Grit your teeth and get your double-shot espresso latte ready…… for tomorrow, it starts. Back to school, back to facing the insane amount of traffic, and wondering which genius was responsible for only putting in a two lane highway on RM 2222. I’ve already told Alexander that although classes don’t start until 8:45 a.m., we need to leave the house by 7:45 a.m. to allow enough time to make the 5 mile trek.
Yes, it will take us that long to get there.
Did I mention the traffic is insane?
This year, though, the drive will be markedly different, as it will only be Alexander and myself. And since he has his permit, he can drive us there, too. Truthfully, though, I’m more apprehensive about him driving than I am about Sabrina leaving for college.
Speaking of which, she still has a few months to go until she heads off to Indiana to attend Purdue University. Moving to Indiana. In January. Can you say, weather shock? I had to break it to her yesterday that the Victoria’s Secret sweatshirts she owns aren’t going to cut it. I told her she will need a heavy winter coat, hat, gloves, and boots that will be able to withstand the snow and slush.
I’m sure Dad is chuckling at the visual of her navigating her way through the wintry mess……
And to answer the omnipresent question of, “How do you feel about her moving away?” I will be honest and tell you that I am off-the-charts excited for her. I really am. Of course I’ll miss her (and so will the rest of the family, including the dogs..) but this is a prerequisite step toward her goal of becoming an aerospace engineer, and plotting world domination.
Oreo Brookie Bars
- 10 tbs unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 package of Oreos
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Brownie layer:
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.
For the Cookie Dough layer:
Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set dough aside.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray.
Spread the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom layer. Arrange a single layer of Oreos on top of the cookie dough. Spread the brownie batter on top of the Oreo layer evenly.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Brookies are done when a tester comes almost clean from the center. Better to underbake than overbake.