We swam around for a while and then decided to do a little floating. Mr. Willoughby's floatation device of choice was one of these (not our actual rafts).
The sun was warm and without anyone splashing around, the water was calm. We floated and talked for a while and then it happened.....we fell asleep!!! The hazardous part here is not that we were in any danger of drowning, becoming entrapped in our floatation devices, being swept away by a rip tide (it's a pool, not the ocean), or capsizing. As I've told you before, we live on the corner and our yard and pool are fairly visible from the street. We were in imminent danger of being spotted by neighbors and anyone passing by while we snored (not that I snore) and drooled (not that I drool) our way around the pool.
I have no idea how long our snooze lasted, but our son came out to ask if we were ever getting out of the pool. He said we had been in there for "five hours" (I believe this to be an exaggeration). We finally relented and dragged ourselves out.
The lesson to be learned, here, my friends is that warm sunny days combined with ridiculously comfortable floatation devices can be hazardous to your dignity. I don't remember seeing that warning printed on the box.
Penzey's Spices is one of my favorite places to get quality dried herbs and spices. We don't have a store nearby, but I've been ordering from their catalog from years. They have nearly every herb and spice you've ever heard (and some you haven't) as well as a huge assortment of their own blends. Ozark Style Seasoning (above) is one of my favorites. I've used it in all sorts of things, but my favorite is baked chicken. Sprinkle some on the skin of the chicken pieces before baking and you'll get a taste reminiscent of fried chicken without the added fat. You can place orders on their website, but I encourage you to order their catalog. It's free, has recipes and suggested uses for their products, and often has a coupon attached. Their Ozark Style Seasoning, especially, is a wonderful thing.
We don't have dessert very often, but last night I was craving something sweet so I thought I'd whip something up. Of course, I didn't decide this until about 20 minutes before dinner was ready so I needed something that I could prepare quickly. These brownies fit the bill. I had them ready for the oven in under 10 minutes. They're not only quick and easy to prepare, they're also delicious. They're a little less dense than some recipes, but still fudgey and not at all cakey. One of my favorite things about them is that they don't sink in the middle so they maintain a uniform thickness.
Fantastically Quick Brownies
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
In medium saucepan, melt butter. Let cool for one minute. Add sugar, cocoa, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well, making sure eggs are completely incorporated. Add flour, salt and baking powder, mix until well combined. Pour batter in prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 28 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars.
Enjoy them, they're wonderful!