Yesterday I made some homemade brownies using this recipe, I omitted the walnuts and added English toffee bits I had on hand. They are killer!
Then I ate too many. Bad idea–very bad idea. The brownies are very rich, I advise moderation
What I need to do is channel my compulsion to bake when I’m worried/tired/stressed over the book into a compulsion to exercise and clean my house. Now that would be awesome and very unlikely, LOL!
And on a different subject, I was searching Bigstock for a photo to post today, I landed in a section of black belts in Karate doing jump kicks on the beach. That took me back years to when my oldest brother (he was 13 years older than me), a black belt in Karate used to compete, and later owned his own Karate studio. As a kid watching that I was AWED by the absolute power and skill level it takes to do the things he could do. Anyone who ever wondered how variations of martial arts ended up in my books, that’s the reason. I grew up around it. My brother passed away many years ago, and maybe creating characters with an interest in martial arts is a way for me to keep my best memories of my brother alive.
And after that little trip down memory lane, I didn’t find any hunk pictures in the Karate section. So you all get this one:
April 16th, 2014 at 2:48 am · Link
Yum! Those brownies sound SO good. I’m going to cheat today. While at Wallymart I saw a pre-packaged mix for Rootbeer cookies. They will be made today ;).
It would be so nice to be able to channel our desires into the most productive of things but I don’t see it happening here ;).
Sounds like you hit the nail on the head. What a really wonderful way to keep your brother present. Did you have any idea you might be creating characters with this in mind or do you think it was your subconscious? All in all, I think it’s beautiful.
As for hunk – works for me :).
Have a wonderful day!
April 16th, 2014 at 7:14 am · Link
I need to make brownies. I don’t know if you saw on FB, but I found a recipe for snickerdoodle bars – which I might make first. Yes, I think we both could use a channeling to turn our baking compulsions into healthier outlets, but then we wouldn’t have yummy treats.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother. :hugs:
Yeah, this one seems worthy to me. Rawr.
April 16th, 2014 at 7:34 am · Link
There are always pieces of ourselves our pasts, our presents, the people we have known or know in everything we create- writing, painting, gardening and even baking. I remember my Meemaw when I plant flowers, my grandfather when I paint, my mom when I bake…… It is really special when we are able to realize the connections to others in what we do and honor them in the good we do.
And oh yea the hunk is worthy.
April 16th, 2014 at 10:48 am · Link
Made perfect brownies last night and served them with vanilla bean ice cream and mixed berries. Yum!
I like to keep my brothers’ memory alive too. And I will think of your brother now when I read your books.
April 16th, 2014 at 11:37 am · Link
Viki, Root beer cookies? That’s new to me–let me know how they come out. Sounds like they need to be eaten with vanilla ice cream
For many years, I think the world of martial arts was just familiar to me. I could understand those characters and their motivations. But when I wrote Sloane, it was much more deliberate, and I thought of my brother a lot, of what he could have been had things been different.
Now I’m going to be thinking about root beer cookies, LOL!
April 16th, 2014 at 11:39 am · Link
B.E., yummy treats are important, LOL! I don’t think I saw that FB post of yours, you know how FB is now. Plus my Internet is acting up this week making it a challenge for me.
Thanks on my brother. It’s been a lot of years, so I’m fine just nostalgic at times.
April 16th, 2014 at 11:40 am · Link
YUM! The dude, I mean. Definitely worthy. I have an awesome brownie recipe that’s easy. Maybe I’ll make some tonight after I make my Ham-n-Cheese sliders.
I knew about your brother and I think it’s awesome you use what you learned from him in your books. Definitely a way to keep his memory alive!
April 16th, 2014 at 11:41 am · Link
Kat, we’re scoring with the hunk today!
You said it so well, we do carry the people from our pasts with us.
April 16th, 2014 at 11:44 am · Link
Catherine, your brownies with ice cream and berries sounds perfect!
You lost your brother too? I’m so sorry. I’m sure you have very special memories that you cherish.
April 16th, 2014 at 11:48 am · Link
Silver, I saw your ham and cheese sliders! They look wonderful!
So glad everyone likes the guy today!
Yeah I’m sure I’ve talked about my brother before, if not here then back when I was on the Murder She Writes blog. Last night when I wrote this blog, he was just on my mind.
April 16th, 2014 at 3:14 pm · Link
Jenn – The cookies are actually rootbeer float and they turned out okay. I could have used a bit more of the rootbeer flavor over the float flavor. You know what I mean? Other than that they are going fast :). Nice and crispy on the bottom but not the top ;).
April 16th, 2014 at 9:08 pm · Link
Viki, I do know what you mean. But they sound interesting and different. Wizard just now ate two of the brownies here, I only ate ONE at lunch. I learned my lesson!
May 8th, 2014 at 11:44 pm · Link
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