Life has been a whirlwind around here lately, hence the lack of posts #facepalm. A few weeks ago, Alton and I had a 6 month goal check-in and I realized that I had gotten VERY caught up in keeping up with the blog Jones’s and I was slacking on more pertinent goals that we have. To be quite honest, I was spending a lot of money on new furniture and decor instead of paying down credit card debt and saving for us to hopefully have a house one day. I think we’ve all been there before, when you realize that you’ve been “leaking money” as Dave Ramsey calls it. I realized I was spending my hard earned income on instant gratification and to “grow my blog”- what does that even mean- instead of saving money to invest in our future home that will give us so much more than material items. I know we’ve all been there, but it doesn’t make it any easier when the guilt sets in. I took a few weeks away to really reflect on my long-term goals as a blogger and what I really want to do with this platform. I’ve also had to get REALLY creative with content as I’m not blogging about the shiny new things I’m buying (because I’m not buying anything) and find the balance of inspiring others through re-imaging my space with the things I already own. It has truly been a struggle to create content and write when I don’t have any projects going on because my projects right now involve literally being a tortoise in the race of debt payoff and saving every penny for a $16,000 investment in a home, which is really scary and very challenging. How do people even buy homes or save for retirement and pay off $100k student loan debts? It’s truly so scary AND to set my future children up for success it has to be done.
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Now, what you’ve probably all stopped in here to get: the Blondie Recipe I made for Alton and his fire rescue team for the fourth and his birthday. If you watched my instagram stories, I shared a few surprises for Alton that I had up my sleeve. He will tell you that the way to his heart is through his stomach so I love to go all out for special occasions for him. Honestly, its a win-win-win because he feels so special and honored, I get to be creative, and we both get to enjoy delicious food. Way better than any material item on the planet if you ask me.
This recipe is the cheapest and possibly the easiest way to celebrate someone or something! I chose to make it with the stevia version of brown sugar with 75% less calories than regular brown sugar because I also made lasagna and have been eating like a pig lately so it just made me feel better okay? Totally feel free to make it with the good brown sugar as I’m not going to lie to you and not disclose that one of the fire fighters did comment that “it doesn’t taste as sugar-y” as other blondies he has had. Hey, didn’t your momma tell you to not bite the hand that feeds you?
Easy, fun blondie recipe for any occasion.
- 2 cups packed stevia brown sugar You can sub for regular brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted grass-fed butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 cup m&ms
- 1 handfull sprinkles optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a stand mixer, add butter and brown sugar and mix on lowest setting until combined
While mixer is on low add eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder until smooth
Add in flour and mix until fully combined and smooth
Fold in m&m's
grease a 9x13" pan with butter and pour batter in. Use a rubber spatula to spread mixture evenly into pan and smooth out the top. If desired, add sprinkles to the top for decoration
Bake for 27-30 minutes until blondies start to brown on the edges. Opt for under-baking these as they continue to bake while cooling and are better when they're gooey!
I hope you have a safe and happy fourth of July! Summertime is just the best isn’t it? Let me know how you’re celebrating the fourth and your summer travel plans below!