Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

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This has to be one of the easiest recipes we’ve ever posted. But I felt compelled to post it because when I made these brownies the other day, everyone raved about them. We were heading down to the beach to meet some friends and I was cooking up a picnic dinner. I had a craving for brownies and I noticed the peanut butter chips in the pantry and I knew I had to mix the two. Because I was anxious to get to the beach, I cheated and used a box brownie mix. But if I had more time I would have used this delicious, homemade brownie recipeĀ (just take out the Andes mints for a great basic brownie recipe). Instead I grabbed a box mix and then went to town doctoring them up!

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Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips
1 box of brownie mix or homemade recipe
Ingredients as listed on box or recipe
1 cup peanut butter chips, divided
1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

I used Duncan Hines dark chocolate brownie mix and just followed the recipe for chewy brownies. I then added 1/2 cup peanut butter chips to the batter and spread into the pan. I followed the cooking instructions and when there was about three minutes left on the timer, I sprinkled the other 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips and 1/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips over the top. I cooked it for the last three minutes and then removed the brownies and let them cool. When you’re cutting the brownies, the chips on top get quite messy if you don’t let them cool completely.

For some reason the brownies turned out pretty flat, but they were delicious and chewy and the perfect dessert for a beach picnic.

Cindy

Tomato Tart

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I’d like to say that we have all these beautiful, delicious tomatoes growing and I needed a way to use some of them up. Unfortunately, that would be a lie. Our garden has been a bit of a bust this year- it’s been quite disappointing. However, I saw this recipe on The Pioneer Woman website not too long ago and I knew I had to try it. It was wonderful, even with store bought tomatoes!

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Until a couple years ago, tomatoes were one of Jordan’s most hated foods, but recently she’s been liking them more- especially when they’re in something delicious like this! I am so happy that she is now on board with eating tomatoes! She and I polished off the entire tart in one sitting- it was amazing! We loved it so much, we made it twice in one week.

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Tomato Tart

Ingredients:

1 whole Large Onions, Halved And Sliced Thin
2 Tablespoons Butter
Salt And Pepper, to taste
1 whole Storebought Pie Crusts (or Homemade Crust)
1/2 cup Grated Fontina Cheese (or Monterey Jack)
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan
1/2 cup Grated Gruyere (or Swiss)
3 cups Cherry Tomatoes (yellow Or Red), Washed And Dried (more If Needed)
1 whole Egg, optional
A splash of Milk, optional
8 whole Basil Leaves, Chiffonade (more If Needed)
Preparation Instructions

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the butter, onions, salt, and pepper and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and deep golden brown. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 450.

Roll out pie crust and place in a tart pan, or use a pie pan or even a pizza pan. Sprinkle on the cheese in a single layer, then sprinkle on the cooked onion, then sprinkle the tomatoes over the cheese.

Mix together the egg and milk and brush it all over the crust around the edge of the tart, optional. It makes the crust look pretty, but it seems a bit wasteful. Bake the tart for 15 to 18 minutes, watching carefully to make sure the crust doesn’t burn. (The tomatoes should be starting to burst apart, with some dark/roasted areas on the skin, and the crust should be deep golden brown.) If the crust is getting brown too fast, reduce the heat to 425.

Remove the tart from the oven and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the basil all over the top. Cut into wedges and serve.

Cindy

Fanatics MLB Baseball Hat Outfit Challenge

Hey all!

Fanatics is an awesome company that sells all kinds of clothing for fans of basically all sports- football, basketball, Nascar, hockey, soccer, the Olympics, college sports, and, of course, baseball! The best part about Fanatics is that they are the perfect place to start if you’re wanting a great game-day outfit. When building cute game-day style, it can be hard to find a large selection of clothes from your favorite team, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the huge variety of designs that Fanatics carries- there’s truly something for everyone!

Because of their great selection of products, I decided to design a great game-day outfit based around a MLB baseball hat that I picked from their website. I was super excited to design an outfit based around a baseball cap! Even though we don’t watch a whole lot of baseball around here, I absolutely love heading down to PetCo Park in San Diego to watch a Padre’s game once in a while. The atmosphere at PetCo Park is so cool- it’s right in the middle of downtown San Diego, and there are so many fun things to do around there. Another great thing about PetCo is the food- they have such amazing food choices, which just adds to the general fun of a baseball game šŸ™‚

Fanatics Baseball Hat Outfit Challenge

San Diego Padre’s New Era Hat//Basta Lace-up Boots//Sweeter Than Honey Sweater//Super-skinny Jean//Make a Movement Earrings//Mila Festival Bag

I could totally see myself wearing this outfit to a baseball game- it’s so comfy and cute. Fanatics has a huge variety of baseball hats for whichever team is your favorite- I chose a super cool, two-tone flat-bill Padre’s hat, and built a perfect outfit around that.

I had such a fun time designing my game-day outfit and hope that you enjoyed the finished product! Make sure to check out Fanatics– especially their amazing selection of baseball hats!

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Jordan

Fashion Friday- Made for Adventure

Happy Friday! Despite how much I love dresses and skirts, I also really love easy clothes- jeans, flannels, sweat-shirts, that kind of thing. So that’s what I chose for this week’s Fashion Friday- comfy clothing that I love. Enjoy!

Foggy Shore Long-Sleeve
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In case you hadn’t already figured this out, I have a thing for flannels. They are seriously the best. A great place to get a cheap flannel is in the men’s section of thrift stores- a men’s small is a good fit and so comfortable. This flannel from Tilly’s is adorable though- I saw it in person, and it’s perfect.
Klettersack

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This little company from Colorado makes some amazing backpacks and other outdoor gear- their stuff is a bit pricey, but so very cool.
National Parks Pass Top

national parks topTank tops like this adorable one from Modcloth are my favorite kind of summer shirt.
Classic Denim Joggers

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I bought these comfy jeans from Forever21 a couple of weeks ago. They feel a bit like Aladdin’s pants šŸ˜‰ so cute and unusual.
Loly in the Sky- Caroline

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There’s something about these quirky oxfords that I absolutely love- I smile every time I see them.

Anorak Jacket

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This jacket is nearly identical to my favorite jacket that I bought from Tilly’s last fall. It’s a great basic piece and is a perfect weight for our mild California winters.

Slim Pack Canvas Backpack

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Collaborate with Comfort Sweatshirt

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Isn’t this adorable? I love the color and pattern.

Linked Necklace

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I just thought that this necklace was adorable.

Jordan

60 Miles Later

Hey all- I kept meaning to post pictures from our backpacking trip way back in July, and kept forgetting. But here it is, an extra-long backpacking post- finally!

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^from left to right: Robin, me, my mom, Laura and Lori

In case you didn’t hear, my mom and I, and three other women, went on a backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail at the beginning of July. We covered about 60 miles in eight days.

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There was a ton of preparation for the trip- tents, clothes, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, boots and food. We must have packed and repacked our bear canisters at least half a dozen times each, just to make sure that all of our food would fit inside. We made many, many trips to the outdoor section of Wal-mart, REI and Sports Authority and we talked to veteran backpackers and got lots of advice. Luckily for us, we were able to borrow a ton of our gear from friends, which made a huge difference in cost.

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Final cuts in what we were taking were made the night before we hit the trail, in a friend’s little cabin in Bishop. We pulled out absolutely anything that was not completely necessary- every ounce counts. We also adjusted straps and made sure that everything was packed correctly, and then we had our final weigh-in. My backpack came in at 37.5 pounds and my mom’s weighed in at 43 pounds- a bit above what we were shooting for, but we had to make it work.

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When we finally set out, I was kind of nervous- I didn’t know exactly what to expect, and I was tentative about the approaching challenges. We all got into a groove quickly though- setting up camp, cooking meals, purifying water, and attempting to clean up in a freezing cold stream (eek!) became second nature to us.

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There were definitely challenges. By the fourth morning, after an extra-long day the day before, I was done. It was the one time I cried on the trip, and the only real reason for it was that I was down-right tired. My body was sore from so much hiking and dealing with the altitude was getting to me. It was all up-hill from there though- somehow, your body begins to adjust to the constant movement and the heavy pack. There were many times when walking without a backpack on sounded like a dream, but that was all just part of the adventure.

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The beauty of the Sierra’s completely and totally made up for all of the physical and mental challenges. I’ve never been anywhere quieter or cleaner and I’ve never seen sky that blue or water that crystal clear. The beauty was indescribable- pictures don’t even come close to capturing it. God’s creation absolutely blew me away- if He put that much thought and detail and majesty in just the 60 miles I experienced, imagineĀ how much more there is to explore!

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Another awesome part of backpacking is the people- only first names are given- on the trail, that’s all that’s necessary. Sometimes, we’d hear what a person did for a living, or what brought them to backpacking, Ā but 99% of the time, the topic of conversation was what we were doing at that very moment. Everyone had issues with their backpacks, everyone dealt with sore muscles and not getting enough sleep at night. But best of all, everyone was experiencing the same beauty and same accomplishments- thoseĀ things bonded us.

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Before we left on the hike, Robin, who was the leader of our group, mentioned that she was itching to just get out on the trail again. I didn’t quite get it- what was the allure? I understand now, even if it’s still hard to describe. Since we’ve been home, I’ve been thinking about our trip. A lot. Despite how hard it was at some points, I can’t wait to go out again. There’s something about knowing that you’re carrying everything you need to survive on your back. And the accomplishment that came with knowing what I had just managed to do,Ā instilled a huge amount of confidence in regards to my physical and mental capabilities. In the end, it was all completely worth it, and absolutely something I’d do again šŸ™‚

 

Jordan