“Rich Fudgy Flourless Brownies”

 

                              “RICH FUDGY FLOURLESS BROWNIES”
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Looking for a gluten free brownie recipe? Look no further! These rich and fudgy flourless brownies are perfectly chewy, dense and intense! No strange ingredients required 🙂
Author: Natalie
Yield: 16 brownies
INGREDIENTS
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¾ c. granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped*
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. salt

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 inch square pan with foil (prefer a metal one), then lightly spray or butter, set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar. Once the sugar is incorporated, add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat beat for 2 minutes with a hand mixer or whisk. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract.
  3. Using a mesh sieve (or a sifter), sift the cocoa powder and cornstarch into the saucepan, then add the salt. Stir together, then beat the batter vigorously for 1-2 minutes. I like to use a hand mixer for this on a medium speed. Beat until the batter is smooth and shiny.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 22-30 minutes or until the brownies are set in the center, taking care not to over-bake. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 45 minutes before removing and slicing.
 
NOTES
*I like to use 2 semisweet Ghirardelli baking bars… as they are 4 oz. each.
-Fruit, nuts, chocolate chips/chunks, a sprinkle of sea salt, or a swirl of dulce de leche all make great additions to these brownies!

Recipe source: adapted from David Lebovitz

Quick Dulce de Leche

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup nonfat sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk and sugar and cook over medium heat until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. The mixture will turn the color of peanut shells


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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUSS LESSOR”

“When someone tells you that … they have a  “BIRTHDAY” on the first day of “SPRING” – – how in the world can you forget that date?”

This PHOTO was taken at the “CRESTWOOD FAMOUS BARR” store maybe…  mid  1980’s – – and since I could not make up my mind  – – do I like it enough to have   it finished with all the correct colors and framed – – well like so many things in LIFE – – forgot about – – and just  leaving this ‘copy’ …  to just about fade… away.

Russ retired from the Monsanto Company – – having put in his thirty years – – bought a 40 acres FARM in Perryville, Missouri and for the most part had a very good life. He had lots of FRIENDS and invited  those that would like to do a little  “DEER” hunting  in November – -to his Farm – – and they would stay for at least a week – -and now I am trying to remember – – did they ever  have success at getting  a prize deer???

  • One thing that I really can  say is – – RUSS could really DANCE – – it is not always easy to find another “DANCE PARTNER” that can move on the DANCE FLOOR – – with such ease – – and really move the body – – I remember … because we did  “WIN”  several  PRIZES” at the different DANCES that  we attended.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY… RUSS!

 


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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY to THOMAS F. BRADY – 3/19/2017”

This…  PHOTO of Thomas F. Brady was taken near the end of his LIFE – – he was still working for the Saint Louis Police Department and according to my MOTHER… he was a most honorable man.

Thomas Brady came to AMERICA from Ireland. As the story goes… where he lived in Ireland… they did not keep track of their birthdays like we do today.   So… when he arrived at Ellis Island to be processed… they ask Tom  as to his age – – not really knowing…  but,  to be sure that he was eighteen years old… he was asked to  reach over the top of his head and touch the bottom of his ear on the opposite side. Having done that… he was  then…  declared to be  eighteen years old.

When I first heard that story – – I almost died laughing – – because…  I believe that I was around fifteen years old – – and I was able to stretch my hand and arm  – – up and over to the opposite side of my head…  and touch the bottom of the ear – – so not even  being eighteen years old – – when I went out to apply for a job – – they told me that you have  to be eighteen – – and  so…  I told them  that I was eighteen and did get the job. I was happy to look older – – when it came  to getting work – – and… also  being tall  did help me  look old enough for the work.

My starting out with this  PHOTO of my GRAND-FATHER, Thomas F. Brady is  just leading to something important coming up soon – – and as most good stories – – one does have to have a great start  – – as all of the stories I write are for the “GRAND-CHILDREN” – – so that one day they can put all of this together in a book of memories – – so that they will know their ancestors as far back as I have been able to collect and research for  information – – and photos that just might be of interest to them – – come the day that,  I will not be here to answer the questions…  that – –   they  just may have – – when all of the “OLD” folk – – are dried up and all gone!

My GRAND-FATHER became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in the year 1866 – – October 15. which was a MONDAY – – and that was five years after coming to AMERICA.


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“SUNSET PARK”… received a “CLEAN-UP” for SPRING!

“What is the first… ‘sign’ –  in your  very own  backyard –  – that SPRING is here? – – – –  “Did you say?”  – – “Daffodils?”

Every year we have a spot in the back yard  – – where the previous owners  – – planted Daffodils – – and no matter what happens – – like “clock” work  –  – they come up – – just when  we are expecting “SPRING” weather to show up!  And…  what I like is to see them – – all… so  nicely clustered together  – – and even when it is still a little  on the   “too cold  side”  for them – – they just like to stand  on their own – – standing up against the strong  WINDS…  that come up from “SUNSET PARK.”

Spring is just around the corner but what date does it officially start on?

Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring.  –  Spring  forward – – all new life on the way!

Teleflora's Daffodil Dreams Bouquet

Associated with the tenth wedding anniversary – – –  When the bright yellow daffodil pokes through late winter’s ground, it’s like a long-awaited friend returning home and a birth flower anyone would be proud to call their own. Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, particularly when presented in an abundant bouquet, daffodils promise happiness and joy.

When making up a bouquet of these beautiful  flowers – – always give a nice size bouquet –The March birth flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower, a gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness. But always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us…  that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.

TODAY… SATURDAY  Morning – –  at least 20 vehicles were parked in various locations – – and the “VOLUNTEERS” were marching  all around into small  groups – – with  plenty of bags and  hand equipment to pick-up trash and  some workers even used power equipment to cut out some dead stuff – –  just making this a day  of hard work – –  so – – that  all the beautiful plants and flowers – – rest rooms and walk-ways  – – will  just be  so much more  inviting  – –  to  everyone  visiting the “SUNSET PARK”  and will appreciate  – – just having such a beautiful place to bring the whole FAMILY – – for fun and games and  to enjoy  those “out door meals.”

When your very own  “back-yard” is not large enough – –  for your family and guests  to have plenty of room to run and play games – – may as well… enjoy a nice  ride…  over to your “SUNSET PARK!”


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“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day – 3-17-2017”

7Toora Loora Loora Lyrics

Over in Killarney, many years ago
My mother sang a song to me
in tones so sweet and low

Just a simple little ditty
in her good old Irish way
And I’d give the world if she could sing
that song to me this day

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don’t you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that’s an Irish lullaby.

Oft in dreams I wander
to that cot again.
I feel her arms a-hugging me
As when she held me then.

And I hear her voice a-hummin’
to me as in the days of yore,
when she used to rock me fast asleep
outside the cabin door.

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don’t you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that’s an Irish lullaby.

 

 

 

I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen
across the ocean wild and wide
to where your heart has ever been
since first you were my bonny bride
The roses all have left your cheeks
I watched them fade away and die
You voice is sad whene’re you speak
and tears bedim your loving eyes
So I will take you back Kathleen
to where your heart will feel no pain
And when the fields are fresh and green
I will take you to your home again

I know you love me Kathleen dear
your heart was ever fond and true
I always feel when you are near
That life holds nothing dear but you
the smiles that once you gave to me
I scarcely ever see them now
the many, many times I see
a darkening shadow on your brow
Oh So I will take you back Kathleen
to where your heart will feel no pain
And when the fields are fresh and green
I will take you to your home again

To that dear home beyond the sea
My Kathleen shall again return
And when thy old friends welcome thee
Thy loving heart will cease to yearn
Where laughs the little silver stream
beside your mother’s humble cot
and brightest rays of sunshine gleam
To where your grief will be forgot
so So I will take you back Kathleen
to where your heart will feel no pain
And when the fields are fresh and green
I will take you to your home again

 

I’m looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain
Third is the roses that grow in the lane
No need explaining, the one remaining
Is somebody I adore
I’m looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before

……..

I’m looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain
Third is the roses that grow in the lane

No need explaining, the one remaining
Is somebody I adore
I’m looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before

I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
that I over looked before
one is for sunshine
the second is rain
third are the roses
that grow in the lane
No need explaining
the one remaining
is somebody I adore
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
That I ovr looked before

 


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“The Irish Tenors Toora-Loora-Looral” (LIVE)

When you are mostly “IRISH” and you have a MOTHER … that can sing ‘light OPERA’ – – and you are  the eldest child in the FAMILY – – there comes a time  when your MOTHER wants you to learn to play the piano.

So… I had my MOTHER visit with my teacher, Sister M. Florence – – to ask her and see for herself – – what it costs and when will they teach me to play the piano?  It did not go the way my MOTHER had expected. No matter  that my MOTHER had promised to pay the  weekly $2.00 a week – – all I could remember  is “SISTER FLORENCE” saying to my MOTHER, “YOU can not afford…  the money for piano lessons – – it would be best to spend the money elsewhere.”

My MOTHER had brought some sheet music….  that she liked  – -“An Irish Lullaby” (Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra) and surely thought that I would get a chance to learn to play the piano – – but… her dreams were dashed – – the music was IRISH and this was “GERMAN St. Vincent’s” and  I just do not think that the two would mix – – as some of the NUNS came from GERMANY and in those days – – things sure were different.

 

 

And just in case you have a guitar… handy…  and want to sing along – – another version – – have FUN … with all…  singing  along!

 


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