Friday, February 21, 2014

Random January 2014 pics

A pipe burst in Katie's room.  Thank goodness she was right there when it popped and told Wolfgang who told us right away.  We got the water shut off to that room that evening and it was fixed the next day.
But dang!  Wish that hadn't happened.  

I am taking a class to do with Brene Brown's book "The Gifts of Imperfection." Much of the work is done in an art journal.  Makana wanted to join me in making her own art journal.  These were the first pictures we put inside ours.  The writing on our hands says, "I'm perfect and I am enough."  Like!

I'm so serious!  Love how Makana is so free to be silly!  Wish I was more like that.  Oh....wait....but I am me.  Need to embrace that, huh.  So, well....I am perfect and I am enough.  I will keep working on that!  ;)

Makana began to make an inspirational drawing with words.  I wonder if she got the idea from the inspirational magnet that I purchased at Sunset Celebration in Key West?  (see the green and red picture below)

Love these words of inspiration!  And....they remind me of our trip!

Halfway through January, Wolfgang moved to his own apartment.  I hope we helped him to make the transition to living on his own easier.  We'll miss him, but he is only a five minute drive or a fifteen minute walk away.  And closer to town/work which is helpful.  He ended up being roomates with one of the nicest and most helpful people who work at the local grocery store.  Awesome!  :)

My new favorite brownies!  OMG!  I can't tell you how good they are!


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
Beat together the butter and sugars until light and creamy, about 5 minutes. 
Beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the mixture and mix well.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, checking them towards the end to keep from overbaking.
If you like them gooey, pull them out at 25 minutes.

Adapted from this recipe: 

Katie first made these.  Now I make them on occasion too!  LOVE!!!

If you love homemade chocolate chip cookies, you will likely love these too! :)

And ....well, I know it is risky, but if you ever do eat raw cookie dough (knowing you are taking chances with raw egg), this dough is unbelievable!  So full of vanilla flavor!