I love what this day brings.
The sound of lawn mowers, children playing, neighbors talking in the early morning hours of a day that kicks off the summer and allows us to spend an extra day with people we love.
But let's not forget to honor all the men and women who have served our country...
While we get to be with our families, not everyone has someone to spend this day with, so please grateful and remember how much everyone means to you and how lucky you are.
Today I get to spend the day in Denver with a family that has become my family.
I met them in 2001 when I was hired as a nanny and worked for them for several years. Throughout the years I have spent many holidays and many summers in their home...
and trying to positively influence two teenaged boys.
I feel very lucky to have them in my life and never could've imagined that a job I needed to get through college would bring years of memories in my life.
Their oldest son is going to be a senior in high school this year so I'll be coming back soon enough for his graduation. (That makes me feel a bit older than I'd like considering he was seven years old when I met him).
We had a ton of good food that was enough to feed the ENTIRE neighborhood. I pretty much at breakfast, lunch and dinner over the span of six hours. It was nice. I am so full I have a stomach cramp...but that's normal right?
I had this phenomenol cake-like brownie dessert. It had this flaky goodness on top with some kind of cream with nuts in the middle and a brownie bottom...It was called a Neiman Marcus cake.
Neiman Marcus has cake??? Well if the actual Neiman Marcus had a cake, I am not surprised that it's this one, but I think it's just a cake called Neiman Marcus and there are lots of recipes online, but I have no idea where it originated from. Why haven't I heard of this?
It was so good I had two pieces......okay three. I don't know if ordinary brownies will ever taste the same. This has ruined me.
Here's the recipe-