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5/3/2017 3:57:00 PM
A Mother's Day
By Peggy Tarr

Adeline ("Addie") and David had two children – a ten-year old son, David Jr., and an eight-year old daughter Debra.  David was out of work.  He had lost his job when his company was sold.  Addie worked as a nurse, but finances were tight. 

On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, Addie went to work.  David, Junior and Debra sat around the kitchen table trying to come up with ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that they could afford.  Debra suggested that they make cards for Mom.  "Good idea," David said.  Junior recommended that they cook something sweet for mom.  "Another good idea," David said. "We know how much your mother likes sweets. What should we make?" "Something chocolate," Debra and Junior said at the same time. "Let’s look up a recipe," David advised, "and see if we have all the ingredients." 

They settled on the following recipe for brownies, but found that they did not have any chocolate.

4 squares unsweetened baking chocolate, ¾ cup (=1½ sticks) butter or margarine, 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 cup flour.

1. Microwave unsweetened chocolate and butter together in a large microwavable bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

2. Stir in sugar.

3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

4. Add flour and stir until well blended.

5. Spread chocolate mixture into greased 13x9 inch pan.

6. Bake at 350F for 30 to 35 minutes (or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs).  Do not over-bake. Cool in pan, then cut into squares.

The three of them went to the store, and while in the aisle to get the chocolate, Debra grabbed a bag of butterscotch morsels. "Mom really likes butterscotch, too," Debra chimed.  "We could bake them in the brownies," Junior added.  When they returned home, they stirred up the brownie mix cooperatively. Debra sprinkled the butterscotch morsels onto the bottom of the greased pan, and Junior spread the chocolate mix on top.  David put the pan in the oven and removed it when the brownies were done. They hid the cards and brownies in Junior’s room.

On Mother’s Day morning, while Addie sat at the kitchen table, David, Junior and Debra entered singing Happy Mother’s Day to Addie in the tune of Happy Birthday and presented her with the cards and brownies they had made for her. Addie squealed with delight and hugged and kissed the three of them over and over again and thanked them and thanked them for making Mother’s Day such a special day. She praised their "wonderful, beautiful cards" then grabbed a brownie, and took a bite. "Oh my goodness," Addie exclaimed, "This is delicious. This is certainly the most butterscotchery-chocolicious brownie I have ever had. Happy, happy Mother’s Day to me."  Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers.

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