Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Fun: Twofer

Yesterday was a two-for-one activity-from-our-list day:  the kids hosted a lemonade stand which money they donated to charity.  We spent all day preparing:   a trip to the grocery; long baking session--both Dark Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chip Bar cookies; poster-making session; lemonade prep; and, finally, stand set up.  Beloved Babysitter came over to help out, everything from hauling the Lucy van Pelt-like lemonade stand to the curb to drawing great 3D lemons on the sign.   I advertised on FB and we had lots of visitors, both neighbors (those we knew and those we didn't) and those who drove over special (thanks, Mama Teacher, for being our first customer!)  Sis made a fancy lemonade, dressing up store-bought drinks with a lemon juice-sugar rim and a lemon slice!  Yes, my idea, but she carefully dipped and swirled for each customer.  We went through more than 3 gallons of lemonade and a neighbor was nice enough to finally fetch some Country Time powder when we were out of the three bottles I had prepared.

For more than two hours, they sold lemonade while I chatted with neighbors, raising $43!!  Best of all, Sis called Pop and he contributed matching funds.  I added the remainder so that we could donate an even $100 to the local cat rescue group from which we got our two cats.  The kids were pleased to help me make the donation online and think of the kitties they had helped.

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Dark Chocolate Brownies


Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morselsdivided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 325º F. Grease 8-inch-square baking pan. Set aside 1/3 cup morsels.

HEAT 1 1/3 cups morsels, sugar, butter and water in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate and butter are melted. Pour into medium bowl. Stir in eggs, one at a time, with wire whisk until blended. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour and salt; stir well. Stir in remaining 1/3 cup morsels and nuts. Pour into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 38 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. 

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