October 12, 2010

the primped and pampered pet

How do you talk to yourself?
Mind chatter can be the healer or the destroyer. Pay attention to how you talk to yourself. Create breathing room between the present and your beliefs about the present. Treat yourself as you treat others or wish others to treat you. Treat yourself as your own pet. Talk to yourself with respect, tenderness, and love. Feed, water, and cloth yourself with care and affection. Primp, caress, pamper, and spoil yourself.

Dana's Favorite Weeknight Brownies!
because they are delicious and easy to make
they are also CAKE LIKE
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1) Melt 1/2 cup butter.
2) Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
3) Sift together remaining ingredients then add to the wet.
4) Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes in a greased 8-inch square pan.
Thank you Angie and allrecipes.com

I also just re-made and am still obsessed with "Chocolate Chip Cookies for the student." I love their tangy-ness.

The quality and form of the chocolate chips (in everything) is circumstantial y muy importante. For these cookies (click! not for Dana's brownies above,) where the chocolate is the star, or say, a banana bread, where the base is dense, 60% Ghirardellis or any DISK shaped chocolate chips add dimension and professionalism. The chocolate, where present, must be concentrated and substantial. Chocolate chips are shy, chocolate disks make a statement.

Astrid and Julian Kirschenbaum cut the cake

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
-Carl Gustav Jung