“The greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.”
— George Bernard Shaw
Chocolate plays a pivotal role in my church’s Communication Committee, the mother of our website. In case you donâ€™t believe me, check out the foreground of this photo of us from three years ago. The back row is my co-webmistress and me. Itâ€™s not the greatest shot of either of us, but then weâ€™re not the front row stars of the show. Chocolate duties are even in the â€œComm Commâ€ Chair job description.
The worst (or best, in my opinion) are our retreats. Twice a year, we gather on a Saturday morning and indulge in a chocoholic smorgasbord. Our drink-of-choice is coffee, but being good Southerners, we also feature Yoo-hoo.
The point is that once tanked up, my, how the ideas do fly. One of our most helpful and thus successful web pages (A FUUN Guide to Getting the Word Out) is a good example of the results of our idea fests.
Also, as you might expect, our committee size and number of volunteers climbs steadily. At last count, our ranks have doubled since 2005 â€“ from six to twelve. That includes expanding the number working on the website.
To share the wealth, hereâ€™s my contribution to our most recent meeting. Enjoy.
Amazingly Easy From-Scratch Chocolate Chip Brownies
1/2 cup butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 t. vanilla
2 c. sugar
1 c. flour (flour is for sissies; Iâ€™ve even done it with 1/2 cup)
1 c. chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan (though they have so much butter I often wonder if this step is needed).
Melt the butter and chocolate together. Put sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and add the chocolate mixture. Let this mix cool a bit, and then add the eggs and flour. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Cut with a plastic knife. (Oddly enough, itâ€™s much easier than with a regular knife.)