I can hardly believe that my baby is growing up. He is such a quiet little guy. He loves to golf and play on his Ipad/Ipod or any video game that is near by. He is a great student and is on track for the A/B Honor-Roll this semester. This past year he has made tremendous leaps and bounds as a golfer. He just LOVES the sport. You can often find him on the golf course a few days a week.
He elected to receive an Ipad this year for his birthday and for-go a birthday party. This shows maturity right there, but he is also getting to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida because his sisters are going their dance and well he gets to come along and enjoy 5 days of the Walt Disney Parks, 1 Water Park and oh yea, a day of golf. I would say that pretty much is an AWESOME 13th birthday party.
But before we head off onto this awesome get-a-way. The grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and a few family members are stopping by for dinner and dessert. He choose G'ma's Spaghetti and Olive Garden (copycat) Alfredo Sauce and some Brownies for dessert.
This is what two boys do in the kitchen at 11pm (on a school night);
making Chocolate Chip Brownies with my "extra" kid Adam.
Chocolate Chip Brownie Cups
adapted by me, brownie recipe found at Somthings Swanky from a Guest Blogger
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups white sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Fold in the flour mixture until the ingredients are just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
To make Regular Brownies: Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray. Spread the batter evenly in the pan and bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes back mostly clean (brownies should be very moist).
To make Brownie Cups: Spray heavily a muffin tin and then place one scoop into each muffin tin. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes (they cook way fast in the muffin tins) and then as soon as you pull out, you neen to indent the middle of the brownie. You can use a scoop, or a spoon or Pamered Chef sells and awesome tart tool that we use. Then fill them up.
We filled the brownie cups with a tablespoon of peanut butter or nutella and sprinkled with a few more chocolate chips.