Have you ever met one of those people who always has a story? Something always seems to be happening to her or near her or around her. Guess what? That’s me.
I honestly don’t know what it is. I feel like the most nonchalant, drama-free girl, but somehow I always seem to emerge from everything with a story. My friends are convinced I need my own reality show. I “pshaw” them and insist that nothing ever happens to me, but I’m secretly beginning to think I could have my own reality show that is nothing but me going into stores. Stores! Honest to goodness, how can so many things happen to one person just by going into stores?!
I’ve had employees drop boxes on me, pickle jars shatter around me, witnessed shoplifters getting apprehended, seen people break-up, have stood with lost kids who are crying until their moms find them, gotten taken in the back to watch security cameras when I witnessed something… and on and on. I can never just go in a store.
Just the other day, I ran in quick while the rest of the family waited in the car. I was back in 5 minutes and my son proudly proclaimed, “Good job, Mommy! You were fast and got what you needed and nothing happened!”. Yeah, nothing except I kicked the shopping cart while I was in there and had a deep gash in my small toe and was trailing blood everywhere I went! I actually had to throw my sandals out because of all the blood! And that was just a 5 minute trip!
Earlier this summer, my daughter and I were in line at a clothing store when the lady behind us started having a seizure. It was absolutely terrifying, but her sister who was with her was even more scared. It was the first time this lady had ever had a seizure and it was pure chaos! Somehow I ended up with one of the sister’s cell phones while the one was shouting out numbers for another customer to call her husband. But the phone I had was ringing instead and I just can’t even really explain how chaotic and awful this all! Thankfully, it ended well and we made it back out to my husband and son who just shook their heads and said, “Of course, that just happened to you. I mean, you were trying to buy jeans after all.” Smart alecks.
My point being… stores seem to prove difficult for me most days. But I’d like to just make an official announcement now, that my first ever time going into a Walgreen’s was as pleasant as could be! I found exactly what I wanted and checked out without absolutely any hiccups or issues! It all went as smoothly as possible! Don’t be afraid, friends. If I can do it, so can you! Go grab your keys, head to Walgreen’s and get cookin’! You know what else is pretty cool that I didn’t even realize since I’m a Walgreen’s newbie?? We got a ton of other stuff too to get the kids ready for Back to School! We are officially stocked up on pencils, pens, dry erase markers, binders, folders and some other stuff that they deemed “necessary” and I just went along with it! Back to School shopping is probably one of my favorite shopping trips!
And seriously, doesn’t everything taste better if you know you saved a little money buying the ingredients?!
Fruity Pebbles Blondies
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 sticks, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Fruity Pebbles cereal
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan so you can lift the brownies out after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Using a wooden spoon, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the Fruity Pebbles and transfer the batter into the prepared pan, pressing it down evenly with your hands.
Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut and serve.
You know what else helps everything taste better? Baking it with your daughter! She LOVES being in the kitchen with me and this was a super easy recipe for her to do almost completely on her own!
She’s learning how to use a knife to level off her cup of flour!
She’s seriously a pro at folding the extra ingredients in! She barely even smooshed the Fruity Pebbles as she incorporated them into the batter.
And whisking has always been her favorite part! This is where she proudly exclaims, “Quick, take a picture”, while she plasters on a smile!
Although, she’d probably argue that her other favorite part is eating them. This Fruity Pebbles Blondies recipe actually had her groaning with enjoyment, they were that good! She has already declared that these will be in her lunchbox on her first day of school and I have a feeling that I won’t be denying her that joy!