Sunday, January 1, 2012

Homemaker Monday: How to Soften Brown Sugar

Welcome to the 165th weekly edition of...

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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to "Whole New Mom" for her baked oatmeal recipe! As someone who has tried to make a New Year's resolution to eat more whole foods, I was thrilled to find this recipe. It really does sound healthy and delicious. Just look....



I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much, Whole New Mom, for your recipe! You all will definitely want to check out her blog for more whole foods inspiration! For her post, click HERE!

MINE: So my tip for today is simple, and I may have posted about this before... I can't remember. Anyways....

My husband always does things in a big way, such as marrying a girl with 6 children, which works out fine, because with ten kids, it is usually expedient that things be done in a big way. Thus, the 20-lb bag of brown sugar in our food storage room. Now I am all for buying in bulk, but this particular bag of brown sugar is not air-tight, and after a few days, it began to become hardened. But this was no problem, because 23 years ago, when I lived with my grandmother immediately before the birth of our first daughter, she taught me that all you have to do to soften brown sugar is to put it in the microwave. It works, seriously. I did it tonight, when I made THESE brownies....

Homemade Brownie Mix

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See Homemade Brownie Mix on Key Ingredient.

This is honestly the best brownie recipe I've ever come across, in all my years as a brownie connoisseur. I get requests from people of all walks of life for these particular brownies. And I think it's the light brown sugar crust that makes this recipe. So try the brown sugar tip, and the brownie mix! And thanks for listening!

OURS: Okay, now it's your turn! I can't wait to read all of 2012's newest homemaking ideas! Thanks so much for visiting and linking up and enjoy your Homemaker Monday! :)


Paula said...

Happy New Year!

Today I'm bringing in the new year with some of my favorite healthy posts:

#1 Bathroom Exercises - strange name, but it explains why I don't make New Year's Resolutions

#2 - The easiest Yogurt on Planet Earth - really!

#3 - Why Whey and How to Make It

Thanks for hosting!

Jessica S. said...

Good tip for the brown sugar! Any other ways to make it soft once it's hardened not using a microwave? My microwave broke and I can't afford to get a new one for awhile and actually have some hard brown sugar in my cupboard!

Jessica said...

Thanks so much for hosting. Today I posted about an easy fermented applesauce full of probiotics. Great way to support your immune system!

DeeDee said...

instead of buying brown sugar and then having it harden, i make my own brown sugar. mix sugar and molasses with a fork as you need it and make it as light/dark as you want :) why buy brown sugar if you can make it yourself :)

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Bethany said...

To Jessica,
What I usually do, since I don't have a microwave, is put the brown sugar in a bowl and then cover that bowl with a warm, moist cloth. However you have to let it sit overnight, so it requires a bit of planning ahead.

To Mom,
I want to know how you fit a 20-lb bag of brown sugar in your microwave

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Bethany, I didn't know you could accomplish the same goal with a wet cloth. Great tip, thank you! Also, I only fish out a large chunk of brown sugar and put that in the micro in a glass bowl...... good question.... hahaha!

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Adrienne @ Whole New Mom said...

Thanks so much for the highlight and for your kind words!

- Adrienne