Day 13 is not so bad. I have been reading from others that have already gone through this in other places in the world that the first two weeks are definitely the hardest to adjust to. We all had a mini meltdown last night with short fuses all around. All it took was the wrong look on someone’s face and everyone was mad and yelling at each other. That is NOT our house. We rarely yell and get angry with each other but last night there were slamming doors and foot stamping all around. Once we had some space and could acknowledge that we were all on edge things were better. Sleep also helps. In our house we say, “Let the Committee of Sleep work on it.” Somehow in the morning things seem much easier to handle.
I think the sunshine and little bit of warm weather has let us all breathe a bit deeper. I don’t feel like I am holding my breath today. That is my word for the year BREATHE. We have all been outside for even just a few minutes to soak up some Vitamin D (often in short supply in our part of the country) and fresh air.
We have been having dessert EVERY night. We never have had desserts before. But, for some reason these days we are all seeking the creamy comforting desserts. My daughter wanted to make a simple dessert last night and remembered that I am queen of the Brownie Mixes. I love taking brownie mixes and turning the into all different kinds of desserts.
These are a simple dessert that can be topped with canned cherry pie filling or fresh strawberries if you like. I like mine plain but feel free to experiment.
- 1 family sized (9 x 13) brownie mix plus ingredients to make brownies
- 1 (8 oz) box Cream Cheese, NOT low fat or fat-free
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- Preheat oven 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions and spread 1/2 of the batter into a prepared 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Beat together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until light and creamy.
- Spread cheesecake mixture evenly on top of the brownie mix.
- Drop spoonfuls of remaining brownie batter. Swirl everything together with a butter knife be careful not to over mix.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out with some sticky crumbs.
- Let it cool down completely before slicing. Serve with topping if desired.