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Our Friend Nadya Likes Brownie Pudding
So Different!
Brownie Pudding is a Legendary Family Dessert® from my childhood. When I was a girl, it was one of my favorites. As an adult, I value its homey goodness and the memories it conjures. I also love that the ingredients are mixed right in the pan with a fork. It bakes in 40 minutes or so–just enough time to cook while everyone enjoys dinner–then it’s warm and delicious and wonderful when it’s time to serve dessert.
[Full disclosure: my Betty Crocker cookbook calls this “Hot Fudge Sundae Cake,” but in my family it was and will forever be Brownie Pudding.]
So, given this dessert’s pedigree as a family favorite, you may be able to understand my dismay when my daughter declared, as a child, that she didn’t care for it. Here was a slice of our family’s history, right there on her plate–and she turned it down.
I was crushed. Silly, I know–but it felt like rejection of something dear to me.
She’s an adult now, and she and I are still discovering all the ways we’re similar and all the ways we’re not. It’s humbling to see bits of me reflected in her, and bits of my mother, and my grandmothers, and bits that are resolutely and uniquely her own.
Any day now she’ll give birth to her second child, another baby boy. Her firstborn is four now, and I’ve loved the privilege of watching his character emerge. I’ve spotted ways he reminds me of his mother, myself (he likes brownie pudding), other forebears, and ways that are his alone. So I can’t wait to see what little Sawyer will bring to the family. Who will he resemble, in appearance and traits? What will be his unique contributions to the family?

Whatever they may be, I know that a perch on the family tree waits just for him, because he’s been made by a wise Creator.

24 O Lord, how many and varied are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your riches and Your creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, in which are swarms of innumerable creeping things, creatures both small and great.
26 There go the ships of the sea, and Leviathan (the sea monster), which You have formed to sport in it.
27 These all wait and are dependent upon You, that You may give them their food in due season.
28 When You give it to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, and they are filled with good things.

Psalm 104:24-28 (AMP)