Saturday, August 21, 2010

Book Review: Beyond Words

I recently read a book written by a breast cancer and thought it had some excellent suggestions of ways to help.

Therese Iverson survived a difficult battle with breast cancer -- and some mistakes in her care nearly killed her. She reflects on her experiences and offers specific suggestions for others going through similar situations as well as for those that love them and want to help.

I was particularly touched by her description of how much the cards people sent meant to her.

She also had some interesting insights into how difficult it is for the caregivers; her husband and children stood by her through some very challenging times, and she writes a little about how her hospitalizations affected those closest to her.

I would recommend this book.

Disclaimer: I won this book through Goodreads.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Brownie Love

I made 6 dozen brownies for a wedding reception today. A friend was getting married and another friend offered to coordinate refreshments. So she sent out an email with what was needed and people responded with what they could bring. Approximately 15 women brought 26 dozen brownies, 10 gallons of ice cream, paper products, and various juices/ginger ale for punch. What an easy way to do a wedding reception and I thought it was very thoughtful and kind of someone to arrange this for a busy bride.

I have a fantastic brownie recipe. It can be used as brownies or a sheet cake. I have even made it as a birthday cake. It is fast and easy to make, is even better the second day (I love to be able to make things ahead!), and it even freezes well! One pan makes 3 dozen large brownies or 5 dozen small brownies (cut 7 rows by 9 rows).

Texas Sheet Cake

Bring to boil:
2 sticks margarine or butter
1 cup water
4 Tbsp. cocoa

While the above is heating up, combine in large bowl:
2 cups flour
½ tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. soda

Add boiled mixture to flour mixture. Add:
½ cup sour cream
2 eggs

Mix well, pour into greased jelly roll pan (10" by 15" pan with 1” sides). Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Frost while the cake is hot.


Bring to boil:
1 stick margarine or butter
6 Tbsp. milk
4 Tbsp. cocoa

Add 4 cups (1 pound) powdered sugar. Mix well, add 1 tsp. vanilla and chopped nuts (optional).