My journal/writer's notebook is a continual work in progress. It is a keeper of my thoughts, new ideas to think about, recording of memorable events and even some sad times. I have written down hopes, dreams and even my To Do List. I usually have several journals going at a time. Recently I was rereading some pages and came across a poem I had written, rather appropriate for today. I borrowed the first line I sit by the window from a poem called Wind Song by Mimi Brodsky for inspiration. This is my poem...
I sit by the window
and watch the raindrops fall.
Across my window pane.
I sit by the window
and wish the rain would stop.
rumbles of thunder
flashes of light
move across the sky.
pools and puddles
I think I'll finish my book
and enjoy my inside day.
How true this is for me since I am reading furiously to finish the book Driftless by David Rhodes with book group meeting tomorrow.
The following recipe I make every year to serve on November 1.
1 package brownie mix
1 6 oz. package chocolate chips
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 package candy orange mini pumpkins
3/4 cup coconut tinted green
black and grey sprinkles (baking section-look little pebbles)
plastic grave markers that say RIP Over The hill (baking section @Joan Etc. or Michaels
- Line a 13x9 baking pan with foil, extending foil beyond edges of the pan, grease foil
- Prepare brownie according to direction, spread in pan and bake at 350 about 25 minutes
- Cool pan on wire rack
- Frost with prepared chocolate frosting or try this homemade frosting which is really yummy at end of this recipe
- Starting at shorter end of pan space RIP markers three across and work way down pan making about 12-15 total rows
- Sprinkle a little tinted green coconut in front of plastic marker
- On top of coconut place a little pumpkin
- Sprinkle grey/black sprinkles over whole pan
- In a medium saucepan combine butter or margarine with chocolate chips, sugar, milk and salt
- Bring to a boil stirring constantly and simmer 3 minutes
- Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla
- Beat in saucepan till smooth may have to add a few TB of milk as needed
- An added 3 TB. of Kahlua really heats up the flavor