Sunday, December 19, 2010

Couple of things for Sunday.....

Just read a funny book called "Maggie Sweet," by Judith Minthorn Stacy.  Its about a woman who for nineteen years has been a housewife with twin daughters who don't get along.  A frugal husband who has just spent their life savings on a cemetery plot, and an overbearing mother-in-law.

She decides to get a life and and things turn out in the most unexpected ways.  It is set in the Southern United States and the way the book is written you feel you are standing there just listening in to it all.  I loved all the characters names and all the small town gossip and humour.  Great little book that doesn't take a lot of reading.

Today's video is a lovely rendition of "Silent Night," and the guys singing it aren't too bad either ;0)

I made Candy Cane Brownies on Saturday they are good.



Line 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan with parchment paper; set aside.

In saucepan over medium-low heat, melt together butter and semisweet and unsweetened chocolates. Let cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in sugar, then eggs, 1 at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in vanilla. Using wooden spoon, stir in flour and salt. Scrape into prepared pan.

Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging, 25 to 30 minutes.

Topping: Sprinkle with candy canes, then chocolate chips; return to oven for 30 seconds (do not let topping melt). Let cool in pan on rack. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

Here is a
direct link to the recipe  I used Milk Chocolate chips in place of the chocolate they recommended.


Valerie said...

I'll check with Amazon later to see if they have that book. Thanks for the tip.

JohnD said...

Apologies - but I hate "brownies"! Cannot beat a good ANZAC biscuit.

LizBeth said...

Oh, those brownies look wonderful! And I could use a good book just about now. Cold this morning. Hope we break freezing before we leave for church. ~Liz

Canadian Saver said...

I read that book a few years ago (got it at I think!) and I agree, it was a fun one!

Your brownies look really good!

Stephanie V said...

A good book, chocolate and candy canes...that's a recipe for a lazy Christmas Day.

Winifred said...

That book sounds fun.

Yes Il Divo are a bit of all right! Have a lovely Christmas.