It was a Friday afternoon and evening at the wee cottage in the woods...
The weather was blustery and cold outside...
Meanwhile inside it was warm and cozy...with a fire burning in the fireplace...
It seemed to me, then, the be a perfect afternoon and evening to be cooking & baking...so I made a batch of chicken noodle soup as well as baked "Symphony Brownies"....
And along the way I had a cocktail or two or three or....(you get the picture)
All in all, it was a most perfect winter Friday night at home...for which I am most thankful. Wish you could have been here. ;-)
A good friends passed on to me this idea/recipe for a brownie...or bar. It is excellent. The basic ingredients are your favorite packaged brownie mix (8x8 pan size) and two Symphony bars...plus oil, eggs and milk per brownie mix instructions.
Mix together the brownie batter per the directions on the package. Pour 1/2 of the batter into a greased 8x8 baking pan. Top this with two Symphony bars. Pour the remaining batter over the top of the bars...smooth to edge of pan.
Bake per directions on brownie mix package. In my case it was 30 minutes and 350 degrees.
Enjoy. Really, enjoy!
What's for dinner tonight? Well, that is a long story. CJ was scheduled for a 3pm grooming appointment in Lindstrom (a good Chinese name). I'd had his carrier out for a couple of days so he would get used to it. My routine to trick him into his carrier is to leave the house for a hour or two, then come home, pick him up and put him in the carrier. Trust me, it will never happen any other way. So...in my hour out of the house I stopped at the Frederic Market where they had a sale on chicken breast halves...and I bought a package. I then returned home, picked up CJ and put him in his carrier according to plan. While on the way to the groomer, the groomer called me and said he was sick. Appointment cancelled. We returned home. CJ is napping and I have been cooking. The glaze on the chicken breasts is a combination of Lunardi's Thai Ginger Sauce and Orange Marmalade. Dinner tonight will be chicken and a simple salad of greens, chopped red pear, toasted walnuts with a red wine vinaigrette salad dressing. Pic attached is of the finished chicken breasts.
BTW, there is no recipe attached for this meal...it was complete improvisation using whatever was in the cupboard. For instance...the Thai Ginger sauce is Lunardi's own recipe and cannot be found anywhere but at a Lunardi store.
It is my conviction that thoughts are powerful tools. Our thoughts create our reality on a daily basis. When these thoughts are put into the spoken word, they become even more powerful. And lastly, when these thoughts are written down they gain a strength and a permanence.
I've been thinking about the direction in which I want to take my blog. This thing...this blog...is the reason I get up in the morning. Consequently because it is so important to me, I want to add to it...to make it perhaps even more interesting those of you that come upon it.
As Mark Twain said: "Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life."
So this area of my blog..."Residual Thoughts" is going to become an area of comment about life whether is be a story about the day...or a commentary on the interesting world in which we live.
I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do...