We are one year old!

We have spent one year together as a married couple! Woot!

This one year has been amazing and each day spent fruitfully with each other. We realised during our courtship that the Lord giveth and taketh, and our time on earth is short. So, instead of getting upset over small and big stuff (or petty stuff) alike, why not trash things out quickly and make peace so that we could live each day lovingly?

And we did just that. God has been truly gracious and wonderful in providing us with each other and we couldn’t be more thankful.

And today, since it was our anniversary, we decided to go out! (huh…?) Err…we are truly home people and even though we intended to go Quincy Market near the harbour for a good meal but in the end, just settled for a normal one. Lobsters seemed expensive and we thought we could go for it again next time. Erm, yes, we are just really practical people and of course, even though we grew up in the city, we got bored with walking around the shops and spent more time in Borders instead =p Next time, we should really go hiking!

And today, it was pretty exciting in Church. There is something unique about Park Street Church. The church is very welcoming and wanted every one to be part of the family and one way of doing that is to connect and SERVE. So, today, there were booths set up and we went shopping for the ministries that we wanted to grow and serve in. There were just so many avenues! Both of us (more of I) were interested in the honeymooners classes for couples in their first few years of marriage where we could learn principles for developing a marriage that will last a lifetime. It would be fun learning from other newlyweds too!

Oh! There were also others that we were interested in but we would update again. And, we bumped into my ex-churchmate who is studying in MIT now for her PhD. I know she’s in Boston and I’m supposed to catch up with her but little did we know that she is also worshipping at the same church. Whoah!!!

God is good, all the time!

Flop #1: Classic dark chocolate brownies

“I’m baking brownies today. Oh well, it shouldn’t be that difficult!” I told the hubs.

And I flopped. Rather miserably. I was expecting a nice soft brownie which would make me go hmmmmm…..but ‘huh’ was my response.

Legend has it that the first brownie was probably a chocolate cake that failed to rise. and there is no question that it was a clever way to turn a baking failure into a delicious baking sucess. But I totally destroyed that today. Instead of a failure-turned-success bake, it was a total failure – disaster! Instead of having a dense, moist, fudge texture, I had a dense, moist, CHEWY texture. Time to exercise that jaw!

I was not devastated, for the record. Just puzzled. I had baked brownies before and didn’t recall that it was anything near bad. What happened?

I had followed the recipe but perhaps lessened the amount of sugar by a wee 40g. Instead of using chocolate, I used the chips and perhaps, used 2 tbsp less of flour. According to the recipe, I have to bake for about 35 to 40 minutes but at that time, it was barely cooked! I mean, it was still very moist when the inserted stick came out, with very moist crumbs on it. So I baked longer, for about 30 more minutes and checked every now and then.

Oh, it’s just one of those days. We can’t have success every day! Part of working in the kitchen is having such adventures too, isn’t it? I’ll try again and this time round, follow what the recipe calls for religiously.

Some pics.