Dear Judgers of Time Spending (otherwise known as JOTS):
You know who you are.
You fake laugh condescendingly when the conversation turns to shows like “Real Housewives” or “The Bachelorette” and say things like, “oh, I just don’t have TIME to watch television…I’m WAAAAAAY too busy”.
When the subject of Facebook comes up, you say things like “Who has time for FACEBOOK? I barely have time to check my EMAIL!!”
As a stay-at-home mom, reality television addict and blogger/social media freak, I can say that I’ve been dealing with JOTS for years.
I mean REALLY…. it makes me feel so bad that I immediately begin apologizing for my slovenly behavior with crazy excuses like “oh…I just watch that stuff because I’m so super smart, I have to give my brain a break from rocket science and extremely complicated mathematical equations”.
Or, “well I just do Facebook because it’s part of my job, otherwise I wouldn’t mess with it either”.
And it ends today.
My name is Kristan and I watch reality tv because I. ENJOY. JUDGING. PEOPLE.
And Facebook is super awesome for nosey people. I mean, it’s a legal way of stalking people and snooping through their conversations. What isn’t good about that?!
Also, it just so happens that I’m pretty busy myself.
So busy, in fact, that I don’t have time for lots of things.
Like running on a treadmill.
Reading the Wall Street Journal.
Planting and harvesting my own wheat.
Polishing my silver.
BUYING silver, so I’ll have silver to polish.
Anyways, as you can see, I’m very very busy. It’s actually a miracle that I even had time to whip up these Tin Roof Bars!! I just BARELY squeezed them in between thinking of cool Facebook statuses and watching Luann De Lasepps make a complete fool of herself on national television.
Soooo….now that this elephant in the room has been addressed, can you maybe stop acting like you’re cool and important?
(Please feel free to forward this to the JOTS in your life)
These Tin Roof Bars are so so good. When you make them, you will hardly even believe they’re real.
But they ARE real.
And they’re fantastic.
For the brownie layer:
1 box dark chocolate fudge cake mix
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 stick of butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 or 7×11 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix ingredients together until fully combined. Pat evenly into prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, until it puffs up and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Place on a rack until completely cool.
For vanilla layer:
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or equal amount of vanilla extract)
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate covered peanuts, coarsely chopped
In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, milk and vanilla on medium-low speed until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar until just barely mixed in. Increase speed to high and beat for about a minute, until light and fluffy. Spread over cooled brownies and top with chocolate covered peanuts and marshmallows, pressing in gently. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the chocolate.
For the chocolate:
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add cocoa powder and milk and stir until just boiling and thick. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove brownies from refrigerator and pour chocolate frosting over the top.
I promise that these aren’t nearly as much work as they might look. And so worth it!!
Have a happy Wednesday!