Thursday, December 30, 2010
Grace is 3 1/2 now and is growing so fast. She is my sweet beautiful little ballerina. She loves her dance class and her ice skating lessons. She loves playing with her little brother Matthew. I can hardly believe that next year she will be in preschool. She saw that her cousins were in school and now is just dying to go. This year I just wasn't ready to let her go. I wanted another year with my little girl. I think it was a good decision. I have enjoyed the time with her and watching her grow.
Matthew is 16 months and that boy is going to be trouble! Ok, not really, but I have caught him doing some mischievous things. For example, playing in the toilet water (sometimes Grace forgets to flush...you get the idea), hiding the remote controls, pulling out all his clothes out of his drawers (and I do mean all), and then there's always playing in the dog's water bowl and food. I haven't seen him eat any of the food, and truthfully I don't want to know. But one thing is for sure, this little boy is just the cutest. His sweet blue eyes and beautiful smile just light up any room. He has brought such a wonderful spirit to our home. Our family wouldn't be complete without him. I treasure the rare nights when he will sit on my lap with his special blankets (wont leave his crib without at least two) and rock-a-bye with me.
As for me, I am adjusting slowly to the Provo life, but am grateful to have extended family members around to make that adjusting easier. I have enjoyed taking a french cooking class and look forward to more, when I can fit it in that is. I continue to make up new recipes and someday I hope to make them into a cookbook. I love being with the kids. They are so sweet, even when some days are rougher than others, I still love being a mother. So happy they came to our little family.
As this year closes and a new one begins I am so grateful for everything I have. Seriously. There have been trials, but there have been big blessings that follow. I look forward to making New Year resolutions. Specifically I will continue to make healthy lifestyle changes. I am coming to understand that it's no longer a diet that I need to be on, but a healthy life that I need to form and keep going. I love my life, and I look forward to see what the year brings us.
Happy New Year
Love, The Boyd's
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
- 1 pound unsalted butter
- 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 6 extra-large eggs
- 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1-inch baking sheet.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares.