Charlottesville Alert

– New TechnoGym Equipment will be delivered and set up on the Fitness Floor at acac Albemarle Square on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and at acac Downtown on Wednesday, Feb. 20. We apologize for any disruptions this may cause, but are excited for brand new equipment!

acac Crozet will be closed from 8:00am-4:00pm on Friday, Feb. 22 for Service Day. There will be no Group Ex Classes or Kids Zone that day.

acac Downtown, Albemarle Square, and Adventure Central will close at 5:00pm on Sunday, Feb. 24 for an all-team meeting. acac Crozet and Pantops are available 24/7 with a valid acac scan tag.

Brownies for Breakfast

Brownies for Breakfast

On Thursday, February 18, we will make a beautiful day in memory of a beautiful girl.

From Mary Linn Bergstrom, acac Nia Instructor:

“Chloe Rose was my beautiful six-year old daughter. On December 22, 2014, to celebrate the first day of her school winter vacation, I made her a special treat: brownies for breakfast. After a day filled with family, fun, and love, a reckless driver ran a stop sign and crashed into the car carrying her and several other family members. Chloe died in my arms at 11:10pm that night.

In our house, we wanted to make every day “the best day ever”. February 18, 2016 would have been Chloe’s 8th birthday.

To honor and remember my only child, my sweet Chloe Rose, I invite you to join me in making that day your version of “the best day ever”. Want to have brownies for breakfast? Yes! Want to watch movies all day? Yes! Want to go for a walk after dinner? Yes! Want to read your kid(s) an extra bedtime story? Yes! Whatever makes you feel grateful to be alive, do it. Together, we’ll make a beautiful day in memory of a beautiful girl.”

Chloe reading

Chloe, reading the Joy of Cooking– the source of her favorite brownie recipe.

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a baking pan lined with foil. If you like your brownies chewy and moist, use a 13×9 inch pan; if you like them cakey, use a 9×9 inch pan.

In a small saucepan, melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter and 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate. Let cool (if you don’t, your brownies will be heavy!).

Beat until light in color and foamy in texture: 4 large eggs and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gradually add and continue beating until thick: 2 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

If you are using an electric mixer, switch to a wooden spoon for this step. With a few quick strokes, stir in the cooled chocolate just until combined.

Again with a few quick strokes, stir in 1 cup flour just until combined. If desired, stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.

Scrape batter into prepared pan.

Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of brownies comes out clean.

Cool completely in the pan on a rack.