Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear, regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a visual folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown and/or painted by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how overgrown and wild it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ...


My Book Available on AMAZON

Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
A very limited selection of reproductions from my paintings can be found here

May 20, 2009

Diva-Licious Brownies

This is my favorite brownie recipe. It was originally found on the back of a Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix box - I tweaked it to make it unique and my own:

1/2 C (1 stick) butter, melted

1 box Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

1 C shredded coconut

1 C butterscotch chips

1 C Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 lg Toffee/Almond Chocolate Bar (i.e., Symphony - I know, its Hershey's - Chopped

1/2 C chopped pecans

1-1/4 C (14-oz. can) sweetened condense milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Coat bottom of 13x9x2" pan w/melted butter. Sprinkle brownie mix over butter. Top with coconut, chopped chocolate bar, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and pecans. Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk. Bake 30-35 minutes

PIE IDEA: Mix Brownie Mix per box instructions. Pour into an unbaked pie shell, and sprinkle with coconut and chopped chocolate/toffee candy bar. Bake pie until it becomes puffy, and the crust is golden brown!

Preheat oven to 325F

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

Old Fashioned Tips