This is what failure looks like:
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Don’t get me wrong.  Mint Brownies are a tried and true hit.  You can’t go wrong with them.
But I had something fabulous planned for my neighbor gifts.

And it was a flop.  Failure.  Didn’t work.

It was one of those things that was fabulous in my mind, but didn’t turn out even close to that when I tried it.  Then I had idea #2.  It didn’t work.  I think everyone has experienced this and hopefully you can sympathize.  In our creative endeavors, some things just don’t work.  I’m just so glad that some things DO work out as well as they did in my head.  Like this.  And this.

And I’m glad I have a few standards (like mint brownies) that are always there for me in times of need.
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So with some nice candy boxes from my local cake store and some ribbon to top it off…
I came up with this for the neighbors.  I dyed the mint frosting pink, instead of green and sprinkled my favorite peppermints (Bob’s) on top.  I didn’t even have a cute saying to go with it.  Just a plain old tag that says “Merry Christmas.”  And I feel good about it.  ­čÖé
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I also like a simple satin ribbon.  It reminds me of Martha.
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Do you think Martha ever has flops?
Probably not.
But maybe she has.  And maybe she turns to her “mint brownie” recipe for comfort too!

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