I’m a major creep on the train. I sit in the first cart, every day, at 8:06am and sit like a hunchback while perusing through the day’s news. I’m a train hermit. I don’t look up at the other bozos going to their respective daily grinds.
Unless there’s a mini family on the train. Not necessarily strollers and bibs, but toddlers and daycare kids. Moms in suits asking their daughters if they remembered to bring their show-and-tell doll. Dads finding juice boxes. Sons sleeping on laps.
I totally stand near those families. I totally creep.
They’re snippets of happiness. And I’m far too young to even think about families and yadda yadda yadda (don’t worry, Mom), but watching them is more energizing than a fat cup of coffee, more news-worthy than the latest hoopla on the internet.
And as I age yet another year, I’m glad that I’m not in a rush to get anywhere.
Why fast-forward through life, right? Right.
It’s my birthday. Time to make my own snippets.
Scoops of peanut butter in my face.
When chocolate marries peanut butter, they make beautiful babies. And when they experiment with butter, whoa.
Served best with ice cream and board games on the porch.
Peanut Butter Blondies with Chocolate Chips.
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy, chunky, natural, Skippy, anything)
1 cup flour
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×9 baking pan or line with parchment paper.
In a sauce pan, melt the butter and brown sugar until the crystals are gone. Cool to about room temperature (you don’t want the egg to cook!) before adding the egg, vanilla and peanut butter. Swiftly mix until smooth.
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until fully incorporated.
Add the chocolate chips and fold until they’re evenly distributed.
Pour into the pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
Makes 8-12-16 brownies, depending how big you want them.