Monday, 8 July 2013

DIY Chalkboards and Coconut Oil Brownies!



 This weekend was fun I did a lot of organizing and cleaning and making stuff. I made a menu board for my kitchen as well as a chalkboard for the kids room.


All I did was take some nice smooth wood from all my scrap wood I have and give it a couple coats of chalkboard paint. You can find chalkboard paint at most hardware and craft stores its not too expensive for all the fun stuff you can do with it. I paid 25 dollars for a 377ml can.


For the kids chalkboard I also used some lime green spray paint and created a border and it looks pretty funky!



And I am still learning how to use coconut oil so this morning before the house gets hot by the crazy hot Okanagan sunshine I made some brownies. Here is the recipe for you:


  • 5 tablespoons canola/veg oil
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined!)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
 Melt the oils, sugar, salt and cocoa powder together. Do this by combining them all in a bowl and throwing it in the microwave for a minute. Once it's nice and hot, mix it together until it's very well combined - you don't want to see any lumps. It'll be pretty grainy at this point! Line your pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Mix in the vanilla, eggs and flour. Pour into a pan and spread with a spatula then bake for 30 mins. After 30 minutes is up, pull it out of the oven, and check the doneness with a toothpick. You should see a little crumb on the toothpick, and the top should be matte and starting to crackle a little.
Let the brownies cool on a wire rack until the pan is cool enough to handle, and then use the foil/parchment paper to pull them out and let them cool for a little longer. (You really do want to cool there for a long time if you want them to cut nicely... otherwise, just go for it. Eat them with your hands if you must!)

Once they're cool, cut them into small squares and serve!

I got this recipe from instructables.com here!


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