Because what’s a good Friday without a KILLER brownie?
A sad, sad, sad one. Duh.
I am SO glad it’s Friday. Even more so than most Fridays, and it’s not just because I get to tell you all about these brownies. I mean, that’s totally part of it, but I am crazy excited it’s Friday because today is supposed to be the last day of workers invading my space, and basically kicking me out of the kitchen every other hour. One more day and NO MORE workers!!!
Well…that would be ideal, but I mean obviously there are still the minor things that need to be done that will require a worker or two, but nothing so major that I should be THAT affected. Today is “finish up all the loose ends” day. I am finally getting my hood installed over the stove, the under cabinet lights should go up and all of the remaining wood + trim is getting stained. Oh, and my little purple kitchen wall, the one that didn’t end up looking quite as cool as I had hoped, is turning white today. The purple just didn’t look right next to all those oddly colored grey cabinets. Then the only things that will be left are: furniture (I could really use a desk and bed frame), a chandelier, and the railing for the stairs (happening next week). While, the pantry is not really a pantry yet. But this doesn’t have to be done right away. I do have a cabinet that’s holding a super cool concrete sink in there, but there are no shelves or work table in there yet. But it can’t be that much work, right? It’s really just a matter of putting up a bunch of shelves. My carpenter, who is pretty awesome, said it wouldn’t be a big deal…hoping this is true because I really can’t handle anymore. Anyway, I think we are going to wait on some of these smaller things until I can fill my coffers back up again, maybe in the spring.
I kind of had a little breakdown on Wednesday when I heard I was being kicked out of the kitchen for three days in a row. I have only cooked and photographed once this week and you guys, my work is piling up, it’s kind of stressing me out big time, so a breakdown was pretty much bound to happen. Basically I said these guys have got two-days and whatever they don’t finish, they don’t finish, and I don’t care, they are not allowed back in after Friday because I AM DONE.
Wow, I sound so nice, right? YIKES.
I think I just hit that moment of tiredness when you really just can’t take anymore and on top of all the workers and issues there, my internet situation is beyond horrible. It’s so bad that I have been using my phone’s hot spot all month long and I am totally going to be broke because of it…
It’s all gonna be worth it, right?!?!? RIGHT.
Positive thoughts, positive thinking!!
Luckily, the internet issues should be seeing some improvements today (Comcast Business is installing a beefier system, let’s cross our fingers here) and thankfully the workers really should be finishing everything up today. So now you see why it is an exciting and very happy Friday!
I don’t mean to sound like such a complainer, but I get the feeling that a lot of you guys can relate 100% to what I am going through. You know?
Anyway, moving on, today I bring us all Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Brownies. Or I wish I could bring you all brownies. Wouldn’t that be kind of awesome if we could send food through the computer screen? Kind of like in Willi Wonka? Yeah, that would be cool.
Ok but, I clearly can’t do that now, so I’ll just give you the recipe. It’s really not hard or complicated. In fact you should probably just get up right now and start making these. Whether your week was awesome or horrible, you deserve a good brownie on a Friday. Diet or no diet. I’ve declared it brownie Friday and you gotta participate!!
I mean, these are the BEST peanut butter cup fudge brownies after all. Really. They are!!
I used my very favorite brownie recipe and basically added dollops of sweetened, buttery peanut butter + plenty of milk chocolate to the centers. Just like a peanut butter cup, but all stuffed into a brownie instead. I didn’t actually use any Reece’s peanut butter cups in the brownies, just on top for decoration. I didn’t want these to be overly sweet or overly rich, I simply wanted them to have the perfect balance.
And for the frosting? Fudge all the way. It’s PERFECT and balances out the sweet brownies so that every bite just kind of melts in your mouth. Yes, please!
Oh, and the real reason I made these brownies? The Super Bowl of course. To me, nothing goes better with football than peanut butter and chocolate (well maybe some buffalo wings too). Granted this is probably because I grew up an Ohio girl, and buckeyes – peanut butter chocolate balls (recipe listed in link and found at the bottom of the cake directions), will always be my favorite.
The only thing still required here is a cold, tall glass of milk.
Ok and maybe some stretchy pants…
Hey, it’s Super Bowl weekend, that’s a given.