15 years ago today, my dog Daisy was born. I had been begging for my own dog for 2 years. We always had a dog around, and I was usually following it everywhere, but I wanted one all for myself. I understand now why my parents didn’t get a puppy for an 8-year-old (we had two other dogs, anyways), but at the time it was the hardest struggle I faced. 🙂
I finally got my puppy, and played with her every single day. I loved her instantly. She had a fierce, independent spirit and never cared to cuddle, but she loved me back. She was my constant companion and best friend. As she grew older, she was more apt to lick me and sit in my lap. Every time I saw her, she howled in excitement and I rubbed her face, scratched her back, and told her how much I loved her.
Daisy died last year, 5 days after her 14th birthday. I went into shock, and honestly haven’t felt that much grief in my life. I know she wasn’t a person, but we grew up together, and I loved her so much. It hasn’t gotten much easier, but someday it will.
I made these brownies because they looked awesome, and chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. I cut out some paper flowers and sprinkled powdered sugar on top to make a design that reminds me of Daisy.
If you need some comfort, or just some chocolate, try these out. One bowl, one pan, and 30 minutes later, you get fudgy, dense brownies with that perfect crust on top. You’ll think you can eat just one but it’s not possible. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
And if you’re a dog person, hug your furry friend today. They don’t last nearly long enough in this world. I’m grateful for every moment I had with my Daisy.
½ c. butter
½ c. semisweet chocolate chips
½ c. sugar
½ c. flour
½ c. cocoa powder
1 t. vanilla extract
½ c. mini chocolate chips, optional
½ c. chopped nuts, optional
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, melt butter and chocolate chips in microwave for one minute, or until melted and smooth when stirred. Beat in sugar and eggs until smooth. Add flour, cocoa, and vanilla and mix well. Stir in walnuts if desired. Pour into pan and bake for 20-22 minutes. They may still be slightly soft, but that’s how you want them to be. Enjoy!
Source: Honest and Tasty