Last week while trying to get something edible on the table amidst the chaos of the 5 to 6 o'clock hour, I burned pasta. I didn't even know this was possible.
But there I was, trying to squeeze way too much into my week, my day, even that very minute, because that's what women do, and God sent me a little message. Don't spread yourself so thin, Karen, or you're going to burn it.
This stage in life is SO full, SO challenging and SO rewarding, all in the same breath. Little kids can run you ragged and wear you down like you'd never possibly believe or understand until you've experienced it. Yet at the very same time, they fill you with more pride, joy and love than you knew your heart could handle. Now add on to child-rearing the other one zillion life factors... holding down a job, keeping the bank account full, being a supportive spouse, keeping finances in order, keeping in touch with family and friends, trying to stay healthy and active, and maybe even possibly squeezing in some healthy meals for your family, a house that's not a total disaster, and a load of laundry when you can, and you can see how quickly raising your children can start to feel like more of a chore instead of an awesome God-given privilege.
November ushers in a month of Thanksgiving. A month to focus on gratitude. My burned pasta and subsequent melt-down that night reminded me that I need to put down some of the balls I have in the air so that I can be PRESENT and GRATEFUL for the important things in my life that I chose and I am blessed to have.
And because I'm female, the best way to snap me out of my funk, take a deep breath, and re-prioritize that night was clearly... wine and chocolate. I was up late making these for a Pampered Chef Party I was doing the next day, and then decided they didn't need all 48... they could share with me. :)
So THANKS, or no thanks, to Breanna Doyle, for letting me know about this recipe. These are highly-addicting and will vanish quickly!
Peanut Butter Brownie Bites
1 package of Brownie mix (plus, eggs, oil, water that the box recipe calls for)
Cooking Spray with Flour
1 package of Miniature Reeces Peanut Butter Cups
Preheat oven to 350
Spray each cup lightly with the Cooking Spray with Flour. Use a small scoop to fill each mini muffin tin 3/4 full
Open 48 Reeces. Kevin came home while I was making these and saw this stash on the counter. I can only imagine what he was thinking about the kind of day I must have had to create this stash of chocolate wrappers. He quickly disappeared upstairs and out of my sight. HAHA