Friday, August 10, 2012

random {insta} friday

for one thing. i can't believe that i keep getting surprised by friday.
time is moving a little too quickly for me. do you feel that way?

another thing, i love being surprised with brownies.
since no one ever really does that, i make them for myself.

sunday was the day for such a thing.

this is my favorite recipe. even though i know most recipes by heart, 
i feel the need to crack open the book, or drag out the card and stare at it for awhile. 
am i old? ocd? do i even care?

these fudgey brownies are legit:

1/2 stick butter
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts, plus extra 1/2 cup for topping

1.preheat oven to 350 degrees. lightly grease 9 in square pan(the bottom, not the sides).
2. melt butter in saucepan or microwave, place in a large bowl to cool. 
in another bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, powder and salt. set aside.
3. to the cooled butter, add oil and sugar and stir briefly. then add eggs and vanilla just until combined.
the mixture will be thick and grainy, that's ok! fold in the flour mixture and 1 cup nuts.
4. the mixture will be thick, so pat it into the pan, use your fingers or a spoon. sprinkle with more walnuts.
5. bake for 25 minutes. the brownies will still give a little when touched, don't over bake!
let the brownies cool, then cut and serve!

and get ready to make fun of me, the recipe is from this super cool book:

jenny jones is the real deal. i like her. and i love most recipes in this book. and i am not ashamed.

hello, summer 2009. my, were you crazy!
elijah loves grabbing this photo strip and hugging it. melt my heart.
and he's even been saying "mama" and "papa" as he totes it around the house :)

we hang out on the stoop. it's what the cool kids do. elijah takes it all very seriously.

if i'm way lucky, maybe once a week, my little stoop dweller naps.
and i admire his sweet, dirty feets. that's the sign of a kid's fun summer, i think.

i've been up to the same old grind. of the coffee variety.
in big boss mugs, like this one from fancy susan.
this is what the mug swap gave me last year.
i have my partner assignment for this year and i can hardly wait to shop!

some days are hard. and two in a row. help.
praise jesus for turning my attitude around, 
and for using sweet friends to send me a happy message. oh happy day!

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so tell me, how was your week?


  1. You know you are going to get a ton of brownies from all over by saying you like to be suprised with them right? :-)

  2. bare summer feet that are a little dirty get me every time. My boys and I run around like hillbillies. And I wouldn't have it any other way. This was a sweet post, chica. Thanks for sharin. TGIF!

  3. Those brownies look amazing. You know, since giving up sugar, brownies are the one thing I have craved the most. Since Feb. FEBRUARY!!!! It's been that long. God help me. Maybe I'll treat myself to one soon since I've been slipping a bit anyway ;)

  4. e saying mama and papa...
    ahhh, i know how good that must feel.
    melts my heart.

  5. those brownies look incredible.
    and amazing.
    and everything you are.

    even amidst the hard days you have a whole lotta lovely going on in your week. :)
    <3 love you hannah.

  6. Yes to those brownies! I love that Elijah is hugging the picture and saying your names...what a gift :) Love the feet and his sweet concentration on his cars! Have a wonderful and renewed weekend.

  7. i just really like you, and how you delight in brownies and dirty little summer play toes. you are a good mommy, and you bless so many with your authenticity.

  8. Happy InstaFriday! I'm your newest fan. :) Please check out my InstaFriday post if you have the chance.


  9. LOVE these photos...especially the family pictures! SO SWEET!

    I agree, time keeps flying by. I woke up thinking it was Thursday. I still can't wrap my head around what day it is. :

  10. what a treat it is to be able to read the real life of YOU...
    Thanks so very much for sharing..I like that you call it...just like it is. My week was counters in the kitchen...thanks for askin...blessing to you and yours...

    Joannie B

  11. If we were neighbors I would bring you brownies and let our wild boys wear each other out. Since we're not, I'll say thank you for the brownie recipe. I have a great recipe but they are chock-full of bad things. Like two sticks of melted butter and 2 cups of sugar! Yowza! But man they're good. I'll be trying these lickety-split! Happy Friday! I hope there's some relaxing in your weekend!

  12. Yum, and I love your pics... great captures for the week. :-) Visiting from Life Rearranged.

  13. Hey, I'm Rachel and I'm a new reader.
    Your brownies look awesome! Just might try that recipe now that I have some free time. And Elijah is absolutely adorable! Awesome photos for the week :)

  14. I loved looking through all the pictures... The brownie recipe looks great too btw ;)

    julie @ naptime review

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