Brownie Batter

The following texts were exchanged between me and my neighbor/BFF on January 26th, at 8:52pm. My texts are green, hers are light gray:

Getting a sweet tooth craving late at night when you’ve already got your PJ’s on and don’t feel like going to the store: NOT GOOD.

Having a friend that will share brownie mix and organic eggs with you before she heads upstairs to tuck in her little one: PRICELESS!

Eating so much brownie batter you’re not even hungry for the actual brownies when they’re done cooling: TYPICAL.

Have you made anything sweet lately? If so, leave me a link! I’m “paper pregnant” and expect to have a few more late-night sweet tooth cravings this year.

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  1. Alicia says

    You crack me up! I’m the same way, when the cravings hit it’s like watch out! Also, your street is adorable!

  2. says

    Now if you had everything in stock, ALWAYS, you would never have this problem. I (unfortuneately) always have a batch of my Gourmet GF Chocolate Chip Cookies, with ground oatmeal and milled flax seed, in my freezer. SOOOO GOOD! My favorite part–eating about a cookie, or more, worth of batter–YUM! By then I am often too sugared out for the warm one out of the oven–yet I always manage–with milk! :)

  3. Kayla says

    Those eggs come from near my hometown :) The owners are so sweet!! I also do that with brownie batter… every single time!

      • Kelly says

        I think I’m blushing because I also thought that was her husband!!! I was thinking to myself (thank goodness!) I wonder if the neighbour would be upset that she mentioned that on her blog! Ha Ha! That’s so funny!

        • Layla says

          Okay, y’all, I just wanted to make sure you read the bit about my BFF going upstairs to tuck in her little one. I added that so there wouldn’t be any confusion- LOL! #AlthoughMyBFFProbablyWouldHaveThoughtItWasFunnyEitherWay :-D

  4. rebeckah says

    I put on 10 lbs during my “paper pregnancy”. I swear the anxiety makes you crave sweeties!. Good news is, I took of 15 when Jack came home – just from hoisting his 35 lb hiney up and down (yup, my 2 year old is a GIANT!)

  5. says

    Paper pregnancies should DEFINITELY come with the perk of getting to eat extra dessert! Plus, no vomiting afterwards :)

    I, like the previous commenter, thought E might have been her husband. It made me giggle. That would be quite a friend: willing to hold up a husband booty call to get you your sweet tooth fix ;)

  6. Jayne says

    “Paper pregnancy”–I love that! I’m an adoptee, and I just have to tell my mom you call it that. She’ll get a kick out of it.

  7. Raquel says

    Wow, you are so blessed to have a neighborhood BFF – I have never had neighbors like that – except for college days in a dorm!
    I am so excited for your adoption journey – you know there are so many of us adoptive parents rooting for you!

  8. Karie says

    I bet they were yummy! I hate it when that happens but when it does I like to make peach dump cake…..

  9. angela says

    that’s so awesome.
    i could only wish for neighbors like that!

    sounds like a great community to raise a family in!

  10. says

    Yesterday after an afternoon at the gym with my children I came home and made my ‘prize winning’ from scratch brownies and a batch of sugar cookies for our son’s basketball team – we had snack last night after the game and I just hate buying prepackaged stuff for the boys. I made the cookies in basketball shapes and iced them quickly with orange colored glaze and our daughter melted chocolate for the ball stripes! It was a rush, but we had fun. On Tuesday I made Cracker Toffee also known as Christmas Crack – since it only has 4 ingredients and has saltine crackers in it, it’s perfect for the ‘paper pregnant’ mama! Warning though – it’s addictive! I took it to a mom’s night out and had three requests for the recipe!

    • Sandra says

      Oh goodness. Christmas Crack? Will need to try this one. Looks so easy and people rave about it.

      Cute post Layla! Keep it up!

  11. says

    That is hilarious and a great friend to have!

    Tonight I’m making smore brownies for some friends tomorrow. Graham cracker crust, Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie mix (the BEST!) then some mini marshmallows and hershey blocks on top the last 5 minutes of baking. YUM!

  12. Arli says

    I could really go for one of those brownies right now. Your’e so lucky to have neighbors like that!

  13. says

    Well, of COURSE you have a sweet tooth! You’re eating for two!! Paper pregnancy is real pregnancy, after all!

    Throughout the fall and winter I go back, time and time again, to my pumpkin bread ( And if I REALLY have a sweet tooth, I add this simple cream cheese glaze: (

    Bless you in this time of waiting!

  14. Karen says

    You betcha, just last night. DD is home visiting from CA and wanted to make chocolate chip cookies. I was supposed to stop on my way home to get the stuff but it was a snowing to the heavens so I said no way. Luckily we searched and scrapped up enough stuff in the house to make them. They were yumm-yumm-yummeeeeee! I love that you can walk down the middle of your street in the middle of the night in your jammies. It looks so quaint. Paper pregnancy….tee hee hee

  15. says

    This is awesome. I get those cravings too, even without a uterus :D but then I just make a hot chocolate because I am trying to lose some blubber. We are blessed with great neighbors, too, it’s such a great feeling.

  16. says

    This is my go-to sweet tooth recipe. It is so easy and quick (too easy and quick!) and has no eggs in it, so you can eat the entire thing raw if you want! I always have the ingredients on hand. If you decide to cook it, it makes a really fudgy brownie. I love to add a scoop of ice cream if I have any on hand. I also usually add a few drops of vanilla extract also.

    Microwave Brownie in a Mug from
    4 Tablespoons Flour
    4 Tablespoons Sugar
    2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder (Note: don’t use cocoa mix or quik, it shouldn’t have any sugar)
    2 Tablepsoons Vegetable Oil (Don’t use one with a strong flavor, eg olive, sesame, etc)
    2 Tablespoons Water
    Dash of salt

    Add the sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt to the mug and mix. Then add the oil and water and mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Be sure to be thorough, there’s a tendency for clumps of the dry ingredients to form.

    Microwave on high for roughly a minute. You may have to microwave it longer or shorter, depending on your microwave, but the brownie should still be wet in the center when done.

    • Catherine says

      just made your mug brownie and burning my mouth trying to eat it NOW. I need to let it cool, but YUM! just the right thing for me right now. I had just said I wanted a sweet but didn’t want to bake at the moment. Thanks!

  17. Cory S. says

    Hahaha! I had Brownies On The Brain last night too! I bought two boxes last night on my way home from work, ’cause I’m bringing desert for the Super Bowl party we’re going to on Sunday. But those boxes were talkin’ to me last night and well….one thing led to another…..words were exchanged between me and the boxes….and well….one of the boxes got a little sassy with me, so…I cooked and ‘et im!

    When my husband got home late from a school board meeting and saw freshly baked Brownies, he looked at me puzzled and said, “I thought we were having Brownies for the party?” I said “Hey! What happens in this kitchen, stays in this kitchen Mister!” I made him eat some as well, so he is just as culpable as me, and won’t go blabbin’ to the guests at my in-laws. I can buy plenty more boxes before Sunday, don’t ya know!

  18. Lisa W. says

    Your so funny:) Ahhhhhhhhh I really REALLY do get the chocolate crave…Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Happy Weekend!!!

  19. Julie says

    I just made Brownies last night for my ladies wine night tonight. Nothing like wine and chocolate HaHa

  20. says

    I made THE BEST peach cookie bar recipe the other day that I swore I’d never make it again – because we ate the whole pan in record time. It’s a dangerously good recipe. Alas, I don’t have a link for it. I combined two recipes I had to make it with stuff I had on hand. I could always email it you though! :-)

  21. Angie says

    My last-minute, go-to snack when the cravings hit (which I cannot blame on pregnancy, paper or otherwise) is No Bake Cookies, a childhood favorite that I’ve never grown tired of! Butter/sugar/milk/PB/Oatmeal/Cocoa made on the stove top. Just Google “No Bake Cookies” and you’ll find lots of recipes. Enjoy!

  22. says

    I wish I had friend/neighbor’s like this!! You are one lucky gal! :) I buy those same Country Hen Organic eggs all the time-love them! I hope you enjoyed your chocolate fix. I’m sure she appreciated getting to have some fresh brownies the next day-it’s a win-win for everyone!

    When I have a late-night craving my favorite thing is frozen bananas+ almond milk+ raw cacao in my Vitamix. A choco-banana smoothie hits the spot every time. ;)

  23. says

    I LOVE your neighborhood! Looks so picturesque! And how fun to have such great neighbors and friends right there…ANd paper pregnant is the best thing I have EVER heard!!! LOVE IT!

  24. says

    What a cool little story and so fun to hear about your relationship with your neighbor. You can really tell from your recent post that you really LOVE your new home and neighborhood. Its such a great thing to see. Adorable on the paper pregnancy term too. Love it and congrats! :)

  25. Michelle Wright says

    Layla~~ I’m making Ree “The Pioneer Woman” blackberry cobbler #1 for our super bowl party. It is goooooooooooood.

    p.s. love chocolate brownies toooooo.

  26. trisuv says

    You’re so funny! I didn’t bake but my daughter made chocolate covered pretzels with valentine sprinkles on them and I could eat them morning, noon and night! YUMYUM! It’s great to have a good neighbor in your time of need!! I luv it!

  27. Corrie says

    Making rice crispy treats and then dipping them in chocolate for the Super Bowl party we are hosting. Saw it on Pinterest.

  28. Sherri says

    Never wait for them to cool!!! They’re best hot right out of the oven and never over cook them. Leave them kind of gooey!!!! LOL

  29. Dawn says

    I love that you are having “paper pregnancy” cravings! That is awesome! I often have late night swwet tooth cravings and I always have lots of ingredients on hand to make but I am always out of just one thing, like eggs, oil or butter. My neighbors always help me out too! I love those kinds of neighbors! The most recent thing I have been craving is from a blog called Table for Two. Julie makes these awesome cranberry, white chocolate chip cookies! I tweek them a bit and add macadamia nuts also. :) Try them the next time you have a craving!

  30. Debi k says

    I laughed out loud!! My neighbor and I call each other all the time for….just about anything!!! Sugar, chocolate, saws, ……. You name it we’ve loaned it to each other!!

  31. Shellaine says

    This is hilarious! I’m for real pregnant, so I’m not supposed to eat anything with raw eggs (brownie batter, cookie dough…) and it’s killing me. I already have a list of “forbidden” foods to eat as soon as Baby gets here :D

  32. Stahli says

    I just made some muffins last night!! (Only about 8 dozen!) It is so super easy AND quick!

    15 oz can pumpkin
    1 box cake mix

    Mix together. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and then enjoy!

    This recipe is all over the internet with different variations. I mostly use chocolate cake and add chocolate chips. This week-end we are going to make it with chocolate cake and peanut butter chips.

    *TIP* The batter is very thick…after done mixing, I put the batter in a baggie and “pipe” it into the liners.

    • Stahli says

      I just wanted to make sure that it is clear that you can use whatever flavor cake mix you choose. In the chocolate you can’t taste the pumpkin! I have heard that the spice cake with the pumpkin is a GOOD combo.

  33. Barbara says

    You just might be the cutest thing ever…and Kevin the best photographer (AND hubby). Someone would need to have a heart of stone not to fall in love with you both. I feel like a new Grandma again by following along with your precious paper pregnancy!

  34. says

    Those kind of neighbors/friends are the best! We have the same thing, our neighbors have turned into some of our closest friends. It’s such an amazing thing to find,

  35. Claudia says

    My bestie Polly and I call this kinda thing “the girlfriend way” cause one of us is always happy to help out the other! I think it’s funny she had to bail you out with the eggs too!
    This was a super cute post!
    Paper pregs….Adorbes!

  36. MelO says

    Aaaah!! the mix is the best part!! Totally satisfying, and I usually make myself so sick I can’t stomache the baked finale!!

  37. says

    Funny. This post reminded me of my brother who used to live across the street from me and he would call and say “Do you have anything chocolate over there?” After searching the kitchen cupboards, I would say ” All I have is a can of chocolate frosting”. He would say “That will be fine. I will meet you in the middle of the road with a spoon”. My brother (and best friend) passed away in 2005 but I still keep a can of chocolate frosting in my kitchen cupboard just for him. The best brother EVER.

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