Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies – rich, fudge brownies that are stuffed with peanut butter cups, topped with melted chocolate and more peanut butter cups!

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies - rich, fudge brownies that are stuffed with peanut butter cups, topped with melted chocolate and more peanut butter cups!

We made it to Friday!!  Yay!  And I made brownies to celebrate.  My son doesn’t have school today, so we get to hang out and spend time together.  He wants to go to the driving range, so we are headed there and then to lunch together. The weather should be gorgeous, so I am all about any time outside! Tomorrow we are headed to the district science fair, so we will see how that goes.  He gets to present his project to the judges and compete against all the other elementary schools in our district – that is a lot of schools!  A lot of pressure for a 10 year old, but I am sure he will have fun!

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Brownie Easter Eggs

Brownie Easter Eggs – Brownies get a little makeover for Easter, all dressed up to look like Easter Eggs.  So easy with a little frosting and sprinkles.

Brownie Easter Eggs - Brownies get a little makeover for Easter, all dressed up to look like Easter Eggs. So easy with a little frosting and sprinkles.

After being sick most of last week, I think things are finally back to normal.  I have managed to fight off many of colds that my son has brought home, but this one had me down and out.  Weak, no energy, and miserable for almost 5 days. Thankfully the by the end of the weekend things were improving, and I could tackle the huge pile of laundry waiting for me, and actually cook my family a real dinner again.  Cereal, frozen pizza, and take out only goes so far!

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Almond Joy Brownies

Almond Joy Brownies – An almond joy candy bar turned into a super fudgy brownie.

Almond Joy Brownies - An almond joy candy bar turned into a super fudgy brownie.

I can’t believe that Halloween is almost here.  I think we may have decided what my 10 year old is going to be for Halloween, but it is a pretty easy and not exciting at all.  I am not happy with his choice, but he is pretty set on it, so we will just go with it.  At some point I guess I better get candy for the trick-or-treaters.  I haven’t even gotten out our Halloween decorations this year.  I am just so far behind!  Maybe at this point I should just start getting ready for Christmas, so I can at least accomplish something this year!

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Dairy Free Brownies

Dairy Free Brownies – rich and fudgy brownies that are dairy free and perfect for football season!

Dairy Free Brownies - rich and fudgy brownies that are dairy free and perfect for football season!

Are you a sports fan?  I enjoy watching football, if it is the team I care about.  Aside from that I don’t need to watch it. College basketball is fun to watch.  Baseball has to be in person for me to enjoy it.  But for some reason, my husband and son are sports addicts.  They want to watch just about everything, or at the very least read about it, so they know the stats and can talk about all of it.  Sometimes I just have to leave the room and do my own thing, because they could talk for hours! Anyone in your life like that?

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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!

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.

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!

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

 
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 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, fudgy brownies on a graham cracker crust topped with toasted marshmallows and bits of chocolate!

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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