January 12, 2011

Being a Good Neighbor


Easy Peanut Butter Brownies

BabyGirl and I are up in the Bay Area staying at CycleGuy’s condo. Well, I guess it’s our condo. Anyway, it’s in a nice little complex which is gated 24-hours a day. Every time we come home we’re greeted with a wave or nod of the head, which is a nice welcome.

Lately, it’s been a bit cold but the guys at the gate house are always friendly and pleasant. So BabyGirl and I decided we’d make them a little treat to say thanks and introduce ourselves.

BabyGirl said she’s like to make her Famous Peanut Butter Brownies. I didn’t realize she had this recipe but she told me it was super easy and kids can help. So, it’s famous brownies they’ll get! BabyGirl said this is an easy recipe and grown ups can cook with their kids and let the kids do a lot of the work. Sounds like a plan!

At the condo here the kitchen is small and I don’t have all my baking things. Actually, I don’t have a lot of things here so we do a lot of make do. I’m not complaining. It’s just taking some getting used to.

BabyGirl’s Famous Peanut Butter Brownies

1 box of your favorite brownie mix

1/4 cup Peter Pan peanut butter (we like this kind because it doesn’t have HFCS)

Pam cooking spray


  1. Prepare Brownie Mix as indicated, using oven temperature indicated on box. We used Wesson oil because I had been watching ‘vintage’ ConAgra commercials and saw the one with Florence Henderson doing the ‘Wessonality’ jingle and BabyGirl thought it was funny so she picked out Wesson at the store.
  2. Spray 8×8 baking pan with Pam cooking spray to ensure easy release
  3. Spread prepared brownie mix in 8×8 pan. Drop peanut butter dollops onto brownie mix using two spoons. Dot the mix with about 9 dollops.
  4. With a blunt knife swirl the peanut butter through the brownie batter
  5. Bake according to directions on the package

Truly these are super easy to make and BabyGirl had a great time helping because she could pretty much do everything but take the brownies out of the oven. If we had hot pad here she could probably have taken them out too. Instead, I did the professional trick of using a kitchen towel!

Of course we had to taste them and they were delish! Some peanut butter was still in large dollops so you get a nice bite of it, kind of like a peanut butter cup. BabyGirl really liked those. I like the ones that had ribbons of peanut butter and were more chocolatey. I don’t think the guys at the gate house had a preference. We dropped them off an introduced ourselves. They recognized us, which was a pretty neat. Afterall there are like 500 condos in the complex. But they’re great guys and now they know us and know we’ll bring them treats when we’re in town.

Here’s a picture of me at the the gate house being a good neighbor! BabyGirl was the photographer.

Sharing Brownies with Someone Special

Sharing Brownies Image (c) BabyGirl

Delicious Brownies

MMMM, Brownies Image (c) BabyGirl


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Vdemetros January 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

Sweet idea, both for eating and being a good neighbor. I’m sure they can’t wait for you to come back now!

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