Salted Bourbon Brownies + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream! #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

I happen to love the fact that Christmas season starts at 12:01 AM on November 1st. I love that I went to the mall the other day to get my shattered phone screen fixed (again), and was met with the comforting warble of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and a jolly See’s Candies employee handing out free chocolate lollipops. I love that as abruptly as the holiday magic begins, my kitchen turns into a buttery, chocolatey, flour-y wonderland where I retreat regularly to create and let the inspiration (and sugar) fly.

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

This year I’ve been going back to the basics which means cookies and brownies. I decided to re-formulate my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe (hopefully, coming soon), and came up with the boozy brownie recipe I’m sharing today. I’m really excited about this one.

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Last year, I discovered the wonders of a good chocolate and bourbon pairing. I made Bourbon Hot Cocoa with a salted vanilla bean whipped cream that I’ve been dreaming about ever since. Now, I’m turning that into a brownie topped with the same whipped cream and I’m obsessed with the results. 

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

The most important component of this recipe is the butter. You have to use GOOD butter. Organic Valley’s Cultured Unsalted Butter is my favorite & so I’m partnering with them on this recipe! (They even gave me a coupon to share with you here!) The flavor and richness of the finished brownie is entirely affected by that butter and the way it mingles with REALLY good chocolate. Once the two unite, just…YES. Chocolate and bourbon will become your new “perfect couple” when it comes to homemade holiday treats.

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

So here’s the recipe. You have GOT to let me know what you think.

Salted Bourbon Brownies
Yields about 12 large brownies

2 sticks of Organic Valley Cultured Unsalted Butter
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 ounces dark chocolate chips and 6 ounces dark chocolate chips, separated
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup good bourbon
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and butter & flour a 9×12-inch baking pan.

Melt the butter, 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 3 ounces of the dark chocolate chips in a medium heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Allow it to cool for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, stir (don’t beat!) together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, sugar and bourbon. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow it to cool to room temperature. The batter must be room temperature before adding the rest of the chocolate chips, or the chips will melt and ruin the brownies!

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, and stir into the chocolate mixture. Lastly, stir in the remaining 6 ounces of dark chocolate chips.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Once cooled completely, cut into bars and top with a dollop of Salted Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream (recipe below) just before serving!

Salted Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

1 cup of Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until the cream thickens and can hold its shape. Don’t over-beat, or it will turn into butter!

This post was sponsored by Organic Valley, but all opinions/photos/recipes shared are of course my own!!

A Weekday Brunch, Vintage Inspiration & Mini Quiche Lorraine + Pancake Skewers with Warm Maple Butter

A Weekday Brunch, Vintage Inspiration & Mini Quiche Lorraine + Pancake Skewers with Warm Maple Butter - offbeat + inspired #VintageCharm

Thrifting for kitchen stuff is my favorite. I love that I can give myself a $10-$15 budget and an afternoon at the flea market, and walk away with a pile of treasures. I’ll go straight to the section with tables full of vintage dishes as far as the eye can see, and daydream about swimming through a sea of them cartoon-style — remember the duck in the vault with the gold coins? Yeah, that.

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RiSE Festival + Letting Go

RiSE Festival + Letting Go - offbeat + inspired

I woke up before sunrise to catch an early flight out of Nashville with Kappel. I couldn’t believe we were only hours away from the Mojave Desert and only a day away from RiSE. I took a big (for me) leap a little over a month ago and shared on Free People’s blog about the struggle to find my identity through anxiety issues, miscarriage, divorce and eventually freedom and healing. I had a lot to release, and what I ended up experiencing was beyond anything I could have imagined.

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Hard Lemonade Bonfire Chicken

Hard Lemonade Bonfire Chicken - offbeat + inspired

The house I’m renting in Nashville is amazing. It’s a little 2-bedroom cottage in a charming neighborhood and the backyard is HUGE. There are big old trees, lots of shade, even a little lattice & ivy covered swing! But my FAVORITE thing about the yard is how perfect it is for bonfires.

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Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People

Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People - offbeat + inspired

I believe that the most beautiful things happen when our walls come down. It’s scary and painful, but it lets us breathe and live. It leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of hurt, but those hurts can strengthen us and grow our roots deep and strong if we let them.

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Hard Lemonade Glazed Cupcakes

Hard Lemonade Glazed Cupcakes - offbeat + inspired

I’ve spent the last week hopping around New Jersey, taking moto adventures through the northwestern hills and lakes, visiting with family and friends, and remembering all the things I love so dearly about my home state. I got to stay at my aunt’s house on Lake Wawayanda, and it is the epitome of a perfect summer retreat. The backyard is unreal. Hammock naps, reading on the dock, storytelling around the fire pit…SO perfect for hot days in mid-August.

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Dreaming of Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes in Tulum!

Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes - offbeat + inspired

I’m in Tulum right now and I can’t even begin to describe how surreal it is. Mexico, for most of my life, had been this intangible exotic thing that I celebrated subtly with a love for taco trucks and simple margaritas. Now I’m in a city where there’s a mezcal bar every ten feet and the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life are being slung on every corner for about 40 cents a pop. I’ve also learned that swimming pools, lakes and oceans do not hold a CANDLE to cenotes when it comes to a day of swimming.

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My First Trip to Miami!

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Well it’s been FOREVER since I posted and I’m really sad about it!! I’m still alive!! The short story: I’m moving to a new city (more on that soon! :O), I’m at a new workspace, I’ve been taking on new projects, it’s been a total whirlwind! Sarah shared her big announcement a few weeks ago and it’s such a bittersweet thing, but we’re both so excited to continue sharing our life adventures with new perspectives (her new blog!), new inspiration and LOTS of recipes. So I’ll just jump right in. My most recent adventure/project is what I’m sharing today…my first trip to Miami (what? why had I never?) on a SUPERFUN collab with Starwood Hotels.

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Changes Are Happening at Offbeat!

This is a bittersweet post. It’s the post where I officially say goodbye to Offbeat + Inspired. After nearly three years of blogging on this site, learning photography along the way, sharing snapshots of life, being inspired by our readers and living creatively alongside my lifelong friend, Tiffany, I’ve decided to take a step in a different blogging direction.

Offbeat + Inspired will remain a place where you can find creative ideas, beautiful photography and mouthwatering recipes. Tiffany will be taking over as the sole blogger on this site and there’s no doubt in my mind she will continue to bring you great content.

As for me, life has changed quite a bit in the last few months. As a mom of four-month-old twins, I have new responsibilities and a daily life that’s been turned upside down. Even now as I write this, I have to pause to replace pacifiers in an (potentially futile) attempt to get the two munchkins to nap at the same time.

I love this new stage of life, but it’s a change from where Offbeat + Inspired is heading – which is why I’m stepping back from this site. I do, however, love blogging, creating recipes and practicing photography, and I definitely don’t want to let those things go completely. So now, you can find me over at my new site, The Homemade Haus. I’ll be posting all things food, thoughts on motherhood and family and other bits and pieces of my life. You’ll find much of the content to be reminiscent of Offbeat + Inspired as well as new ideas and perspectives stemming from my role as a mom.

I can’t begin to explain how important Offbeat + Inspired has been to me. I have been stretched both creatively and personally through this journey. I’m sad to be leaving, but I know this next stage will bring new challenges and new joys. Stay tuned as Tiffany brings you more incredible Offbeat + Inspired content, and I hope you’ll come visit me over at The Homemade Haus! (Oh – and if you head over there this week, there’s a giveaway happening to celebrate my new site launching!)

Thank you, readers, for your continued encouragement and inspiration for the last three years here at Offbeat. I am truly grateful.



Mocha Sorbet

Mocha Sorbet-6

Warm weather is finally here! (At least it was for a few days until it promptly disappeared from the Chicago area in favor of the more familiar cold, gray days.) But regardless of the current temperature, there’s always a reason for frozen treats – especially ones that combine my two favorite ingredients: coffee and chocolate. I’m not sure there exists a better flavor pairing (but I welcome your ideas in case I’m missing something epic!). They’re a match made in recipe heaven…especially when the chocolate is dark and earthy the coffee bold and rich.

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