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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday with a Frazzled Sheebie

Friends & Kitties! it Sunday already?

I've been busy, so this is gonna be a short one.  I got up at 0230 Tuesday morning to work half a grave shift and Wednesday I attended a seminar for work.  Thank goodness for overtime pay.

 Thursday I visited the unbelievably adorable Quill--man is it HARD to photograph a tiny kitten directly converting mass to energy!  But I did get some good ones--AND, I got to love on him for a tiny bit, once he decided I wasn't all weird and stuff.
A less-than-successful kitten action photo!
Thursday night we got a phone call from an former City of Elgin co-worker who was unexpectedly (for us)  in town, so we drove down to the strip to pick up Devan and his wife for a tour of our house, etc.  They brought us a wonderful Indian snack, chivda!  I am going to master making this, it is sooooo good.  Devan always shared his lunch with me and Scott and I don't think he ever had something I didn't enjoy.

Friday, it was back to work, and baking in the evening. We've been swimming at a friend's house a few times a week so I made brownies in exchange.  This recipe is killer.

Trink's Fudge Brownies

2 ounces baker's chocolate
1/2 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 Cup flour

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat in a saucepan.  Stir in sugar, walnuts, and vanilla.  Lightly whisk eggs and blend in.  Stir in flour.  (Don't stir too much or the brownies will be stiff.)
Transfer to a greased 8x8 pan, and bake 25-30 minutes at 350F, until a finger pressed on top leaves an impression.  Let cool.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
(of course there's frosting!)

1 ounce baker's chocolate, melted
3 TBS room temperature butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Cup-plus confectioner's sugar
a little milk

Combine melted chocolate, butter, and vanilla. (I use a hand electric mixer) Add the confectioner's sugar a little at a time, adding a few drops of milk when the mixture gets too stiff.  Spread on partially cooled brownies.  Lick bowl and beaters!

Um. I have no picture to share as they are All Gone...

Next week I'll have lots of photos, Scott's been busy again, and the park (across the street from us) is beginning to take shape!

Here's a hint...

Happy Sunday!

XX  Sheebie  XX


  1. Quill is cute! And OMG! Those brownies sound like heaven!
    Nellie's Mom

  2. The Human says.....Uh, did you have to use the oven? Or did you just put the pan of batter outside?

    Okay, Quill is almost as cute as Miss Madie Mittens. I haven't huffed her yet, though. I'll try it tomorrow and let you know.

  3. not get on not book a flight to Vegas...we are cute enough for you! MOM!!!! You love us best, right?

    Oh Quill is making mom all woozy and stuff.

  4. Kitten action shots are hard to get focussed! And I'll be trying those brownies... ~ Mark

  5. um... the plant say's it's 'deer safe'. I'm so happy you have that base covered what with the forest they are planting across the street!

    MOL at Spitty's remark about just placing the brownie batter outside.

    Ms. Stella O'Houligan

  6. Hmph. I don't know about these recipes - they don't look like the kind of thing you could share with the cats.

    I bet Quill was fun. I also bet he wouldn't be impressed by brownies or chivda either.

  7. If you've never had plumbago, you're going to love it. It's a beautiful plant. I used it to line my driveway when I lived in Boise. And it's very easy to care for. You just cut it back to the ground every year and then let it go.

  8. Whew! We thought Sundays were fur takin it easy!

  9. My human is a chocoholic!!! She cannot resist brownies!

    That kitten Quill is a cutie!

  10. oh that kitten pic is way too cute..sounds like you are busy and enjoying a dip in the pool..that recipe sounds devine..must try them.;) have a great sunday:)

  11. Awwww Quill is soooo cute. Those brownies look yummy. I'm going to show the receipe to Kyrrie when she gets up and see if she will make some yummy :)xx

  12. Funny re Quill converting mass to energy. We hope you or Meg will post more pics soon.

  13. That's one cute kitty and a yummy sounding recipe!
    xo Catherine

  14. Love that kitten shot! And can you please mail me some brownies?

    ANd I have never heard of plumbago but it looks beautiful. "OOOoo, my plumbago is acting up again!" No, wait, that's something else...

  15. Those brownies sound awesome! Too bad us kitties can't have chocolate. But mom says she'll make them for her and dad-guy...and probably eat the whole pan herself. Hehehe.

  16. This is cool it's like I have two blogs this week! Hey that has me thinking....


  17. Quill is so utterly beautiful!!

    What great yummy recipes!!

    Chivda - Bombay Mix? Love bombay mix!!!! I always fish for the peanuts though! LOL! Take care

  18. what got distracted by the idea of brownies though.....

  19. Miles and I would love for Quill to come over right now to playyyyy
    You take marvelous photos!

    big bonks for a very REST full day!

  20. Exhausted just reading!!!

    One day maybe there will be decent gluten free recipe for brownies or any cake really that doesn't result in something that resembles a cannonball!! :))

  21. Flynn is such a little cutie! The brownies sound delicious and I am going to make a batch. To heck with the diet!!! I had to google confectioner's sugar and we call it icing sugar. Should have guessed really.

  22. We need to take a nap after reading all that!
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  23. bet you have an all new respect for Laurie over at IBKC..

    Those brownies sound delicious.

  24. I love Indian food. I'll have to try Chivda.

  25. WOW, you really have had a busy. And unexpected guests? Sounds like you and your husband had a good time with them.
    Glad you are enjoying your summer!

    Mary Ann and the Very Best Cats

  26. Quill and thrill just seem to go together!

  27. My mom says the oven is OFF until October. :-(

  28. Love Indian food and must try that Chivda recipe. Oh oh should not have looked a the brownie recipe on an empty stomach! Craving!

  29. We think the Quill action shot was certainly a success, because our ears are still ringing from our mom squeeing about it. Speaking of mom, she says 'Thank you!" for the brownie recipe. It sounds delish!

  30. I think your kitten shots came out great. Hope next week is quieter. Thanks for the birthday visits.

    cats of wildcat woods

  31. We think you did a fantastic job of capturing that Quill Boy. Gosh he is cute. He does sound like a handful but that is probably good for Meg.
    Those brownies sound delish. Can't wait to try them. Chocolate is my favorite. Have a good week hopefully.

  32. Oh Quill, I am enc haunted and speaking of that I am enchanted wif dose brownies.

  33. Looks to mew like your gardener has been hard at work again. We'd love to have him come here and putter around in our dirt piles. he he - room and board included.

  34. Wow, that portion of Quill is adorable! Lots of yummies and pretties! coolies!

  35. your Baker's Dozen are great...but that Quill is totally darling!

  36. Mmmmm, brownies... I am going to have to try that frosting next time I make brownies. Don't know why it hasn't occurred to me before to load MORE chocolaty goodness on top of my brownies...


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