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These guys are helping me feel LOTS better.

This month has not been in my favor.  The truck broke down five times.  My phone is broken.  Both mowers are broken and our yard is starting to be the embarrassment of the neighborhood (it wouldn’t be so awful if we didn’t live in a veritable retirement community and I wasn’t competing with the elderly gentlemen that spend all their time grooming their lawn).  The girls have been sick, teething or batting infections of a various and random nature. I just got called to be the Relief Society president of our new ward (couldn’t I have been a counselor instead Heavenly Father?), the horses have been practically eaten alive by the flies and so on and so on and so on.

Fortunately, things are looking up.  Jack’s bringing me home a piano today.  I bought enough hay for the horses to last all winter and it was less than half the price I paid last year.  Jack put up a clothesline for me (take that electric company!).  Kate’s teeth are almost all in, the girls are healthy, the fly spray for the horses is working like a charm, Jack is a master mechanic and not only is he getting a refund from the shop that “fixed” the truck twice, I think he’ll be able to repair the problem himself which means we’re back to two vehicles.

And I recently discovered the “brookie” recipe–the perfect combination of cookies and brownies.


1/6 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Melt the butter and combine with the cocoa.  Cream in the sugar, vanilla and eggs.  Sift together the dry ingredients and combine until smooth with the cocoa mixture.  Spritz an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with cooking spray and pour in brownie mix.

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, soft
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup and 2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350F.  Cream together the butter and sugars.  Add vanilla and egg until smooth.  Sift together dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture until smooth.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Drop by spoonfuls over the brownie mixture.

Bake the brookies for 20 minutes uncovered, ten minutes covered with aluminum foil and the last five to 15 minutes uncovered (it keeps the cookies from burning while giving the brownies time to bake).  Total bake time 35 to 45 minutes, depending on how gooey or crunchy you’d like your brookies.

Feel better.  I know I do.
Thank you Pinch of Yum for the recipe inspiration!

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