Thankful

Had a great thanksgiving dinner with my friend! I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, because once I woke up today I didn’t feel up to cooking but my friend texted me asking if I wanted to go to dinner with him. We had all the typical food, then we had pumpkin pie for dessert. 🙂

I have a lot to be thankful for.  My family (including my 2 cats), my friends, having my own apartment and heat/food, mental stability, a great therapist, psychiatrist, case manager, and a good combo of meds that have helped me immensely, good physical health, being in recovery from my ED. I’m also thankful for my faith, though it’s not what it was a year ago, I still have it and am very happy I went through the RCIA process to become Catholic.  Recently, my inspiration and passion for drawing has come back to a level it hasn’t been in years, that’s definitely something to be grateful for, it’s something I enjoy and it helps me mentally.

And lastly but not least, I’m thankful for everyone here who reads my posts/subscribes and interacts with me, so thank you to all of you guys!

Milky Way Pretzel Christmas Brownies

I’ve been cooking often lately and I decided I’d make something holiday themed. These are fudge brownies baked with pieces of Milky Way candy bars and mini pretzel twists inside, frosted and topped with M&Ms. Basically diabetes in a pan, but they taste amazing and are a nice treat for special occasions!

I used:

8×8″ baking pan

Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix: prepare as directed, make sure to use 2 eggs as that makes them denser (they also have 3 eggs as an option which makes them more cake-like, for this I’d go with 2)

Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting: I used half a can

Mini Milky Way candy bars: 1 cup chopped. What I did is slice pieces off, I’m sure it’d work any other way.

Mini pretzel twists: 1 cup, chopped

M&Ms: 1/2 cup sprinkled on top, I also used a handful in the batter as well

Any brands can be used and there are tons of variations that can be done with mix ins, and frosting, etc. So experiment and have fun!

Happy Thanksgiving! (I know it’s early)

I have been having trouble coming up with topics lately, if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments.

I know the holidays are tough for a lot of people.  They can be very stressful.  I’m lucky in a way.  It’s just me and my mom and we usually do the same thing for Thanksgiving every year.  A big home cooked turkey dinner and watching the Macy’s Day Parade.  It’s relaxing for the most part.  What are you doing?

Here’s what we have every year.  My mom has some serious skills in the kitchen, it’s not the most complex stuff but man is it amazingly good:

Appetizers:
Deviled eggs
Celery with olive and cream cheese spread
Sweet baby dill pickles

Dinner:
Roasted turkey
Mashed potatoes with gravy
Corn
Sweet potatoes
Brussel sprouts
Cranberry sauce
Dinner rolls
Stuffing

Dessert:
Pumpkin pie
Pecan pie