Sunday, November 17, 2013

Here comes another baby!! And Chocolate Casserole to celebrate...

Nothing like a sister weekend to look forward to at the end of a long week with of course the hubbies and babies in tow. Getting the luxury to plan a sister weekend like it is nothing is just one of the blessed reassurances of God moving us to Houston. We were so sad leaving Nashville for many reasons but being closer to my sisters in distance in this season in our life is something God knew this heart of mine would need. Thank you Jesus for knowing our needs before we even know we will need them...

We loveeeee visiting Basile where Jen's family lives. It is beautiful country and relaxing to the heart, mind and soul. It is the best break from living in the city for Jason and I. Going to Basile is what we crave and Jen and Matt happily host us all. We call Basile "the hub" because it is 2 hours from Claire and JP and 3 from us...perfect! The best part is for the men to leave us happily going on "their drives" and we are secretly happy so we can get down to business solving the worlds problems!

We had the best weekend together, with Jen having a bottle of wine ready for us the minute that we pulled up. We waited for Claire and JP to arrive and fed all 4 kids outside on a blanket as we waited and the sun went down. 
Claire and JP finally roared up the drive and hugs and kisses were all around. Well, Claire quickly handed Jen and I a present and inside was a onsie and picture frame with a sonogram in it!!!! Yep...the baby sister is having a baby!!! Now more hugs and kisses with "Congratulations" were going all around and I know that people driving by my sisters house must have wondered what we were all going nuts over! We are so excited for this new baby in our family and we will welcome him or her in May! 

So of course the weekend was nothing but baby talk. We threw around possible baby names, shower ideas and nursery decorations. The men were oh so happy that the LSU game finally came on and they could escape our nonsense. 

The weekend was amazing and we even all packed up to watch Jackson at his football game and Matt coach. We were that crazy family in the stand cheering for Jackson like crazy! Bless his little 6 year old heart. He would even indulge us by waving when we continuously called his name. He had the best cheering section for sure! 
Jen cooked a wonderful dinner for us while the men watched the game. Of course I had to cook something and I let the new pregnant momma choose. Well kind of...a thousand things looked good to her and in the end I made her choose from MY top 3 choices. Ha! Well, us Mayeux girls are all a bit bossy in our ways. I, I mean Claire, chose a Chocolate Casserole. Oh sweetness, it is hot chocolate batter baked and served warm with cool whipped cream. Even Jen who is not a big dessert lover, loved this which made me so proud:)  Is is a brownie, cookie, cake??? Honestly, none of the above and all of the above which is why Casserole is a perfect name!

Chocolate Casserole

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water\
1/3 cup coarsely chopped honey roasted peanuts(optional)
2 Tbsp. crumbled chocolate flavored grahams (optional)
Whipped Cream

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, the 1/4 cup of sugar and baking powder. Add milk, oil and vanilla. Using  a wire whisk, stir until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and semisweet chocolate pieces. 

2. Pour batter into an ungreased 1 quart casserole. Set aside. In same mixing bowl stir together remaining sugar and cocoa. Gradually stir in boiling water. Pour mixture evenly over batter in casserole. 

3. Bake, uncovered, 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the cake portion comes out clean. Remove from oven; top with peanuts and grahams if desired. 
Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

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Lili J said...

Ahh congrats to Claire and JP! Please send her my congrats! That casserole looks delicious by the way! Mmmm!

Lisa Mayeux Welch said...

I sure will, sweet girl! I hope that you, Jim and that precious baby are doing great;)

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