We’ve all had those days where everyone you deal with seems harsh, inconsiderate, irresponsible and you wonder if there is any kindness left in the world. I had one of those days yesterday.

When life is quiet and gentle, it is easy to ponder theory or philosophy. It is easy to be over-analytical, to say you would like this or that from someone. But on the hard days, what would really be the most comfort is to come home and lay my head in someone’s lap. To have someone who will stroke my hair and say, “Take a shower, have a good cry and sleep. Tomorrow it will be better.” No fixes, no other advise, no blame. Just a bit of kindness. Of all of the qualities that I would like to think that love should entail, that seems to be the most simple and yet the hardest of them to find.

Today I came in to work and I was greeted with the next best thing, a smiling co-worker with a plate of brownies. Just a bite of kindness.

Theo Brownies

  • 8- 1 ounce squares of your favorite Theo chocolate
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (or 325 degrees F. for glass or dark metal pan). Grease a 9 x 13 pan.Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes**. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just mixed. Stir in the nuts. Pour into prepared pan.Bake Ultimate Brownies for 35-40 minutes. (Don’t over bake.) Cool and frost if desired, but that is not necessary.

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