When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house. I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight. I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child. My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini. They were like veggie snacks for giants.
Looking for something sweet for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? These brownies are not only beautifully festive, but they are also unbelievably tasty.
I have this amazing neighbor. She’s a wonderful friend, wonderful mom, and also a wonderful baker. She bakes up the most delicious treats, and we’ve managed to be lucky enough to be her guinea pigs on more than one occasion. A couple of weeks ago, she texted me asking if it was OK to send down some Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies to try. (Did she really need to ask? Heck yes! Send them down!) She wanted to know if they were good enough to send in for the teachers. We were her taste testers. Tough job, eh?
Oh, the weather outside is…not so frightful. The fire? Not really so delightful. In fact, the weather is terribly un-Christmassy. Does Mother Nature know that it’s December? Does she have any idea that Christmas is just a few short weeks away? I know I probably sound like a big Scrooge to most of you, and those of you who live up north are rolling your eyes at me because you’re enjoying the warm weather you’ve had and think I’m crazy, but I’m having a very hard time getting into the Christmas spirit when I can still break a sweat just walking to my mailbox! Bah Humbug!
Yesterday was just one of those days that called for a hefty dose of chocolate. I couldn’t get away from it. It had to happen.
I came across this recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies a while ago and have been saving it for one of my “Ugh…ME NEED CHOCOLATE” days. It was the perfect thing.