Butterscotch and Walnut Brownies

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...The good news is these brownies are delicious. They're patterned after those served at Clementine in Los Angeles and they are really, really good. The Los Angeles Times first published the recipe, and while it was picked up by the wires and published by other news organizations, I haven't been able to find a review of the recipe that was written by a home cook or a blogger. Normally, I wouldn't care, but I was looking for validation. The fudge-like brownies I made look nothing like the cake-type brownies that appeared in the paper. Here's hoping I got it right.

This is one of the easiest recipes I've come across. It requires no special equipment, and, if you have 2 mixing bowls and a wooden spoon, you'll be able to whip these bars up in a matter of minutes. I'm sure you have the ingredients needed to make them in your pantry. I made no changes to the original recipe, although I did find it necessary to bake them five minutes longer than was recommended. I plan to make these again, though next time around I intend to put away my cups and spoons and measure ingredients by weight. I normally don't fuss with a recipe this way, but the brownies are so good I want to make sure I do them justice. I'll let you know what happens. I hope you'll try these. Here's the recipe .

Addendum: The brownies were made again, this time using a scale to weigh the the ingredients. No signicant changes were noted and the finished brownie was fudgy rather than cake-like.

Butterscotch and Walnut Brownies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (3.5 ounces) flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup + 2 tablespoons (9.25 ounces) dark brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 extra-large egg
1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted walnuts


1) Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square pan. Set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
3) In a large bowl, stir brown sugar into melted butter. Stir in egg, then vanilla.
4) Stir in dry ingredients, then fold in nuts.
5) Place the batter into prepared pan and bake until set (a toothpick inserted will have moist crumbs), 25 to 30 minutes.
6) Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving. Yield: 12 to 16 servings.

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10 of greatest inventors killed by their own inventions/Experiments

These are the great people whose discoveries have changed the world but they were unfortunate as they died or injured themselves while performing their experiments. The advances they have made to science are incredible and many of them opened the doors for some of man’s greatest discoveries and inventions.

1 - Thomas Midgley- Leaded Petrol and Mechanical Bed

Thomas Midgley, an American chemist who developed both leaded petrol and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), was notoriously known as ‘the one human responsible for more deaths than any other in history’. As if it was nature’s idea to get revenge on him he was left disabled in his bed due to lead poisoning and polio at the age of 51. Keeping his inventive juices flowing, he designed a complicated system of strings and pulleys on his bed so that he could lift himself up when needed. This invention was the cause of his death at the age of 55 when he was accidentally entangled in the ropes of his bed and died of strangulation. Talk about double irony.
2 - Otto Lilienthal - Hang Glider

‘To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything’ - famous words uttered by Otto Lilienthal who was one of the pioneers of human aviation and invented the first few hang gliders. He made over 2500 successful flights using his own inventions for five straight years starting from 1891 until one fateful day, in the mid of 1896, his glider lost lift and he crashed from a height of 17m (56 feet). The impact broke his spine and a day later, he succumbed to his injuries. His last words are a source of inspiration for all those who face numerous obstacles in life while trying to achieve something big: ‘Small sacrifices must be made!’
3 - Franz Reichelt- The Overcoat Parachute

Franz Reichelt an Austrian born tailor of the 1800’s was most famously known for inventing an overcoat which he claimed to act as a parachute and could bring its wearer gently to the ground or even to fly under the right conditions. This inventor, who was also called the ‘The Flying Taylor’, attempted to demonstrate his invention by jumping off the first deck of the Eiffel tower himself instead of using a dummy, in front of a large crowd of spectators and camera crew. The result? The parachute failed to deploy and he crashed into the hard concrete ground at the foot of the tower, the impact immediately killing him.
4 - Alexander Bogdanov- Blood Transfusion

A renowned Russian physician, philosopher, economist, science fiction writer, and revolutionary, Alexander Bogdanov developed a sudden interest in the possibility of human rejuvenation through blood transfusions. In hopes of achieving eternal youth and bodily revitalization, he undertook 11 blood transfusions, ultimately reporting an improvement in eyesight and reduction of balding. Great invention, right? Wrong. Bogdanov died in 1928, after he did a transfusion on himself with blood from a student that had tuberculosis and malaria.
5 - William Bullock- Rotary Printing press

In the history of bizarre accidents, William Bullock’s story is always cited as an example. Bullo ck was an American inventor whose 1863 invention of the rotary printing press helped revolutionize the printing industry due to its efficiency and ability to print 10,000 units per hour. In April 1867, while he was trying to install a new printer in one of his presses, in a frustrated attempt to make adjustments to the machine, he kicked a driving belt onto a pulley. What followed next tops scenes from even the most gruesome movies like Hostel and Saw. His foot got caught in the merciless contraption, was crushed beyond repair and developed a severe gangrene infection for four days. Bullock died during an operation to amputate his foot. Bizarre Indeed.
6 - Cowper Coles - Turret Ship

A famous Chinese stateman once said: “Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts” I guess Cowper Coles should have really taken that thought into consideration before inventing the turret ship- an ironclad war vessel, with low sides, on which heavy guns are mounted on a low structure, which may be rotated. The ship was so overly loaded with armored structures that they shifted its centre of gravity and caused it to become unstable resulting in the vessel capsizing on 6th September 1870. Cowper Coles was one of the 500 that died when it sunk. Only 18 of its crew survived.
7 - Henry Winstanley - Lighthouse

Necessity is the mother of invention. Sure enough, after losing not one but two of his ships on the treacherous Eddystone Reef, Winstanley, a famous English architect and engineer felt it necessary to construct a lighthouse for the protection of his own and other ships. In the early 1700’s he invented the first Eddystone Lighthouse and proudly told the world that he wished he could "be in the light-house during the greatest storm that ever was". Little did he know his prayer would soon be answered on the night of November 26th, 1703, when one of the most destructive hurricanes Great Britain has ever experienced shook the reefs and did incalculable damage. In the morning, when the skies finally cleared, and ships reached Eddystone Rocks, Winstanley's great lighthouse was gone. And he was gone with it.

8 - John Godfrey Parry-Thomas

Welsh motor-racing driver and engineer J.G Parry Thomas, with a strong desire to regain his title as land speed record holder, a title snatched away from him by Malcom Campbell, decided to create a special type of vehicle to achieve his dream. His invention was a car he called Babs, which had many modifications, such as exposed chains to connect the engine to the drive wheels and the high engine cover requiring him to drive with his head tilted to only the right side. On trying to reclaim his record from Campbell, in the final race, the right-hand drive chain broke at a speed of 170 mph (270 km/h), flew into his neck, partially decapitating him and causing a head injury. He died instantly.
9 - Marie Curie- Radioactive substances

Ever wondered where the word ‘Polonium’ came from? Well, it came from a Polish physicist and chemist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie who named her newly discovered chemical after her native country. Ever wondered what happened to this discoverer of Polonium, Radium and Theory of Radioactivity? She died on July 4, 1934, from aplastic anemia, as a result of exposure to radiation after working continuously in a small enclosed shed without any safety measures because radiation’s danger were not well understood at that time.
10 - Donald Campbell - Speed engine for motorboat

Speed thrills but kills. We all know it yet we all ignore it. It’s human nature to challenge well known facts of life. British car and motorboat racer Donald Campbell was no different. He broke eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s and to quench his insatiable drive to conquer speed he decided to try for another water speed record in 1966. This time the target was 300 mph. He invented a lighter and more powerful engine for his boat Bluebird K7. Blame it on adrenaline rush or sheer stupidity but instead of refueling and waiting for the wash of his first run to subside, as is usual with speedboat races, Campbell decided to make a return run immediately. The craft's stability began to falter as it travelled over the rough water and it somersaulted at a 45 degree angle plunging back into the lake and disintegrating at a speed of 320mph. Needless to say, the inventor was killed.

10 of Craziest Ironic Deaths of All Time

Once I stumbled and got to read this list from StumbleUpon.com, I find it funny. Check it out why.

In honor of the owner of the Segway dying in a Segway accident and a Green Party candidate getting killed by an SUV recently, here are the Top 10 most ironic deaths in recorded history. Sure, a lot of funny deaths in history are extremely tragic and unfortunate, but very few are actually "ironic." Feel free to debate the irony.

1 - Owner of the Segway Company Dies in a Segway Accident

Jimi Heselden was the owner of the Segway company and an avid practitioner of the two-wheel motorized scooters the company produces. A multi-millionaire, he owned an estate in the countryside of England, and there would ride the rugged country version of the Segway. That particular contraption (as seen to your left) contained such luxuries as a mudguard and extra wide tires with deep treads for going off the road, cause there's nothing like offroading in a scooter.

But one day (recently), while going “off-roading” on the rugged Segway, he literally went off the road and drove off a 80 foot cliff down to his death.

2 - Green Party Candidate is Killed by an SUV

Natasha Pettigrew was a Green party member and was set to be the party's candidate for the US Senate. A successful, well-rounded politician, she also aspired to be an accomplished tri-athlete and she would train tirelessly in the early hours of the morning. Like any eco-friendly Green party candidate she rode her bike whenever she could.

While riding her bike one day she was hit and killed by a driver in an SUV. To add insult to injury, the driver thought she was a deer and just left her on the side of the road to die. She rode all the way home with a bike under her car. That's right, she was driving an SUV big enough for her not to "notice" that she had an ENTIRE BICYCLE under her car. This is when cars get too big.

The police found the bicycle embedded in the undercarriage of the car and the Green Party found its latest political hopes destroyed in one stroke, and one completely unnecessarily long, loud car ride. She was killed in front of her father and half-brother, who survived the ordeal.
3 - Man Acquitted from Electric Chair Dies in Accidental Electrocution on Metal Toilet

In 1989, convicted murderer Michael Anderson was awaiting the electric chair for the charges bestowed on him.

The universe decided, then, that the US Criminal Justice system was being a little too slow for it, so as the man was on his metal toilet (a fate horrible enough in of itself) he tried to fix his television. And to prove exactly how great of a decision-maker he was, he decided to bite down on a wire of his television while sitting on this metal toilet. This electrocuted him, using the wet metal toilet as a conductor, and killed him with the voltage.

And the warden, witnesses and the press didn't even have to show up!

Honorable mention to Laurence Baker, also a convicted murderer, who (while serving a life sentence at in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was electrocuted by his home made headphones ("No, I swear these are legit") while watching TV and sitting on a metal toilet.

So word to the wise, next time you're at a metal toilet either in prison or in a beach bathroom, do NOT watch television and do NOT touch ANY wires. Ever.

4 - Man Drowns in Pool During a Life Guard Association Party

In 1985, the New Orleans lifeguards threw a big party to celebrate the fact that no one had drowned in any pool during the summer season (no, really). A clean, no-drowning record! A GREAT reason to celebrate!

"Hey Mark, guess what?"

"What, Kyle?"

"You're never gonna- okay. Get this. No blood on our hands this summer."

"What? Are you kidding me? We NEED to have a party"

But when all the excessive celebrations were over, Jerome Moody (not a lifeguard, but a guest at a party filled with lifeguards) was found drowned at the deep end of the department pool.

Mr. Moody was not a lifeguard, but he was at a party where 4 lifeguards were on duty and another 200 off-duty lifeguards were in attendance celebrating that an entire summer with no deaths... so... yeah.
5 - Psycho Body Double Killed In Shower

Myra Davis, whose professional acting name was Myra Jones, was involved in the production of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. She served as a stand-in for Janet Leigh the woman who (Spoiler Alert for anyone who was born less than five years ago) was killed in the famous shower scene to the horrific, screechy strings.

Years later, in 1988, she was raped and killed by a man who was so obsessed with Psycho’s famous shower scene that he wanted to re-enact it upon Janet Leigh’s body double.

Unfortunately for Myra Davis, the producers of the film had kept such a tight lip on how they shot the scene and which actresses they used that the information the killer gleaned over the years was skewed.

Davis never appeared in the shower scene.

It was another actress, Marli Renfro, who served as Leigh’s body double and subsequently the body that audiences and the killer saw stabbed over and over again on the big screen.

Not only was she killed in the same way someone was in the movie she was most famous for, but she wasn't even IN the scene the killer was trying to emanate.
6 - Mel Ignatow

Mel Ignatow was tried and convicted for the murder of Brenda Sue Schafer in 1988 based on evidential photos that showed the woman being brutalized by an unidentified male. The moles on Ignatow's body provided a match to the man in the picture and became concrete evidence that he killed this woman.

He brutally beat her to death while he bound her to a GLASS coffee table, bludgeoning her body until it was lifeless on that glass coffee table.

However, Ignatow got away with only ten years because of perjury and double jeopardy, whereas he would have served a life sentence otherwise.

Several years later, in a freak accident, he tripped and fell in his apartment... onto a glass coffee table. The coffee table's glass cut and maimed him so bad, that he lost too much blood to do anything about his situation.

As he succumbed to the fatal cuts on his head and arms, his final thoughts must have been dominated by the fact that what killed him also killed his victim. The irony is, most likely, what killed him. I looked it up using "science."
7 - Clement Vallandigham

Clement Vallandigham was a lawyer who represented a man charged with killing someone during a bar fight. Vallandigham’s approach was to convince the jury the dead man had shot himself as he drew his weapon from his pocket. As he faced the jury, Vallandigham re-created the situation exactly as it happened. And when I say exactly, I mean that he managed to also re-create the end result: a man shooting himself whilst drawing his pistol.

Vallandigham died from his injuries, but did manage to acquit his client on the grounds that a man can accidentally shot himself drawing a weapon from his pocket by showing the jury exactly how this was done.

Lawyer. Of. The. Century.
8 - Niagara Falls Jumper/Survivor Dies from 4-foot Fall

Bobby Leach was known for his daredevil antics. His most famous death-defying stunt was surviving going over the Niagara Falls in a barrel back in 1911 (as seen in the picture). That fall fractured his jaw and broke both knee-caps, but it did not kill him. It would define his life and he embarked on many publicity tours thereafter.

On one of such publicity tours, he walked down the street and slipped on an orange peel (some say banana peels, but that was before those were out of style to slip and die from).

The fall he suffered (probably about 4-6 feet vs. Niagara Falls's 180 feet) was so hard that he broke his leg, which became infected with gangrene, and eventually amputated. He died from complications following the amputation.
9 - John Sedgwick

John Sedgwick was a major general for the Union Army in the Civil War who played key roles in such famed battles like the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Gettysburg. By the time of his death, he was the most senior major general in the Army and worthy of great respect.

So at the Battle of Spotsylavania Court House, he stood proud at the front line directing the placement of the Union artillery. The Confederates were advancing, however, from 1,000 yards away causing his subordinates to dodge and run around, hesitant at standing in the open.

Incensed, Sedgwick declared he was ashamed of his men, that the enemy was too far to cause damage, and that “they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”

Seconds later, he died after being struck by an enemy bullet below his left eye. Guess he was wrong.
10 - Writer of Most Optimistic Song Commits Suicide

Felix Powell was the force behind what was considered one of the most optimistic songs in history, "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile". The song was known to have gotten thousands of soldiers throughout the horrors of World War I.

A song with a mass effect like that could easily garner great royalties, but Powell carried greater inner-burdens. He committed suicide while wearing his duty uniform, possibly too haunted by the war too see what was so upbeat about the song that got so many others through it.
  • Reference/Source: ranker.com by Ariel Kana[OCT 01 2010]

Top Tip Challenge 36

Good Morning Challengers
We have flown through another week and it's the last day of May and your last chance to enter our DT call here
Winners will be announced Tuesday!

Now onto this weeks Challenge

'Wrap it up with Ribbon'
We would love to see your cards/ projects using ribbon

Eiglas has a brilliant Tutorial for you so I'll hand you over to her now,
be warned it's brilliant and you are going to just want to try this one...

It's my turn to provide a tutorial for you all this week at Top Tip Tuesday and it's one of my favourites - a Maze Book.

I first learned this project from an American site - TV Weekly (not sure if it's still up and running or not - must look!) a few years ago and I was so chuffed with it at my first attempt, I've made a few of them now. They're great as a little memento of a night out or a new baby or...well, just about anything really!

This Maze Book, is a miniature book using a single sheet of 12" 12" paperstock and a few scraps.
All it takes is a little bit of folding, three simple cuts, some good gluing techniques and the basic book is ready for photos and embellishments. This little book makes a great gift or a pocket-sized scrapbook to show off those holiday photos, babies, pets or a great night out!

Please read the whole project before beginning to craft as there are a couple of alternative ways of using this book and it’s best to know which one you want to make before starting!

For the first one you are best using a double-sided 12 x 12 as you will see both sides of the paper.
For the second one you could also use double sided or you could cheat like me with single-sided and put a few little liners in!

Patterned 12 x 12 heavy-ish scrap-sheet A to taste x 1 (ds if preferred)
Plain grey-board or similar 4” x 4” x 2
Patterned paper B 4.5” x 4.5” x 2
Quantity of patterned paper B for cheat’s way.
  Bone Folder
PVA Adhesive
Foam Brush
Cutting Mat
Craft Knife
Ribbon x 1 yard
Embellishments and photos to suit
Narrow ds tape

Fold the 12 x 12 sheet in half. Use a bone folder to reinforce the fold.

Fold the two edges back to the outside of the fold, making the page into long quarters.
Fold this again into quarters the other way. Reinforce the folds with the bone folder.

You should have a 3” square of folded paper.

Open your paper out. Your paper should look like this

Open the scrap-sheet. Your 12 x 12 should have sixteen squares marked by creases.

Cutting the “maze”.

Unfold the cardstock on top of a cutting mat. Lay a ruler along the right vertical crease. Using a craft knife, cut along the right vertical fold using the ruler as a guide. Start at the top horizontal fold and cut all the way to the bottom edge.

Make a second identical cut along the left vertical fold. Make a third cut along the middle fold, but this time start cutting from the top edge and stop cutting when you reach the bottom horizontal fold. The cuts in the cardstock form an “M”.

Now fold the cardstock into the book pages.

Start folding from one end along the creases. When you reach the top of each section, fold the stack over to the next, following the natural fold.
Continue to fold into a square following the creases you made .

Set the pages aside.


The End-Boards

Take one of your grey-board squares (..mine are actually small pieces of cream illustration board..) and one of your patterned paper B squares.

(I'd use an old magazine or layout pad to do the pasting on so you can just tear and throw away the page - less messy!)

Place the board on the paper and score around it. This 'teaches' the paper which way you want it to bend when you've glued it.

Before you glue, cut off a tiny bit of the point of each corner of the board. Makes a tidier corner when covered.
Make a 'squiggle' of PVA on the board and using your foam brush, spread it from the centre outwards, then offer the board to the centre of the paper.

Before you glue the flaps, take your scissors or knife and cut off the corners of the paper approx 16th of an inch away from the board (not like I did - I cut them off after gluing because I forgot! LOL!)

There should be enough PVA on your foam to run it round the exposed paper but if not, add just a LITTLE more and wipe it around the edges pushing it gently into the edge of the board. Now fold the flaps over and smooth them down using the point of your bone-folder to tuck the corners in (like when gift-wrapping). Repeat on second board and put aside to dry.

Variation One - Pockets

Take up your pages again and if you want to make fewer pages but have pockets in them now's the time to do it as it's harder to 'play' with the pages once they're stuck together and the ends are on. I used my scalloped punches to make little openings and because my paper is single-sided I had to make little 'liners' from the contrasting paper to pop behind the apertures. This is where you may prefer to use a double-sided paper so you don't need to do that.

Once you're happy with this, take your ds tape and create your pockets. One or two are sideways ones, so don't think you've done it wrong when you come across them!

Variation Two - Long Maze

This one is easy! Your maze is made! Just decorate and embellish to taste.
Adhere the end-boards

Place your two boards patterned side down and evenly placed on your magazine again.
 Squiggle your pva and spread again.
Place your ribbon across the two end-boards then place your pages in the centre of one board over the ribbon.

Place the other end-board on top and manipulate your ribbon to suit.
Fill your pockets with tags, photos tickets etc.

Your Maze-Book is finished!

(my photo corners are all silvertone - don't know why they look gilt in the photo!)

I hope you enjoy making this book - I love them and once you get the hang of them, they take only minutes to make!





Wow Ei Great tutorial!
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Winner #35, Featured Tipper & Top 3

 Morning everyone!

What fabulous creations that we saw this past week from you - I tell you, its getting harder and harder for us to choose our Top 3!!

Without waiting any more, our two random.org winner are:

Winner 1, who wins
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Pizzazz Aplenty's

Prize this week is this fabulous stack of goodies..
 30. Marika  

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Her Tip is
My tip is a great way to store spellbinders or other dies you used often! Buy a roll or magnetic sheet (I got mine at AC Moore and it's 18" x 24") I bought a clearance message board, removed the cork and adhered the magnetic sheet.... voila... on my wall are all my most used dies, and I used a labeler on magnets to name the sets they came from just below each grouping. I love this for the visibility of each die without hunting through my albums! 

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