Brownies By Sam
Do you remember learning how to bake and the first experience you had making something all by yourself...with no one home from scratch? About a month or so ago, I was 100 long Kansas miles from home at a training when my phone rang. It was my daughter asking where she could find the baking powder. Being the mom that I am, my response was "what are you making?". She responded that it was a surprise. After a few moments of going back and forth trying to pry it out of her she finally gave in and told me she was making brownies from a recipe. I started to panic a little as she had not experimented with baking while I was in the home more less, 100 miles away. I reminded her how far away I was and that I prefer not to see a fireman outside of the house when I arrived home. I then asked if she knew how to turn on the temperature for the oven. A long silence occurred and I instructed her through this piece as well as turning on the timer. I prompted her to read the measurements well and one more warning not to burn down the house was given before I returned to class. The phone rings 35 minutes later...still worrying..I leave class and answer--"Mom, They taste NASTY"--no time for talking since I was in class (only wanted to know that the house wasn't on fire!!), I called her back on my way home. My first question to her was "did it turn out really tall like a cake"? She said yes it did...when asked how much of that baking powder she added she responded....are you ready????.....1/4 cup. I laughed and told her that this was the problem. Being 12 she promptly began to argue with me, imagine that. I had her get the recipe out.....again, I heard silence and then a chuckle from the other end. She then read 1/4 tsp...and we both laughed. Later on we also figured out that she had put in 1/2 cup of salt. EWWW!! My husband stopped that night at the store and picked up more ingredients. And I will say the next batch turned out PERFECT! Very Good! And she did it all by herself!!
The pictures above are of an apron that I made for her --- there were a few more baking experiments this summer....and the picture of the "fallen brownies". I was just proud of her for trying something new!