Friday, February 11, 2011

Fat Friday...Valentine's Style!

Despite my better judgment, Cody convinced me to carry on with Fat Fridays.

I think he likes the treats!

As with all sugary sure to eat your vegetables and fruits first and drink plenty of water.

20-30 minutes of exercise several times a week wouldn't hurt either.

There, now I feel better.

Cocoa Fudge Cookies
(This recipe is from Cooking Light, but who are we kidding?  Really.)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (I used vanilla yogurt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, soda, and salt; set aside. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

For added brownie points, sandwich the cookies with some fluffy, creamy filling!

Yesterday was Cloe's class Valentine's Party.  This is one of her cute little friends!  They were so excited...somehow they both wore red shirts, jean skirts, and brown boots to school!  Twins!!!  They just thought it made the day *perfect*.  (giggle.giggle.giggle.)

A couple of weeks ago, several students at Cloe's school lost their homes in a terrible apartment fire.  Her school and all the families reached out amazingly generous and met every need these families had in replacing all their belongings and helping them find new places to live.  (literally...after one week, they had to shut the donation drive down because the families had received every item or money for items that needed replaced!) 
There were 2 second grade students affected, so we made these blankets for our little friends as the craft at the Valentine's party.  It was so fun to hear the kids talk about how excited they were to *give* and that making this blanket showed *love*.

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Praying someday for more opportunities to share this ultimate love with these sweet students!


Julie said...

Such a cool project. It's nice to see people giving so much!
Girls are so cute:) I love when they get so excited about little things like being twins!

H-Mama said...

such cutie-pies! :)

such a wonderful outpouring of love in your community! getting me misty-eyed this morning.

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I'm with Cody -- bring on the Fat Fridays! (Along with the exercise and the water and all that other stuff too, I suppose ;)

Amber said...

Fat Fridays are my FAVORITE days on your blog! I love it! Keep'em comin!

Wendi@EveryDayMiracles said...

Oh wow. Yumm-o!

I love that picture of the kids with the blankets! Awesome.

By the way - you won the giveaway on my blog for the $5 Starbucks gift card and "For Women Only" book. YAY! :) Email me your address when you have a minute and I will get that sent off!

Sarah said...

wow, what a great story of generosity! I love it!

oh and I'm with Cody - I want Fat Friday to continue :)