July 4th decorations

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I’m getting ready for the 4th starting with the front door.  Last year I used my Sharpie paint pen to write a quick message on my glass front door and it has been all over Pinterest.  I wanted to do it again and this time my house has a fresh coat of white paint so I think it looks even better!  I took this same design and made a stencil to decorate a pan of brownies.

My front porch/door decorated for July 4th

Using the same idea as the design on the front door I made a stencil.  Once I cut the pattern out I realized I could use both the cut out pieces and the stencil for two pans.  I simply drew the design onto a piece of paper the same size as a brownie pan and then cut it out using a small scissors with a pointed tip. I baked the brownies in two pans, one a 9 x 9 and the other an 8 x 8 pan, both lined with parchment so that I could easily get them out of the pans without breaking them.  I let them cool for about an hour and then set the stencil and the pieces on top of each brownie and simply dusted them with powdered sugar.  I used a small mesh strainer and tapped it lightly.

July 4th decorations

stencil to decorate brownies for July 4th

As you can see it’s a very rough design and yet somehow when placed on a pan of brownies and lightly dusted with confectioners sugar, it just turns out.  Well, I think so anyway and my son and about seven of his friends devoured them.  Although not all of the boys would eat the ice cream I supplied.  I find living in Connecticut, we may only be 45 minutes from Yankee Stadium, but there are a lot of Boston fans in this area too!

July 4th decorations

 

 

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