Friday, April 22, 2011

7 Festive Blondies and a Miraculous Story!

I have a happy Easter dessert to share with you this morning. . .  but first. . . I have a story to tell you. . .a miraculous story. . . so grab some coffee, get comfortable and be ready to be amazed! :-)  

This is Sammy Sue and Noah when they were born to Jordan and Harry  on January 27, 2008 at 23 weeks old. 
 {Noah at 1 pound 4.5 ounces}
{Sammy Sue at 1 pound 4 ounces}
Noah spent 130 days and Sammy Sue spent 145 days in the NICU. In the first year of their life, their parents sat in a surgical waiting room 32 times. The twins resided on the fourth, seventh and tenth floors at Texas Children’s and they had out of state procedures at two other hospitals. They had a neonatologist, a cardiologist, a pulmonologist, an urologist, an endocrinologist, a nutritionist, a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a general surgeon, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a vision therapist, an ophthalmologist, an optometrist, a developmental specialist, a rehabilitation specialist and a pediatrician. These sweet babies started life with numerous setbacks. . . 
but. . .
just look at them now! 

{Noah at 3 years old}
{Sammy Sue at 3 years old}
God is good. . . all the time. . . 
These are two of my FAVORITE videos of these precious children! (both bring me to tears every time I watch them)
Noah saying Mommy!
Sammy Sue walking for the first time (unassisted)
Tears. . . oh the tears. . .
Father, thank you for Noah and Sammy Sue and thank you for reminding us that you do STILL work miracles! :-) 
 Festive Blondies
This is another "Easter" dessert that I found on ValSoCal! These Blondies are just as good as they are cute and would be a perfect dessert for kids to help with in the kitchen! Enjoy!
 Aren't "holiday" M&Ms so fun?
 Lining the M&Ms on the dough
 and trying not to eat one. . .
Fresh out of the oven. . .
ready to slice. . .
Happy Easter! :-)
Festive Blondies
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more, for pan. room temp
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8 inch square baking pan
with butter. Line pan with parchment paper, leaving 2 inch
overhang on two sides. Butter paper.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugars until
smooth. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt, stir
just until moistened. Transfer batter to a prepared pan and
smooth top. Arrange candies in 12 rows ( 2 rows per color)
on top of the dough.
3) Bake until top of cake is golden brown and a toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
Using parchment overhang, lift cake from pan and transfer
to a cutting board, cut into 16 squares.
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  1. So sweet! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. This made me cry. Such precious little babies!

  3. those twins are so precious...what miracles!!
    and, those blondies look AMAZING. I gave up all dessert & candy for lent....i will be making these next week :)

  4. What precious gifts the babies are.......I'm thrilled you liked the blondies. Yours look amazing.

  5. What an amazing story! God IS good.

  6. Uh...those children...are ADORABLE. :)


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