipe and if you don’t need the coffee fix (not sure why you wouldn’t but whatever, that’s up to you) you can just leave the liqueur out!
    http://www.recipe.com/coffee-and-cookie-brownies/

  • ashley
    September 22, 2011

    the Ghiradelli mix is definately where it’s at. and they have different levels of dark chocolately goodness. yum! i bet the paula dean recipe above is pretty great, too.

  • Kirsta Silvey
    September 22, 2011

    This isn’t a brownie, but it is the best chocolate cake, and it’s so thick and dense and delicious that it could count as a brownie.
    http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2010/09/the-best-chocolate-cake.html

  • Ginny
    September 22, 2011

    I “liked” on FB. I’m usually a bok mix girl, but I do love the brownie recipe in the Domestic Goddess cookbook.

  • Donna
    September 22, 2011

    I liked on FB – I love this outfit – it’ll be perfect for post-maternity trying to work out prepping myself for next year’s Avon Walk.
    As for brownies, I’m a sucker for the cheesecake brownie swirl. Love the solid gooeyness of the cheesecake with the sweetness of the chocolate brownie!

  • Amanda
    September 22, 2011

    I also do the duncan hines box mix but will have to check out some of these other ones.

  • Sarah AJ
    September 22, 2011

    Best brownies I’ve ever made, hands down: http://www.cakespy.com/blog/2010/8/11/brownie-heaven-the-baked-brownie.html I’ll have to try the Smitten Kitchen ones next. Her recipes are always great. I “liked” this on FB.

  • Michelle
    September 22, 2011

    Ghirardelli box from Costco. Quick, easy and oh so good!

  • Cait
    September 22, 2011

    My son is allergic to eggs so I use a recipe from this book
    http://www.amazon.com/Bakin-Without-Eggs-Delicious-Food-Allergic/dp/0312206356

  • Andrea
    September 22, 2011

    My grandmother’s brownie recipe is as follows:
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-brownies/detail.aspx
    Ha ha! Not really but this one is a good one too!

  • Melissa C
    September 22, 2011

    Way too much butter in these (than should even be legal!) But amazingly gooey, chocolatey, and just downright delicious. Mrs. Fields Recipe:
    http://www.food.com/recipe/mrs-fields-super-fudge-brownies-105751

  • Natalie
    September 22, 2011

    I have never made brownies from scratch but I believe I will try this weekend! I usually make the box mix – Ghirardelli – and love to either add peanut butter chips, or “layer” a Symphony bar inside the brownies…yum, yum, YUM!
    PS – I LOVE the outfit. I am 6 mo. along with #3 & keep wondering if this bump I have right now will resemble how I look post-partum as well!

  • Amanda
    September 22, 2011

    All these brownie recipes are dangerous to my pregnant, chocolate-craving self! My all-time favorites are mint chocolate brownies. I’d have to ask my mom for the recipe, but basically, you make cake-like brownies, top with buttercream frosting that has peppermint extract (and green food coloring, if you wish). Then, you melt butter and chocolate on the stovetop and pour it over the top to make a harder chocolate topping. So delish!!! (“liked” the post on fb)

  • Felicia Eis
    September 22, 2011

    I shared on Facebook ~ this is my favorite brownie recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-brownies/detail.aspx

  • Teresa Marie
    September 22, 2011

    My favorite recipe for brownies? Um, really, I just buy a box, add chocolate chips, and pray they don’t burn! But mmm are they good, especially if I can get them while they are warm and just a bit gooey.
    Man, now I want.

  • Amanda
    September 22, 2011

    My favorite browies are gluten free chocolate nut brownies.

  • Renee
    September 22, 2011

    http://bakedbree.com/simple-brownie-recipe#axzz1KDFQmCEv This is my favorite brownie recipe, from Baked Bree. The cocoa powder I like to use in it is some that I got in Mexico last year. I LOVE BROWNIES!

  • Kelly M
    September 22, 2011

    I would say my old favorite was Ghirardelli box brownies. But with a new gluten free diet I’ll go with Bob’s Red Mill gluten free brownie mix. They are actually my husband’s favorite brownie!

  • Kirsten Parriott
    September 22, 2011

    I know it’s sad, but my favorite brownie recipe is Betty Crocker Dark Choolate Supreme brownie mix.

  • Kate L.
    September 22, 2011

    Yeah, the smitten kitchen recipe is amazeballs.

  • Beth LaMois
    September 22, 2011

    I have an awesome recipe. I literally made this at LEAST once a week (ok every other day….) during my last month of pregnancy!
    Preheat oven to 350.
    Bakes for 30 minutes
    2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
    1 stick of butter
    3/4 c. flour
    1 c. sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    Melt chocolate and butter together in medium saucepan. Then add sugar and mix. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. Add flour. Pour into greased 8×8 pan and bake!

  • Emily S.
    September 22, 2011

    I love this recipe:
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-brownies/detail.aspx
    They bake up right on that perfect line between cakey and chewey, and best of all – they’re nearly as easy as a box mix with just as few dishes! When I was pregnant, I would make them during TV marathons – one commercial break to prep, another to mix and get them in the oven, another for dishes.

  • Megan B.
    September 22, 2011

    Love the “No Pudge” brownie mixes – especially since they have no eggs and can be eaten straight from the bowl. Also, any brownie mix with peppermint patties layered in the middle is one of my favorite ‘recipes’.

  • Kim
    September 22, 2011

    brownies with chocolate chips mixed in!

  • Heather Novak
    September 22, 2011

    My favorite brownie recipe is anyone else’s covered in Breyer’s vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Oh. Yes.
    And THAT, my darlings, is why my posterior is not inferior.
    And I might have knocked my toddler over with it a few times. Seriously. *blushes* So the hubs and I are running now, more for my toddler’s safety than my health. I needs workout clothers. Big. Time. PLEEZ?

  • Jennifer B.
    September 22, 2011

    Yes, I have to agree that you can’t beat the Costco box of 6 pouches of Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate brownie mix. We always have it on hand and it gets rave reviews every time! They are super chocolatey and the three kinds of chips (semi-sweet, milk, and bittersweet) keep them ooey-gooey! My husband even makes them :). Liked article on FB.

  • Darla T.
    September 22, 2011

    I like cake-like brownies. Chewy not gooey. Nuts yes. Icing light. Ice cream on top even better.
    I like these but use butter instead of oil…
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/mmm-mmm-better-brownies/detail.aspx
    p.s. I linked on fb –

  • Kim
    September 22, 2011

    Best brownies EVER! are Smitten Kitchen’s cheesecake marbled brownies :)
    http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/09/cheesecake-swirled-brownies/

  • nell
    September 22, 2011

    The best brownies are the ones you didnt have to bake! My advice- find an artisan bakery within walking distance and buy yourself one! Have you tried Mqt Baking Co?

  • Sarah
    September 22, 2011

    I love these brownies. Luckily, they take too long to make regularly and I only make them for really special occasions!
    http://www.bellalimento.com/2010/03/14/nutella-caramel-hazelnut-brownies/

  • Juliana B
    September 22, 2011

    My mom’s brownies are awesome! She uses a melted chocolate frosting on top and the whole thing is To.Die.For. Recipes below with commentary from my mother.
    Also, hate to tell you dear, but this is the start of the rainy season ’round these parts. Starts raining around now, and quits just in time for a big blizzard-like snow storm. Did I mention that we live in a climate uninhabitable to normal life? When the Continental Army was stationed here during the Revolutionary War, they got hazard pay because of the climate.
    Brownies
    3/4 cup powdered cocoa
    2/3 cup + 1/4 cup shortening (I think Crisco makes really good brownies, but can use butter)
    2 cups sugar
    4 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1-1/4 cups flour
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. salt
    Melt shortening. Mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in 9×13 greased pan.
    Bake 30 minutes or less in 350 oven. DO NOT OVERBAKE.
    Fudge Frosting
    1 stick butter
    2 tablespoons cocoa
    6 tablespoons milk
    Bring above to a boil. Add 1 box of powdered sugar (if you sift it you get out the lumps, but that doesn’t really bother me). Pour over brownies or cake while warm.

  • Karena
    September 22, 2011

    Shared the link!
    Pooch controlling work out gear definitely needs brownies. ;)
    My favorite brownies are chewy, gooey fudge brownies with mint frosting. I use a regular brownie recipe. Then, whatever frosting recipe I feel like using (sometimes this means it comes out of a can.) Then I add mint flavoring and green food coloring to the frosting. Sometimes, I get fancy and add crushed candy canes on top. This is assuming that the brownies do not disappear while I am crushing said candy canes.

  • Andrea Cox
    September 22, 2011

    I “shared” on FB :) My favorite brownies are from a box too, but definitely the Ghiradelli dark chocolate mix. And I make it in a 13×9 pan so they come out chewier rather than cake like…mmmm, might have to make brownies tonight! :)

  • Suzanne
    September 22, 2011

    Caramel pecan brownies…yes please!
    http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/caramel-pecan-brownies-50445.aspx

  • Ashley H.
    September 22, 2011

    I shared on facebook. My favorite brownies are the duncan hines fudge brownies.

  • Cortney
    September 22, 2011

    Liked on FB!
    My brownies always come from a box, but I couldn’t tell you which brand I prefer b/c I don’t eat them often enough to remember. Really should do something about that…which would require more workout outfits. :)

  • www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601161698
    September 22, 2011

    I’ve shared on FB :) The “No Pudge” brownies mix is actually quite good!

  • Kay
    September 22, 2011

    We can’t eat gluten at our house, so my favorite recipe is gluten-free:
    Brownies (Gluten-Free)
    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/3 cup olive oil
    2 large eggs
    1 ½ tsp. vanilla
    1 cup sugar
    ½ tsp. baking powder
    ¼ tsp. salt
    ¼ cup white rice flour
    ¼ cup brown rice flour
    ¼ cup tapioca starch
    ½ cup chopped walnuts
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Combine cocoa and oil together in a small bowl until blended.
    Whisk eggs and vanilla in large bowl. Whisk in sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in cocoa mixture, white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapiocha starch and nuts.
    Pour mixture into lightly greased 8-inch square pan.
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Kay
    September 22, 2011

    Oh, and I shared on Facebook too. ;)

  • Vicki
    September 22, 2011

    I “liked” it on facebook. I love my store brand brownie mix; but I just moved and need to see if the store brand is just as good in our new state!

  • dani lassen
    September 22, 2011

    I shared on Facebook! Great site! My fave brownies are fudgy with no nuts, but as I am now gluten free I am busy finding new recipes…..here is to discovering my new favorite brownie:)

  • Melanie
    September 22, 2011

    Shared…
    Here’s my fav. brownie recipe from Nigella Lawson:
    http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/flourless-chocolate-brownies-with-hot-chocolate-sauce-22

  • bec shulba
    September 22, 2011

    found this recipe on pinterest recently and they are SO good! decadent. http://buddingbaketress.blogspot.com/2011/09/baked-brownie.html
    also – i shared this post on facebook. great giveaway!

  • Charissa Stamm
    September 22, 2011

    I like my brownies fast and EASY!
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-brownies/detail.aspx

  • Lindsay H
    September 23, 2011

    I wasn’t sure if you wanted us to comment here or on FB so I’m doing both! I usually use a box ’cause I’m lazy like that when it comes to brownies (I usually love to bake from scratch so I’m not sure why brownies in particular scare me off but they do), but if I were going to make them from scratch I’d use this recipe: http://www.joyofbaking.com/brownies.html because all of her recipes I’ve tried (which is at least half a dozen) have turned out super delicious!

  • Sandy
    September 23, 2011

    I “liked” on FB. My favorite brownies are the brownie/cookie mix in a box. I’m not very fashionable, but love reading your humorous blog entries. Best of luck to you and Mike (and the boys) in Philly.

  • Jolie
    September 23, 2011

    Ghirardelli boxed brownies (dark chocolate is my fav). Once cooled, cover with thick layer of cool whip. Next, top with different fruit like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, peaches. Put in fridge and serve cold.

  • Janna
    September 24, 2011

    I love all brownies…never turned one down! But if I had to pick a favorite brownie, it’s probably the Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk brownies that are screaming my name in the cupboard right now!

  • Mary
    September 24, 2011

    I liked on Facebook. I’m a fan of the Ghirardelli brownies in a box.

  • Shannon
    September 24, 2011

    My favorite brownie recipe is from Ina Garten and has coffee in it and us absolutely decadent!

  • Sarah J
    September 25, 2011

    I have only had boxed brownies to be honest…..besides the ones the local bakery makes that are awesome too!

  • Joy O
    September 25, 2011

    I can’t eat anything with Gluten. This USED to mean that I couldn’t eat brownies (since I don’t actually, like, bake). But hallelujah, there are now several decent, gluten-free brownie mixes! I modified my mother-in-law, Connie’s, chocolate cake recipe (which begins with a chocolate cake mix) and added some chocolate chips to invent this (my fave) brownie recipe:
    1 box gluten-free brownie mix (I usually use Pamela’s, but Betty Crocker also now has one)
    1 can cherry pie filling (double check for gluten ingredients!)
    1 small pkg. chocolate chips
    Prepare brownie mix as directed on the package. (If using Pamela’s, there are multiple different sets of directions. I prefer the fudgy one.)
    Add can of cherry pie filing and a handful or so of chocolate chips to the brownie batter.
    Pour into baking pan and sprinkle more chocolate chips on the top.
    That’s all, folks!

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  • Lara K
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    Liked this post on FB, shared your blog URL on FB, and here’s my favorite brownie recipe. It involves baking brownies into giant chocolate chip cookies. No lie, they’re ridiculous. http://www.bakerella.com/pillow-cookies/
    Enjoy! Hope I win!

  • Elizabeth
    September 27, 2011

    My favorite brownies are the Ghirardelli boxed ones (from a box) or the Baked brownies (from scratch)!

  • MJ Moore
    September 28, 2011

    I’m in the Ghiredelli club, specifically the dark chocolate flavor. Pair with a nice Shiraz if not pregnant…
    FB name: MJ Moore

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