(Yes I made these mercury glass jars. Cool?)

Hi Y’all! I hope you are all back from a wonderful Thanksgiving? You see Thanksgiving is not traditional to me although I’d love to take out time and thank: to people who matters to me and have brought immense happiness in my life, to my parents, to R for being a sweetheart and my best buddy, all those who read me and care to write back here, every comment is an inspiration to carry on and God, for giving me a life that’s (touchwood) beautiful. And having said that, anyone inviting me for a turkey dinner?

I am all geared up for Christmas and so is my little, teeny apartment. I made a couple of mercury glass some time back and boy they look festive. I’m loving them every second, with everything.

I wanted a centerpiece for my little end table and figured that my mercury jars would look pretty dainty with some silver twigs thrown in.

I also tied this very festive bell that R got me from Goa. I told you he is a sweetheart. He knows what I’ll swoon. Anyway, the end result was according to me NICE!!! (with a tone). You know your centerpiece is good when it takes you a mood that calls for baking. ;P

It was quite chilly outside so I thought some dark chocolate brownies would do me some gooey good. So they did! Munch on…they with their super chocolaty, calorie laden goodness mean no harm to your soul. Just to your waistline. Maybe!

Here’s the recipe:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
3/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
5 ounces semisweet chocolate bar, finely chopped
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.

Combine  butter and espresso powder on low heat in a saucepan and heat till all the butter has melted. To this add chocolate and stir to a smooth mixture. Get it down from the heat, add both the sugars and keep aside.

Whisk eggs and vanilla in a bowl until creamy, to this dump the above mixture, whisk a while and dump the flour.

Butter an 8″ pan, line with baking paper and butter the baking paper. Pour batter and bake away for 30 minutes.

I’m such a rude cook but who cares! Hah! If Julia could manage with throwing the bone somewhere round the corner, I think I can take this liability.

Stay warm and Enjoy your weekend.


10 thoughts on “Christmas Centerpiece + Brownie Recipe”

  1. I love me some Mercury glass and I love me some brownies. Put them together and it’s a bit of heaven on earth – yes please and thank you!

    I was kind of hoping someone would break into my home and make me a surprise Turkey dinner with all the fixin’s for Thanksgiving but alas, I’m going to have to wait for next year to see if it’s ever going to happen. I’ve been waiting 10 years now but I’m feeling lucky.

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog – any friend of Michele’s is a friend o’mine. Love the way you write so will definately be back for more! x

    1. Hello there! Thank you so much for your sweet comment 🙂 Well, I guess from next year we’ll fix ourselves some Turkey Dinners- No one seem to call me either. I’m intimidated by that decade of waiting.

  2. Absolutely LOVE this centerpiece. I have something similar on my own table for fall right now. So simple and elegant.

  3. Mmmm. The recipe looks good. Your mercury jar makes a perfect wintery table centrepiece with the silver twigs and the decoration. I have some decorations from India with a similar look to that one. Is it papier maché?

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