TGIF everyone!! Today is a special day because Mat is on his way home from San Francisco :). I am not sure which emotion I was feeling more so while he was gone – either slightly bummed because I missed him, or complete jealousy, because I’ve been wanting to go there…..I’m gonna go with jealousy hehe.
I was very excited for him to come home, and wanted to have a few surprises waiting for him…one being a little fall-style brownie experiment! My lovely mother sent me a packet of “single serving” brownie mix by Pamela’s. The directions are SO easy: all you need to do is add in a little water and oil, pop it in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes and enjoy! In fact, for an even faster brownie, there are cooking directions for the microwave (ready in minutes!!). Now, I am not a fan of microwave-ready desserts…it kind of takes away from the “baked-goodness” of them. I also wanted to add in a few fall flavors into this brownie mix, as well as split it up into little bites.
I was going t oreplace the oil with apple sauce, like I normally do; however, when I opened the jar, it gave off an incredibly pungent acidic smell!! Curiosity got the worst of me when I dipped my finger in to asses it’s quality…EW! Not to mention, the feshness date said it would be good until December 2012..LIARS!
I still made due with using extra pumpkin puree, and apple butter. Now Mat is partial to pumpkin-flavored things, so I split up the mixture and made a few brownie bites with:
2 TBSP water
3TBSP apple butter
A few dashes of cinnamon
The second half I used:
1 TBSP water
2 TBSP Pumpkin puree
1 generous TBSP apple butter
A few dashes of cinnamon
I poured the batter into mini cupcake wrappers before sending it off into the oven for 20 minutes.
The aroma of chocolate, pumpkin, apple, and spices was VERY welcomed by my little nose as I took these bites out of the oven. And yes, I purposely made an extra tiny one to taste before putting them away…hey, I have to make sure they pass the taste-test!
A few other Fav. treats I picked up included:
oh and an energy drink for a gym session tomorrow morning 😉 haha! Now he cannot be mad at me for being a total health nut, because I DO cave-in every now and then and bring home some sweet treats from the grocery store.
After a morning of cardio [35 Min on the Stairmaster, 20 on the Arc Trainer…WARRIOR!] and cleaning, it’s off to have a fall play day, which includes on thactivities such as:
Searching for a good Pumpkin Patch
Hitting up the craft store
Cooling off with some Humphrey’s
🙂 oh boy oh boy oh boy! I am super excited
Happy Friday everyone!