"Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm."
"Let us look with greater hope to the future; let us encourage one another on our journey."
~ Papa Benedict XVI

Thursday, August 18

Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies (but we consider them the best!)

Here is the promised brownie recipe ...and only 5 days later! :  )

It comes from allrecipes.com

1/2 c vegetable oil
1 c white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 c flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Grease 9x9 baking pan
  • In medium bowl mix oil, sugar, and vanilla
  • Beat in eggs
  • Combine in seperate  bowl, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt
  • Gradually stir into egg mixture until well blended
  • Spread batter evenly into prepared pan
  • Bake 20 - 25 minutes, or until brownie begins to pull away from edge of pan
  • Let cool before cutting (if you can wait that long!!!!)
We love these Brownies!  We needed the recipe because we had another that did not work out and we then had the cocoa powder to use.  What a great find!
We hope you enjoy them as much as our family does!

Friday, August 12

Still here...still pregnant......

Dear Friends,

Sorry that I haven't written a post in a while, but....
  • trying to get ready for the upcoming school year
  • in my 9th month of pregnancy
    • with gestational diabetes
    • with carpal tunnel issues
    • with swelling in my feet and hands
    • with weekly appointments (soon to be twice a week)
    • with doctors who don't listen
    • with people who think that anyone who is pregnant is obviously on their first child (regardless of how many of my 5 kids are with me at the time)
    • in NC during the hottest part of the summer
    • with no regular sleep 
      • and none expected for the next eighteen years or so 
    • and, oh, so much more......
  • trying to get boxes unpacked before it is time to move again (whenever that may be)
  • my aunt and uncle stopped by for a visit
  • starting up another year of lego league with not 1, not 2, but 4 teams that I am coaching/mentoring (two FLL and two Jr FLL teams) and currently, all are meeting weekly at our house
  • hosting a Pampered Chef Party
  • now currently involved in local homeschool group
    • welcome committee
    • website committee
    • curriculum fair/info event
    • used book sale
    • co-op
  • trying to maintain a well run home 
  • a husband who tries to help but often misses
  • trying to keep the kids from killing each other (or themselves) by
    • jumping down the stairs (4 or more at a time...stairs, not children)
    • playing hockey/football/baseball/ basketball/soccer in the house
    • swordplaying
    • throwing each other at someone else
    • flying projectiles.....or something like that
    • whipping their siblings with clothing
    • making mom upset by not listening
  • did I mention pregnant?
  • money
    • or lack thereof...
  • keeping my sanity
    • or lack thereof....
  • worrying about family and friends, and which hospital they are calling from
  •  and normal everyday life
Going forward I will try to post more often (maybe). I hope that you are doing well. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Your Friend,

Allison (ghostwritten by her loving husband while waiting for the brownies to finish cooking)