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Mystery Ingredient Reveal & Other Randomness…

Thinking-Out-Loud

It’ been a long while since I linked up with Amanda @ Running With Spoons to engage in some purging of my mind…to stop censoring and start thinking out loud…

MYSTERYigredientbrowniecups

Remember those Brownie Cups that made an appearance on here yesterday?

Well – first things first – so many of y’all guessed correct (YAY!!!); the mystery ingredient was BEETS!!!
Baked and pureed in a blender, I was going to use them to give the red coloring to the Red Velvet Brownie Cups I made, however, I think there was just too much dark chocolate in the mix, but, there was no complaining!

While one of the reasons behind making these Brownie Cups was because my daughter wanted to enjoy them before her upcoming oral surgery; the other reason was because last year on June 12th, I released my very first post – which makes “Runnin Srilankana year old today! Yup, it’s this shawty’s birthday – or Blogversary! 🙂

I know I’ve said this before, but I need to say it again – when I started out I never thought I would run into as many wonderful guys and gals as I have. Along the way, I have lost a few initial followers and gained a few new ones and then there are those loyal ones, and I am so grateful for you ALL! From the bottom of my heart thank you for your personal and supportive comments – for trying out my recipes – for answering my emails – for letting me tag y’all in chain posts – for taking the time to hook me up with Pinterest tips – for emailing me to let me know your comments are not showing up – for participating in my mystery ingredient recipe posts – thank you, thank you, thank you – sending you all a big, gynormous, virtual hug and hoping to give y’all one in person-one day!

Speaking of meeting – anyone coming to Atlanta for TECHmunch (A one day food blogger conference) in September or Bloggy Boot Camp in October?

Sometimes I get involved in conversations with people I hadn’t met before – yesterday, a lady in line at the grocery store made a comment about how younger people are less caring these days – I was not quite sure what she had seen or heard that sparked this comment, but, it got me thinking…I have been around plenty of teens who have held a door open for me, who have not just shown me where a restroom is in a new school I was visiting – but walked me to it, who have picked up stuff that fell out of my arms. Yesterday, the lady at the oral surgeons office where my daughter had her wisdom teeth removed even told me that not even one adult had asked her how her day had been going – but my daughter did (it’s not just her report card but actions like these that make me proud to be her mom)…and then I found this video…about the younger generation…take a quick look and let me know your consensus…

Happy, Happy Thursday Yall! 

P.S. Yesterday was National Hug Day! 

Mystery Ingredient (Flour-less) Brownie Cups!
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Amila

Sunday 15th of June 2014

I am late to the party...:) Wish you a Happy Blog Anniversary!Hope to see more posts in coming year... Cupcake looks fantastic!

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Sunday 15th of June 2014

Happy happy blogiversary!!! :D I'm so glad that blogging has given me the chance to meet such a wonderful person like you! You should definitely be proud as a mom. Your daughter truly sounds like a shining star! :) I love the idea to bake with beets! I've never done it, but it sounds like a great way for some extra veggie action!

Shashi

Sunday 15th of June 2014

Thanks so much Alex! I am so glad to have "met" you too sweet lady! You gotta give baking-with-beets a try - pairing them with chocolate is just so dang good!

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Saturday 14th of June 2014

Happy Blogiversary! Those cupcakes look fantastic. I have to try baking with beets. I might try to come down for the conference. Last time I checked the website though they didn't really have much information posted about it.

Shashi

Sunday 15th of June 2014

From what I garner, TECHmunch is on Friday, sept 26 from 10-5, - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/techmunch-atlanta-food-beverage-lifestyle-blogger-conference-tickets-10481001959 and: "TECHmunch, the food blogger conference sweeping North America, is heading to Atlanta to serve up tasty strategies for food blogger success! The TECHmunch conference will inspire food bloggers of every level and provide the ingredients you need to succeed and pursue your passion. Topics include the latest tools and tactics for food bloggers to create great content, build buzz, grow an audience and profit financially from all their hard work. The focus is on practical, hands-on information that bloggers can use from day-one to take their blogs to the next level." really hope you can make it! If you need a place to crash - please shoot me an email!

Tara

Saturday 14th of June 2014

Happy happy birthday to your blog! A year pasts by so fast, doesn't it?

Also, good luck to your daughters surgery. I can tell how proud of a mama you are. :)

Shashi

Sunday 15th of June 2014

Thank You Tara - no kidding - a year has FLOWN by!

Joanne Viola

Saturday 14th of June 2014

Happy Blog Anniversary! Loved the cupcakes. I am amazed at the secret ingredient as I LOVE beets. Glad to have stopped int his morning from the SITS. Have a wonderful weekend!

Shashi

Saturday 14th of June 2014

Thank You so much Joanne! I love beets too - but my daughter used to not, so I used to make these for her...and once she started loving them I told her what was in them and now she too loves beets :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!