Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake & 5 Tricks To Keep Your House Clean

Today I’m sharing the perfect cake recipe for brownie lovers, Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake along with 5 super easy ways to keep your house clean.

Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake uses a box cake mix + brownie mix! Easy recipe at TidyMom.net

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Prepare your lips for the best cake they’ve ever seen!  Allison said, if Christmas had a taste……it would be this cake!  A dense, but not heavy, moist deep dark chocolate cake with a subtle hint of peppermint, topped with a white chocolate peppermint ganache, that is Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake.

Not only is this one incredibly delicious cake, but it comes together in no time, thanks to a box cake and brownie mix, along with a few eggs, water and oil.  BAM! Melt white chocolate into some warm whipping cream to pour overtop and you have yourself a treat fancy enough for company, or just because the house is clean and it’s Tuesday ! 😉  It’s a sure way to satisfy true chocolate lovers and is perfect for any occasion.

First, let’s talk about a passion of mine……..a clean house.  I’m not talking, spotless “nobody must live here” kind of house.  When the house is clean I feel less stress, more motivated and well, it just puts me in a good mood!  Clean feels good! As part of my ongoing partnership with my friends at Scotch-Brite Brand, I just want to share how I try my best to do a little housework each day, to keep my sanity.
Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake uses a box cake mix + brownie mix! Easy recipe at TidyMom.net

 

Who else feels overwhelmed when the house is a mess?

A messy house can make you feel defeated.  Add the stress of the holidays, and it can paralyze you, until you throw up your hands and surrender.

Today I’d like to share a few of my favorite tips to help keep your house clean (not perfect).  They don’t take long, and if you make them a daily habit, your house will stay clean forever.

5 QUICK TRICKS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE CLEAN

1. MAKE THE BED

The simple task of making the bed instantly tidies a room to make you feel more organized.  Get in the habit of making your bed as part of your morning ritual, soon it will become a mindless routine.  Often it causes a domino effect.  Once I make the bed, I’ll see a few other things that need to be picked and I’m inspired to make the whole room look nice.  Added benefit:  It helps me get a good night sleep.  There is nothing I love more than crawling into a made bed.  

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 2. ONE LOAD OF LAUNDRY

Our laundry room sits right between our bedroom and my office.  Each morning, between coffee and work, my husband or I will toss a load of laundry in the washer.  I’d much rather smile at an empty laundry basket than growl at an overflowing hamper.  Added benefit:  I never have to spend an entire day doing laundry.  Everything I want to wear is usually clean, instead of in the dirty clothes pile.

3. SHINE THE SINKS

 Just as a made bed makes my bedroom feel clean, a clean and shiny sink makes the whole kitchen feel clean.

I can’t go to bed with a sink full of dirty dishes.  Every night, as soon as we finish dinner, the dishes are cleaned up.  When the dishwasher is loaded and the kitchen sink is sparkling clean, then I can relax for the evening. A clean kitchen sink is my starting point each morning that helps me accomplish everything else.

 

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4. SWIPE SURFACES

Just as shining the sink, a quick daily swipe over other surfaces will keep your home tidy. I love the Scotch-Brite 3-in-1 Microfiber Cloth, because they can be used wet or dry.  Kitchen counters, tabletops, appliances and furniture are wiped clean of dust and fingerprints. 

I like to keep a few Microfiber Clothes around the house where they will be needed the most. This routine requires very little thought or time. Simply wipe down surfaces in the kitchen and breakfast area after meals.  Keep a Microfiber Cloth under the bathroom sink to swipe over the mirror as soon as you finish brushing your teeth.  Keep another one in the drawer in the family room to wipe over the TV cabinet and coffee table when you’re on the phone or before sitting down in the evening to watch your favorite show.

Keeping surfaces clean on a daily basis will avoid that overwhelming feeling – when you finally take notice when company is coming over or you’re then too tired to deal with it at the end of a busy day.

microfiber cloth makes dusting a breeze.

5. 10 MINUTE TIDY UP

Designate 10 minutes for a tidy sweep before dinner or right before bed.  Get the family involved and set the timer for a 10 minute clean sweep.

Assign everyone a task; put away toys, pick up items strewn around the house, empty the dishwasher, run the vacuum, use a lint roller on furniture, sort mail, wipe down bathroom counters and toilets, etc.

This ritual only takes a few minutes, and keeps everyone aware of their own household responsibility. 

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Remember, these rituals are a guide, I want my house to feel clean, not perfect, adjust to what works best for your family and schedule.  When I used to work outside the home, I did most of the clean up in the morning before I left for work, because I liked to come home to a clean house 😉

So who’s ready for that Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake Recipe?!

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Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake

Chocolate lovers beware! This easy bundt dense, but not heavy cake is made with both a boxed cake and brownie mix.

Ingredients:

1 (18-20 ounce) brownie mix

1 (16.5 ounce) chocolate cake mix

4 large eggs

1 1/4 cup water

1 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

for White Chocolate Ganache:

10 ounce white chocolate chips

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Andes peppermint crunch chips for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, cake mix, eggs, water, oil and extract with a wire whisk for about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Remove cake from oven. Let cake cool for about 5-10 minutes in pan, then carefully turn cake onto cooling rack or serving plate to cool completely.

While cake is cooling, prepare ganache

  1. Combine chocolate and cream in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stoping to stir at 1 minute intervals, until chocolate is melted.  Stir for about 2 minutes until shiny and smooth. Add extract and stir to combine.
  2. Cover ganache with plastic wrap, making sure wrap touches the surface of the ganache.  Let cool, then pour over cooled cake.  Sprinkle with Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips for garnish and enjoy!

**DO NOT USE ingredients or directions on cake and brownie box.  Only use what's listed in this recipe

**if you choose, you can leave out the peppermint extract for just a chocolate brownie cake.

**feel free to use chocolate chips instead of white chocolate for the ganache

recipe adapted from justapinch.com

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Share some of your favorite tips for keeping your house clean in the comments below.

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Disclosure:  I have a working relationship with Scotch-Brite Brand, but as always, all views, opinions……and my love of a clean home are all my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support TidyMom.