Hello September!

We have color on our walls now!  I’m hoping the coolness of our new wall color will usher in some cooler temperatures here!  As I type this it is 97 degrees outside! In September!  Our new color is Igloo by Behr… I love it!

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Goodbye August

Its been a long month… year… After Walgreens bought my company and ended my world as I knew it, it has taken almost a year to get it back together.  So, I have changed jobs and gone back to school for my MBA in Healthcare Administration.  I thought I would renovate out home to make all of this officially a fresh start for us.  So for the whole month of August, we have been in and out of hotels, packing things and moving stuff around.  Currently our house looks like this:

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Image 1The September pictures of these rooms will be totally different… for now… I’m just ready to say goodbye to August.  Goodbye August.

Avalanche Bars

When it is almost 1 billion degrees outside… the last thing you really wish to do is turn on the oven, right?  I am starting to have baking withdrawal but I just can’t turn on the oven, AKA wall furnace.  So I turned to no-bake treats… specifically these because they involve peanut butter, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and the refrigerator.  And since they are rice crispy treats they are gluten-free!!! HERE is the recipe.

Toffee Chocolate Chip Brownies

Maybe, rather, I should be call these “bits and pieces brownies”. Or “clean out your pantry brownies”. I needed some brownies and I had nothing in my pantry!!! I had about 1/4 cup of toffee bits and 1/3 cup of chocolate chips so I made the batter (below) and tossed the toffee and chips on the top before I put the pan in the oven. It worked out great though!!!

Brownies

1/2 cup bread flour whisked

1/4 cup cake flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup salted butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 square pan. Make a foil sling, place it in the pan, and spray it with cooking spray as well. In a glass bowl on a pot of water (double boiler) heat the coconut oil, butter, and the cocoa powder until melted and combined. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar. Add vanilla and stir until combined. Add eggs one at a time and store until just combined after each one. Add flour, salt, and baking soda and stir until just combined. No need to press them in- the batter will rise up around them. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until a knife inserted in the middle comes out without batter on it (meaning crumbs are ok).

Cinnamon “Churro” Puppy Chow

OK so heres the deal… these do only take a few minutes to throw together. Cinnamon chips, however, are really difficult to work with. Really difficult. Aside from that its no different than making some regular puppy chow. And it IS pretty tasty! Its super sweet which makes it great for party food where people will only pick up a few pieces. HERE is the recipe.