Here we are on our honeymoon in Jamaica in June of 2009...
|Oh those youngins' ;)|
As on the cooking front....honestly, I haven't been doing it as much as I'd like. I made this wonderful crock pot BBQ chicken on Friday...it was perfect coming home to this after a long week. Yesterday I made this crock pot apple crisp and it was good...not my most favorite apple crisp ever, but it was super easy and with a large scoop of vanilla icecream, it did the trick! I love warm desserts in winter!
I also made these brownies this past week...they were gone in just a few days. So yummy, moist and the perfect cure for my sweet tooth!
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Two large handfuls of chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the canola oil, sugar, puree, egg, and vanilla extract.
- In another bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Final texture is very dense, moist, and fudge-y.
The hubs and I have had a great weekend of cleaning the house, getting the house decorated for Christmas, getting ready for our trip and relaxing.
Last night we met friends for Indian food...YUM (our favorite)! And then we all came back to our house to watch the big football game VT vs. Clemson and ate the apple crisp. Clemson won...horray ACC Champs...they are now headed to the Orange Bowl!!!!!
This evening I will be going with my Mom to help out the homeless for 4 hours. This is always a very humbling and eye opening experience. I don't know why I only do this once a year...should do it way more often. I am so so SO blessed to have all that I have. God is good and I am oh so very grateful.
*Today is a special day because it is my nephew's 4th birthday! Happy Birthday, Peter!!!! We love you! We celebrated Peter and my husband's birthdays while we were in Raleigh for Thanksgiving....it was a very fun time.
I hope that you enjoy this holiday season! I will be back soon to report on our trip.
A hui hou
(Hawaiian meaning, "Good-bye, until we meet again")