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Chicken Snips, Baking Clips & Spring Pics that is

Chicken Snips

My favorite Chicken Shredder from Pampered Chef; after many years of devoted service,….just wasn’t up to the task any longer ~ and as every home maker does ‘now-a days’ I searched Amazon for a quick solution until I can order a new Pampered Chef Chicken Shredder.

I was pleasantly surprised to find such a pretty pair of kitchen ‘chicken snips‘ thru all the Amazon suggestions….I mean really, ‘look at those handles’ and then it dropped into my cart for the purchase.

From my cart to my kitchen.

You can find this pretty pair of ‘chicken snips(here).

Functional and Beautiful.


Baking Clips

While Shopping Amazon I also added Baking Clips to my cart (here) ~ well, they’re not really meant for Baking, but they were so pretty and perfect for adding some kitchen charm, and matches the chicken snips as well.

I learned from Martha Stewart to place clips on the sides of a baking pan onto the ‘overhang’ of parchment paper to keep it in place while working ~ remembering to remove the clips once the pan is full before baking.

….hence the ‘baking clips‘.

and they worked perfectly for our ‘Overload Brownie‘ recipe.

Overloaded with Wilbur Chocolate (found here) ~ Wilbur Cocoa Powder, Wilbur Semi Sweet and Milk Chocolate Chips and Wilbur White Chocolate Drizzle.

…..Get the milk ready, enjoy the recipe.

Overload Brownies


  • 3 cups all Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs (room temp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 11.5oz bag semisweet (or/and milk chocolate) chips or chunks
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (for drizzle)


  • Preheat oven 350 degrees
  • Line a 10 inch square pan with non-stick parchment paper letting excess hang over sides. or/then butter or spray the lined pan if not using non-stick.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  • In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. then Whisk in cream, cocoa, 1/2 cup water, and eggs. Bring to a boil over medium heat whisking constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and whisk to combine. Fold in Chocolate Chips. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Top with additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Test for doneness, all ovens may vary. Completely cool.
  • Remove from pan with parchment paper.
  • Microwave white chocolate chips on high 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cooled brownies and Serve!

Non-Stick Parchment Paper can be found (here).


Spring Pics

Adding a little spring decor to the fireplace surround ~ a favorite place to add Cottage Charm ~ each year a little different.

Keeping it simple with colors and textures. A vintage mirror from an ol’ dresser, vintage ironstone, wooden soap bowls from my Bath & Body Works days and a chunky basket with pretty flowers.

The blue platter design matched perfectly with our curtain trim, you can view on the right side of the image.

The blue kitchen hutch has just a little of this and a little of that ~ adding greens to all the blues ~ they always play nicely together.

It is always a favorite view of mine to walk from our bedroom-hallway into our living space ~ the dining area, kitchen and living room all connect, although separate, a perfect view.

Our Winter project has been to work on each of these areas to add some ‘cottage charm‘ ~ no particular style but our own ~ with denim blues, dark hardwoods, black iron hooks, ironstone dishes, and lots of white ~ this year adding some color to compliment the blue ~ with Green!

Adding a green pantry cupboard with a creative inside, a green bowl with a story, also painting green canister lids ~ along with adding chalkboards, slate tile, braided rugs, new curtains….with more to come!

I’m even thinking of making my own ‘Lettuce Green Platters’ for serving ~ in the Pottery Classes I have been taking.

Yes Mom, it’s all or nothing Amy.

When changing up your decor this Spring ~ keep it You.

As Doctor Suess says, ‘there is no one you’er than you!

Imagine the Possibilities, and have fun with it!


6 thoughts on “Snips, Clips & Pics

  1. Sharon Main says:

    I will have to try those baking clips. I never thought of that. Love the idea.
    The one thing that would complete the picture of the living area when coming from the hallway is Jerry sitting on his chair. 🙂

    1. absolutely, Jerry in the chair playing guitar!

  2. Fran says:

    Sigh…so much eye candy. Thank you for sharing YOU!

    1. Thank you for commenting! 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness! Now you have me wanting to redo everything in our home! It all looks so warm and homey! Love the way the orange and blue pay together. Beautiful complementary colors! Love it all!

    1. Been having so much fun with our home make-over!

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