In my mind, there is this thing I have created called a Hierarchy of Errands.
What it is, is a pretend pyramid of hypothetical errands, paired with a corresponding color and stress equivalent. For instance–grocery shopping is a 1 on the pyramid, which is a color light pink and stress equivalent of watching a documentary on the History Channel. However–there are variables. If said grocery shopping trip includes bringing my husband OR it is raining out (thereby requiring me to carry bags in the rain), the color goes to light orange with a stress equivalent of clipping a strangers toenails.
I assume this is all making sense, right?
It should come as no surprise that I have been putting off a few particularly stressful errands–getting new tires for my Jeep and having the oil changed–both of which are 10 RED on the Pyramid individually– with a stress equivalent of posing for photos while wearing an unflattering turtleneck in front of a room full of strangers.
However, I decided to do both errands in the same morning instead of dragging it out which increased the stress factor to Eleventy Zillion on the pyramid, which is neon red-orange, and a stress equivalent of walking on glass while on fire and listening to Gilbert Gottfried sing Mary Had a Little Lamb on repeat.
It was basically one of the worst days ever. Not to mention expensive.
Why do tires cost so much? Is there a layer of gold under the rubber? Is there diamond dust sprinkled on them? I just don’t understand. I keep thinking that maybe they come with a magic elf who pops out to change the tire and sing a cheerful medley if I get a flat, but I don’t want to risk getting a flat to find out.
Seriously, women who get flat tires usually end up murdered. It’s like a proven fact.
Needless to say, cupcakes really help on days Neon Red-Orange Days.
Especially brownie cupcakes with lots of chocolate and marshmallow and candy in them.
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Malted Rocky Road Brownie Cupcakes
- 1 box Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 7 oz jar marshmallow creme (0r fluff)
- For Almond Bark:
- 2/3 cup almonds, roughly chopped
- 16 oz milk chocolate candy coating (I used CandiQuik)
- For Frosting:
- 2 sticks butter, slightly softened
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup chocolate malt powder (like Ovaltine)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Malted milk balls for garnish
1. First make almond bark: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt candy coating according to package directions. Stir in chopped almonds. Spread over wax paper. Place pan in the fridge to firm up.
2. Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
3. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water. Stir with a wooden spoon until completely combined. Divide batter into the 12 muffin cups and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on baking sheet.
4. Using a small knife, cut a circle out of each cupcake, going 1/3 – 1/2 of the way down. Fill with marshmallow creme and set aside.
5. Make frosting: Beat butter and milk on medium-low speed until combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and malt powder, beating until mixed. Increase speed to high and beat for a minute or until light and fluffy. Pipe or frost cupcakes, covering the marshmallow.
6. Using a sharp knife, break up the almond bark. Top cupcakes with almond bark and malted milk balls.
[donotprint]These cupcakes will make any Red-Orange Day just a bit more tolerable. Enjoy!
Have a happy Monday!![/donotprint]