Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back To School!

First Day of 5th grade for Savannah, 3rd for Gunnar. (she's still got a couple of inches on him thanks to a recent growth spurt, but I think he'll overtake her soon!)

These kids were up with the sun and ready to GO! I love that my kids love school. They both have stellar teachers this year, and with Sydney in Transitional Kindergarten (5 mornings a week) this year, I look forward to partnering with them in the classroom more than I've been able to in the past.

We hauled their HUGE boxes of required supplies into the classroom yesterday during the Teacher Open House...good thing, all that stuff wouldn't have fit in a backpack! It's also a good thing that they know exactly which room they are in and got to spy the other names on desks so they know where they are in relation to their friends from previous grades. Their little heads worry about those things in the anticipation on the night before and they were so relaxed this year!

YAY for school!

My little fashionista/ballerina/smartypants. She picked out her back to school outfit all on her own this year. did Gunnar! He was so excited, his shirt graphic changes color in the sun.

He is thrilled because 3 of his best buddies are in his class this year. I have a really good feeling about 3rd grade for Gunnar!

And look what these lucky little critters have tucked away in their lunch boxes for dessert....

PB Cup Brownies! Let's hope there aren't any peanut allergies in their class this year!

So easy, and my kids' favorite flavor combo.

And since you've been so patient with my blogging (bad) habits, I'll share the recipe with you!

1 box of your favorite brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix)
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use paper cups or spray naked muffin cups well. (makes approx. 24 standard cupcake sized brownies)

Prepare brownie mix as directed on box. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups (about 1 heaping tbsp..or halfway) Bake for 20-22 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out slightly wet. After brownies are out of the oven, wait for the centers to fall during cooling. If this doesn't happen, tap the centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole for the peanut butter.

Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and nuke on high for 45 seconds, then stir. While brownies are still warm, spoon about half a teaspoon of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with the mixed chips. Cool completely and enjoy! :)

What's your favorite thing about Back to School?

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