So, trying to sum up the last 2 weeks in a nutshell, as not to bore everyone -- as I mentioned in the last post, Christopher and I celebrated 4 years of (I would say blissful, but who are we kidding?) marriage! The wedding in Louisiana was a freaking blast. I don't have a lot of fun at weddings, to be honest, but THAT. Was incredible. Them crazy coonasses have some AMAZING food. I'm talking pulled pork jambalaya, boudain bites, nacigdoches meat pies, etc. My only regret was that we couldn't stay longer cause we had quite a drive back to Bridge City ahead of us. We're going to head back that way for my great niece's birthday party, who will be a whopping 3 years old, and soon after, baby boy will be having his surgery. (If you don't already know about it and would like to, text me if you feel so inclined to.)
Moving along, while in Bridge City, I got to see said great niece, Marlee Rae. This girl, I love her as though she was my own. That girl is too sweet and cute and I swear, makes me cry every time I see her. When she left us to go home that night, I told her that I love her forever and ever, to which she repeated the same thing to me. And then after her mama asked how much she loves me, she responded with "the sky, the moon and the stars" *cue the tear* For super reals. It melted my heart. Then when Christopher (whom she calls Bubba) went to love on her, she told him that, "I love you punkin (actually pumpkin)" -- I don't see Christopher get emotional very often, but he just can't help it with that sweet child. A few days later, I talked to her mama, Karah, and she told me that Marlee Rae was ready to come see her "punkin" and "emmi" (which if you haven't already figured it out, is what she calls me.) I'm hoping things work out for them and they get to move as soon as possible. I need that lil girl in my life at all times, just like I have Falon.
Work has been.. well, work. It's still super hard to leave the kids every day, but it gets easier, I guess. I'm always ready to go home and love on my babies. And still no change with baby boy, he's still not sleeping through the night. But he's sleeping a lil bit longer every time, so slowly but surely! His sister spoiled me so bad, she slept through the night at 2 weeks old. *sigh*
Enough with the sappy stuff. Let's move on to the "Blonde Brownie" -- yes, the ever so popular brownie we all know and love got a highlight for the Summer (and beyond) and is absolutely divine. It actually tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie, but chewier and in brownie form. Yes, even through the computer, I saw just a lil bit of drool come out of your mouth.
After you're finished wiping your face off, head to the grocery store for these items (if you don't already have them handy in your pantry!):
2 1/4 c.of AP flour
2 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/2 tsp. of salt
1 3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. softened or melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. of chocolate chips (semi-sweet is best, but any will work)
Preheat over to 350º
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Beat together the brown sugar and butter until it's creamy, or as creamy as it looks like it's gonna get. Beat in eggs one at a time, add the vanilla, then add the dry ingredients slowly. Spread into a 9x13 pan and bake 20-25 minutes. Now.. my oven took about 32 minutes to bake, so check it at 20 minutes, then 25 minutes. Do the toothpick test and what you are looking for is a slightly covered toothpick tip. You don't want a clean one, at that point, it's overcooked. You don't want a batter looking like tip, almost like sticky crumbles on it. When you take it out, it will continue to bake but will stay soft and chewy.
Try it. Love it. Thank me later. And come back (hopefully in a week) for the next shameful indulgence! <3