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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Game Day - Geaux Tigers!

The kiddos are finally asleep after an exciting first game day of the football season! Both kids were so excited because Grandma and Grandpa were over here. Daddy cooked us all a yummy dinner of chicken fajitas, rice, beans, chips, gauc then Grandma and Grandpa brought over some salsa and some mango pico de gallo. I guess this is what happens when you move from Cajun Country to a city with a large Mexican influence - you forget what real game day food is. Gigi and Pops were having wings and potato skins - which now I'm wanting some potato skins so that's totally on the menu for the next game day. We've got to remember our roots and cook some 'real' game day food! Not that what we had wasn't totally yummy! Well everyone but Micah enjoyed it - he only ate the mango from the mango pico, a few beans and a little rice. Then I tried a {fruit} popsicle thinking maybe his gums were bugging him since his little tooth is still trying to come up - you can see the line more defined but it still isn't through the gum two weeks later.... He ate most of the popsicle but fussed about it through most of it. 

I made some brownies from a recipe a friend passed along for dessert. 

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 cups of whatever you want (coconut, chocolate chunks, white chips, marshmallows, etc)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 inch square pan or line with foil. In a medium bowl combine melted butter and cocoa and stir until cocoa is dissolved. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs one at a time and stir until well combined. Stir in vanilla, flour and salt until you no longer see any flour (do not overmix). Fold in "WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT"! Spread in pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes. DO NOT OVER-BAKE -- your brownies will come out dry. Adjust time/temp accordingly for your oven. If you do the knife/toothpick test, it should come out with moist crumbs, not clean Cool completely before cutting into squares.

They were pretty good. Very cocoa/chocolatey. I probably could have baked them a minute or so less to make them a little more moist but tasty none the less. Very easy too. I mean nothing is going to be easier than a box but this is pretty close - I did most of it with a crabby baby in my arms (after he finished his popsicle.) He was fine after I gave him a lick of brownie batter.  

After the brownie batter he was all happy and the busy happy little guy we all know and love. Abby started a game of wrestle Grandpa and Micah joined right in. He copied her all evening long running right behind her and doing what she was doing. Which involved lots of running from one side of the room to the other. 
Because of all the running I couldn't get a clear shot of Micah all evening long! This was one of the best shots I got - he was too busy! Beau laughed at me because I even went as far as to get light bulbs out to replace the couple bulbs I realized were burnt out in our living room in an effort to get a clear shot of Micah. (It didn't help much - and I really don't like using a flash so I just rarely use it) 
Both Abby and Micah looked adorable in their almost matching LSU shirts for game day. Never mind that it was about 90 degrees outside and they were wearing long sleeve shirts but they needed to wear LSU gear for game day. Micah's was only a tad too big for him.... if he'd eat more than just the fruit and veggies he loves he'd probably fill it out much sooner. (Where in the world did I get a child that loves his fruits and veggies so much he'd eat those over most anything else?) 

Now to go bite my nails while I watch the final minute of the LSU - UNC game. While I've been typing this UNC has game back a little too close for comfort.... :10 secs to go.... 


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