Today I found myself with three, precious, beautiful hours totally alone. It was unexpected so I had absolutely nothing planned and it caught me off guard. Since I'm never in my house all by myself, I decided I would just go home and enjoy the peace and quiet. We've also had the back- to-school-bank-account-hemorrhaging so shopping was definitely out.
I totally had to look up how to spell hemorrhaging.
On my way home, the 'Check Tire Pressure' light came on in my Suburban so I pulled into a tire place to get that fixed in a jiffy and be on my way.
It seems that my resolution for not spending any money was going to be very short lived. I needed four new tires. Four. And it would take 2 hours. There went my peaceful afternoon at home. Alone. By myself. By myself, at home, alone. Instead, I spent my time in the lobby of Discount Tire figuring out how many pair of shoes I could have bought for the kids. I was really bummed.
So, when we got home this afternoon, I made these brownies. They're a balm for the soul.
Ok, they aren't really any kind of balm, especially for my thighs. But, they're so stinkin' delicious and easy, they feel like it sometimes.
You need some brownie mix. I like this one because they taste yummy and one box makes a batch big enough for the 9x13 pan that you'll need.
And you'll need three of these. These Symphony bars have almonds and toffee in them but if you're not a fan of almonds or toffee, especially combined in a big luscious bar of chocolate (crazy), you can use the plain one.
Follow the directions on the back with the eggs, water, oil, etc. until you have yourself some good ol' brownie batter. Aren't I easy?
Pour half of the mix into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
Cover the mix with the candy bars like so, and then* top the bars with the remainder of brownie mix.
You might have some left over. You can share it with your kids who are standing behind you or climbing on the counters drooling.
Have you ever wondered what the sanitation engineers (and I'm P.C. to boot) would think of your trash? When I see this pile, I do.
Bake according to directions on the box of brownies and cool completely before cutting.
Milk, ice cream, or Diet Coke are perfectly acceptable accompaniments.
*if you've had an especially bad day, go read Psalm 23 and then melt a bag of caramels and pour those on top of the chocolate bars before adding the remaining brownie mix. Your soul will be restored by one, your sweet tooth, by the other.