|I love these old vintage pictures, found long ago at a garage sale.|
Christopher had two finals today. He has been studying very hard for his Latin exam. He's dyslexic so learning a foreign language is hard and he's the first student registered with the University as dyslexic who is taking Latin (he has a Classics minor) so he can't get around all the written exams... but he has a wonderfully understanding professor. Each semester of Latin at the university is equivalent to two years in high school.
However, he thinks he did quite well with it and while it would be nice to get an A, he knows he will at least get a B in the class so it wouldn't bring down his GPA very much. This is the guy who received an A+ in Engineering Physics (the same class which his father had to take twice in college) but learning a foreign language is hard. He probably studied for that final about fifteen hours or more.
He studied for his Ancient Civilization final for about an hour and he knows he got an A in it. He says all that watching of the History Channel while homeschooling helped. :)
While I spent part of the day on campus, I did manage to read some of the lovely little paperback Goudge novel called Henrietta's House which my equally lovely friend sent to me. She has shared precious Goudge and Stevenson books and was the first to introduce me to D. E. Stevenson (whom Lanier calls "Goudge light"). I especially enjoyed Vittoria Cottage and Music in the Hills but also Miss Buncle's Book and Miss Buncle Married and... well, I could go on.
I've decided I'm going to take some pictures of my bookshelves and show them once in awhile. These two are bookshelves in Christopher's former room where I moved some of my very favorite books. If you are as nosy as I am about photos of bookshelves... yes, the picture does enlarge when you click it. ;)
I will take more bookshelf pictures soon.
Now... to the brownies. I had promised the guys I'd make "something sweet" today but there wasn't time for anything complicated. I threw together this Beverly Nye brownie recipe and made a simple chocolate buttercream frosting to put on it (just a thin layer as this is her rich brownie recipe).
I will "park" this on my recipe blog soon. I already have another Beverly Nye brownie recipe there. It is her less expensive version of brownies called Cocoa Bars. If you have a Beverly Nye cookbook, you will know this is the way she often wrote her recipes. I used to watch her on The Bob Braun Show that came out of Cincinnati when I was a teenager and I loved her recipes even then!
Beverly Nye's Rich Chocolate Brownies
Melt 2 sticks butter and add 7 T. cocoa (I often use only 4).
Then add 2 Cups sugar and beat well (I often use 1 1/2).
1 1/2 Cups flour
Mix well. Stir in nuts if desired.
Spread in greased 9 x 12" pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 min.
(I have let the butter-cocoa mixture cool and then just added everything else to the saucepan!)
For the thin layer of frosting I used today...
1/2 stick butter at room temperature
2 cups confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
Blend together in mixer until smooth. Add milk about a tablespoon at a time until you get the fluffy consistency you want. Be patient or you will add too much and then you have to add more sugar and then more cocoa and well, it can get to be a mess.