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Aaaand Muffin Mondays are back!

So I took a little break. Quit my job, took a week off and did absolutely nothing (which was the greatest thing ever), and then started a new job – you know, life stuff. I actually don’t understand what happened here and how it’s been a month since my last post – I swear it was just October and I was planning pumpkin spiced everything (yes, I am one of those people) and now it’s mid-November and peppermint is everywhere. I can’t keep up!!

Instead of going with a seasonal flavor for this week’s muffin, I went with something that’s perfect for breakfast – espresso and chocolate! And now I’m going to go stuff my face with these and pretend like the year isn’t almost over.

Mocha muffins

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Kitchen accidents are a mixed bag – sometimes you invent the chocolate chip cookie and other times, you just end up with an inedible mess.

These bars include not one, but two mistakes, so you’d think they’d be twice as bad, but they actually might be one of the best things I’ve ever made.

It’s funny how the universe works sometimes.

Chocolate chip cookie caramel brownie bars

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I didn’t like peanut butter as a kid. That’s a mild way of putting it – I hated it. It was the mouthfeel that I couldn’t stand, that stickiness that coated every inch of your mouth.  I vividly remember one day in elementary school when I ordered a peanut butter jelly sandwich for lunch out of morbid fascination. PB&J sandwiches were all anybody ate back then, so I decided to try it and see what all the hullabaloo was. I took one bite and threw it in the trash and went hungry the rest of the day. It was around that same time when we were reading Shel Silverstein in class and we got to the poem about the king who ate a peanut butter sandwich and got his mouth stuck shut for 20 years. That poem was what really sealed the deal for me. I’m not exaggerating when I say I spent the first half of my life terrified that peanut butter would glue my mouth shut.

I’m happy to say that I know better now and go through jars of peanut butter at an alarming rate to make up for lost time. I’m content to eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon, but I do occasionally like to put some work into how I consumer peanut butter, like this decadent peanut butter cake with chocolate ganache and peanut butter frosting.

One of my coworkers also adores peanut butter, so for her last day at work, I brought in this cake along with some cupcakes. She loved them, so I’d say my relationship with peanut butter – from hatred to love, bordering on obsession – has finally come full circle.

The prettiest (and most delicious) cake I’ve made so far

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I feel like Rice Krispies cereal should be way more popular than it is. I mean, it’s basically the breakfast equivalent of Pop Rocks and Pop Rocks are awesome, but Rice Krispies really only get any attention when they’re smothered in melted marshmallows and cut into bars. Tough luck, guys.

Rice Krispie Treats do deserve the attention, though. They take maybe 15 minutes tops to pull together, don’t use the oven, and can be dressed up or down depending on what you add to it. The best part is, they’re guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. I made these in the middle of an miserable, stressful week at work and instantly felt a little better. You can’t be upset when you’re eating Rice Krispie Treats. It’s not possible!

Because sometimes, you just want to feel like a kid again

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Peanut butter and chocolate chip – need I say more?

One of my favorite things in the world is muffins with perfectly domed tops

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For the longest time, I thought zucchini was kind of gross. It gets so mushy when it’s cooked and it just feels…I don’t know…slimy. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate the flavor more, but it’s still not a vegetable I’ll go out of my way to consume. BUT. I might have to reconsider my feelings towards zucchini now that I’ve had these muffins.

They’re tender and fluffy and chocolately without being overwhelming and the best part is that you can’t even tell there’s zucchini in it! If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.

Chocolate zucchini muffins

These count as veggies, so you can eat as many as you want

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Blondies feel very retro to me. In my mind, they’re in the same category as pineapple upside down cakes or ambrosia salads. I think it’s the name. It makes me think of the ’50s, and men in suits and suspenders talking to their lady friends – “Hey Blondie, go make me a sandwich!”

You know, the good ol’ days.

Peanut butter caramel swirl blondies

How to be a perfect housewife: make sandwiches for lunch and blondies for dessert

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