I miss vacation.
Just a couple of weeks ago our family was away with friends hangin’ out and just relaxing. Today I am sitting at my desk working on three different projects with looming deadlines. I will admit, vacation is a bit more relaxing than it used to be. I remember the days of piling all the little kids in the car with toys, portable cribs, practically packing the whole house and trying to keep them entertained all the way down the road just praying that they would all fall asleep. Fast forward fifteen years and things are easier.
Instead of all piling in the car together any more, we all seem to show up at different times. For our recent trip, Sous Chef drove in for the weekend from where she is interning for the summer about 2 hours away. My oldest son arrived at a different time with our friend’s daughter because he had a training at the fire station he couldn’t miss. The Husband arrived three days later after working a short week. Not quite the way it used to be, but I am so thankful my children make the effort to all spend time together.
We were recently guests of friends staying at their family home on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. We’ve traveled with them for years, and we have the best time together. The two families combined have six kids ranging in ages from 13 to 22. This beautiful home where we stayed overlooks the Chesapeake Bay with water on three sides, a constant breeze blowing and a view that will take your breath away.
One of our favorite activities is to go out on the water when the tide is out and we can walk around on all the sand bars and explore. This year my boys decided to catch crabs with their hands, no other equipment necessary!
So for about an hour that day there were no cell phones, no ipads, no television, no laptops…just the joy of hanging out together and enjoying the late afternoon on the bay. A place where brothers enjoy each others company…
…and friends just want to hang out together…
…until the sun begins to fade…
…and there is no light left in the day.
Thanks for letting me sit here and reminisce. Since we ate brownies almost every day, thanks to my friend’s youngest daughter, I’ve been thinking about making some since we returned home. These were not the ones she made, but I’ve been wanting to make these for quite a while.
This recipe is adapted from a small cookbook published by Kahlua that I have had for a hundred years. Since I like my brownies very fudgy I lowered the amount of flour and made just a couple of other small changes. These are divine!
Why don’t you tell me about your summer vacation while I sit back and eat one of these.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
¼ cup Kahlua
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×8 pan. Line with greased parchment or foil and set aside. Melt butter and chocolate over low heat and set aside to cool slightly. Whisk together eggs and sugar until light in color. Add chocolate, butter and Kahlua. Fold in flour, salt and baking powder. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Be careful not to over bake. Take from the oven and brush one tablespoon of Kahlua over the brownies. Let cool completely before slicing.