I’m prepping dinner. Taco night again, the one meal the kids and Bubba will eat without complaining. I could make tacos with eyes closed. Number of tacos shells for each person, the perfect portion of chopped red pepper, avocado slices and shredded cheese. Some like black beans only, others a spoonful of ground turkey. A dollop of Greek yogurt, but never, ever any salsa. “Too spicy, mama.” I mindlessly hurry through this task.
My mind wanders to my to do list: valentines, allergists appointment, email C’s teacher, make safe cupcakes for G’s class, well-check for the baby coming up Friday, continuing training and fundraising for the marathon. How many miles this week?
I’m tired today. Next time I’m awake at 3am for no reason at all, I’m getting up and working on this list. Why can’t I sleep?
I look up for a moment and the notice the sky glowing pink, the large naked trees behind our house illuminated in the winter’s setting sun. To the right, the yellow of the sun shines so brightly, I squint my eyes, wondering if the day is just beginning. How odd to feel both the beginning and end of a day at once.
I grab my phone and snap a quick picture. “Mama and her pictures,” chimes C.
“Pink sky goose.” Me.
“I know.” C, unimpressed.
I snap another picture and then one more, attempting to hold on to the colors, carry them around with me, and look at them when I need to. She doesn’t understand this need, not yet.
“Mama, time to eat!”
I sit down with them at our narrow, wooden kitchen table and look out the window. A rich, dark blue replaces the pink and yellow, the trees still discernible, but quickly fading into the night sky.
Brownie Pie with Raspberry Sauce
Rich, intense chocolate brownie pie paired with a bright raspberry sauce is sure to make your Valentine swoon. This is easy to make pie will take no time at all so make the day of and serve slightly warm. Enjoy!
Recipe slightly adapted from Ina Garten
Ingredient for Brownie Pie:
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
3 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
3 extra-large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon instant espresso
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 or 3 tablespoons heavy cream
Pre-heat your oven to 350F and then grease and flour a 9 inch pie pan or tart pan with removable sides. ( I used a pie pan.)
Using a medium size bowl, melt the butter over a pan with simmering water. Once the butter is melted add 2 cups of chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate is almost completely melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Remove from heat and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Set aside and cool.
Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, espresso, vanilla and orange zest on medium/high-speed until pale and fluffy, a few minutes. Stir in the cooled chocolate. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Gently fold the dry mixture into the wet batter until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes or up to 40 minutes. The center will puff up and crack. The inside should be soft. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Melt the remaining chocolate chips with the heavy cream and drizzle all over the pie.
Slice and serve with raspberry sauce. The pie tastes best the day it is made, but tastes pretty good the next day too. Maybe add ice cream on day two if it seems too dry. Enjoy! Happy Heart Day!
barely adapted from Emeril Lagasse
makes 1 cup
1- 12 ounce bag of frozen raspberries or 1 pint of fresh raspberries
1/8 cup of sugar
scant tablespoon of lemon juice
Combine raspberries, sugar and lemon juice in a pan and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain with a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate in air-tight container for a few days. Enjoy!
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