I know I’ve said this before, but I don’t understand how people with more than two kids are still walking around in society and not locked up in a crazy house somewhere.
I only have two kids, but there are days that I weigh my options, and if we are being honest, 3 meals a day that someone else prepares, plenty of time to nap, and unlimited reading time sounds a liiiiiiiitle tempting.
Have you ever seen the people at the circus who balance all the plates on the sticks?
That’s me, every day. Except instead of plates, it’s laundry and swim team and bottles and spit up and crying and baby bouncies and diaper bag packing and mom-can-you-you-tube-this, and but-you-said, and when-are-we-going-tos, and what’s-for-dinners and sometimes even who-forgot-to-flush or hey-mom-I’m-pretty-sure-Lucy-pooped-s.
Where does another child even FIT in all of that?
There have been several days this Summer where I am quite certain that Jon David’s only sustenance was three grapes and an Oatmeal Cream Pie until dinner. I mean, I’m obviously just guessing because by the time it occurred to me that he never asked for lunch, it was almost dinner, and at that point, I really didn’t want to know. We all know it’s not healthy to dwell on that past anyways, right?
There are five days left until school starts (or so I’ve heard, I mean…I’m definitely not counting) and trust me when I say that I’m hanging on by a thread.
And by thread, I don’t mean a piece of yarn or that cute bakers twine that’s all stripey and comes on the big rolls.
I mean a straggly, worn, frayed-until-it-disappears-at-the-end thread, hanging out of a hole in a worn out pair of jeans. That haven’t been washed in a week because OMG are those towels in the washer mildewed? We have to run the wash all over again.
It’s basically a miracle that treats even happen around here. And when they do, I try to keep them as simple as possible, because I’m pretty sure my kids want a mom without an exploded brain.
Brownies are my very favorite treat to doctor up. There are so many simple tweaks that add a whole new layer of impressiveness and yum, and these Mississippi Mud Brownies are no exception.
I used my favorite boxed mix (actually TWO boxed mixes…ain’t nobody got time for skinny brownies), but feel free to use your favorite homemade recipe. Top with mini marshmallows, chopped pecans, and a poured fudge frosting. These are SO yummy and look gorgeous!!
- 2 boxes family size brownie mix, plus eggs, oil, and water to prepare (alternately, you can use your favorite homemade recipe)
- 10.5 oz bag mini marshmallows
- 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 4 TBS salted butter
- 2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray thoroughly with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Prepare brownies as instructed on box or recipe (if using a box, use two boxes and double the ingredients). Bake for 30 -40 minutes or until edges are set and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs but not raw batter.
- Immediately upon removing from oven, sprinkle surface of brownies with marshmallows. Top with chopped pecans. Place pan back in the oven for about 3 minutes -- just until the marshmallows puff up, but don't lose their shape. Remove and let cool for thirty minutes before preparing frosting.
- Prepare frosting: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add milk and cocoa powder and whisk until smooth and thick. Once it JUST begins to bubble, remove from heat and immediately whisk in powdered sugar. Once the frosting is smooth, quickly drizzle over brownies.
- Let cool completely before cutting and serving (I refrigerate mine for easier cutting)
I really love these brownies and I hope you do too!!
Enjoy and have a great Wednesday!!