Okay so today is supposed to be my “day off” from house cleaning but as usual it didn’t happen. I guess with 3 teenagers and 3 dogs that’s pretty much a pipe dream:) It started snowing and I got this crazy idea to perfect a brownie recipe. I don’t know that it will appeal to everyone but I’m hoping my hubby’s tastebuds will jump with joy.
I made three pans and I think with some ice cream this could be a real oinky fest:) Unfortunately this oinky is lactose intolerant….:/
This is what they look like:
I cracked the top of the second set to show it better.
Here is the recipe:
2 cups of chocolate (your choice block, chips, or squares I used chips) **
1 1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp chocolate syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 and either grease or line a 9 x 13 pan.
In a saucepan melt the sugar, chocolate, and butter until smooth. (*Note sugar may still be a little grainy) Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl add the vanilla and stir it in, let cool. Once cooled some add the eggs and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until completely combined. Slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until completely incorporated! Pour into your prepared pan.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Watch them closely because overcooking will burn them and make the sides too hard.
I would say take them out let them cool a little, cut, and add a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream:)
** If you choose to use chocolate squares or anything other than chips make sure you chop it well so it melts completely.
In one of my batches I added caramel and pecans!! Play with them have fun and be creative.
Today started out as a 2 hour delay and eased into a full-blown snow day. Now when I worked at an elementary school I was very thankful for snow days, but now that I am at home again I don’t enjoy them quite as much. I was trying to clean and bake with three teenagers lying around and driving me nuts. I don’t where exactly I went wrong but somewhere along the lines I lost control of my children. My dad used to tell me you must have control…well dad I’ve lost it…the inmates are running the asylum:)
I am happy to say I have a productive day in the kitchen. I made a few dozen chocolate chip cookies and a few dozen snickerdoodles. I asked my husband to see what his guys wanted and they all said snickerdoodles and so snickerdoodles is what they are getting. I gotta take care of the soldiers because they sure take care of us! Before I made my cookies I got four loaves of artisan bread going. Today I made: Chive & Onion, Garlic Cheddar, Italian, and Cinnamon Sugar. After the cookies were done and while the bread was proofing I set about making dinner, tonight it was chicken-n-dumplings. I figured I was on a roll and in the mood so why not. Sadly my oldest ate so many cookies he skipped dinner but the rest of us enjoyed it very much. I put french herbs in my “gravy” this time and they were quite tasty. I’ll post all my recipes tomorrow. My sister spent the day giving me a lecture on writing my recipes down or at least getting them on tape. I guess that’s the part of baking I really do not enjoy. When I bake I get in the zone and I don’t want anything to interrupt me. Stopping to write it all down step by step seems so aggravating to me. I like to think I’m on an old school cook, a dash of this, a pinch of that…lol. I think cooking/baking for me is very calming and it takes me back to summers in the kitchen with my grandmother.
Summers spent chasing light bugs, eating crabs on the porch, sitting in lawn chairs and just talking. My other grandmother used to take me shopping and she let me work in the drug store diner with her. OMGoodness was that fun!! I got to make myself little treats too:) I am so very thankful for all of the wonderful memories my grandparents gave me. I don’t know if they realize just what an important role they played in making me the person I am today. I couldn’t have asked for more love or encouragement, from the bottom of my heart I Thank You and I Love You: Gilbert Lowery & Rudy Lowery, Mickey Iseman & Margaret Iseman.
Monday’s are sheet day at my house. My schedule for cleaning used to be a lot more concrete but I’m slowly getting back on track. So I got all my cleaning done and decided to bake a little. I know today was rough the first day back after a long vacation so I thought it would be nice for them to come home to something sweet. Demetri is totally in love with this banana bread, I gave him a choice: banana bread or Madeleine’s..lol..hard choice for him. He chose banana bread so I made two loaves. I am going to share the recipe with you but first I want to give you a little back story on where I got it. My parents come from a Very small island on the Eastern Shore called Tilghman, Maryland. I think it has one stop light and is about two miles long and maybe two miles wide. Think Mayberry but smaller:) When I was little girl I used to visit during the summers and it was so much fun! On this tiny little island there was a tiny little store with a tiny little lady running it: Miss Mary McCarty. I remember her being this frail little thing that kept just about anything you could want in this little store. It was the kind of place people from the city visit and marvel at the charm and comment on the vintage appeal. Miss Mary had no need to “modernize” her store, she had what you needed: food, household supplies, toiletries and conversation. Fast forward many years to when I married my husband. My grandmother was fond of giving me recipe books for all the special occasions in my life. I didn’t know then just how important those books would become to me, I treasure them! One day I don’t know why but I decided to flip through and make my husband something special. That is how I stumbled onto the BEST banana bread recipe I’ve ever had.
Although I can’t walk into Miss Mary’s store anymore, as it is no longer there , I can flip through the pages of my cookbooks and share a baking experience with her. I think Miss Mary and her store are what’s missing from most people’s lives. Everyone needs to go home again and find something they treasure! Thank you Miss Mary for making one of my childhood memories so sweet:)
Banana Bread Recipe: Miss Mary McCarty (Tilghman Island, Maryland)
*she actually listed it as Banana Nut Loaf*
3 bananas ( make sure mine are good and rotten)
1tsp baking soda
1/4c nuts (I’m adding this as it is part of the original recipe but no one here likes nuts so I always omit)
Heat oven to 350
Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and mashed bananas. Sift soda and flour, add to creamed mixture. Put in a loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 40 mins.
You can use a bundt pan or cupcake tins. If I’m using a dark pan I reduce the temperature to 325 and I start out with 20:00 and carefully watch it doing 10min increments. I don’t like mine too brown…
When you make this please think of Miss Mary and what it would be like to stand in her tiny little store with worn hardwood floors, the smell of boxes and dust wafting in the air having a pleasant conversation. No where to go, nothing to rush off and do just sitting and chatting the way people used to do.
A little background about me…My name is Jamie Simon, I a military spouse and proud mom to three wonderful teenagers. I enjoy baking, cleaning, gardening, knitting, and taking long Sunday drives with my family. When I’m not being mom to the human kiddos I also play mom to Bailey an English Mastiff, George William a fluffy white Shihpoo, and CoCo a Yorkie mix. I am also grandmom to Oliver the tortoise and Bentley the guinea pig:)
I think one of my greatest pleasures in life is making a delicious meal or dessert for my family. I very much enjoy watching people eat and like what I create. My biggest issue is that I am horrible at writing things down and recipes for me are a distraction. I like to find them online or in vintage cookbooks and then tweak them, I just forget to write down how I tweaked them…lol. My sister has begged me for years to just take the time to sit and write all my recipes out, so far that hasn’t happened. My husband took it upon himself to make this blog for me so I’m being forced to finally put it all down on “paper” so to speak:) I hope you’ll join me on my quest to share two of my greatest passions: cooking/baking.
First Day and Demetri is trying to get me setup