Archive for February, 2012

Cooking with kids: Chocolate Brownies

I wish I could post a picture of the delicious Valentine’s Day chocolate-y brownies that we made. But, we ate them all. (I lightly sprinkled confectionary sugar over a lacey, heart-shaped doily. It was pretty. Really.)

We’re trying to cut desserts down to Sundays only, but sometimes a little chocolate is absolutely necessary. This easy, delicious, fudgy brownie is made from scratch, and is based off NattybyDesign’s recipe. No more store bought brownie mixes for us! This recipe is simple, and can be made with stuff already in your pantry.

If there’s any leftover – wrap them individually and stick them in the freezer for kid lunches during the week.

Chocolate Brownies

Mix together:
1 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar

Add, then mix:
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

With mixer running, toss in:
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour

Bake in a greased 13 x 9 pan at 350 degrees: for a metal pan, bake for 25 minutes; for a glass dish, bake for 35 minutes.

(I grease the pan by wiping the bottom with the empty butter wrappers.)

Best. Brownies. Ever.

Photo by Roboppy.



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Coming Soon: The Secret World of Arrietty

“Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all.”

Do you remember the book The Borrowers? About a family of little people and their adventures living, hidden, in a house of regular sized people?  When something small, like a thimble or sugarcube, would go missing it was because of the Borrowers – friendly, yet fiercely private little people.

Get ready to be swept away, and discover a secret world within our own. Walt Disney Pictures is releasing Hiyao Miyazaki’s latest Studio Ghibli film “The Secret World of Arrietty” on February 17th.  Arrietty is based on Mary Norton’s award winning childrens’ book series “The Borrowers”; Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki considered doing a film based on the novel for 40 years.  Written by master storyteller Hiyao Miyazaki, and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the animated fantasy film was initially released in Japan as “The Borrower Arrietty” or Karigurashi no Arrietty.

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