sometimes, we all just need a moment to recharge. we need fresh air. to be reminded of the breath and depth of the larger picture when we’re tunnel visioned in the details.
after a weekend of long days, late nights, and draining student leader training sessions, i needed my recharge moment. spring semester starts this week, and i need to be in the right mindset. it is too soon to be feeling tired!
i spent the afternoon visiting a friend who lives, as she likes to call it,”in the boonies.” i played with her 2-year old daughter–putting together puzzles at the kitchen table and playing kitchen instruments to her favorite songs. i lounged on her couch and caught up on life. i walked out to the edge of the wetlands to see endless amounts of bare winter trees.
i even got to swing on a tire swing hung from a tree–for the first time in my life!
i’m so used to being constantly surrounded by students and work that i forget there’s another world outside the Higher Ed environment. being surrounded by the laughter of a 2 year old, the calmness of “the boonies,” and comfort of a friend renewed me after a long weekend of work. even though i’ll have to hit the ground running tomorrow, i’m up for the challenge.
some of us might not be as lucky to be able to get away to re-energize. so, here’s what you can do to recharge without leaving your home.
1. make brownie pudding
2. put on your most comfortable outfit–sweatpants, pajamas, etc.
3. let the natural light from outside stream through your windows into your home
4. consume brownie pudding with a very large spoon
slightly adapted from ina garten
yield 6-8 servings
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the baking dish
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon bailey’s liqueur
1/2 vanilla bean, split
3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
preheat oven to 325. grease a 9×12 baking dish with butter. melt the two sticks of butter and set aside.
combine the eggs and the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. beat until very thick and light yellow. scrape in the vanilla bean seeds and add in the liqueur. sift in the cocoa powder and flour. mix until just incorporated. pour in the melted butter while keeping the mixer on low.
pour mixture into prepared baking dish. place baking dish in a larger baking pan that you are able to fill with water. fill the larger baking pan with hot water until it comes halfway up the sides of the brownie dish.
bake for 1 hour. when a toothpick is inserted in the middle, it will come up 3/4 clean. remove from oven. allow to cool slightly before devouring warm. you can eat this by itself or serve it with ice cream. yum!