homemade brownies.

Morning naps had come and gone, stickers were covering my television and doors, and both babies were ready to roll.  No, literally.  They have begun to tumble, roll, pummel, and push each other.  Does anyone have any advice with this? Haha!

Maybe a trip to the park would have been just what the doctor ordered, but my orange clove candle was smelling way too good to blow out, and my makeup was not on (don’t judge).  I needed intervention.

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chocolate.

Upon investigation I realized I had cocoa powder in the cabinet, some flour, sugar, ya know, the basics.  I turned to the babies and exclaimed… “You wanna bake with mommy? How does a good batch of brownies sound to you?”

Excitement immediately filled their faces, especially Kinsley’s as she realized she could help mommy in the kitchen (one of her favorite things to do).  I tied an over-sized apron around her little frame, and put Elijah on my hip.  We got to work.

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Who knew homemade brownies were so easy to make?  They are now my “go to” for any baked good need!

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I melted 1/2 cup of butter over medium heat.  Once that was melted I added 1 cup of sugar and stirred until it was somewhat dissolved.  I took it off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.  I then added 1 tsp. of vanilla, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.  Kinsley then stirred, and stirred, and stirred some more until it was combined.  This process of stirring might have taken about 15 minutes (score!).  We then poured it into a greased 8-inch square pan and baked at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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So next time you find yourself with stickers on your doors and no makeup on, consider making a batch of brownies!

these are a few of my favorite things.

My mother-in-law, Amanda, comes over every Tuesday to spend a couple hours with Kinsley and Elijah!  What a blessing this has been in my life, and theirs.

She brings in her “Mary Poppins” bag, affectionately dubbed her “YaYa bag” filled to the brim with sticker packs, coloring books, play dough, plastic bugs, etc.  To be quite honest, I don’t know what is in that bag, but she keeps pulling new things out of it every week… so it truly is a Mary Poppins bag!

When she rang the door bell this morning Kinsley exclaimed… “Yaya!!!”  “Down mommy… Down mommy!! Down!!”  She was in her highchair and couldn’t contain herself.  She nearly climbed down before I could get to her!  She ran to the foyer, peered through the windows flanking the door, and began jumping up and down.  These are the times she will remember for the rest of her life.

Within minutes I was out the door, and the babies were digging into the Yaya bag.

I often use these precious hours away to thrift, grocery shop in bulk, and get inspired.  Today began with a grande gingerbread latte, and ended with a Williams Sonoma purchase.  I am beyond thankful to live near family, and have a few minutes away to myself every week.  Can all the mommies out there say “AMEN!?!”

As I perused Williams Sonoma I was reminded of my true love of all things baked, pan seared, broiled, and poached!  I simply love to cook and create in the kitchen. Always have, always will.  It runs deep in my blood.  My mother’s mother’s mother was notorious for her sweet tea, biscuits, and butter beans.  My mother’s mother is notorious for her corn bread, dressing, and jibblet gravy.  And my mother is… well, lets just say I remember her boiling lobster for dinner when I was just a wee thing.  Duck was on the menu by the time I was three, and she is making my favorite for my birthday meal… shrimp scampi!  She is such a gourmet!

So as I passed the copper pots today in Williams Sonoma I paused, took in their beauty, and snapped a quick Instagram.  These are a few of my favorite things…

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Isn’t she beautiful?

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So, even though I walked out of the store with only a handful of hand towels, I was satisfied, inspired, and ready to cook!  If only I knew what to make for dinner tonight… hmmmm… white wine should help me decide!

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