Thursday, July 30, 2009

Desperation Brownie

Several months back I read about these brownies in a mug in the Chicago Tribune. I thought it would be fun to try them, but never got around to it. Well last night I had a taste for chocolate but didn't feel like putting any real effort into baking, then I remembered the recipe and was happy to find it online!

Let me tell you this is dangerous - to be able to make yourself an individual brownie with staple ingredients in under 5 minutes?! I wonder how many you'd have to eat to gain 5 pounds?! I'm renaming them desperation brownies because I feel it is a more fitting name.

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

Dash of salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons water

¼ teaspoon vanilla

Whisk dry ingredients together in a large coffee mug. Add liquid ingredients and mix well.
Microwave on high approximately 1 min. Middle should not quite set up. Beware I think I overcooked mine a tiny bit at 1 min. Still tasty though!

This could be a fun baking activity for elementary age kids to master on their own!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chicago Family Time

For Mark's birthday we gave him a homemade certificate for a Wendella boat tour of Chicago! He had the option of taking the kids or having a babysitter...from the pic you can tell he chose to bring them with!

We all had a great time. Little construction enthusiasts will love the views they get of the big city under construction. You can see a lot of that from the river!
Packing a lunch saved some cash and prevented toddler crankiness as well!

As an aside...the cute baby sling Aubrey is riding in was made by my cousin!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Be Inspired

- Could Amy please come clean out my fridge?! Really smart tips for cleaning the fridge!

- I'm on a homemade kick lately - maybe homemade chocolate syrup should be next on my list?

- Warm weather splashing for baby in the high chair - very creative!

- I love this series - yes, you can make a reversible tote bag!

- A good take on kids and chores.

- Ok...I'm getting the hint, it's high time to hang up my line - 5 reasons to line dry your laundry.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Go Read This

This fabulous post by Randy Alcorn really speaks to me. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me!

Am I being a good example in being Biblically literate for the next generation? Do I know my Bible and make it a priority to spend time daily in God's word?

How can I share what I don't know?