Everyone has encountered circumstances in their lifetime that has significantly affected them and the people around them. During these times of change, regardless if that change is for better or worse, the issue tends to take over our daily thoughts and paralyze us with questions. I can’t help but think about how change can arise so quickly within our lives and constantly shock us–losing a job, dealing with health issues, falling in and out of relationships, or even just realizing how stuck you feel in a static routine. Similar to a Southern thunderstorm, it comes out of nowhere and leaves just as quickly as it came. But at the same time, we must remember that after the storm of unpredicted news appears and thunders for what seems like forever, it eventually subsides, and we are left with clear skies again. And although it may have left some wreckage in our paths, it’s nothing we can’t clean up and look past. Then eventually, we get to the point in our lives where that storm is just a distant memory, and we can grow further and further away from the overbearing thought that it once was.
It’s difficult to look towards the future sometimes when you’re going though a rough patch, but in the end, you’ll look back and see that you are a better person for all that you have learned under the given circumstances. Trusting your instincts and solely believing that you have the capability to overcome anything is the strongest quality anyone can ask for.
And for those rainy days that may seem to knock you down or in celebration of the storm surpassing, rocky road brownies can always make any situation better! When I made these, I contemplated whether I should bake the marshmallows or not after I had placed them on the brownies. And after I did, I didn’t look back. Marshmallows puff up when they bake from the heat and then after they cool, they shrink back down–just like the moments that greatly affect our lives. And when they shrink back down and are a normal size again, their shapes are slightly altered but their taste is much richer. Sometimes we find ourselves tip toeing on rocky paths that make us feel uncertain about who we are or who we want to be, but it’s nothing a batch of rocky road brownies can’t fix.
Rocky Road Brownies
1 package of brownie mix (I recommend dark chocolate)
1 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 bag of marshmallows (you will have leftovers)
1 cup walnuts (chopped into pieces)
Mix the brownies as direct on package but before baking mix in 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup white chocolate chips into the batter. Bake as directed on box. Immediately after you take the brownies out of the oven, cover the top in a single layer of marshmallows. Put the entire dish back into the oven for 4 minutes. (The marshmallows should be just puffing up as you take them out–they will melt more even after from the heat of the brownies) Then sprinkle the walnuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and remaining 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips over the top. With the back of a wooden spoon, lightly press the pieces into the slightly melted marshmallow. Allow brownies to cool completely and then cut into squares. In a bowl, melt the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (you can use a microwave but I like to use the double broiler method: add about 1 inch of water to a pot and let it come to a slow simmer. Put the chocolate chips in a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot of water and slowly melt). Once melted you can drizzle it over the individually cooled brownies using a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag the best way to do it is to spoon the melted chocolate into the bottom corner of a ziplock bag and cut off the corner (don’t cut too much!). Then twist the top of the bag so the chocolate doesn’t come out, squeeze and decorate!