A Sweet Evening

Each Wednesday evening my newly-formed life-writing circle meets at the Crozet Library from 7-8:45 pm. One of the preparation parts I especially enjoy is making a treat for us. For tonight I decided on chocolate since Valentine’s Day was a few days ago.


I picked through my three-decades-old farm recipe cards, from a time when I baked nearly every day, and decided to make Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies. It’s a recipe I’m fairly sure I found among the great recipes in our monthly Farm Journal, although I didn’t note the source on the index card.

Make brownie mixture:
Melt together ½ cup butter + 1 ounce baking chocolate
Mix together, then add to butter mixture:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup walnuts

Make cream cheese mixture:
Cream 8 oz cream cheese
Add: ¼ cup soft butter
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla

Spread chocolate mixture in a 9×13 oiled pan. Cover with cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with ¼ cup walnuts.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes


A sweet reward for dedicated life-writers! And for you, too, if you like the notion of cheesecake atop your brownies!


The only thing sweeter than our brownies was the time we spent sharing, listening to, and discovering our common threads in each others’ stories. That was a precious and sacred treat!

About Mary Jo Doig

Mary Jo Doig was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from the State University at Oneonta in New York’s Catskill Mountains with a degree in Secondary English Education/Educational Psychology. There she fell in love with rural life, remained, and eventually transitioned from city girl to country woman when she married a dairy farmer and raised their three children on their small family farm. A life-long lover of reading and writing, Mary Jo has for nearly twenty years been a member of the Story Circle Network. There she has been an editor, a women’s writing circle facilitator, a book reviewer, and life-writing enthusiast, working extensively with women writing their life-stories while writing her own memoir. Presently, she is a three-time Program Chair for SCNs national Stories from the Heart conference and a board member. She also facilitates Older Women’s Legacy workshops and a women’s life-writing circle in her area communities. Her stories have appeared in Kitchen Table Stories anthology, Story Circle Annual Anthologies, and most recently her story “I Can’t Breathe” was published in the Anthology, Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work also appears in varied blogs and periodicals, on her blog Musings from a Patchwork Quilt Life (https://maryjod.wordpress.com), Facebook, and Twitter. Her son and two daughters grown, Mary Jo presently treasures her country life in Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. She loves cooking (and eating!) healthy food, reading, writing, quilting, hiking, and spending quality time with her rescue cats, Button and Xena, and beagle, Addie, who each dream of being only children. Her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss, will be published in October, 2018 by She Writes Press.
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