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Hubby is currently doing some home reno work in our basement. As a result, everything has a fine layer of dust over it. Concrete dust to be specific. 😦 [jf youve ever experienced concrete dust you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about] We also forgot to put up a plastic tarp to cordon off the work area from the rest of our current living area. We also had invited a friend to come and visit/help.

So while trying to play hostess and still be a construction sidekick/assistant all while keeping an eye on dad in the super humid weather I felt frazzled as usual being pulled in too many directions at once.

I found comfort in the kitchen. Keeping busy cooking & creating somehow seems to calm me down. Odd I know. Or it could be due to the fact that everyone vacates the kitchen while you’re cooking to either get of your way (not really) OR out of fear that they’ll be out to work by being asked to chop, prep, clean or wash dishes. LOL Either way, I enjoyed the QT with myself.

What I made was another pitcher of homemade iced green tea (something I’ve been addicted to since the warm weather started back in March), prepped dinner so all we had to do was grill it and eat then baked dessert – round two of the brownie surprise!


Brownies in the muffin tins ready to go into the oven. Top tray is the exact same as the bottom tray except I topped the ‘surprise’ with 1 extra spoon of batter.


Here’s how they looked once baked. You can totally see the difference between the two styles.


I think I prefer the covered style to add more dramatic effect. I had severed one to our friend after dinner and nuked it for about 15 seconds (since they were still warm) He loved the fact that there was a PB cup hidden in the centre.

His exact words: “You didn’t tell me there was PB in the middle!” – he LOVED them, so I sent him home with two more. Another satisfied customer.


I love grilled veggies and the grilling tray that I had bought on clearance from the drug store a couple years ago has seen better years. Its supposed to be non stick etc but really…it was time to be replaced. I decided on a stainless steel “wok style” for the grill. Things will cook evenly now without burning. Things won’t fall off the tray and head below the grill grates. And the bonus – it was a snap to clean afterwards! Barely required scraping.

To sum up my crazy Sunday: there was great progress in work (the reno project), great company (friend visiting) all accompanied by great food! Thats how one should round up their weekend.

How was yours?

While both boys (dad & hubs) were working on the house yesterday afternoon, I decided to whip up a batch of brownies before dinner.

No special recipe, just my trusty Ghiardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix (purchased from Costco). The only semi-fancy thing I did was bake them in muffin tins with a lil surprise in the middle. I hid mini caramel cups in the centre.


As you can see,  some were cooled enough and came out with ease while some weren’t which were the ones that didn’t turn out as pretty.  I just couldn’t wait any longer!


Let me tell you that these were SUPER tasty during my ‘taste testing’ 😉

Can’t wait to make these again with mini peanut butter cups.

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