Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Winter..... Will it Ever End??

I know that the sweet (or not so sweet) groundhog told us that we would have 6 more weeks of bad weather, but I am REALLY ready for some of this white stuff to go away! We got three more inches Sunday night.

The sound of the road crew going down the main road several feet in front of our house has become a common thing during the wee hours of the morning. Those guys have been working overtime to get the roads clear and safe.

This got my daughter and I thinking that maybe it would be nice to do a little something for them. Yesterday we dug out a new favorite recipe, "Lunch Lady Brownies" and decided to make some for these hard working guys.

After the brownies cooled and were iced, Kari and I headed out to the transportation garage with two pans of these luscious creations---

When we got there we tried the first door marked "office" but it was locked and seemed empty. We saw a truck running at the nearby building so we headed over there. We were greeted with a, "Hello, You bring me something?" from one of the guys. Once we explained that we actually did have something for them, the two gentlemen who were working seemed truly overwhelmed. They took the two pans of brownies and put them aside, promising that they would share with the road crew when they came in this morning.

As we left, one of them said, "Bless you." I don't think anyone had ever thought about THEM, their early hours, late hours, and the danger that they face on the icy roads. It truly made me feel wonderful inside to be able to do such a simple little thing that meant so much to someone else.

Just in case you are interested, I thought I would share this WONDERFUL recipe. They are so delicious AND easy to make! (A big thank you to whoever posted the original recipe on Pinterest! It is one of the BEST ones I have discovered there. The original recipe is posted on the Saltbox House Cookie Exchange blog.)

Lunch Lady Brownies
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of cocoa
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
4 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Mix. Pour into a greased and floured 9X13 baking pan. (I actually dusted my pan with cocoa instead of flour since I was making a chocolate sweet.)
Bake 20 to 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Check them at 20 minutes- You don't want to overbake them. Allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes before frosting them.
Now make the luscious frosting:
Frosting Ingredients:
1/4 cup of softened butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
3 cups of powdered sugar
dash of salt
Mix together and ice the cooled brownies.

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