Friday, February 23, 2007

Virtuous Aliens...

...have taken over the planet. I am convinced they have taken possession of my children's bodies.

Me: (hollering down the stairs) Alexander, everyone is getting on their shoes and socks, why aren't you up here with us?

Alex: Remember how you said we should never leave a room without tidying what we have messed up there? Well, there is nobody here but me to do that so I am cleaning by myself.


Me: (hollering down the stairs...yes, I do that a lot) Boys, did you get enough to eat at lunch?

Simeon: (hollering up) Remember, today's focus is fasting. I think we need to be happy with what we got.

These kids deserve brownies on Sunday. Anyone have a super excellent recipe???


Cheryl M. said...

Yes, yes, I do and I'll post it on my blog for you :)

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh thank you, Cheryl, it is so much apprecited. Coming from you, I know they'll be good.

Barb, sfo said...

I have a super EASY recipe. And yes, they do deserve brownies!!

Get a box of STORE BRAND brownie mix. Do not preheat the oven. Mix the batter as directed on the box for "fudgy" brownies, and ADD a good squeeze of chocolate syrup. Bake in a 9X13 pan for the MINIMUM time listed on the directions.

Every Boy Scout in my zip code appreciates these brownies. Hope your boys like them.

Catherine said...

A wonderful elderly friend of mine, a gourmet cook, makes brownies using a box mix; AND she adds plenty of walnuts and quite a big handful (or maybe even more - who knows? ;-) of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter. Her brownies are to die for. At church, everyone is disappointed when she doesn't bring them along for us all... ;-)
Please let us know how your boys enjoy (whichever mixture you give them in) your brownies! Blessings to you all!

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks barb, catherine, keep them coming....We might just have to try them all Sunday after Sunday!

Ambrose said...

Betty Crocker Cooky book, that same one your mom probably had (and maybe grandmother), has great and simple brownie recipes. Look in the back The cocoa recipe is so easy we don't buy mix anymore.

Anonymous said...

If you use a mix, Ghiradelli makes the BEST brownie mix ever!!!

Karen E. said...

They deserve LOTS and LOTS of brownies! I often use a Duncan Hines mix, add lots of chocolate chips, and frost with a chocolate buttercream frosting.

jerseygirlmama said...

I have a homemade mix I will post on my blog that is super/super easy. My husband won't allow me to buy any type of box brownies any more. Also I have a super easy fudge pie recipe on a sister site that I have a link to on my site called A Mama's Friend.

mary said...

here's my fav brownie recipe. your virtual kitchen is fantastic. i can't wait to try your father's bread.

Outrageous Brownies
Copyright 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook This was adapted from a recipe for chocolate globs in the Soho Charcuterie Cookbook.
Show: Food Network Specials
Episode: All Star Desserts

1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (1 cup for batter and 1/4 cup in the chips and nuts)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups diced walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool slightly. Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature.

Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Do not over-bake! Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well and cut into squares.

Alice said...

What wonderful boys!

~m2~ said...

how can i compete with these wonderful ladies and their recipes?

your boys are precious, but i suspect the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. you are doing a wonderful work in them, suzanne. you are a dear one.

Lisa said...

Wow, you are obviously doing a wonderful job raising your boys! Congratulations!!!

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks, lisa, I'm trying. Thanks for visiting.