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Wisteria

Its always important to stop and smell the flowers, even in the rain! While running errands near Piedmont Park on a rainy and overcast day, I was inspired to stop and photograph this beautiful garden full of Azaleas and Wisteria. Here is one of my favorites from that trip! 

 

 

Snack of the Week

Butterscotch Blondies

To say that I am a huge fan of brownies would be an understatement! My mother makes some of the best brownies out there, bar none. They are a delicious treat that everyone raves over. I put them with ice cream, in milk shakes, as a road trip snack, they're incredible. Should you ever get the chance to taste one of Mama Lupton's brownies, do not pass it up!!

This is an ode to Mama. I tend to prefer blondies, I'm not a terribly big fan of chocolate, so this is right up my alley. It combines all of my favorite things about brownies, the gooey center, the crunchy-chewy edges - there are always fights over the corners, and never seem to be enough of them. The trick of it is the sweetened condensed milk that goes in the middle. You can also add walnuts, pecans, pistachios, heath bar pieces, M&Ms, whatever tickles your fancy. This recipe is a great base for adding your own flare to it, alter it to fit your needs. I'd love to hear how you tailor it to you, so please share with me! 

Ingredients : 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips, or as many as you would like
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Directions : 

I'm not really a fan of preheating the oven right when I start because it always finishes heating before everything's ready. So, at some point, heat the oven to 350ºF.
I feel the same about lining my pans before I start everything, I line them right when I need to pour the batter in. But preheat and line away if you would like! You'll need a 9x9 baking pan. I line mine with butter and flour, it makes a perfect seal and you won't run into trouble when cutting the blondies. 

Firstly, cream the butter and sugar together. I highly recommend an electric mixer, or even a hand mixer, they just make your life so much easier when baking. Mix for about 2 minutes, until smooth. 

Add in the eggs and vanilla. I always find the best results when the eggs have come to room temperature, they mix in much more easily. 

Mix in the baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour and mix until smooth. 

If you're like me, this is where I grease the pan. Pour about half the batter into your freshly greased pan - the batter is quite sticky so if you're using your hands to push it into the corners, you may want to coat them with oil or a cooking spray. 

Sprinkle, or in my case, pour the butterscotch chips onto the batter. Pour the sweetened condensed milk on top - the 1/2 cup is an estimate, I honestly eyeballed it until the mixture was covered. The more you add, the gooey-er it will be, so adjust accordingly. 

Add the remaining batter on top. Add more butterscotch chips if you desire. 

Bake for about 27-33 minutes, until the top is golden brown and no longer jiggly. Allow the blondies to cool completely before cutting. 

Picture of the Week

Sometimes it's not a bad idea to stick your face where it doesn't belong. I haven't, and no one I know has, ever looked down the center of barbed wire. It casts a light on some new perspective that's important for looking at the rest of the world.

I was exploring one rainy night by Georgia State and stumbled upon this. I thought it was an interesting new way to look at my surroundings instead of the typical way that seems ordinary.

Snowzilla

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While I was out Friday night, I captured this shot of the light dusting that Atlanta got of Snowzilla, as it has been ever so kindly dubbed. I am not a fan of cold weather, I relish in the hot sweaty summers that Atlanta brings. I will however say that snow brings a magical element to the world and a beauty that is incomparable.