Saturday, June 4, 2011

Super Saturday

What does the perfect Saturday look like? It starts with popcorn for breakfast with your favourite 8 year old watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the big screen. Then you come home and the grocery shopping is done and lunch is made. You think about going for a run, but instead have a nap with your favourite nap partner, making a promise you'll run tomorrow. You wake up and dinner is served. There are drumsticks (the ice cream kind) for dessert, because that's what happens when David has free reign at the grocery store. The kitchen gets cleaned up quickly then you go for a bike ride to the park.

No one scrapes a knee or steers into their brother or forgets to stop at the corner when they bike ahead. It doesn't rain even though it looks like it might. You come home and water the garden because after a long Winter the house is finally settling in to the idea of welcoming Spring and is all kinds of green.

Then, just when you think things can't get any better, warm from the oven brownies appear.

And you remember that you picked up a new book from the library today when you were returning books that aren't even due back until Monday, so for once you won't have any fines (bad librarian). Super Saturday. It happens sometimes.

Chocolate Brownies - from Anna Olson

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8 x 11 inch baking pan.

Melt butter (over stove or in microwave) and pour into a larger bowl. Sift cocoa into butter and stir in. Stir in sugar.

Add eggs to mixture, blending well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt (do not sift). Add to cocoa mixture and blend.

Pour into pan and bake for 35 minutes, until firm when touched.

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