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Two-Bite Brownies

Festive for Canada Day and 4th of July celebrations - any summer party, really - small chocolate brownies iced, sprinkled with colored sugar, then placed onto skewers in a watermelon. Very fun! And how about a pumpkin for Halloween, with orange sprinkles, of course?! Did I mention that these brownie bites add up to only one Weight Watchers point, even with icing and nuts? Now that's a quick treat worth a celebration all its own, no watermelon required. This recipe is so quick and easy
that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes
published throughout the summer of 2009.
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BATCH ONE The first time I made Two-Bite Brownies, my notes read, “VG, but use VB”. Huh? That would be code for Very Good but next time, use my long-time favorite recipe for Vanilla Brownies and bake in a mini muffin pan.Ha. That first batch disappeared so fast I considered a name change, something like Two-Minute Brownies or mayb…

Gingerbread Muffins

The Recipe: There's so much to love about these quick and easy muffins. That deep molasses sweetness, just like hot squares of fresh gingerbread. That they're low-fat and low-calorie (thanks to half the butter in typical muffin recipes) yet still keep a moist and delicate crumb. Plus, they're made in a flash with a few pantry ingredients. But most of all, they just taste good. What's NOT to love? The Conversation: Waking early on Saturdays to make muffins. BZZZZZZ. The alarm buzzed with insistence until groping fingers located the snooze button. Still half-asleep, my mind began to sketch out a typical busy Saturday. Exercise! I promised. Then stops at the grocery, the shoe man, the car wash. A birthday present for a friend, flowers for a neighbor with cancer.I checked the weather with just-opened eyes. The sky was unmistakably threatening, the wind unseasonably fierce. Was it February or almost June? Those sounded like blizzard winds!Muffins! I thought. Postponing the d…

My Perfect (Unsweet, Unboozy) Sangria

At last, perfect for summer parties, a big pitcher of dry sangria that's fruity and refreshing, not cloyingly sweet and dizzyingly boozy. For anyone who's ever been turned off by sangria, this recipe will be a revelation. This recipe is so quick and easy
that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes
published throughout the summer of 2009.
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In my life, the idea of sangria has always outsold the reality. I idealized a tall glass of Spanish wine served cold and spicy on a steamy summer’s day. The sorry reality: a cloyingly sweet wine punch with so much alcohol that a glassful dropped me into a doozey of a dozey daze. Instead, I wanted a summer sangria to sip, one that deserved and allowed a second cup. So in a moment of inspiration, this perfect sangria was born. It added to a happy party one night, was appointed the drink of choice for the ‘family kitchen staff’ at a large party the next, and …