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Last Week Called for Bow Wow Brownies Minus the Wow

The “wow” is code for marijuana.

A friend of ours informed us that Snoop Dogg’s recipe book, From Crook to Cook, has been nourishing her family during quarantine, and she immediately aroused my interest with “Bow Wow Brownies.”

Snoop Dogg is a rapper who enjoys a good joint now and then, in case you didn’t know. Google him, I don’t have time to give you the backstory. I have books to rewrite and shit. Ooh, I sounded like Snoop Dogg in that last sentence. Perhaps it was the brownies?

Circa September after finishing my manuscript/book

I’m in the process of rewriting my entire book. The one I believed was a masterpiece is not actually the gem I thought it was. It is a long involved story I am not ready to share. I plan to share more details after Christmas, because I don’t want to get too deep and Universal this month.

I feel like that ties in nicely to fresh starts, and we all know how I love a good theme.

Circa December

I have logged in 50 hours of writing time in the last seven days. I’m not making this up. This book is a passion project; tears, tears, and more tears project because there has been no blood or sweat spent but lots of tears. I am in love with this book, but I need to work at it for it to become the gem I know it will ultimately be.

However, after working for six hours, my Microsoft Word stopped responding. When I returned that night, my work that day had not been saved.

So I started all over on Friday, but this time I moved to Google Docs, which is what I should have done, to begin with. I also uploaded a different editing app, and even though I was a bit discouraged with my lost progress, it filled me with excitement because I felt like I was on the right path finally.

But after working with the app for three hours, none of that work saved either. Want to guess where my mind went? I felt like all of this may have been signs from the Universe.

So I promptly shut down my computer for the day, cried for a half-hour, and ate my feelings.

Enter Snoop Dogg’s brownies.

I made them for dinner.

Because why the f*ck not?

I tried to find the Snoop Dogg cookbook everywhere online, but it’s hard to find, not sure why? So I have it on hold at my local library. But I then googled his brownie recipe and found it here. The first thing I thought of when I heard the words Snoop Dogg and brownies was that they must have weed in them.

They don’t have weed in them and none of the recipes online talk about it.

Now, I live in a state where marijuana is legal and we talk about it here like it’s no big deal. However, I realize my readers most likely don’t live in a state where it is legal.

But that could change for you soon, so I would learn the lingo.


By the way, I don’t have time to give you the backstory on Snoop Dogg, but I could make captions to pictures all day as self-care.

Am I high? 

I also won’t judge you if you put weed in your brownies.

As a note of caution, if you put weed into your brownies, it does not cook out the strength of the marijuana, like booze does in baking.


Otherwise, you are going to be high as f**k.

Woman Standing Near Yellow-petaled Flower
It’s okay Grandma, no one told you marijuana isn’t like cooking sherry. Enjoy your high.

I have adjusted the measurements for you below.

3/4 cup of flour

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of sugar

3 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons whole milk

2 2/3 cups chocolate chips

2 large eggs

1/4 teaspoons of vanilla extract

The key is to serve this with vanilla ice cream. We chose Haagen Dazs, so I suggest Haagen Dazs.

We devoured it for dinner while watching Schitt’s Creek. It felt very decadent, yet also very healing at the same time.

Afterward, I cleaned three bathrooms, mopped the floors, wrote this blog post, and I felt restored and ready to take on another day of writing!

Maybe there was weed in there?

Who knows?


*Update- I got everything working on Sunday evening and my writing is going better than ever! I credit Snoop Dogg and plan on crediting him in the acknowledgments of the book. 

32 thoughts on “Last Week Called for Bow Wow Brownies Minus the Wow”

    1. This was the best brownie I have ever had and I am picky when it comes to brownies. But I think it had mostly to do with the ice cream. It took it to another level. I think you need a brownie sundae. 🙂


  1. All I can say (about weed) is I’m so annoyed that Wisconsin can’t seem to figure out the legal weed thing because I could definitely go for a bow-WOW brownie or a a gummy or a sucker. Or just about any edible. (I don’t love alcohol) It’s 2020. I feel like it would make life a WHOLE lot more bearable.

    The other thing (not about weed) I’m going to say is that I’m sorry about your writing but I look at how you handled it and I’m inspired. Seriously. It would do us all well to have a cry, a brownie a la mode, a move on for a good many things! Keep it up, Kari!

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    1. I don’t love alcohol either so weed it is!
      I have some edibles, come on down. Oh, wait…

      I am going to say one thing- it is my soul homework and that is all I will say. Six months ago Kari would have been a wreck about it. But this person who writes today is different and it shows up in my current-day writing. When I looked at my book (written only five months ago) I have changed that drastically.

      Oh God, what if it was all the weed I smoked before??


  2. I’m so sorry about all your work being lost. I’m writing on Scrivener, and I back up every time I leave my desk. Which happens to be a lot, because I’m drinking a lot of water and coffee and tea.

    I’m told that it’s better to draft in scrivener and then edit in Word but now i’m SUPER worried about that…

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    1. I just learned about Scrivener the other night. Which is the same article that told me about Google Docs and the editor I am currently using, HA!
      My computer is so old that I was saving my Word to my email in case I lost it. The good news is that Google Docs is free, so at least I have that going for me.

      Are you writing a book too?


  3. You had me at brownies. I wouldn’t even need the weed.

    I never eat ice cream (or anything else cold) in the cold weather…I just don’t have a taste for anything cold. Likewise, in the summer, I don’t like hot foods. But these brownies, especially if they were warmed up a little bit in the microwave, then served with melty vanilla ice cream…OMG.

    We finished Schitts Creek last week and were so sad it was over. Absolutely loved the series.


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  4. It’s not legal here. yet. I’m for anything that helps people, not sure if that is the help I need, but maybe, one day?
    FUNNY though, when we were in GA one day visiting a nearby town, Coach bought three books while in a gift store: The Bacon Bible, Cabin Porn, and The Snoop Dog Cookbook. I was all “LOL, what the heck have you purchased?” He thought the books were cool. I’ve still yet to open one of them, but when I go back after Christmas, I’ll be looking for the brownie recipe because if it did all that for you, I need them too.
    So sorry you had some shitty stuff happening with your writing/saving. But I’m so happy you are re-energized and ready to take on the world AND your book!

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    1. All three of those books sound like something Mike would purchase. But yes, I’m looking forward to the Snoop Dogg cookbook being in my possession soon. I feel like it might be a game changer.

      The book is coming around. Although I felt that way the first time, so who knows.

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  5. Oh Kari. I’ve said to my kids so many times over the past year or more, WHY DIDN’T YOU GUYS TELL ME ABOUT GOOGLE DOCS BEFORE? (then they eyeroll and say they did, whatever, you also tell me your room is clean, so why should I believe you). Sorry you lost stuff. I used to write blog posts on my ipad under some memo thing. Can’t speak about how many times I wrote so much and lost it after camping outside of Irish dancing class and crying the whole way home. That. Sucks. I often decided that the 2nd draft was better for it though. Hope you feel that way.

    The brownie looks amazing. Sounds amazing. Damn celiac.

    I think you’ll be proud of me, just started watching ‘Stranger Things’. I don’t like sci-fi, but then I loved E.T., so why not? I still need to find time to watch Schitts Creek. I know it’s funny but watching a show with Coach is impossible. Two ships passing in the night. Plus when he is home at night, I am often writing.

    Good luck with the book overhaul.


    1. Anna said to me after I moaned about losing the work on Word, “you should have it on Google Docs, Mom! It saves immediately.” LMAO. Then I see that Google Docs has voice typing or some contraption (says the lady old enough to say the word “contraption”) and I was like WELL ISN’T THIS FANCY!

      My second draft is much better than the first. MUCH better. I am writing from a much better place than I was several months ago and I don’t mean my dining room. 😉

      The brownie was amazing but I got a migraine the next morning. It was worth it though.

      Oh, Stranger Things is good. It was my first ever “binge-watch”. Mike isn’t really a binge-watch kind of person but to be honest, neither am I truly. But last week, he watched a series until 2 am, he was so hooked. It made me laugh because that isn’t like him at all.

      Thank you. It is keeping my mind happy and busy. All things that are good for my mind. 🙂


  6. Hi Kari,
    I was a little concerned yesterday when this wasn’t posted at my usual Monday morning check in with Kari time, so I was relieved to see this today!

    Weed is legal here in Oregon. No biggie. I don’t like all the pot shops that have proliferated like weeds (har har), but I’ve long maintained that alcohol does far more damage. No one ever does all the stupid things drunk people do when they are stoned. They have sex, watch TV, eat, sleep.

    As for Snoop Dogg, I haven’t seen the cookbook, but he has a family connection to a barbecue place in Portland (Reo’s Ribs) and that food was SO good. A fire put it out of business for awhile, but then it re-opened, but now Covid and I don’t know if it’s still in business. But just based on Reo’s, I’d be willing to try any kind of brownies in that book. 🙂

    I’m so sorry about your tech issues. I get the reasons for using Google, but just going to throw out a caveat: When you use software you own (like Word), you own it. Google is free, but there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Don’t get me wrong, I use it all the time–but I’m always aware that they can change the terms of service at any time. I personally suck at backing up, but my best advice is to have backups. (Let me tell you about losing my entire grade book once during the last week of the semester with no electronic back up. Oy. At least I had a hard copy, or I would’ve been completely screwed.)

    You’re reminding me that I need to get back to Schitt’s Creek. Going there with brownies (of any kind) sounds really good today.

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    1. I am composing a post for next week and this comment coming in is exactly why. The fact that you started out this comment with concern for my well-being because my post wasn’t published at the normal time is why I am still sane. I am so in love with that. And you. 😘

      I agree completely with your weed points. I never had a hangover after. Alcohol hates me. I have a theory about genetics and the Universe. A story for another time.

      I just got the cookbook from the library today! It’s brand spanking new. Like no one has ever opened it. I’m savoring it.

      Oh crap. I should know this considering I wrote on a blogger platform for over five years, which was owned by….GOOGLE. 🙄

      Schitt’s Creek is saving me. I am savoring that as well. We only allow ourselves a couple episodes per week. We are now in Season 5. Sigh.

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  7. I am going to try these. I’m a brownie snob too and I have yet to find a homemade one that passed muster. And for real on the weed brownies. I had a quarter of a weed brownie in Colorado and it did me dirty! I have pictures of myself on a call with Eric telling him how high I was and you can see it all in my eyes.
    Lost work is terrible, all the time. I can remember so many times when I’ve lost work and it makes me so angry every time.
    Also your use of stock imagery and amazing captioning is uncanny. You have the gift, my friend. That grandma picture had me laughing out loud. A lot.

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    1. These were really good brownies but with the ice cream, if that makes sense? And use good chocolate chips as well; I used Ghiradelli. Life is short, don’t use questionable chocolate chips.

      I am sensitive to marijuana apparently. My first time I had WAY too much; I was so high and was watching the show Friends to come down off of it. So now, every time I watch the show Friends? It triggers me. Like, I get PTSD. From watching Friends. I am not using PTSD in a derogatory manner either. My therapist and I discussed it AT LENGTH once in a session. I am adding it to my book in the rewrite because it is a good story.

      So after reading Rita’s comment about Google Docs and remembering that Google owns your work, I got a tiny bit paranoid. So I am currently rewriting in Google Docs, editing it in the app, copy and pasting it back into Google Docs as well as into my old Word document so that I have a backup. PHEW. This better get a Pulitzer Prize. Can books get Pulitzer Prizes? KIDDING? I totally knew they could.

      That grandma had ME laughing out loud. Ahh. You and I need to meet in real personal life after this is all over. In fact, all of the people who comment here need to meet. I am gonna plan one big ass A Grace Full Life conference.

      And there will be weed. Just joshing. There will be brownies though.

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      1. Haha yes! A meet up is a must! And I still believe we could rock a podcast. Also have you tried Scrivener? I used it when I did NaNoWriMo and it was amazing.

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  8. This reaffirms my belief that pencil and paper are the way to go!!!! I shall not dwell on your computer misfortune since you have obviously successfully and deliciously moved on! You are amazing!!!


  9. Omg! Did WordPress eat my comment!?!? Is that dastardly platform up to its old tricks again!?! Well, before I was so rudely interrupted to try to remember my new password, I was saying that pencil and paper are the way to go!!


    1. Whoops! My previous comment was not in fact gobbled up and WordPress and I have reconciled. Ok, buh-bye now


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