Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday Night Meal @ Michael's

Mark 8

1 In those days, when there was again a large crowd and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples and said to them, 2 "I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.

3 "If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance."

4 And His disciples answered Him, "Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?"

5 And He was asking them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven."

6 And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people.

7 They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well.

8 And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.

9 About four thousand were there; and He sent them away.

God provides!
Grocery budgets are very low, pantries are found with more and more shelf space and time has been a huge issue in our kitchen. Even so, when we call on GOD for our supply, He answers.
Last night’s dinner proved this.

We had toasted turkey and cheese sandwiches (darling little toaster oven friend again) and served them with homemade brownies (not so great) and pickled okra. Some of us enjoyed pickled peppers with ours. ;)

We went to our oldest son’s house and shared some time watching “The Office” shows on demand and bouncing the little ones from one lap to another. It was a nice evening --- even if we did get back home late for a school night --- and everyone had plenty to eat.

We didn’t care for these brownies. They have very high ratings on allrecipes but I don’t plan on making them again.

There are three reasons I can guess at what could have made these be such a waste of ingredients:

1. I used half sucanat and half brown sugar in place of the white sugar because I was out. I do this all the time and rarely see a significant difference. Some of the reviewers did this anyway with white and brown sugar so I tried it. Could have contributed to a change in ingredient balance and made them dry.
2. I think an entire cup of cocoa powder for one pan of brownies is just too much. I love cocoa powder, love rich, rich chocolate desserts and this just seemed a little much.
3. I cooked them 35 minutes and think it could have made a difference to bake for 30 or maybe less.

Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
3 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
2. Combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended.
3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in the chocolate morsels. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish.
4. Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting.
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