Crafty (& Handy) Food

Nom Nom Nom Nom Brownies

I decided to try out my idea of using the Silhouette SD to make a stencil for decorating brownies. It sounded so cute, and hey, if I happened to end up with a huge tray of brownies when I’m done then that’s just fine with me.

I used the classic brownies recipe from smitten kitchen. I usually go with Nigella’s recipe from How to Be a Domestic Goddess (my favorite baking cookbook), but I’m always open to trying a new one. The brownies were easy to make, and they smelled delicious while they were baking.

Making Nom Nom Nom Nom Brownies

After taking the brownies out of the oven, I set them aside to cool while I made my stencil. I typed out “Nom Nom Nom Nom” (suggested via Twitter), and used Mister Sirloin Well for my font. Then I cut the letters out of card stock with my Silhouette SD. You could do it by hand too, but I’d suggest something shorter in big block letters, like “YUM”.

Making Nom Nom Nom Nom Brownies

Once my brownies had cooled, I transferred them to a pretty tray (this one’s an old Thomas Paul design). Then I had to decide how to use my stencil. I think making the letters out of powdered sugar would have left a clearer design.

Making Nom Nom Nom Nom Brownies

I decided to do the reverse though, so I could use more powdered sugar.

Making Nom Nom Nom Nom Brownies

I didn’t have a fancy little sifter, so my application got a bit messy. It’s still pretty cute though!

Making Nom Nom Nom Nom Brownies

Mmmmm. Or should I say “nom nom nom nom”? I think all blog posts from here on out should be written while eating yummy homemade brownies. And that recipe? It’s a good one.

p.s. You can still enter the giveaway for a Silhouette SD by entering here. The contest is open until the 31st.

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  • Nani
    August 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    those look so yummy and i love the stencil!

  • Jules
    August 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Cute! I didn’t know why you were asking for suggestions on words. Too funny.

  • Design Esquire
    August 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve made those same brownies a few times before, and they’re my absolute favorite. Yours turned out so nice too! I love the stencil.

  • Kristi @ Creative Kristi
    August 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    That looks so cute! I have a silhouette and I’ll have to try this…although I don’t normally make brownies…maybe just on top of a cake??

  • Elka
    August 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Yum! I actually did this with a chocolate cake and a bird stencil for Christmas:

    • Making it Lovely
      August 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      Cute! Your design is so much sharper too.

  • Sarah
    August 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    What an adorable idea!! I’ll have to remember that one!!!

  • Kristen
    August 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Yay for combining yummy food and paper crafts! They look great!

  • michelle
    August 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Very cute! My 15 month old daughter says that EVERY time I open the fridge!!! Haha!

    • Making it Lovely
      August 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      I’m going to have to teach that one to Eleanor! How cute.

  • Christine
    August 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Haha, I was just “nom, nom, nom’ing” on some chocolate yesterday on my blog!! This recipe sounds delicious!

  • Julie
    August 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I love smitten kitchen, I actually just made that brownie recipe last week… delish!

  • Melanie
    August 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Looks great! I have a provocraft Cricut, so this may have to be an idea I steal!

    If you don’t have a sifter, you can also use a mesh/wire strainer (if you have one … you can get them at dollar stores, thats where i got mine!), just fill it with powdered sugar and tap lightly to sprinkle … does it pretty evenly!

  • Sabre
    August 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    It came out great! I will have to try that recipe. I have tried some of smitten kitchen’s recipes before, and I love them!!
    Especially the Blueberry Boy Bait ( I must of made it 5 times this summer!

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    August 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I love that you used the Silhouette for brownies – genius!

    This could be a fun way to decorate brownies for use as a birthday cake, too.

  • Sarah K
    August 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Adorable. Also, you have guaranteed that my kitchen will smell like brownies come Saturday morning. Nom nom.

  • HleenKathleen @ Sugar and Spice
    August 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Wow, we both have brownies on the mind today. I Loved your post, ihope you enjoy my brownie number as well
    Warmly (just like good brownies),

  • m @ rambling musings
    August 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Those brownies look tasty! And I was just reading Deb’s latest concoction….sigh, when I grow up I want to be Deb. Or at least have kids with curls as cute as her Jacob.

  • donaville
    August 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    cute idea! where’d you get the plate from?

    • Making it Lovely
      August 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      It’s a melamine tray by Thomas Paul from a few years ago.

  • Jessie
    August 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    SO excited to see that you use Penzey’s vanilla extract. If you haven’t yet tried their cinnamon- it’s a must. Life changing deliciousness at its best.

    • Making it Lovely
      August 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      Everything at Penzey’s is top notch.

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    August 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Ahhh…this is so cute.

    Love it!

    And now I’m craving chocolate!

  • Alana
    August 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Giddy dance!!! I’ve been wanting something like this for the shop for such a long time. Ordered one after reading this post. BTW, they’re 20% off with free shipping right now!

    -The machine, not the brownies. ;)

  • Bonnie
    August 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    So cute!

  • pinksuedeshoe
    August 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Love it! You can use a plain mesh strainer, the little handheld kind, instead of a sifter with the same results. Emeril actually doesn’t own a sifter. He says it’s ridiculous to buy two tools when one will do. Cute cute!

  • anna
    August 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    ok, this is random, and related to your basement/office (and please forgive me if someone has already mentioned this)… i was flipping through a magazine at home depot and can’t remember what it was, but there was a basement re-do in there and the awesome thing was that the couple had gone ahead and painted the “ceiling” a blue-gray… instead of adding drywall to create a real ceiling. the ducts, the wires, the pipes, all of it! it looked AWESOME. industrial chic. i asked my husband about this, and he reminded me that we already have insulation overhead in the basement, and it would be a waste to throw it out… but it maybe it will work for you?

    • Making it Lovely
      August 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      Maybe. I wonder if it would look OK.

  • Mandy Ford
    August 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    SO adorable!

  • Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy}
    August 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Oh I love it! If there was ever requirement to invite me to eat brownies (hint: there’s not) then this would be the invite I would like. Nom nom nom indeed!

  • Emily @ The Happy Home
    August 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    this is killing me– such a good idea! and so playful looking.

  • Heather
    August 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I love this idea … wonderful … thanks for sharing!!

  • Danielle @ hello owl
    August 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Nomnomnom can you post some to Australia?

  • Katie Truelove
    August 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Aw! My mom used to make me chocolate cake with a little paper cutout shapes/powdered sugar for my birthday- beautiful and delicious. I really should have eaten dinner before reading this;)

  • Kris Mays
    August 26, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I have a huge collection of cookbooks. But How to be a Domestic Goddess is one of my very favorites. I make the Hearth Bread all the time!

  • Margot
    August 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I don’t have a sifter either, but you know what I’ve found works GREAT? One of those little tea things for when you brew loose leaves. I use that dang thing for everything EXCEPT brewing tea. It makes the perfect little mini sifter (or strainer…)

  • Lauren
    August 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Ahahaha – laughed out loud at your choice of stencil phrase! I guess “Nigella, take me now” wouldn’t have fit.

  • Jackie
    August 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    freakishy adorable. copy that stat.

  • Cookie Monster
    August 27, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Cookie Monster says:
    “Me eat Brownie! Om nom nom nom! Ohhhh, brownie goooooood! But brownie look better if it say ‘Om Nom’, not ‘Nom Nom’!”

  • Jacinta @ modelmumma
    August 27, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Cool idea with the stencil!
    Nigella is so awesome. I have her book “Feast” and it just fantastic!

  • Cindy Matthews
    August 27, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Love your blog and read it daily. Gonna try that particular recipe. I wish I had a Silouette so I could use the stencil idea for all my baked goods; I frequently treat my co-workers with cookies, cupcakes adn brownies.

  • Ruxandra
    August 27, 2010 at 6:34 am

    That certainly looks yummy.
    Have a happy weekend and thanks for the tutorial :)

  • PaperDollMN
    August 27, 2010 at 7:38 am

    So clever and cute … and I’m sure quite yummy, too!

  • Nicole
    August 27, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I don’t even like chocolate (i know, i know) but those look nomolious!! Good idea reversing the stencil!

  • Lindzie H
    August 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Thought you might enjoy an “om nom nom” of the day!

    • Making it Lovely
      August 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

      So funny! I hadn’t seen that before!

  • Lilly
    August 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

    OMG those look AMAZING!! I am currently on Phase I of the South Beach diet and would kill for a delicious brownie:( I love the way they turned out, v. cute:)

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  • Suzanne
    August 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    This is such a fun idea! thanks for sharing!

  • Desiree Fawn
    August 28, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I did that same sort of thing for my daughter’s 1st birthday cake ^_^

  • natalyn
    August 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

    What an awesome idea! I am definitely gonna try this out; my kids would love it. I know my 2 year-old would want to help!

  • Renanda
    August 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    So I have to thank you again for the Silhouette win! I am still dancing around my office! I can’t wait to try this idea!

  • caitlin
    September 1, 2010 at 11:10 am

    So, so cute. My daughter would be totally wowed by this.