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Sorry about the out of focus pic...I was really hungry! :)

I usually try to make a treat for Dev to take to team meetings with him on Tuesdays. This week I decided to make brownies.

I think brownies are an under-used dessert. They are so simple to make- but so versatile and so delicious!!

This time around, I didn't do anything fancy to them. I wanted plain old, down and dirty, chocolatey, gooey brownies.

I used a recipe from Rachael Ray's magazine (can you tell I've been going through a pile of magazines lately?? Everything I've cooked in the last few weeks has come out of Rachael Ray's mag. Weird.).

Here's the recipe:

Basic Brownies

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 sticks melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk in 3 eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 cup flour. Transfer batter to the baking pan and bake until just set, 25 to 30 minutes; let cool.

I let mine …

My How Things Change...

Just a few short weeks ago I was whining and complaining about having nothing to do. I should have spent that time napping and being lazy- cuz it didn't last long!

I've been subbing at the school almost non-stop for the last two weeks, and somehow I've managed to wiggle my way into a permanent job at the school (starting September 28th).

Dev's birthday was yesterday, but I've planned a party to celebrate on Saturday evening. I took a few days off this week to get things ready and figure out what to serve my guests!!

In the meantime, I have cooked a few memorable meals, and I'll post one of them here.

Not too long ago I did a post about some savory waffles I found a recipe for in Rachael Ray's magazine. The recipe made about a zillion, so I froze the rest to use later.

One morning this week, I popped a few of the leftover waffles in the toaster, topped them with some leftover veggie taco filling (zucchini, onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes), sprinkled on a …


I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that today was, at times, a very pensive, thoughtful kind of day. Most of the students I work with are too young to know the true significance of this date. I suppose most of the adults were doing their best to encapsulate and summarize something that is impossible to describe.

For me, there were times when I sat and thought about things I am truly thankful for- and there are many.

A few weeks ago, while we were unpacking boxes and trying to re-assemble our lives here in Rifle, I came across a file folder of emails I had printed and saved. Most of them ended up in the trash can (jokes and funny pictures, etc). But one was saved and came to mind again today.

On April 17, 1998, Di sent me this email....

"I went to the shore alone and I sat and watched and thought and became aware of my solitude.

I went to the shore with my lover and we sat and watched and played and swam and I became aware of sharing.

I went to the shore with my friend and we …