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Blondies

It’s so rare that I sit behind my home computer anymore.  Honestly, these days with work the way it is (insane), the thought of getting back onto a computer sounds about as appealing as having my head shaved. Thus the reason I stay away. Kind of sad actually, because I was given this recipe almost exactly a month ago. I know, I’m pathetic.

I finally give you….

Blondies.

1 ½ c. (7 ½ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
½ t. salt
12 T (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¾ c. packed dark brown sugar
½ c. white sugar (a little shy of ½ c.)
2 large eggs
1 ½ t. vanilla extract
¾ c. semisweet chocolate chips
¾ c. white chocolate chips

Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees.
Pan prep/trick for easy removal:
Spray 13 x 9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fold two 16-inch pieces of parchment paper or foil lengthwise so that one piece measures 9 inches wide and the other measures 13 inches wide.
Lay one piece along the length of the pan then the other one across the width of the pan. Make sure to press the paper or foil down into the corners so they lie flat. What you are going for is to have the pieces criss-crossed with rather clean corners in the pan . . . but with extra length hanging over each side. The extra length makes “handles” to remove the blondies after cooking and cooling. Spray the sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Whisk the melted butter and sugars together in a medium bowl until combined. Add the eggs (beat first) and vanilla and mix well.

Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX. Fold in the semisweet and white chocolate chips and nuts, if using.

Turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Use the spatula to gently pull the batter into the corners and try to get a uniform thickness.

Bake until the top is shiny and cracked and feels firm to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool the pan completely on a wire rack. Remove the blondies from the pan using the foil or parchment handles and transfer to a cutting board.

Use a large bread or serrated knife to cut into 20 or 24 bars and serve. Hint: To have clean edges, you can use the knife to trim all the way around the bars before cutting into squares.

*Okay, I have to admit, I didn’t follow this recipe exactly. I used bleached flour and light brown sugar because well, I had them on hand. However, even though they tasted fantastic, they weren’t as great as my friend Mark’s version.  So yeah, you might want to actually use the ingredients that the recipe calls for. 

*Ps. I wish I could say I didn’t eat one of those blondies in the photo. Well, actually, technically, I didn’t eat one.  Nope. I ate them all.

Happy Saturday everybody!

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week 24: yellow

Seems that time has just slipped away from me because I’m about a week late posting my week 24 subject photo for yellow.

Don’t get too excited. It’s just a flower.
Albeit a pretty one.

22/365 / yellow wk 24

Okay, who am I kidding, I love that little flower.
Hmm, maybe I should get fresh cut flowers every week.
For staging my house of course…not for me at all.

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wk23: lingerie

It goes without saying that I love these weekly photo challenges. Doesn’t matter if the subject matter stresses me out or excites me, I love them.

This week’s subject was “lingerie” and yes, it stressed me out.

Let it be known that there is a reason my nickname around these parts is “conservative Katie”.
I don’t own tight clothes.
I don’t own short skirts.
And I can assure you, I don’t own a piece of lingerie.

But I do own these:
wk23: lingerie

A sexy pair of pink flannel, dalmation pajama pants.
Just ignore the skin. The red t-shirt I was wearing really clashed with the pink.

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week22: eyes

We’re pretty darn close to hitting the half-way mark of the 52 week photo challenge. I’m not sure my skills have improved much over these last 22 weeks, but I know I’m having a blast.

This week’s subject was eyes.
Here’s how it went:

012
{sister holding a toy sword in front of her face. by the way, this is totally normal for her.}

eyes pt 2
{my friend amy looking in the mirror. after touching it up with a little color modification, i thought this was a really great shot. should i mention this photo was taken in our bathroom at our office?}

shoney's big boy
{the shoney’s big boy. I actually really love this shot because the eyes are insanely creepy. oh, did i ever happen to mention that my father in law was in fact the shoney’s big boy? no. really. he was. in commercials on tv.}

week22: eyes / 12/365
{and finally, the winner. i needed a shot that stepped up my creativity. this shot did it for me.}

Next week’s challenge is “lingerie”.

Boo.

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wk21: toilet

It’s your Wednesday edition of the Weekly Photo Challenge.
As you can see from the subject, this week’s challenge was “toilet”.
Yes, toilet.

Who thinks of making a toilet a photo challenge subject anyway?
It’s dirty.
It’s gross.
It’s private.

Oddly enough, this one has been one of my favorite challenges.

wk20:toilet (in a shower)

Mainly because my husband just happened to be re-tiling the bathroom floor at the time.
And as a joke, stuck the toilet in the shower.
I think he was going for a true Water Closet.

It worked.

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week20: fire

Time’s up.
It’s Wednesday, deadline day.
Weekly photo challenge day.

This week’s subject is fire. If you’re a pyromaniac then this week’s challenge is right up your alley. I, sadly, am not a pyro. I like matches, but only in regards to lighting candles. So no fun pyro shots out of this girl. For those, click here. The challengers in the photo pool stepped it up big time this week. I’m what you might call- jealous.

But I grabbed my camera and powered through.
And after taking photos of candles burning…matches burning…the gas stove burning…I grew very, very bored.

So with no fire burning in the fireplace (even though it’s a balmy 29 degrees out), I plopped down on the kitchen floor, opened the burner drawer on the oven, and took this shot.

week20: fire

And after all of the really, totally lame shots I have taken with this week’s challenge, I do kind of dig this shot.

{Just don’t tell anybody.}

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week19: brown

It’s incredible, but it’s already Wednesday…deadline day for our weekly photo challenge. This week’s subject was “brown”. Easy, not so easy…I have no idea.
When you think about it, brown really is all around. From the trunks of the trees to the dirt on the ground to the coffee in your mug. But capturing “brown” proved to be more fun than anything else.
It meant I got to snap more shots of my dogs….and of my refurbished floors…

But here are my two finalists:

self-portrait in justice's eyes

week19: brown

While I love the shot of Justice and his brown eyes and eyebrows, I’m actually drawn to the fact you can see my reflection in his left eye. Something I only noticed after I had uploaded the picture.

But…I think the winner this week is the photo of my brown boots against my redone floors. After loading the photo I realized that my boots matched the reddish brown shade of the floors almost perfectly.

And that’s what I like to call a win-win.

{Plus, I really just adore my boots.}

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week18: feet

I.
Hate.
Feet.

Feet are utilitarian. They get you from point A to point B. And they are ugly. And gross. And freak me out.
And this week our photo challenge was none other than “feet”. Someone out there hates me.
Plain and simple.

So in an effort to NOT take a photo of feet, I had to get creative. I thought about my dogs’ feet. And since technically, they are paws, I went for it.
And I totally loved it. I did. I do. Because I love doggie feet. They smell like Fritos.
justice's paw

But I’m afraid you guys have seen my dogs more times than you’d like to count, or I’d like to admit. So, I took a different angle. And this is where that angle took me.

weekly photo challenge: feet

And for once in this weekly photo challenge, I’m actually quite content with the final product.
{Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a work of art, but it’s a paw print in the snow and that alone makes me happy.} {Oh….and there’s snow and this Alabama girl rarely gets to see snow.}

Merry Christmas Eve kids!

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Week17: Road

Big surprise kids! Road was one of the hardest challenges to date! While the photos from the challenger roll were some of the best I’ve seen yet, I struggled.

I tried to get creative with the word “road”. I mean taking pictures of a road is fine, but just this once, I needed to add a twist.

So I grabbed my camera and my mom and we hit the road.
Since I was in Tuscaloosa this weekend, I wanted to incorporate the University of Alabama into the challenge somehow.
So I did.
u of a.
The big A. Okay, so it’s nothing great.

I moved on.
Then it hit me…I’m at the University of Alabama…the SEC Champions…a team playing in the National Championship game. I had it!
The Road to Victory.
stadium dr. alabama
And as clever as the idea was, the product sucked.

So I moved on.
And here are my last two “road” shots. And although there’s absolutely nothing creative about either of them, the manner in which they were taken is. And we’ll just leave it at that.

i-20

i-20

And to keep you up to speed with this week’s photo challenge, I must warn you, it’s “feet”. Have I mentioned how much I despise feet? They are gross…and disgusting…and ewww. So I’ll need all the luck in the world to make a creative spin on this subject. Otherwise, this could get ugly.
You know, kind of like feet.

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week16: cold

Today might just be the worst day for this week’s photo challenge “Cold”.
For some unknown reason it’s 63 degrees out.
Umm, hello? It’s December 9th. Last time I checked, December 9th should be cold…and blustery…and cold.

So imagine it’s snowing out. The fire is crackling. That you’ve got a hot cup of cocoa waiting for you.

Here’s this week’s photo.

justice and the scarf

And yes, I forced my dog to wear a scarf.

I’ll do just about anything to include my dogs in these photo challenges. I think I’ve got a real problem.

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