Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

Jay and I are totally ninja kicking our to-do list today.

All of the pool furniture has been picked up and stored in the shed (I’m hoping it will make its way back out again before then end of summer but I have doubts…).

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All of the patio furniture has either been put in the shed or tied up with rope.

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I have no idea whether or not we’re overreacting or not, but when I see radar pictures of the size of this beast, then I’d rather be safe than sorry! Disappointed smile


Once we finished up outside, we tag-teamed some chores and got the house vacuumed, dusted, kitchen swept & wet-mopped, and bathroom cleaned.

At least now we’ll be able to be cooped up in a clean house tomorrow. Winking smile

On top of our chores, I also found some time to squeeze in a workout, in the form of this treadmill routine. It’s always a butt-kicker…in a good way, of course.

I re-fueled with some coconut water that I was sent to try out from GNC. It was good, but not great. I drank probably half of the bottle and am saving the rest for another time.

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I also put together a cereal combo bowl complete with Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, strawberries and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

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Delicious way to re-fuel from a workout, if you ask me.

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Last (but certainly not least), I finished up the batch of brownies that I’m bringing to the party today. Oh gosh, I am wicked excited to dig into these.

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I got the recipe for these Traditional Brownie Goody Bars off the back of the Betty Crocker brownie mix box that I had (one of the few desserts that I barely ever bake from scratch). I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I omitted the peanuts and used my own vanilla buttercream for the frosting layer.

I’m pretty sure that these should be illegal…and I haven’t even taken a bite of one yet.

Hopefully, my favorite girls and their guys will enjoy them today!

Catch ya later! (And if you’re in Irene’s path at all today, please please PLEASE be extra safe out there.)

Question for the Afternoon:

What desserts do you like to make from scratch? What ones do you like to make from a box mix?


  1. says

    I’m currently sitting in my house, waiting for the power to turn off. We’re about 4 hours away from the eye passing, but everything going ok.

  2. says

    You definitely aren’t overreacting, good job preparing! We are getting it MUCH worse in Richmond than they predicted, currently over 200,000 people without power and winds up to 55+ are gusting, trees down all over the place. We are actually getting the worst in the state right now and that was nothing like they were saying would happen just yesterday. So yes, better safe than sorry! At least you have those delicious looking brownies to get you through Irene! :)
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  3. Laurie says

    Um, the Brownie Goody Bars are AH-mazing!! My family has made them many, many times! You will not regret making them – well, you might regret not making a second pan after the first one is gone in a flash! :)

  4. Sasha says

    I’ve made these brownies multiple times (by popular demand), and they are INCREDIBLE. With chocolate and peanut butter, how can you go wrong? You’ll love them I promise :)

  5. says

    I like to make most desserts from scratch … especially cookies. But sometimes, using a boxed mix for cakes or brownies works, too. Personally, I just like going from scratch because I feel like it’s cheaper! I always have a big bag of sugar and flour in the cupboard, along with other spices and such. So I usually only have to buy a couple of things to make a recipe. :)
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