Friday, December 21, 2007

Ooey Gooey Brownies

I made these brownies last night for my husband to take to work (today is his birthday :o) ). I typically am not a fan of brownies, but I have to admit that these were AWESOME! I found the recipe on Allrecipes, and adjusted a little to account for not having enough eggs on hand. Soooo good! And definitely ooey and gooey all at the same time. ;o)

1 cup butter, melted
3 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.

2. Combine melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, beat in mayo after eggs are all in. Blend thoroughly.

3. Dump flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a separate bowl, and mix together well with a fork. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until blended.

4. Stir in the chocolate morsels. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish.

5. Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting.

I did the blending with my hand mixer and stirring by hand, but in hind sight the kitchen-aid mixer would have made things so much easier (mine has a stir setting). The batter gets a little hard to stir once all of the flour mixture is added.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

We've been Elfed!!

Yes, it's that time of year again, and the family (including Luke, one of our cats!) has gotten into the spirit with a little elven fun. Click HERE to view the show. It might take a few minutes to load, but is well worth it! Be sure to have your speakers on. :o)Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ho Ho Ho!

Well, we tried to get a picture with Santa the other day, but no such luck. Henry was fine with it, loved pointing out the snowmen, the bears (all decorations along the long walk to the big guy). He even liked Santa....until he moved. It was all downhill from there! They did get one picture, but it looked kind of like one of those you see on the Ellen show (you know, the "worst Christmas pictures ever"). So, needless to say, I passed. On the way home I thought I should have bought one just to send to the show. LOL! I bet we totally could have gotten on!

So, for now, all we have is this one from last year. I just love this pic. I remember backing him up to Santa that day so he couldn't see where he was going and wouldn't cry. Santa complimented me on it afterwards. ;o)

The only good news is that I didn't make the drive just for that. We were at the mall doing some Christmas shopping, and there was no line, so I took a chance. We might still head to the FDL or Mayfair mall this season, so maybe there is still hope.... but I'm not counting on it!

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