June 25, 2012

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies + NEW Waxed Paper Sacks...

It's that time of year again when the zucchinis start to pile up everywhere. I always like to try a few new recipes each Summer and Pinterest was the first place I looked. I found a very intriguing recipe called Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies so I pinned it. The original recipe is from this post at Food Plus Words blog, a fun new blog find. And shortly after, I tried the recipe. There's something about baking that always takes me right back to my mom's kitchen. Maybe that's why items from my kitchen (shown below) look like they're from another era. I love all the old time dishes and utensils.
I knew I wanted to use these brownies for some gifts so I wanted them to cut perfectly. I lined my baking stone pan with foil and then sprayed it with *Spam* as Jordan calls it....Pam baking spray actually.
Then I just lifted the little tin foil handles and out came my brownie brick.
But they were far from bricks when it came to the texture. These babies were soft and moist and tasted really good. And chocolate-y. No taste of zucchini what so ever. That only adds to the moistness. Note: I ended up wrapping the brownies in clear wrap and freezing them for future use. I found that they were SO moist that they might end up sticking to my packaging.
I did a little photo shoot with my brownies and a half pint of milk + an old plate. I had a little idea brewing for a fun tag to add to a new product that's coming up in just a bit. I used Instagram and Phonto apps on my iPhone to alter my photo, which will be used for my packaging.
And now I'd like to introduce a new product that I'll be carrying in my shop. Waxed Paper Sacks are my newest packaging item that I'll be adding to my product line up. They will be sold in a set of 10 and will be perfect for food packaging or just for fun packaging of small gifts. I absolutely love the Kraft color and the crinkly feel. There is about a 1" gusset on the sides so they can be filled with lots of treats and goodies. I think these will take you back instantly to the days your mom packed your lunch and wrapped everything in waxed paper. Anybody with me on that one, or was it Ziplocs all the way for you?
I'll be using the Waxed Paper Sacks frequently I'm sure for teacher gifts, etc so you'll be getting lots of inspiration. I'll probably offer some kits up in the shop too, using the sacks, tags + other shop items. Today I have a fun packaging to share for the Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies. I grabbed a few out of the freezer and let them thaw. Meanwhile here's the line up of products that I'll be using to create my treat gift sacks.

Products used:
Cotton Twine
Washi Tape
Instagram photo (printed at 2" x 2" with a white border)
Studio Calico paper clip stamp from Please Note Stamp
Directions to create tag:
Type to/from on Grid Paper Label with vintage typewriter. Adhere label and photo to Large Manila Parcel Tag. Adhere strip of torn Washi tape to tag and stitch over with sewing machine. Stamp the paper clip over the top edge of the tag. Fold over Waxed Paper Sack, filled with treat, and punch hole. Tie embellished tag to sack with cotton twine. Be sure to leave the tails of the bow long. Love that look.
And that's it. A fabulous homemade treat, simple handmade packaging and you look like a domestic piece of loveliness.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed today's post. You'll be seeing lots more homespun creations using my shop items + favorite products.


crschaf said...

this is so cute! I remember the clear waxed paper sacks that would have cheetos in them at summer bible school! Crafts was my fav class at Bible school (lol) and of course we used real wooden thread spools to paint and make necklaces out of. Oh those were the days!

Susi said...

Love the tag with the photo, the waxy craft bag and brownies just happen to be my most favorite dessert.

Kara Antrim said...

I have to admit, the tag with the cute picture of the treat inside just pushed me over the edge with excitement! I would love to get a gift like this. Maybe I will try it out next time I give someone baked goodies. (Perhaps its cuteness will make up for my terrible baking skills!) Thanks! :)

ana-mama said...

I still love to receive a handwritten letter. I think invitations should be mailed via the US postal service and walking across the street to share a little something sweet is a true act of love. My neighbor Sarah use to bake daily. We'd often come home to find a plate of cookies or cupcakes on the porch. We moved away almost a year ago and I miss the love of my neighbor. Time to put a little something together and drive over for coffee. Thanks Michelle for reminding me that no technical device can ever replace the human touch!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

very cute! I love zuccini brownies too. I have a tip for you Mish. Cut brownies with a plastic knife. The brownies will not stick to it and it cuts them clean and neat every time!

Jill Norwood said...

Adorable packaging! What a cute idea to use the photo on the bag! Love it!!!!

Julie Boeck said...

Those brownies look wonderful! I had a Mom who packed lunches with wax paper. Loved it! Great packaging idea for a sweet treat!

Joan said...

love visiting your blog. it is so warm and homey. and those brownies look so yummy on that plate!

Stacy Milford said...

I made your brownies last night & they turned out great! thanks for sharing the recipe :)

NoraAnne said...

This is the cutest treat ever! I just love the photo shoot you did and to turn it into a tag for a home baked treat is so clever! My mom used to wrap my sandwich in tin foil and then it went in a brown paper bag. Oh, nostalgia!

Unknown said...

Wow, this is such a great idea and such a great project. You always come up with wonderful, creative ideas on packaging for gifts, LOVE it!

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