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“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I promised to bring brownies to the memorial service we are having for Mom end of May, so I am trying different recipes.  Doncha wish you lived with us?  Anyone in the area want to volunteer as a tester?  There will be about thirty mouths to feed, (counting each teen-aged boy as three.)  The recipe from the American Woman Cookbook  (1932) calls for squares of baker's chocolate.  What sort of accurate measurement is that?  Alton Brown wants me to weigh everything - even the eggs.  ultra accurate measurements!. Lisa Nowak, the superb writer of young adult fiction with a stock-car racing setting, (Wide Open) makes "Horsepower Brownies" with cherries.  That's the next recipe to try. I can always take the easy road and pick up some box mix at Costco, then add goodies to it.  Chopped up peanut butter cups.  Chopped up caramels and pecans.  Chopped up peppermint patties. Butterscotch chips.  cinnamon.  What's your favorite variations?

I am writing in the kitchen with the laptop balanced on an open drawer so I don't get all lost in the words and let the baking burn.  I might try this more often.  Writing in different locations sort of freshens and sharpens the focus.  I know a treehouse I want to borrow.  Poetry from a treehouse is bound to be fun!

DH is feeling Russian -Quite Shitsky.  He went to bed at five and except for a couple passages to the bathroom is there still.  Cold, achy, and fatigued.  Hope it's just exhaustion.  That we can fix.

Wednesday I go in to pick up my CPAP breather.  Life is just one new adventure after another, but everyone who has gained a breathing buddy tells me it makes a huge difference, so look out world, I'm ready for a comeback.


  • At 1:25 PM , Blogger LA said...

    I, too, have heard people say that the CPAP has changed their lives. It's the first time in years they actually had a full night's sleep, which makes all the difference. As for the brownies....test away! Your neighbors will love you!

  • At 7:33 PM , Blogger Wannietta said...

    I love running strips of marshmallow fluff (usually 3 in an 8x8 pan), then running a knife across them to make that nice arrowhead pattern. Then, when they're done, cherries & vanilla ice cream - brownies à la Black Forest!!

  • At 3:56 AM , Anonymous Benita said...

    Once you get used to sleeping with the C-PAP machine, you won't know how you existed without it. It has made a new man out of my husband - even if he does sould a bit like Darth Vader when he's asleep. Getting a good night's sleep is priceless.

  • At 4:48 AM , Blogger Donna Lee said...

    God, I have an unhealthy love for my husband's cpap machine.

    I'm a brownie purist. I like them plain. Good and chocolatey and chewy/fudgy rather than cakey. What a hardship, trying different brownie recipes!

  • At 6:39 AM , Blogger KnitTech said...

    Good luck with the brownies. (Mine are a lava cake cooked 25 minutes, so they're not quite a cake, but soft and moist.)

  • At 10:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    OMG! What mouth-watering delights you are concocting. Please, let the faithful at Chrysalis taste test the glorious results on Wednesday. I'm sure our resulting comments will be invaluable. Alice Lynn

  • At 1:57 PM , Blogger Rose Lefebvre said...


  • At 6:30 PM , Blogger sophanne said...

    The cherry ones sound exquisite- if I knew what would happen if you baked mini marshmallows in brownies I'd offer up some sort of rocky road brownie variation.

    A teacher at school baked brownies with a layer of chocolate chip cookies on top..mmmmmm

  • At 3:05 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    zomg zomg zomg-- I want some brownies now!


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