Working for peanuts

Well Julius has teeth.  So I guess the drool mystery is solved.  Not that it was really much of a mystery.  But he has been drooling far less now that his teeth have emerged.  I can’t quite tell how many have emerged but it is at least 2 bottom teeth (and possibly as many as three).  And the weird thing is they all seem to have emerged at once!  Or perhaps I am just not very observant and they’ve been there for weeks.

Actually, there is a good chance that I just may not be very observant because I remember thinking a couple weeks back that nursing had started to become slightly painful.  It didn’t really feel like what I expected teeth to feel like while nursing so I wrote it off as pain due to cranking the suction up too high on my pump.  (I have been impatient while pumping at work.)  Looking back though, it may have been teeth that were causing those issues all along.

Can I tell you about something really strange that Julius does that I think is adorable, but may in actuality be very weird?  When Julius gets very happy he likes to suck on my face – especially my chin.  The usual procedure is that he squeals a little bit then opens his mouth really wide and gloms onto my cheek (or some part of my face).  Like a little zombie or baby cannibal!  It usually happens while I am giving him lots of kisses.  I assume (but really have no way of knowing) that this is how babies kiss.  Today he even had added some suction when he glomed onto my cheek and it nearly felt like a normal human (non-zombie) kiss!    But then I asked Will if Julius did any face sucking to him and Will said that he definitely did not.  So maybe we’re back to the cannibal baby thing.

Cannibal babies aside, I’ve got a recipe today today that you can really sink your teeth (or tooth) into!  This quick two ingredient addition makes your brownies go from good to awesome!  Will, who generally dislikes brownies, actually requested these peanut butter brownies once.   You can add the concoction to your favorite brownies.  You can even use boxed brownie mix, but I find it just as easy to whip up brownies from scratch.  Just remember to increase your cooking time by a couple minutes and check them periodically for doneness.

Peanut Butter Brownies


  • Brownie mix of your choice – my favorite is this one
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Grease a 9″x9″ baking pan and preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare brownie batter as directed.
  3. Mix together peanut butter and sugar until thoroughly combined.

    Stir together sugar and peanut butter

  4. Spread half the brownie batter in the bottom of the pan.
  5. Spread the peanut butter mixture by spoonful on top of the brownie batter.
  6. Top with the remaining brownie batter.

    Layer chocolate, pb, then chocolate

  7. Cook for 21 minutes (or a couple minutes longer than your recipe calls for), insert a toothpick into the brownie and if it comes out clean it is done.

    Bake brownies

  8. Cool completely in pan then cut and serve.

    Cool completely then cut and serve

Delicious PB brownies!

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