Well, you guessed it!
WE WENT TO ARIZONA LAST WEEK!!!!
You Are Smart!!!!!
So I went to Arizona.... And do not ask if I had time to visit any of my Arizona friends, because they were all strangely B-U-S-Y when the Ruthinator was in town...
Now I'm a little slow on the uptake, but even I got the message that I'm good in small doses... or from a distance! And my kids got a good laugh at my expense, so I made them pay for extra dinners, because we have a family joke that started with my older son and how he ended up with 5 different roommates his freshman year at U-Penn in Philly... And we understood that it wasn't the roommates that made life difficult, it was my kid!
Like mother, like son... Which is why I do well to stay tucked into my writer's cave, but every now and again I have to go see something, and last week it was beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona... We saw some of Phoenix, and we went to Goldfield, a ghost town, I climbed a mountain (not all the way, so maybe about a quarter mountain, although I was tempted to buy a shirt saying "I climbed Camelback Mountain" but it would be a bold-faced lie....
And they didn't have a shirt saying "I climbed some of Camelback!!!!" :)
And we went up the mountain in Southern Mountain Park in Phoenix, and that was fascinating! We could see for sixty miles, one person said.... I'm not sure if they were right, but it was awesome to see, to look out, over that gorgeous valley.
And Eddie James Ministries stopped up on the mountain while we were there, and I got to hear Eddie preach a sermon to his group of young adults... and they all appeared to listen.
Now the good thing about kids is they feel obliged to spend time with you because you like gave birth to them, and you ran them around and worked for them and taught them all the good stuff you know, and taught them to watch out for the BAD STUFF.... so when you come visit, they feel compelled.
It was so much fun! I rode a camel... While in Phoenix, I visited one of the coolest zoos I've ever seen. I love going to the zoo!!! .
And Luke rode a camel....
And here is a Macaw exactly like the one I have in "Home on the Range" releasing next October!!!
And speaking of "Home on the Range".... I am absolutely in love with this cover.... Oh, be still my cowboy-loving heart!!!!
I VISITED THE GRAND CANYON!!!!
I have decided that visiting such a grand wonder should be compulsory.... Oh my stars, I truly understood my insignificance when I saw the glory and wonder of Mother Nature and God at work on their own... I am but the littlest part of the tiniest cog!!!! But I'm so glad to be part of anything!
And those pics are on my phone and have to be sent to the computer, but my phone is dying a slow and quite painful death, so we'll see them later... I bet you're holding your collective breath and wondering GET TO THE BROWNIES, WOMAN!!!!
And I cannot blame you for that, because these were amazing.
And easy. I love easy, so here we go, my friends!
Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies
1 Brownie mix, mix as directed.
Grease bottom only of 7" x 11" pan, spread prepared brownie mix into pan. Top with Cream Cheese Hazelnut filling.
Cream Cheese Hazelnut Filling:
1 8 oz package cream cheese
2/3 cup Nutella
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons flour
Soften cream cheese gently in microwave. Add rest of ingredients. Mix by hand until mixture is well-combined. Spread on top of brownie mix to about 1/2" from edge.
Bake at 350° for about 30-35 minutes, until cheesecake filling seems set....
Top with Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Icing.
Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Icing:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (my addition from the old Hershey's recipe back in the day)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
Stir cocoa into melted butter, whisk until smooth. (About ten seconds, really, truly!) Add sugar, salt vanilla and milk, whisk until smooth. Frosting thickens as it cools. If you mistakenly add 2/3 cup milk, then add more cocoa and sugar.
I'm not sure how I KNOW THIS. :)
Spread on top, chill, cut into bars.
These are worthy bars.
These are company-friendly bars!!!
And we had 5 baby kittens born the day we got home....
And this is Dianna, snuggling Jasper, the kitten that was sick 8 months ago... now a big, thriving lap cat!
So that's how our week has gone, and now I'm knee-deep in revisions for next winter's beautiful Love Inspired book... and I'm loving it!
I'm not mentioning the Yankee's seemingly unstoppable losing streak, I'm being a fan, whatever the outcome!
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