Part inspiration and part confession . . .


Here’s the inspiration part.  Try this favourite MacPhee family recipe. They are so quick and easy to make. They’re my  emergency dessert if company lands unexpectedly. I can almost mix them up while people are hanging up their coats! They are fudgy and chocolately and delicious – especially good with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. But equally good plain and unadorned. I don’t put icing on them. They don’t need it but sometimes I will dust a little icing sugar for looks. If I was really inspired, I’d used a paper doily and dust a design. However…that would require waiting for them to cool and the smell of these brownies wafting through the house usually draws an eager (primarily male) audience  who are not inclined to wait. Neither are they  interested in pretty icing sugar designs. But they do appreciate taste and these get a 4 star rating from my crew.

Fudge Bars 

  • 1/2 cup margarine (or butter if you’re feeling decadent)
  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate (although I always use 1/2 cup cocoa with 3 more T. margarine)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
  • 3/4 chocolate chips (optional but a nice variation)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour (measure carefully –  too much flour ruins the recipe – I speak from experience 🙂

Melt margarine  – add cocoa – Add sugar – stir. Add eggs and vanilla – stir – Add flour – then chocolate chips and/or nuts if desired.

Bake in slow oven – 325 F for 35 minutes or so in a 9 by 11 pan. Keep an eye on them. Don’t over bake. The middle will look underdone. 

Then enjoy…

Now the confession part …

I’m sure you’ve been wondering…


I didn’t take that photo. I’m sure my blogging partner RD could have taken a beautiful picture  but I can’t be getting her up here at all hours to take pictures for my blog can I? Plus I confess I didn’t actually make the brownies today – I’m just blogging about them. The picture comes from a school fund raising brochure. They look exactly like my brownies although  they probably don’t taste as good 🙂

I love the composition of that photo – the blue plate and bowl,  the matching checked towel, the brown and white eggs,  the dark chocolate in the clear glass and the pink flower – although if I was setting it up today, I would use an autumn flower from the bouquet that my sweet husband brought home to me yesterday!! 

I love to look at cookbooks but it is the cookbooks with pictures that really captivate me. I enjoy how the photos are set up –  colors, shapes and accessories – like a still-life painting.

Lately I’ve been inspired by Lana  – her photos are gorgeous.


I think I need a good camera. Not super-expensive but better than the 2.1 MP HP camera that my daughter owns.

Don’t you?

I have a strategy – you see, my husband is a fly-fisher and he usually fishes “catch and release” so don’t you think he’d like to have a good camera on hand to take a picture of those beautiful catches before they are released?? 

Wouldn’t it make a great joint Christmas gift?? 

What do you think?


15 thoughts on “Part inspiration and part confession . . .

  1. AndrewM – first comment from my oldest boy! Put a good word in for the camera ok?Thanks Donna – he was good-looking wasn’t he? In fact the photographer like that picture so much he blew it up and put it in the window of his shop.Jeanne – b-day, Christmas and anniversary in 3 weeks – you have a very good case for a camera. I have a anniversary on the 30th of Dec – and a birthday in March. And he has a birthday in Feb – yes – we might be able to pull this off!


  2. I think you and your husband NEED a new camera–there in the middle of all that beauty…and brownies!I’m hinting broadly for one too. My anniversary, birthday and Christmas all fall within 3 weeks of each other, so sometimes I’m entitled to one big gift, don’t you think?Jeanne


  3. AndrewM says:

    Just to clarify, that’s four stars out of four. We don’t hold with any 5-or-above-star nonsense in the MacPhee household.The real problem with these brownies is that they’re not too sweet, so you could easily eat a 1/4 of a pan.Well, I could. Have. Maybe.


  4. Hah, I just made brownies too. How crazy. I love the look of your recipe and I’ll try it next time. You need a camera. You absolutley need a camera. Having said that, your pretend picture is a very good one.


  5. Good point Brian! why don’t you guys come out here and eat some with us??Does anyone know why Suzanne can’t see my pictures?? I wish I knew Suzanne – is this a recent problem? Hey Lana – thanks! I’m on my way over.


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