In my state of bliss, I envisioned the construction in our home taking a couple weeks, followed by a couple weeks of hardwood floor installation. I was wrong. Surprising, I know. I tend to be an optimist when it comes to anything stressful. While I’m looking forward to the end result, we’re living amidst long hammering, air guns and without a first floor. The kitchen and living room have moved into our master bedroom where we enjoy picnics and a 20″ tv. I’m anxious for the after, but I’m reminded that the process is just as important. – How Chris and I manage the stress, last-minute decisions and how we make it an adventure for the girls.
Before we moved, we made several trips to St. Louis for interviews, house hunting and the move itself. Each time we stayed in the same hotel, which we now pass by daily. One year later, all three girls scream in unison “our hotel!” In fact, they scared the bejesus out of my sister one day as she made the same drive with them while I was at a meeting. We thought it would be fun to stay in the same hotel while the floors are sanded and stained.
With school starting next week, I’m feeling extra sentimental and decided to postpone our move to the hotel until after school starts so that Adalyn can get on and off the bus with friends in our neighborhood. Between the new season in our lives and the chaos in our home, I’ve had incredible cravings for my stress standby – peanut butter. I’m not sure why, but peanut butter always makes everything better. Sweet and salty, smooth and creamy, it’s the perfect substitute for chocolate and in brownie form, you get the best of both worlds. I love serving peanut butter brownies al a mode – if they last long enough! They’re so amazing just out of the oven that we all rush for one. I hope these brownies save your day, too.
Like my favorite skip the box brownies, I slightly under bake these.
Feel Good Peanut Butter Brownies
- 1 c peanut butter
- 11 Tbsp butter softened
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 1/3 c sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 c flour
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Cream peanut butter, butter sugars and vanilla. Beat in eggs.
- Add in baking powder, salt and flour, mix until smooth. Pour into greased 9x9 pan.
- Bake 25 minutes.
Thanks for bearing with me as I eat my way through renovations. I promise, you’ll thank me for these recipes by the time the holidays roll around!
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