Miscellany-Brownies, Marshmallow Fluff, Pizza, and Christmas Lights

Every now and then, I have a lot of small things to share with you that are not enough to make up an entire blog post. When that happens, I throw all those bits together and I call it a miscellany post. ;)


Yesterday I baked a pan of homemade brownies, which I haven’t done for quite some time, and I was reminded how very easy this recipe is (tasty and cheap too!). Even if you are normally scared of baking, you should give this a try. Your friends and family will love you for it (and you could package these up nicely and give them as Christmas gifts).

Marshmallow fluff that is past its “use-by” date is still perfectly good eaten out of the jar with a spoon. Just in case you wanted to know. I wouldn’t want you to waste any of it.


img_52611I want to give some more props to the Thin Crust Pizza recipe I posted here a little while back. It is really wonderful on a busy day. This past Saturday, I helped my friend declutter for most of the day, came home, did a photo session down at the pier, got back to the house at 4:30, and had these pizzas on the table by 5:00. Love that!

There are three features this recipe has that make it so stinking handy.

First, the dough needs to be made the night before of the morning of, which is awesome for days when I need to be gone all day or at least in the afternoon.

Second, the crust doesn’t need to rise after it’s rolled out. Roll it, top it, bake it, and you’re done.

Third, since the crust is thin, it takes very little time to bake. My pizzas are usually done in about 8 minutes.

So, if you haven’t already, give this one a try. It’s a great way to incorporate pizza baking into a busy life, especially if your busyness requires you to be out of the house.



On Sunday afternoon, it was unseasonably warm, and my husband had the brilliant idea to put up our (purchased-on-clearance-in-January) Christmas lights while it wasn’t freezing cold.


This made our children very happy.


Especially this child.


And that’s all for now! I’ll be back tomorrow with a baking post.
Want more disjointed miscellany posts?
Miscellany-Lotion, Zucchinni Patties, and a Quesadilla recipe
Miscellany-Celery, Tea, Hot Dog Buns, and Sanding


  1. Theresa says

    Happy faced children delighting in the simple things of life…what joy! How about some pictures of your house all lit up at night as well as some tips on photos of how to do that. My pictures of the tree or house always turn out dark, fuzzy (need light for exposure, I do understand the mechanics of photography), or just ‘off’. Thanks for sharing joy!

  2. Erika says

    I second the request for tips on how to take pictures of christmas lights without them getting all blurry. Though, it may just be because I don’t have a very expensive camera…

  3. Mrs. R. says

    What darling children God gave you two! Thank you SO much for sharing these wonderful photos of them. :-)

    Thank you, also, for the pizza recipe—can’t wait to try it!


    Mrs. R.–a new subscriber

  4. Kristen says

    Theresa and Erika, I don’t think I’ve ever tried taking pictures of our house at night. I’ll give it a try, and if I have any success, I’ll let you know what I did. lol

    I know for taking pics of our Christmas tree at night, I’ve used a tripod before, and that helps a lot.

    Mrs. R-So glad to have you here! Welcome! And thanks for the compliment. :-)

  5. Jonathan says

    Night pictures will require a tripod. You might have to play with longer exposures as well. The outcome can be awesome.

  6. says

    I agree wtih Jonathan’s comment. Tripods usually are the way to go at night. The longer exposures can do wonders for how the color and shape of the lights come out! I’m confident you’ll do it :)

    And you made my day with the marshmellow fluff comment :p Glad I’m not the only one :p

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