Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Upside Down Brownies Ready to Serve

    I had some left over fresh pears and pineapple that needed to be used up in the frig. So I thought I would use these up and bake into an upside down brownie. Too hot for the oven, too hot to bake outdoors over the coals, so I brought out my slow cooker which bakes cakes and such pretty nicely.
   I diced and sliced the fruits up in small pieces-added to the bottom of my slow cooker and added the last of my wildflower honey (about a tablespoon) and sprinkled on some coconut sugar. Sprinkled on some baking spice.  I set the slow cooker at medium high temperature and let it all cook down while I was doing other house stuff.
    After a couple hours the fruits were broken down, tasted delicious but I had a bit too much liquid-so I sprinkled on some instant tapioca to thicken it up. Once that was cooked down I had just a little liquid left which I poured off.
   Next up I mixed up a gluten free brownie mix and scooped it all over the fruit. It took about 45 minutes to bake.
  It flipped over really nice-I set in some parchment paper up next to the brownie and then flipped it over onto a cookie sheet.
   Soooo delicious especially warm.

For our dinner today I got out my heavy grill pan and got it good and hot and grilled up (indoors on gas stove) a pork sirloin roast--turned out just like I grilled it outdoors. That was one of my best cast iron investments. I used pork jerk no salt seasoning-I found this spice when I was going through all my spices and herbs last month.  I also grabbed a small cast iron skillet and saute'd fresh mushrooms and onion in grape seed oil. Before serving I added a splash of fig balsamic vinegar. Served with a huge fresh salad and steamed fresh asparagus-good eats.

Visitors enjoying watermelon rind, stale breads, cracked corn

 This raccoon usually stops by after dark to see if I forgot to bring Miss Calico kitty's food indoors or not but lately he or she stops by early evening to see what is being offered 

When I drove back from our little rural post office to pick up our mail and was driving home on our long drive way-up ahead-how sweet-a Mama deer and twin fawns. The fawns were newborns as they were so tiny. I stopped the car so as not to scare the little ones and let them get into the woods.  There is a couple paths on our driveway where the deer cross. I never think to bring my camera along with me Hopefully Mama deer will bring the twins up close to the house soon

You can see we have tall grass all around in the back. It got hot so fast here that it is not safe for Hubs (health wise) to get on the tractor and cut it. I am thinking there is allot of paper making grass out there ha ha.  We ended up hiring our friend's grand kids to cut grass around the house-but with the grass so tall now in other areas-one can't see where the rocks are to cut with lawn mowers-so hopefully we will get a cool down soon so he can start mowing it down.


  1. How did those brownies taste? It would have also been a good fruit mixture for an upside down cake. They look pretty yummy. Hugs-Erika

    1. Hi Erika, excellent! just like they were baked in the oven. brownies were moist-the fruit was really nice on top-since I drained all the excess liquid-not soggy at all

  2. That brownie cake looks fabulous. Great photos from your wildlife, too. Have a great day, Valerie

  3. Looks yummie and the visitor is so cute!

  4. I want to make a pineapple upside down cake in my cooker. You have given me courage to do so. Your brownies look great.

    LOVED the nature shots, too. Wonderful photos of the deer and friends. Hope you are not as hot as I am about now.

  5. I've never seen a cake cooked in a slow cooker before, it looks delicious! Nice of mama deer to visit too 😁. Have a wonderful week! J 😊 x

  6. The brownies do look tempting, I wish I could taste them, however I will imagine it, less calories that way.
    Lovely photos of the deer and I hope the mama will bring her fawns to visit with you.
    Yvonne xx

  7. I've never tried my slow cooker for baked goods. Your brownies look awesome. I can just imagine how they smelled and tasted. I love seeing all your outdoor fur and feather babies. I hope we get to see the twins. Enjoy your day!

  8. “Improvisational cooking”, at its best, as always. :)

  9. The brownies look great!!!! Love seeing the deer photos. We have one Momma in the neighborhood that comes to the yard to eat apples. She hasn't brought her baby yet but Im sure she will. It's the same dear that had the twins last year.
    Hope you got some of the rain! we got some last night but tonight's rain passed us by :(


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