I have heard some people say that certain people can "make you" or "break you". I say the only person who can do either of those things is yourself. I believe strength comes with age, with age comes wisdom. As I have gotten older I have become a very strong person. I think back about how I didn't used to be and realize I have come a really long way. That doesn't mean that I don't have my moments of weakness. There are people out there who would love to break someone who is high on life and happy with themselves. Instead of hating those people though, I pity them. I pity them because they have no idea what it really means to be happy.
Things that make me happy? The number one thing is my kids. I'm so darn proud of them I could just burst. They are young, so they are still working on their lives. They still have a lot to learn, but the one thing they do have going for them is they both have their mom and their dad to support them in times of despair AND in happiness. Like many parents, my kids are my life. I will do anything it takes to be there for them no matter what they may need!
I will do the simplest things to make my children happy..... like making these brownies! It's my feeling that nothing shows love like home baked goodness. I believe my children have learned the lesson of how to show their mom the love too.
A few nights ago when Chris was here, he helped me make the Loaded Peanut Butter Brownies by chopping the peanut butter cups for me. My right shoulder/neck/arm has been bothering me, and as a result of this, I am not able to do things around the house as I have been able to in the past. He was such a good son and helped me clean the flour that spilled on the floor and didn't show any impatience with me for being so clumsy. His patience surely shows how much he loves his mom!
I made these brownies for Chris because he was having a hard time he told me he wanted brownies. These brownies are the best of all brownies and I knew these were just what he needed. These are definitely not low in fat or calories, but when you are in need of comfort, calories don't count!
Loaded Peanut Butter Brownies
- 1 cup butter melted
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups chopped mini peanut butter cups
- ½ cup Reese's pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
- Combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in the chopped peanut butter cups.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with mini Reeses pieces
- Bake in the preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 35 minutes.
- Remove, and cool pan on a wire rack before cutting.
- Store in an air-tight container.