My first trimester I could not believe that I didn't really like sweets. I have been obsessed with sweets for as long as I can remember. I am one of those people who always wants something sweet. I could eat brownies for breakfast, cookies for lunch and cake for dinner (and probably have at some point). I will make half batches of cookies or brownies to have just a little something. Or I'll bake and take the rest to work so I don't consume 3 dozen cookies by my lonesome.
Needless to say, when I found myself not wanting anything sweet early in pregnancy, I was baffled. I would fix hot chocolate (one of my winter favorites) and then be totally turned off by the first taste. Possibly even more than the nausea, I was worried that this would last my whole pregnancy. No ice cream or cookies or cake or brownies...or chocolate for 9 months?!
Thankfully, my aversion to sweets was short lived. By around week 15, my taste buds were back to their normal selves. And now for the past week, all I've been craving is ice cream, peanut butter, and chocolate. Last night I broke down and searched for a recipe with peanut butter and chocolate. I decided to try Paula's Peanut Butter Blondies.
Paula also has an amazing cookie recipe. The great thing about it is you can take the same basic recipe and add just about any mix in that you want...chocolate chip, white choco chip blueberry, oatmeal, etc. These blondies are kind of the same way. She has many different variations on her blog. Definitely check out some of her recipes!
Paula's Peanut Butter Blondies1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 pkg chocolate-covered toffee chips (*I didn't have these)
1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
Beat butter and next 3 ingredients until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture.
Stir in toffee chips and chocolate chips. Pour batter into lightly greased 9x13 dish. Bake at 350 for 40 mins or until done.
I halved the recipe last night and baked it in an 8x8 dish. It was perfectly done at 40 mins. I also added some chocolate icing on top. Told you I love me some sweets.
We also had some good progress with the house today. We now have gutters! *Hopefully* it will no longer be raining inside our house anymore. This is the first time this year I've actually been looking forward to some rain...even though I did enjoy the beautiful weather today.
We also got a deal on another dumpster and have confirmed that they are finally going to come get the overflowing dumpster in front of our house that one of our neighbors decided to contribute a mattress and some other goodies to. I know our other neighbors will appreciate this!
Roof and gutters done. Next up, windows!