It’s My Birthday So You Know Chocolate is Involved!


Today is my birthday.  I am feeling truly blessed for so many reasons; mine and my family’s health, many wonderful dear friends, meaningful work, and…my favorite food, chocolate, which I believe should be its own food group but that’s another post!

I am sure you can guess that in my family I bake the birthday cakes.  As birthdays draw near, I take an order for the desired flavor and dutifully bake the cake just in time to slice into it on the special day.

For MY birthday, my husband orders a cake form a local baker.  This year I said, let’s skip the store-bought (cardboard) cake and whip up some simple brownies instead.  SO last night, something truly rare happened, he met me in the kitchen and helped me make the brownies!  Such fun!

They are rich and dark and oh so yummy; the perfect birthday treat or welcome home to all the little kiddos starting back to school this week.  Why not whip up a batch to greet someone you love!

Homemade Brownies

¾ cup butter

1 ½ cups sugar

¾ cup flour

¾ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder

3 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Add cocoa powder to melted butter and mix well.  Stir in sugar and then eggs.  Add flour, salt and vanilla and mix to combine.  Add chocolate chips and nuts and spread batter into dish.  Bake for 24-28 minutes until edges are beginning to brown.







About Lorie Fangio

I am a lifestyle advisor with a passion for connecting families Around the Table for mealtime. We are becoming a society that doesn’t even speak to each other, texting and internet relationships are the norm and it is impacting our culture. I believe the human connection as we know it, is in danger. Finding time to spend together as a family unit can be difficult especially with dual family careers and children that are often hyper scheduled. My mission is to inspire families, with a no nonsense approach to real food. Gathering Around the Table is key to the foundation of familial relationships. Sitting down to a meal is much more than breaking bread, it is a bonding ritual for families that actually protects our kids from all the dangerous stuff in the world. With tips and techniques we can all get our families Around the Table!
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12 Responses to It’s My Birthday So You Know Chocolate is Involved!

  1. Shari Benson says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ll eat some chocolate in your honor!! Looking forward to the cooking class!

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Karen Ball says:

    Yum, and happy birthday!

    Sent from my iPad


  3. joantanguay says:

    Happy birthday Lorie!

    Hope you had a great day. Those brownies look pretty yummy! I’m definitively going to try the recipe and compare.

    Joan Tanguay (I came to one of your classes with Donna Jenkins)

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Jane Bennett says:

    Happy Birthday, Lori –

    Hope you enjoyed your chocolate!!

    Hugs –


  5. Leslie Moore says:

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! Sounds like you had fun in the kitchen with your hubby!


  6. Barbara Wagner says:

    Happy birthday! Barbara Wagner

    Sent from my iPad


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