I have never had much of a "sweet tooth"--the thought of gooey/rich desserts almost makes me sick to my stomach. I will say, however, that I have a weakness for cookies and brownies! I've been following the blog "Tried-and-True cooking with Heidi" and have been anxious to try out some of her recipes. This recipe definitely caught my eye...I love it when I know I don't have to make a special trip out to the store to get ingredients! I also love how she attempts to make recipes that fit anyone's budget. It's definitely expensive raising kids these days, especially when you're relying almost exclusively on one income. My son always has a case of the "gimmies" when we're at the grocery store, particularly when we're heading down the snack aisle, but I can't stand buying all of those fatty/processed foods for him (or for my husband who thinks I don't notice when he sneaks a sweet or two once I go to bed!) These chocolate chip blondies are pretty "rich", but it didn't stop me from eating them! Both of my kids thoroughly enjoyed them, as will my husband when he gets home tonight!
Chocolate Chip Blondies
1-1/2 cups Dark Brown Sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla just until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
***This was super easy...a recipe you could definitely have your kids help you with!***
If you were to look up the word "picky" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of my husband off to the left. Growing up, I was exposed to all sorts of different foods and encouraged to experiment with different flavors, but after meeting my husband, I somewhat locked myself into an eight to ten meal rotation and was reluctant to deviate. I have since given birth to two of the least picky eaters on the face of the Earth, thus inspiring me to transform my cooking style. I know many people, like myself, lead such hectic lives, so I strive to find recipes that are quick and easy--especially those that you can whip up with ingredients that you ordinarily have on hand!
A bit about me...I married my husband, Marcus, on June 1, 2003 and we welcomed our son Jacob on March 22, 2005. Our daughter, Madeline, was born on March 1, 2008. I stay home with the kids for the most part, but also work occasional shifts as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I truly hope you enjoy my blog. A special "thank you" to my sister, Sarah, for giving me the idea! Her creativity is hard to live up to, but I'm a very determined person and hope to make her proud :)