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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Life changing brownies

Last year, right around this time, my life was being turned upside down. One of those awful gut wrenching you-feel-like-the-world-is-going-to-end upside downs. My life was officially going to change forever.

As it turns out, these moments of what we could call crisis are usually a blessing in disguise and as these things usually go, this was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.

Of course I didn't see it that way at first, but shortly after, I realized that I was completely miserable and had been for quite some time. Little by little things started falling into place better than if I had carefully arranged them myself and I can truly say that now I am the happiest I have been in a long time, years really. I honestly cannot see myself if nothing had changed, I would probably be 10 times more miserable and about 100 lbs overweight!

And now here I am and it seems as if my life is about to be turned upside down once more and to be honest, I am actually kind of looking forward to it. Even if it means that I may have to leave this blog for a while, which kills me of course.

Life is totally unexpected and you never know what's going to happen but I have a feeling that only bigger and better things are coming my way and I can't wait! I have come to learn that things really do happen for a reason and that more often than not, life has a way of arranging things better than you could do it yourself.

So the next time you see yourself in a situation where your life is being turned upside down, where there are changes coming that you have no control over, don't sweat it and bake yourself a batch of these brownies, cause life is sweet and everything's going to be just fine and dandy!

To make these yummy brownies you will need:

1 box chocolate cake ( I know!!!! This is actually one of the very very few recipes that everything isn't baked from scratch)
1 egg
1 stick of butter, melted

You mix these three ingredients together. This makes a very thick dough which you press into the bottom of your pan. Then comes the topping!

For the topping you will need:

8 oz cream cheese
16 oz powdered sugar
1 stick of butter, melted
1 egg
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup chopped nuts (Any kind you like. I actually don't like nuts in my brownies but you can use, walnuts, pecans, almonds, macadamian nuts and I think even hazelnuts would go great with these.)

On an electric mixer you beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and cocoa. Add the egg and beat well until combined. Stir the nuts in by hand.

You spread this mixture on top of you brownies and bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. The top is going to look all crackly but the brownies are so fudgy!!!

Cut these out with a heart shaped cookie cutter and they would be great for Valentine's Day or maybe even add some dried cranberries or cherries, that sounds yummy.



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