The world is turning grey.
Just meer weeks ago everything was ablaze. Bright red, orange, and deep gold covered this entire landscape. The gold from the soybean fields mingled with the flaming back drop of trees to make everything look like it was on fire.
And now the blaze is dying down and grey has taken over the world.
With the greying of the fields, trees, and sky I have pulled inwards. Pulled inside my home to settle and make my nest until Spring time. I’ve been drinking more coffee, cleaning and polishing to help fill the days, and reading. Oh how I have missed reading!
I linger just long enough in this world to get done what I need to get done, and then I drift through the pages and into another world. Only pausing long enough to wipe a counter, let a dog outside or inside, and make dinner. I spend my days lost in other lands, with problems that are not my own and that are bound to be resolved if I read fast enough.
While I am tired from the whirlwind this year has been, a large part of me is itching to get back to it. Itching to get my fingers in the dirt, itching to plant seeds, hatch baby chickens, and eat strawberries right off the stem. Because I didn’t tend to a garden this year I feel like I lost out. That part of my soul that needs to be in the dirt did not get its fill this year and it is stopping me from fully resting. Instead, I’m planning and writing out varieties, and desperately flipping through last year’s seed catalog. The only relief I have from this itch is by throwing myself fully into other projects. Like the house, getting it organized, cleaned, and maintained. When the house is primped and straightened I bake and cook, chopping and dicing, banging the knife on the cutting board to try to relieve the desire for fresh tomatoes. For chicken tacos with fresh garden salsa, for tomato sandwiches, for fresh salad completely from the earth that I tend.
When that fails or when that task is complete, I bake. And when the dishes are stacked to the ceiling and there is no ingredients left in the house, I read. I fall back through the pages to get lost inside someone else’s desires, troubles, and eventually their triumph. And while I read, I eat brownies. Because it’s cold outside now and I’m working on my winter weight!
(Original recipe can be found here)
You Will Need:
1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 baking dish.
Melt the butter, then add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder and mix just until combined.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan, then bake for 25-30 minutes taking care to not over cook them.
If you’re like me, you won’t even wait until they’re cool before diving in. Because that’s how much I love brownies. And coffee. And a good book.