Today I awoke (after working 6 twelve hours days in a row) to......cool. 75 degrees. About 50 percent humidity. Blue skies and puffy white clouds. I spent the early afternoon hours picking cukes and zucchini. Weeded, watered and mowed. Sat in my favorite yellow chair and watched some clouds go by. Threw some steaks and spuds on the grill while I sipped some Riesling. It was a good day. And I just sat in my scrapbook room surfing Facebook and Blogger and watched the sun set in a beautiful array of orange, pink and purple. I looked at the clock and it was 8:32. The days are getting shorter. And soon my favorite time of year will be upon us-fall.
We leave in two and a half weeks to bring Hermit Crab back to school. She is so excited to be back at school with all of her friends and, of course, the boyfriend. But she is also looking forward to being her own person again. Making her own decisions and plans. Not having to clear anything with Mom or Dad. Not arguing every day with Drama Queen. I will miss her like always, but am looking forward to the quieter days with only the three of us at home. And soon just the two of us.
I had posted about the bars and salad I had made for my nephew's grad party. Here are the second set of bars I made. Probably even easier than the Chocolate Chip cookie Dough brownies.
Only 6 ingredients, a pan and the oven.
Peanut Butter Cup Bars
1 package Betty Crocker Peanut butter cookie mix
ingredients on package-water, oil and egg
1 tsp. vanilla
8 individual Reese's Peanut butter cups, choppedMix the cookie mix with the water, oil and egg as directed on package. Add vanilla and stir to mix. Pour into a prepared pan. Use either a 9x13 pan or a bar pan-I think mine is 8x12. Prepared by spraying with a cooking spray. Chop up the peanut butter cups; sprinkle over the dough and press slightly into batter. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes. You want them to be golden brown and just pulling away from sides of pan. The first time I made them in the 9x13 pan and they cooked faster than in the bar pan.
The summer days are coming to a close. Sad, yes, but I say-bring on autumn!
Oh, and I'm not ashamed to say I ate 4 of these!