Brownie Points

May 24, 2010

I was at a birthday party with Austin today and one of the mothers in the class came up to me and asked if my husband was very serious. “No. Why?” Apparently, according to her, he never says hello. So basically she was coming over to tell me that my husband is unfriendly. Can’t I just enjoy the birthday party!

Speaking of parties, today let’s talk about treats. As in brownies, as in really easy ones to make from a box that don’t have a lot of crap in them but still manage to taste pretty darn good. They’re called No Pudge Fudge Brownies, they come in a pink box, and all you have to do is add a 6 ounce cup of Vanilla yogurt. Really. You dump the packet of mix into a bowl, add the yogurt and stir, until it becomes gooey and chocolatey. (At first you will think it’s not enough yogurt, but keep stirring and you’ll see it is.) The simplicity factor makes them a great cooking project for kids.

I think they make it in several flavors, but I’m partial to the original. They’re fat free and there’s nothing artificial nor any hydrogenated oils. I usually buy it at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

One last tip — they can be hard to cut nicely, so your best bet is to make sure they cool fully, and even then you may want to put them in the fridge for a bit to make sure you can cut through easily with a sharp knife. Enjoy!

Just Say No

We use our car about once a month and so we fill up with gas less than that (love NYC living!), so this weekend was the first time I had been at the pump since the oil deluge started in the Gulf. And not that he was going to, but I told Ken not to go to BP. As we’re driving by, I couldn’t believe people were buying gas there. Hello?! They just caused one of the worst environmental disasters of all time. Why in the world would you willingly give your money to them? They have screwed us all. God only knows what that spill will do to our water, our fish, our air, etc. If you’ve read or seen anything about it, it’s clear that they had no regard for safety — it was all about doing things as fast as possible to save and then make more and more money. So speak with your wallets, people, and send a message that we will not tolerate the madness.

Etc.

They called for rain today but it has held off. Which is a bummer because they postponed our building’s rooftop cocktail party, but they didn’t need to. Oh well…

We were at MoMA yesterday for family morning — if you’re a Family Member, they open the museum at 8am and give the kids breakfast and activity booklets. It is something to see your kids lying on the floor in front of a Picasso, drawing. I’m not sure they know how good they have it! But maybe that’s just as well — I guess to them it’s normal.

Chillin' at MoMA

Hope you all had a nice weekend. The official start of summer (Memorial Day weekend) is almost here, so get ready!

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