Monthly Archives: September 2008

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Two-Toned Fudge Brownies

Since my time was full with painting in the new house last week, I asked my oldest daughter to do some baking. She did a wonderful job, as always, and even volunteered to be my guest blogger!

Hi everyone! This is the Chocolate Lady’s daughter Dagmar. Since we had company last week Mom had me make quite a few desserts to keep everybody going. (Which is one of my favorite jobs!)

This is one of the treats I made with the help of my dear friend Courtney. They have a brownie base and a yummy chocolate chip cookie dough topping. The recipe is a new one and we decided that they were very delicious!

Two-Toned Fudge Brownies
Recipe from: Taste of Home Annual Recipes- 2002

1 c. (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Cookie Dough Layer:
1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips. Cool slightly. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in melted chocolate. Combine flour and baking soda; add to batter. Stir in walnuts. Spread into a greased 13-in. X 9-in. X 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 16-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls over cooled brownies; carefully spread over top. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.

Note: The Cookie dough layer is not baked and does not contain eggs.

Until next time!

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Pioneer Days

Going Home

Going home.

What do you think of when you hear those words? I think of warmth, light, belonging, comfort, love.

I see a Thomas Kincaid painting of a beautiful house at dusk with all windows full of light and welcome.

I see farmhouses silhouetted across the sunset with their yard lights shining a beacon in the darkness.

“We live as those who are on journey home: a home we know will have the lights on and the door open and our Father waiting for us when we arrive.

That means in all adversity our worship of God is joyful, our life is hopeful, our future is secure.

There is nothing we can lose on earth that can rob us of the treasures God has given us and will give us.”

~John Oxenham 1852-1941 (pen name for William Dunkerley, novelist, poet, and hymnist “In Christ There is No East or West”)

A True Bibliophile

We went to our favorite garage sale this morning. Three older ladies who are also good friends get together once a year and have a sale where the prices are good and the merchandise fun!

I’ve picked up the most amazing things there over the years! I always wonder where they find these treasures? Maybe they are just digging them out of the basement a box at a time- like layers of an onion.

This year we found books! Box after box after box of vintage books. Hard cover Henty’s, Gene Stratton Porter, and Zane Grey just to name a few.

I started salivating and making piles. There were just many to choose from! They all looked interesting and I wanted them all!

So I got them. All of them. I filled the back of the van and brought my treasures home.

Yes, we did negotiate a price for the entire lot and most of the books will be researched and sold on Amazon or eBay.

But some of the choicest, the nicest, the most wonderful books will find a place of honor on our personal bookshelves.

We believe, like Henry Ward Beecher, that,

“A little library growing every year is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books.”

and like Thomas Jefferson who said,

“I cannot live without books.”