Costco had raspberries for about $4 for 12 ounces the last time I was there. I bought 3 packages, with the intent of making Jeni's raspberry sauce with a lot of them. I made a double batch of the sauce, and ended up with about 2 pints. Some will almost certainly end up inside or on top of ice cream, and I'll probably eat some with yogurt, but I've been looking for other things to make as well. I was in a brownie mood today, and decided to try swirling some sauce on top of the batter before it went into the oven. The brownies are the Classic Brownies from Cook's Illustrated--I made half the recipe (in an 8" pan), throwing in some chocolate chips instead of adding nuts. I dolloped about 50 grams of raspberry sauce on top of the batter and swirled it in with a chopstick. I baked the brownies for 30 minutes.
The verdict? Quite tasty! Raspberry and chocolate is one of my very favorite flavor combinations. The girls thought they were good but weren't totally thrilled. That's okay, since that means more for me! =)
I'm tired. I really need to plan better, since late evening is not my best writing time. But I can't stand the thought of having a month where I only posted once, so here I am.
Watching: Doctor Who--we're happy to finally be into the second half of the current season. Also Dancing with the Stars, which is one of my girls' favorite programs. They both have their favorite professional dancers, and they root for the celebrities paired with their favorites.
Reading: A lot of online stuff, mainly about yoga. Since I haven't been posting much, I haven't written about how I started doing yoga through an online 30-day class. I'm really enjoying it, and it's helping me both physically and mentally.
Listening: This awesome song that was brought to my attention by one of my courage classmates.
Making: I've been in the kitchen quite a bit, even though not many of my creations have made it onto the blog. I really need to make more time for bread baking. I put it off, thinking it will take more time than I want to spend, but when I finally do it, I'm so glad that I did. That's true of a lot of things in my life... I've also made some fun cakes for birthdays at work, including the one at the end of this post. Vanilla cake, fresh strawberry filling, cream cheese frosting. It was a huge hit. Too bad I can't sell that one.
Feeling: This morning as I was driving to work, I realized that I was feeling happier and less stressed than I have in quite a while. The first quarter of the year is often a difficult time for me, but it seemed particularly challenging this year, plus it spilled over into most of April. But things feel like they're improving. The yoga is helping. And while I don't have a daily focus on doing brave things, the habit has been created from the courses I've taken, and I worry less about what might happen or what people might think about what I do.
Planning: This is the exciting and somewhat scary one. It took a while to work a lot of things out, but I've finally gotten started on my own baking business. The people I currently work with have been treated to my baked goods for the better part of a year, and I knew they would be excited to find out that I can sell things to them now. I filled my first order yesterday, and immediately had inquiries about a couple more. There are things I still need to figure out, but I have to start somewhere, right?
One of the things that Gillian has gotten into is doing Bedtime Math. We don't get to it every day, but she's definitely getting better at the Little Kids problems over time. We kind of did our own version in the kitchen today. G asked me if we could make treats for her teachers (classroom and after-school). At her request, we settled on David Lebovitz's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. (Okay, I just realized that when I wrote that post, I also talked about Bedtime Math, but totally forgot that I had done so!)
The math didn't come in with the measuring this time. It was after the cookies were baked & Gillian was trying to figure out if we had enough for all the teachers plus some for us. So, there are three classroom teachers and four after-school teachers. There are two pans of cookies, one with fifteen cookies and one with eleven. How many cookies can we package up for each teacher, and will there be enough left for a family of four to have dessert? =)