It's 2020, and I think we're all putting in the extra effort to find joy in the small things. There's been no days out or summer holidays to break up the year, and each day/week/month can easily melt into one.
Hopefully, I can speak for most of us when I say we all love our homes. But with 2020 keeping most of us within the same four walls for long periods of time, there's no doubt our homes have become a bit of a bore and not somewhere we want to be. Not what we want when it should be our safe space and a place of comfort. So this year, I have focused on seasonal decorations and activities with my boys. Creating small moments of joy and memories with my family. Making our home a place we're happy to be.
Lots of you have reached out to say how much you've enjoyed seeing more of the "behind the scenes" content, and it has been fun to share this side with you. Showing some of our activities, my over the top seasonal décor and my dry humour has brought only more joy as it's helped form lovely internet friendships. It's even inspired the creation of the Halloween Scavenger Hunt, so I could help you keep your little monsters entertained for a short while!
If you fancy a fun activity with or without little monsters, I can highly recommend making the Halloween Eyeball Brownies. I've put the recipe below. We had great fun decorating them, and it's a double win to make goodies in preparation for the end of the Halloween Scavenger Hunt!
Be sure to tag me if you have a go at the brownies, and I'd love to see how much fun you have with the Halloween Scavenger Hunt. If you haven't bagged one yet, they're available to purchase until Sunday night.
Halloween Eyeball Brownies - Makes 12
For the brownies:
150g unsalted butter
300g light brown muscovado sugar
75g cocoa powder, sifted
150g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla extract
150g milk chocolate, chopped into small chunks
For the eyeballs:
12 Oreo cookies
100g white chocolate
Red and Black icing pens
🎃 Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Grease and line a baking tray approx. 30 x 20cm. Melt the butter over a gentle heat in a medium-sized saucepan.
🎃 When it's melted, add the sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon (still over a low heat) to help it blend with the melted butter.
🎃 Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, bicarb and pinch of salt, and then stir into the pan; when mixed (this will be a dry mixture) remove from the heat.
🎃 In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the vanilla extract and then mix into the brownie mixture in the pan.
🎃 Stir in the chopped chocolate and quickly pour and scrape into a lined baking tin, spreading the mixture with a spatula and cook in the oven for approx. 20-25 minutes. The top will look set, dark and dry on top, but will be wobbly underneath. This makes to best brownie!
🎃 Meanwhile make the eyeballs. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of just simmering water. Dip the Oreos into the chocolate to cover one side. Stick an M&M in the centre of each, and add black icing for the pupil and red for the veins.
🎃 Remove the brownie from the oven and immediately push the eyeballs into the surface. Leave to cool and set. Cut into 12 and demolish!