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Monday, October 31, 2011

Where were you?

If you live in certain areas of the Northeast, remember where you were this past weekend.  Sooner or later, people are bound to ask where you were during the blizzard/Nor'easter/absolute craziness of Halloween Weekend 2011.  Unbelievable!

Snow blowers, hats, generators, falling tree branches, pure darkness, sirens.  This pretty much sums up all we heard and saw this weekend.  IN OCTOBER.  

Much of our area is still without power (we're running by generator) and isn't due to be restored until the middle or end of this week.  Schools have been canceled today, along with trick-or-treating, parades, and other activities that usually take place during clean, crisp Halloween weather.  

On Saturday, the day of the storm, I promised Bella we'd bake after her nap.  She was so excited when she woke up and rushed into the kitchen.  Little did she know, we lost power while she was recharging her little batteries.

A while later we got the generator going, but didn't have much time before bedtime to bake.  It's times like these when I'm glad I keep my emergency stash of cake and brownie mixes in the pantry.  In about 5 minutes, there was a very happy 3 year old watching Mommy put a pan of these in the oven.

What a great October snow day indulgence (sure, go ahead and have it during the REAL winter months, too).  This is also a great last minute dessert to throw together today while juggling the rest of your spooky activities!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

5 Minute Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
from Betty Crocker

For the filling:
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 egg
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the brownies:
1 box brownie mix (enough for 9x9 pan)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease bottom only of 9x9 pan with cooking spray.  Mix all filling ingredients together in a bowl until smooth (by hand or with mixer).  Set aside.

Combine brownie ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Spread 3/4 of batter in pan.  Spoon filling by tablespoons over batter, then spoon remaining brownie batter over that.  Use a knife to swirl for marbled design.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of middle clean.  Cool completely and cut.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Linked to:  Sweets For A Saturday

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At November 1, 2011 at 6:55 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

The snow was actually pretty anti-climactic in NYC....not even an ounce of it stuck! But I love that we both posted pumpkin swirl brownies. Great minds and all!

At November 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Patricia @ ButterYum said...

We hunkered down here in VA last weekend (DC area). We didn't get hit as hard as you, but we got a good inches. Thankfully it's all gone now, but not before it decimated some truly stunning trees and knocked power out for lots of people. My kids didn't mind a snow day in October though!



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