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Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies


Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies - A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge. Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies – A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge.  Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies - A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge.  Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

What is your favorite dessert?  Mine has to be brownies.  I could eat brownies pretty much every day and not get tired.  A close second would be warm chocolate chip cookies.  But they have to be warm.  Room temperature cookies are usually nothing special.  My husband’s is crème brûlée, he does not like anything chocolate.  Needless to say, desserts around here are never agreed upon easily.

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Peppermint Pattie Brownies


Peppermint Pattie Brownies - Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.

Peppermint Pattie Brownies – Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.  

Peppermint Pattie Brownies - Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.

Today is the day!  Tonight we are getting on a plane and flying to New Zealand for 6 weeks!  We have been planning this trip for what seems like forever.  I never actually thought we would get to this day.  But it crept up on his, and the last few weeks have been so busy trying to get ready.  Now to just travel, go through airports, sit on planes and fly for the next 26 hours.  It will all be worth it.  My parents are taking us to the airport this afternoon, and then spending the next 2 months at our house.  Hopefully they will fall in love with Colorado, and be ready to move here as soon as we get back.

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Nacho Cheese Tacos and Brownies #GetYourBettyOn


Nacho Cheese Tacos - Did you know that you can make Nacho Cheese flavored tacos at home. No more going out for fast food!

Nacho Cheese Tacos – Did you know that you can make Nacho Cheese flavored tacos at home.  No more going out for fast food!

Nacho Cheese Tacos - Did you know that you can make Nacho Cheese flavored tacos at home.  No more going out for fast food!

Getting dinner on the table can be hard.  Getting everyone to sit down and enjoy the meal can be even harder.  And getting everyone to actually stick around the table to talk can be the hardest thing you do all week.  Everyone is busy with school, work, practice, homework, friends, and everything else.  I understand that completely.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t carve 30 minutes out of your day, to spend with your family.  Dinner doesn’t have to be a big production, just getting everyone to the table at the same time, is sometimes good enough.  And enticing them to stay a few extra minutes longer…even better!

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Fun Halloween Treats


Fun Halloween Treats - a round up of great Halloween ideas

 
A great round up of some fun Halloween desserts, snacks, and other fun ideas!

Fun Halloween Treats - a round up of great Halloween ideas

Are you ready for Halloween?  It is less than a week away!!  We still need to carve our pumpkins, figure out who we are trick or treating with and where, and I still have to make a rope belt.  But we are close.  Darn all the last minute stuff!  I was really hoping to have our pumpkins carved by this weekend, but we have just been so busy.  I am actually in Ohio right now, last weekend my in-laws were here, and my parents were visiting before that.   Hopefully one night this week we can get it done.  We often do them on Halloween night.  But my husband’s company does a fun trick or treat thing for the kids right after school, and my son wants to go this year.  So time to get my butt in gear, and get some stuff done!

Today I am sharing with you a few of my favorite Halloween ideas.  Cute brownies, cookies, drinks, and snacks.  Great for a Halloween party at school, the day of, or just for fun this week!  Hope you find something that you enjoy!

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Spooky Spider Brownies


Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Spooky Spider Brownies are a fun way to celebrate Halloween.  Spiders and spider webs are easy to make with melted chocolate.

Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, are you ready?  Do you dress up and go to a party?  Are your kids set with their costumes?  I think we are almost ready here.  My son decided that he is going to be Poseidon for Halloween.  He loves all of the Percy Jackson books and Greek mythology, so it is very fitting.  My mom helped to make a toga for him, and he has a rope belt, a crown, and a wig/beard.  I still need to spray paint the devil’s pitch fork silver, so it can be his trident.  But I think that is all I have left to do.  He is very excited, and ready for Halloween to be here!

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S’Mores Brownies


S'mores Brownies - rich, chocolatey, heaven!

S'mores Brownies - rich, chocolatey, heaven!

The temperatures are finally starting to cool off in Colorado, at least for the next week.  It was 95 degrees yesterday, so you really never know.  But I am taking advantage of the 70 degree temps, and turning on the oven to do some baking.  Are you ready for apples and pumpkin?  I am craving apples, cinnamon, and the flavors of fall.  As soon as the calendar changes to September, I am ready for summer to be over and to move on.  Fall is my favorite season.  The colors, the temperatures, and the foods; I just love it all!

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Triple Chocolate Skillet Brownie


Warm and Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownie Skillet | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Triple Chocolate Brownie Skillet using Hershey's Chocolate Spread {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

I am traveling again this week.  Two trips in two weeks is kind of crazy for me, I never travel for work.  My son didn’t have school today either, so luckily my mom flew in to spend the day with him.  I have no idea what they are going to do, but I am sure they are going to have a great day, just the two of them.  Too bad I didn’t get to see my mom for more than a couple hours this trip.

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Double Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies


Rich and Fudgy Double Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies | Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Double Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies | Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Today my 8 year old becomes my 9 year old!  I can not believe how quickly the time has gone.  He was debating all week what he wanted for dinner, finally he decided on homemade sausage stromboli and strawberry shortcake for dessert.  I must say, I am pretty surprised he didn’t pick going out for dinner.  I gave him lots of ideas, but in the end he said he wanted me to cook dinner.  The boy sure does know the way to make his mom happy! Now to find some good strawberries, so I can make a good shortcake tonight!

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Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting


Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

Who watched the Wisconsin vs Kentucky basketball game on Saturday night?  Such a tough loss for the Badgers.  They played so well, and then lost by 1 point in the final seconds of the game.  Only the 3rd time in school history that they have made it this far,  so no matter what, it was a great season!  I just wish it could have ended differently.  My 8 year old had 2 more football games this weekend.  It was a tough 2 games as well!  The first game was a tie, and the 2nd game they lost by just 1 touchdown.  So much stress for a weekend!

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Mudslide Brownies


Mudslide Brownies

Mudslide Brownies

I hear the Oscars are this weekend.  Everywhere I turn there are ads, commercials, and party ideas for the Oscars.  I have to say, I am not much of a movie person.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching movies.  But once I see it once, I don’t really ever need to see it again.  It is entertaining for the 2 hours I am watching it, but after that I am done.  We have a friend who is obsessed with movies, and he does not understand how I do not have a “favorite” movie.  So needles to say, I won’t be watching the Oscars on Sunday.  But, I do have a dessert that would be great to snack on if you are watching them.  Even if you don’t watch them, you are going to want to make these.

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