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Thin Mint Brownies in a Mug. Make these in only 2 minutes? YES PLEASE!

If you have a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, you are in luck! You just need a few cookies and some items in your pantry to make these brownies in a mug in 2 minutes! These brownies in a mug are very easy to make and you can tweak it to make it more chocolatey if you wish. I actually became ill this week and I am a firm believer in calories not counting if you are sick. What does that mean? Bake up these delicious brownies when you are sick and it’s okay, in fact enjoy two.  I didn’t have any ice cream but a la mode is a perfect way to enjoy these delectable brownies.

Thin Mint Mug Brownies

Serves 1
Prep time 2 minutes
Cook time 1 minute
Total time 3 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Hot
This thin mint brownie recipe is ready in less than 5 minutes and can easily be doubled for two mugs or a larger mug!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (not olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup crushed thin mints
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended.
Step 2
Pour into a microwave safe mug.
Step 3
Microwave for 1 - 1.5 minutes. The key here is to make sure it's dry in the middle but not too dry.

 

Thin Mint Brownies in a Mug

Are brownies in a mug really that easy? YES! You can really bake these in the microwave for only 60 seconds. Don’t have any Thin Mint cookies? That’s okay, make them without!

Spaghetti Trick

Do you know the “spaghetti trick”? Just stick a piece of spaghetti into your cake, bread etc and if it comes out dry, it’s done!

2 Minute Thin Mint Brownies in a Mug

 I doubled this recipe to make it in a larger mug and it worked like a charm!

Have you made brownies in the microwave before?

Take a day trip from Phoenix to Lake Mary Arizona which is just south of Flagstaff. The views are beautiful and the weather is gorgeous.
Lake Mary in AZ
Last weekend we took a drive up to Lake Mary. We were able to enjoy the beautiful Spring transition in Northern AZ as the snow was melting but the weather was perfect.
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary in AZ
The kids loved learning how to skip rocks and hanging out on the shore of the lake.
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary is a perfect day trip get away if you are looking for cooler weather or are staying in Northern AZ. If you plan a trip, you can add Grand Canyon to your list too! Check out our tips on visiting the Grand Canyon: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/09/26/visiting-grand-canyon-kids/
Lake Mary in AZ

Lake Mary AZ

If you go: You’ll definitely want to try to get there as early as possible because once it warms up a bit, Lake Mary can fill up quickly.
How to get there:
I-17 just south of Flagstaff exit: Lake Mary Road. Head east and there are a couple entrances.
The Lower Lake Mary ~ We went here and did the picnic tables. There are plenty of tables and you can enjoy time on the shore. Bring some chairs and some fishing poles!
Lake Mary in AZ

51+ Kids Crafts & Activities that you can do on Spring and Summer break!
Are the kids getting ready to have Spring Break? Since I still work during that time, it’s a little harder for me to plan for us to do anything outside of the house. This means during this time I try to have some crafts and activities on hand for the kids to do so they aren’t bored or stuck in a TV coma. These kids crafts are perfect for Spring break and even for Summer vacation too!

Spring Break Activities & Crafts for Kids

Learn how to Geocache with your kids http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/07/11/geocaching-with-kids/

Make dinosaur fossils with your kids http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/05/02/diy-dinosaur-fossils/

Spray chalk is easy to make and fun to play with http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/04/18/spray-chalk-kids-activity/

Turn candy into science with these experiments http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/10/31/candy-science-experiments-kids/

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/11/07/kids-craft-cinnamon-dough-ornaments/

Treasure Stones are a perfect way to cleverly hide things http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/09/12/kids-craft-treasure-stones/

2 Ingredient Scratch n Sniff Paint http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/07/25/scratch-n-sniff-paint/

Make ice cream in a bag with just a few ingredients http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/06/20/make-ice-cream-bag/

Build Olaf and other fun things with this playdough recipe http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/06/06/frozen-olaf-party-favors-homemade-playdough-recipe-printable/

DIY Ring toss game http://www.momendeavors.com/2013/06/diy-ring-toss-game.html

Dinosaur track matching game http://www.momendeavors.com/2011/09/dinosaur-tracks-matching-activity.html

Snow paint http://www.momendeavors.com/2011/01/snow-paint.html

Hulk slime with glitter http://seevanessacraft.com/2015/02/craft-hulk-glitter-slime/

Make a paper kite you can fly http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2013/04/10/kids-craft-diy-paper-kite/

Styrofoam kids craft http://craftsbyamanda.com/styrofoam-cup-sea-crabs/

Decoupage treasure box http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/06/easy-kids-craft-decoupage-treasure-box.html

Make a Rock Caterpillar http://www.nelliebellie.com/garden-rock-caterpillar/

Fight boredom with plastic cups http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/1/16/plastic-cup-boredom-buster.html

Chicken in a cup activity http://allfortheboys.com/home/2013/5/28/chicken-in-a-cup.html

DIY Minecraft Sword http://allfortheboys.com/home/2013/6/26/digital-to-real-life-diy-minecraft-sword.html

Egg carton spy glasses http://craftsbyamanda.com/egg-carton-spy-glasses/

Pool noodle nun-chucks http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/3/11/diy-pool-noodle-nunchucks.html 

Floating ball activity http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/06/26/floating-ball-activity.html

Felt pinwheel wreathhttp://madincrafts.com/hands-on-kids-craft-felt-pinwheel-wreath/

Paper plate targets and rubber band bracelet bow & arrows http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/6/17/paper-plate-targets.html

Make your own crayons http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/06/27/making-crayons-using-molds-craft-camp/

Monster finger puppet kit http://ithappensinablink.com/2014/10/monster-finger-puppet-kit.html

Handled sponge paint stamps http://ithappensinablink.com/2014/08/handled-sponge-stamps-viva-vantage-paper-towels.html

Geometric Mod Art http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/05/geometric-mod-art-kids.html

Marshmallow Igloos http://www.happygoluckyblog.com/2011/02/fun-craft-idea-marshmallow-igloos.html

Statue of Liberty crown and torch http://craftsbyamanda.com/statue-liberty-crown-torch-noise-maker/

Batman wrist cuffs http://craftsbyamanda.com/batman-craft-wrist-cuffs/

Rainbow pony bead bracelet http://craftsbyamanda.com/rainbow-pony-bead-bracelet/

Rubber band car tutorial http://craftsbyamanda.com/make-rubber-band-car/

Clothespin hippo and zebra magnets http://craftsbyamanda.com/hippo-and-zebra-craft/

Pirate paper bag puppet http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-bag-pirate-puppet/

Craft stick monsters http://craftsbyamanda.com/monster-craft/

Paper plate kite http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-plate-kite/

Marshmallow Shooters http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2011/05/26/marshmallow-shooters/

Egg Carton Art http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2013/06/kids-will-love-this-egg-carton-art.html

Colorful pom pom trees http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/04/colorful-spring-pom-pom-trees-kid.html

Ice cube painting http://eclecticmomsense.com/2014/05/ice-cube-painting.html

Bubble painting http://eclecticmomsense.com/2014/01/bubble-painting-homemade-colored-bubbles.html

Paper plate frisbees http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-plate-frisbees/

Paper plate watermelon fan http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-plate-watermelon-fan/

Sharpie mug http://www.cleverlysimple.com/kid-craft-personalized-sharpie-mug/

Make a bouncy ball http://www.the36thavenue.com/2014/03/how-to-make-a-bouncy-ball.html

Paint a fork dandelion http://www.craftymorning.com/make-dandelions-using-fork-kids-craft/

Make kinetic sand http://livingithaca.com/diy/make-kinetic-sand/

Make a heart sun catcher for the window http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2014/01/heart-suncatcher-craft-for-toddlers.html

Jellyfish paper bag puppet http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/07/paper-bag-jellyfish-craft.html

Star Wars Cookies

If you thinking these Star Wars cookies are awesome, you would be right! I bought these Star Wars cookie cutters on Amazon a few weeks ago but I wasn’t sure they would work since they are so small. They actually work perfectly!   These cookies are actually more like animal cracker flavor but I had the internal struggle of calling these crackers or cookies because really they taste like cookies. So we’ll call these animal crackers turned Star Wars cookies.

Star Wars Cookie Cutters on Amazon!

Get the cookie cutters here: 4 pcs Star Wars Cookie Cutters on Amazon   Star Wars Cookie Recipe

Star Wars Cookies

These cookies are perfect for snacking, school lunches or desserts. My favorite way to enjoy them is with a cold glass of milk while watching the Star Wars movies!

Star Wars Cookies

Animal Cracker Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter (Room temp)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

Step 1
Cream butter on medium speed. Add in sugar and egg. Mix for approximately 2 minutes.
Step 2
Add in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Step 3
Slowly add in honey, vanilla and milk until well mixed.
Step 4
Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.
Step 5
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 6
Roll out dough, cut with cookie cutters.
Step 7
Bake for approximately 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

Star Wars Cookies

 

Easy to Make Orange Peel Cleaner

With citrus plentiful around the Phoenix area right now, we’re definitely enjoying lots of oranges in this house. I’ve been mainly using them for juicing fresh orange juice and other juice combos but we’ve also been enjoying them simply as a snack. Once we started going through oranges, I noticed we had a lot of peels getting tossed. One thing I decided to do with those peels was to make an orange peel cleaner. I use citrus to clean different spots in the house like the shower and the garbage disposal but this cleaner let’s me clean more surfaces in the house.

This orange vinegar cleaner recipe can be used to clean surfaces throughout the house!

  • Kitchen counters
  • Door knobs
  • Surfaces of appliances
  • Mirrors
  • Sink fixtures
  • Windows

Orange Peel Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of orange peels
  • 1 cup of water
  • spray bottle
  • mason jar

Directions:

  • Place the orange peels in a mason jar. Slowly add in the vinegar.
  • Allow the orange peels to sit in the vinegar for approximately 2 weeks. Occasionally shake the glass jar.
  • After 2 weeks, pour the vinegar and 1 cup of water in the spray bottle.

 

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