Is it just me or has something been a little off the last few days?
I can't put my finger on it but I have just been getting a weird vibe, and odd things have been happening.
Work has been totally insane - or more specifically, the people I encounter at work have been insane. I don't even want to get into it, so you'll just have to trust me on that.
But even at home, it's been a bit strange...
For instance, I came home from work a couple days ago to find the police parked in front of my house, "helping" a very old & very inebriated gentleman remove himself from my neighbor's lawn.
Nothing like getting sassy on a random Wednesday afternoon, and stopping for a little nap in the grass on your walk home!
Then yesterday evening, our living room ceiling started leaking water out of nowhere. A huge patch of ceiling became saturated & discolored in a matter of minutes, and was dripping from all different parts.
Our landlords have a plumber coming to fix it and I'm sure it will be totally fine but... ahh!
Probably weirdest of all though is that my husband has not been sleeping.
Now I know a lot of people have this problem - but for Mr. V, it's like the cosmos have come to a screeching halt and turned his life upside down.
Typically, he sleeps like a rock... on tranquilizers... that's been hit over the head with a frying pan.
However, the house we recently moved to is on a bit of a busy street, and he's been having trouble sleeping with the sound of the passing cars. So the slightest movement from me now wakes him up.
Like... the sound of the lightswitch on the lamp.
Seriously. I don't even know this man. For years, not only could I turn off the light, I could probably unscrew the lightbulb and throw it at his head without him noticing a thing.
So now with his newfound problem, he's been setting up a sleeping bag in the only room in our house where you can't hear traffic driving by outside - our (large) closet.
Which means I get to step over 7 layers of sleeping bags & random blankets in order to get to my clothes in the morning.
Crazy, I tell you. Just crazy.
What's also crazy is that I have never put together Nutella, brownies, and salted caramel before this week.
On Monday I bought a fresh jar of Nutella at the store and was contemplating what to make with it. I decided on brownies, and I found a good recipe on Noble Pig for Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies.
But I was shooting for a more Nutella-y brownie, so I replaced the peanut butter with more Nutella.
Because I can.
Surprisingly, though, the Nutella flavor is still fairly subtle. Maybe it's overpowered by the salted caramel (that was a complete afterthought)?
But who cares. They're fudgy, rich, gooey, and absolutely delicious.
I need something to keep me sane in this mad, mad world!
Salted Caramel Nutella Brownies
- 1/2 C. flour
- 1/2 C. unsweeteend cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- 1/4 t. baking powder
- 1 stick (8 T.) butter, melted
- 3/4 C. + 2 T. sugar
- 1 t. pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 C. Nutella spread
- 1/4 C. heavy cream
- 1 C. sugar
- 1/4 C. water
- 2 T. butter, cut in pieces
- 1/2 t. kosher salt, divided
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 square pan (or you may line with foil & grease, if desired - will make it easier to serve later after glazed). In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In large microwavable bowl, melt butter in 20 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth. Add sugar & vanilla, and whisk until well-combined. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add cocoa mixture and whisk until fully combined.
In glass measuring cup or other microwave-safe bowl, melt Nutella in 20-second intervals, stirring after each, until smooth and pourable consistency. Stir into batter. Pour into prepared pan and bake 27-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely, then make glaze: in small saucepan over low heat, warm heavy cream - do not boil. In separate medium saucepan, combine sugar & water but DO NOT STIR. Place over medium-high heat & bring to a boil. Cook until mixture turns an amber color, but not too dark that it looks like the sugar is burning. (For me this took 5-7 minutes, but keep an eye on it.)
Remove from heat and add warm cream, butter, and 1/2 t. kosher salt. Stir gently until smooth & well combined. Pour over cooked brownies, tilting the pan to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 t. kosher salt. Allow glaze to set before cutting/serving.
Brownie Recipe Adapted from Noble Pig; Caramel Glaze Slightly Adapted from Pioneer Woman