Chocoholics, Here’s to You!

Since the weather refuses to cooperate and become a bit warmer….sunnier…whatever…..

I have decided that with the United States holiday called Memorial Day coming up on Monday, I would share a recipe. “THE” recipe, from Land O Lakes. If, perchance, you are going on a picnic, (the weather this weekend looks like we will be hopping from November chills to July }}}heat{{{!) or, if you would love to razzle-be-dazzle a chocolate lover-in-your-life, this recipe is for you! Mark says it seriously is “over the edge”!

Fudgy Candy Topped Brownies

  • 3/4 cup margarine (I only buy butter, so butter it is at our house!)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1- 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (I never, ever add salt, but it is in the recipe)
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped peanut butter cups

Heat oven to 350 degrees, Fahrenheit. Place margarine and sugar into large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH until mixture just starts to boil; stir until well-mixed. Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips and stir until melted. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Stir in remaining chocolate chips.

Pour batter into ungreased 8″ square baking pan. (I use a round 8″ cake pan since I have no square pan!) Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups evenly on hot brownies. Cool completely before cutting.

***Now, since I don’t often happen to have peanut butter cups sitting around the house, I made these yesterday and decided to “improvise” with some chocolate/peanut butter frosting. I melted about 1 tablespoon butter, along with 1/4 cup peanut butter, and 1/4 cup chocolate chips. (cocoa powder would also work in place of the chips) I then beat this by hand, mixing in enough confectioner’s sugar to make a stiff frosting. I then added 1 teaspoon vanilla and thinned it a bit more with some milk. To say that this frosting was just as good as the candy is by no means an understatement. I guess perhaps the candy would look a bit more impressive for a special gift.

So, there you have it~

Now, for those of us who take our camera everywhere….

I walked down to the mailbox shortly after noon. As I grabbed the Nikon, I thought to myself, you had better switch out lenses…..put on the long lens.  Feeling in a hurry (will I EVER slow down???) I just left the lens on that was already there.

I got all the way down to the mailbox when I heard an Indigo Bunting singing just as sweetly as could be. It was across the street, in a bush. I whistled as I walked over with the camera poised. The little bird looked so tiny, and it just sat there, singing beautifully! I snapped several photos. And, not ONE of them is any good. DRAT!

Here is my beautiful Fuchsia, instead!