This was super easy, and it was because we had a gazillion little Kit Kat bars and I love Kit Kat bars, so the way to get rid of them was to make them disappear, and not onto my waistline....
ENTER: AFTER SCHOOL KIDS!!!!!
I've done this before with giant Symphony bars, with the toffee bits, and it's to die for, so I thought.... if I set the Kit Kats in straight lines, then I can cut the brownies and everyone has a crunchy surprise....
AND IT WORKED!!!!
(Hallelujah chorus inserted here!!!!!)
So basically you follow the box recipe for fudgie brownies.... X 2 boxes.
Grease bottom of pan (or spray lightly with baking spray).
Spread one half into pan. (I used my big 15 X 11" pan so the brownie part would be thinner)
Unwrap a lot of little Kit Kat bars, or about 8-10 full size bars.
Set unwrapped Kit Kats onto brownie batter in pan, lining them up to make cutting easier.
Spoon remainder of brownie mix over the Kit Kats....
Bake at 350° for about 40 minutes. (oven times vary, and I was using a bigger pan, so if you use a thicker brownie/smaller pan, baking time might be longer.)
Remove from oven, fully cool, then frost (because why wouldn't you????? THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH CHOCOLATE!!!!).... I thought cutting the candy bars would be tough, but it wasn't. I used a serrated knife and they came out great....
I prefer the Symphony bar version myself. The kids loved these, though, and they disappeared really quickly.
And somehow I managed to not get a shot of the cut bars with the "square" of Kit Kat inside. My bad!!!
This is our go-to chocolate frosting, from the Hershey's website:
Perfect Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 cups confectioners/powdered/10X sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt (my addition)
1/3 cup milk
Melt chocolate. Whisk in cocoa. Add rest of ingredients and whisk until smooth. Frosting thickens as it cools. If it's too thick, add a little more milk. Too thin? More sugar!
This is our favorite frosting, we love it, it's a crowd-pleaser and beginner simple!
But life is busy here on the farm right now! With Dave retired there are a bunch of acres of tillable land being done up for our roadside produce cart.
And hundreds of blight resistant tomato plants in my side yard, getting TLC from me and Seth...
And doesn't everyone use their spare bed to sort out big and small envelopes of seed for planting? :)
We had 5 grandkids over on Saturday and they spent the night. Then church in the morning, bagels and a soccer tournament for ten-year-old Emma....
And gorgeous weather.
Oh my stars, we get so excited over good weather up here!
And Mr. Snapping Turtle came to visit us on Sunday. We formed an animal relocation committee to move her to the creek up the road, citing how much we value children's small limbs... this is in a big garbage tote, and it's the biggest snapper we've ever found crossing the farm... Maybe attracted to the softly tilled soil to lay eggs? Or to the pond to visit a friend?
And I won't mention Snakey-Von-Snake-a-lot who slithered through the yard... One of many in our sandy loam, rocky soil.
I did not grab a picture of the snake.
But they're all innocent snakes, until they try to get inside the house. Then they're not so innocent!
Bullfrog in our side pond:
Oops, bullfrog is shy.... but if I get a pic of him, I'll post it, his favorite spot is green mossy stuff and he turns Prada Green.
And spring continues with pretty colors!!!
This small red Japanese maple wasn't happy in my friend Sara's apartment six years ago... but it is very happy here in the front garden, just beyond the little waterfall! Happy tree!!!
And Lunaria pops up here and there every year.... the "silver dollar" plant:
And these pretty tulips are my late-bloomers on the north side, and that flash of rosy-red is a smile starter!!!
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend.... and our tradition is to grab every little child we can and herd them down to the village for the annual Memorial Day parade.... We like to show the military our love and respect.
And then we go to the cemetery and we plant flowers and spread mulch and post a flag near Uncle Charles Blodgett's grave. Uncle Chuck served in Korea.... And then we go home and plant flowers and eat hots and hamburgers and talk about the past while we plan for the future with little kids running around, scraping knees, drinking lemonade or fruit punch and climbing big old farm trees.
And it's good.
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