Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In like a lion

Lets hope the saying holds true and March goes out like a lamb!

All four of us ended up with a snow day from school and work Monday, and we spent the afternoon digging out (and then enjoying our 'free' day off!)

I wish I could say this was snow drifts, but it only got deeper as you got to the driveway. Hello winter. I really shouldn't complain, while the rest of the country was getting pounded, we enjoyed a milder than normal winter. But even after all these years in Central New York, even though I should be used to it - snow in March isn't always easy to handle. Of course, the snow on Mothers Day last year was worse. I guess I should be thankful it's only March!!

Kitty wasn't going to let a little snow stop her from getting out! It actually wasn't a ton of snow, not more than we've seen before. It was that it all fell in about 24 hours. And it was wet, heavy snow.

Which meant my husband did most of the shoveling!

If we didn't have the gravel driveway, we would have shoveled the car out and driven to get a snowblower!

I stayed inside and made yummy brownie cookies!

Snow Day Brownie Cookies
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 4  unsweetened chocolate baking squares, chopped
  • 3  cups  semisweet chocolate morsels, divided
  • 1 1/2  cups  flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 4  large eggs
  • 1 1/2  cups  sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  vanilla extract

1. Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 1⁄2 cups chocolate morsels in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt. Let chocolate cool completely, about 1/2 hour.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
3. Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, beating well. Add chocolate mixture; beat well. Stir in remaining 1 1⁄2 cups chocolate morsels and pecans.
4. Drop dough by 2 tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
5. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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