Today is Tim’s 29th birthday. To celebrate he will be spending it on the farm (not much different from any other day). The biggest difference is that we will be celebrating with large homemade brownies! Tim loves brownies. In fact, instead of wedding cake at our reception, he got his own brownie.
Fudgy Brownies: by Kathy Kirkland (You Deserve Dessert)
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, melted (I used Organic Valley)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs (I used Zweber Farms)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13×9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and butter. Stir in cocoa, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Pour mixture in pan
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Serve with a big glass of cold and creamy Organic Valley milk.
Happy Birthday Tim!
Tim (age 5) with Uncle Roy at Zweber Farms
Jon and Tim Zweber
Our two year old LOVES tractors. I don’t think I can stress the love part enough.
He has been sleeping with this book for the past month! Each night he wants us to read a section out of it. I have learned more about tractors from my two year old than anyone else ever in my life.
Tim often asks me to do parts runs for him. I don’t mind doing it and I’m usually in Northfield often enough. Jonnie gets super excited when he gets to come along. We call Larson’s Implements “The Tractor Store”.
When you first walk in, there is a row of toy tractors. Jonnie walks down the row saying things like “Oh that is big, I would like that, Daddy has this kind of tractor, Daddy doesn’t have this” After Dave at the parts counter gives us our order and the boys their sucker, it is off to see all the tractors on the lot.
Jonnie could climb up each of the tractors’ steps for hours. I have to limit his play to a short half hour each time we go. Jonnie has expensive taste when it comes to tractors. Yesterday, he climbed up the biggest tractor on the lot and proudly said “Mommy, I want a Steiger.” I checked the label, and yes it was a Steiger 400 (smart two year old). That tractor is worth twice as much as our house!
I wonder if the “tractor store” would host a birthday party for our tractor lover? I can see it now: I could bring a cake, the kids could eat the free popcorn and suckers and then spend a couple hours climbing up and down the tractor steps. Maybe Larson’s mechanics could give a tour of the shop. Tim said that he buys enough parts there that they should. I said you need to buy a new tractor then they would for sure. *wink*
I might just ask Dave the parts guy the next time we are in.
Fun Tractor Trivia: What tractor maker “dabbled” in sports car making when he complained to Enzo Ferrari about the noisy gearbox in his cars? Hint this tractor maker now makes one of the world’s most expensive sports cars. Come back for the answer on Friday’s post.