In fact, these days, the slightest inkling of inclement weather leads schools to close and activities to stop. Last winter, when meteorologists predicted a few inches of snow, the local school districts preemptively closed schools. Well, the kids stayed home on a nice, sunny day. (The snowstorm completely missed us.) And, as of a few hours ago, our local county closed schools on Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of #Sandy, who is looming in the Atlantic.
|Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies:|
Fresh from the oven, made for
the men and women at our local
Emergency Operations Center ...
but, don't worry babies,
mommy kept some for
our little household, too.
On Friday, my dearly devoted had me run all over town to stock our pantry with enough shelf stable food to kill a cow ... err, well, to keep us sustained for a week without power. While I was unloading the groceries, I became sad. Besides a few goods from the freezer, it dawned on me that, should we lose power, we'll be resorting to all the pre-packaged, shelf stable foods we've been working so hard to avoid.
I spent the day making a few homemade goodies that we'll be able to munch on, even if we lose power. And, we do intend on sharing the peanut butter swirl brownies with the fantastic men and women who are manning the local emergency operations center. Afterall, something homemade may help them amidst the chaos and the 12-hour shifts.
So, here's hoping Sandy's impact on the immediate D.C. area is not too great. And, if it is, we'll break into those pre-packaged foods, just as soon as we finish eating some homemade storm preparedness goodies (peanut butter swirl brownies anyone?) and wholesome fruits, veggies and nuts.
- 1 pound unsalted butter
- 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 6 extra-large eggs
- 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter