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Lilly's Mint Brownies

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I don't really bake all that often, and when I do, I pretty much only bake one thing.  My mom's (Lilly's) mint brownies.  This is the only recipe I've ever asked my mom for, because when the need to bake arises, there's no point in baking anything else. ;)

Lilly's Mint Brownies
Lilly's Mint Brownies

BROWNIES - Mix in order, with electric Mixer:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
4 eggs (beaten)
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
24oz chocolate syrup (1 bottle)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour into a 9" x 13" pan, bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes (or until done).
Note: Slightly underbaked is better than slightly overbaked.
Cool and refrigerate until cold.

MINT FROSTING - Mix with electric mixer:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
a few drops of green food coloring

Spread on cold brownie loaf and refrigerate.

CHOCOLATE GLAZE -
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter

Melt and mix semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter.  Cool slightly and
spread over the cold mint-frosted brownie loaf.  Refrigerate and cut
into squares.  Serve chilled.

They're not healthy, they're not vegan, they're not ready in 15 minutes, but they're worth the effort.  Just figured I'd share the love.
  • I have spotted pinhead style components at local bike shops. Basically just call them n' ask if they carry security skewers. They'll know what you mean. OnGuard (kryptonite competitor) makes ones that look identical to the pinhead ones. PitLock (German based) makes some other wicked-awesome looking security components, but I don't know if those are available in local shops. Most places will have something though.

    Yay for friending!
    • I noticed another thing -- the Fahgetaboutit doesn't seem to come with any mounting accessories (or have a place on the lock where these would be attached).... does this mean you have to carry the lock in your bag, or improvise your own mount, or some such thing? (Or is it simply that it comes with a mount that it slides into without the lock itself having a metal mounty thing built in...?)
      The missing link people have a different "Fahgetaboutit" that is sort of an enormous unwieldy chain, and the woman had never heard of the U-lock version, so I may have to hunt around. I do like the shiny silver Larkspur though, *much* lighter than my previous bike. Though I kind of hope to find an '07 version since I'm not sure I like the weird curvy crossbar all the '08 models have. Still debating whether to just go with a cheapo seatleash and wheel cable vs. security skewers.... are they difficult to install? The woman seemed confused about what these were too, strangely, and suggested allen keys rather than quick release, and I'm thinking "I've just been bested by someone with a power hacksaw, I think they might have a collection of allen wrenches with them too!"

      Beside the point, but: I am starting to really crave those mint brownies...
      • Hmm, sounds like you didn't really reach the most helpful bike shop worker. I know Performance Bikes in SOMA carries various security skewers, though I don't know if they'd have any in stock currently. Otherwise you might try Valencia Cyclery or Mike's Bikes or my personal favorite, Pedal Revolution. All of those are in SF though. I don't really know much about Berkeley shops.

        You're right in your assumption that the Fahgeddaboudit locks don't come with any sort of mounting bracket. I kept mine strapped to my rear rack, though I've seen a growing trend of people just putting smallish U locks in their back pockets or through their belts. The Fahgeddaboudit locks may also be known as the "New York" series -- usually identifiable by their yellow coloring, vs the "Evolution" series' orange. I have a New York 3000 lock I picked up earlier this year. I had to order it online, cuz no one stocked it 'round here. To be honest, it weighs a lot. I swear the thing is like 10 pounds. One thing's for sure though, it's a helluva thief deterent. Unfortunately, it's a bit too heavy for my tastes. It now sits virtually unused in my garage. My roommate has taken to using it to keep his folding bike locked up in the garage, but I've been meaning to sell it on CL for ~$40. You can have first dibs on it if you wish. :)

        Otherwise, I would suggest looking into the OnGuard "Brute" series of U locks.
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