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Homemade Brown Sugar

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Homemade Brown Sugar

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses

1 Cup Medium Brown Sugar
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 3 tablespoons molasses

1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1/4 cup molasses

Instructions

Pour sugar and molasses into a mixing bowl (or food processor). Mix with a paddle attachment on medium-low speed for about 1 minute. The mixture will be crumbly at this point. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to mix until the sugar is all one beautiful golden brown color and there are no more chunks of molasses. The more you mix it, the more air gets into it and the fluffier it will become. Should take 3-4 minutes total.
Store your brown sugar a dark airtight container. Use as you would store bought brown sugar.

Softening Brown Sugar
When brown sugar is exposed to air it can solidify as it loses moisture and become very hard. You can prevent this by limiting brown sugar’s exposure to air and dry conditions. Store it in the refrigerator or a cool, dark place in a nontransparent, airtight sealable container. If your sugar still becomes hard, here are a few ways to soften it.

To Use the Brown Sugar Right Away:
1. Place brown sugar in a microwavable bowl.
2. Drape with one or two damp paper towels.
3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
4. Microwave on high for 10-second intervals until the sugar becomes soft.
5. Break apart with a fork and use right away.

To Use the Brown Sugar Later
1. Cover with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap, and let sit overnight at room temperature.
2. Place a wedge of apple or a slice of bread in the bag overnight. The sugar will absorb the moisture from these foods.

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So You Forgot You Committed to Bring Snacks…

I love the pinwheels

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If you’re anything like me, you are constantly offering to bring a side dish/dessert/snack to dinners/baby showers/get togethers…. you catch my drift. And then the inevitable happens. You forget. Talk about embarrassing. Maybe you remember the day before and still have time to get to the store. Or if you are still like me, you forget until the day of, you remember while you are eating lunch at work, run by the grocery store on your way home, and have 42.7 minutes to prepare something amazing. Because you have a wicked pride streak that will not allow you to show up to a partying carrying only a fruit tray. You just WON’T, okay? Yeah, this happened to me just yesterday. But fear not!! I have some DELISH options that I have proven myself can be done in 20 minutes or less. 

Option #1: Ranch and bell pepper pinwheels

Here’s…

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