Chocolate makes everything better

Monday was a typical Monday–A terrible, horrible, no-good very bad day. Bad enough that as soon as I got in the car when Jay picked me up, I burst into tears with frustration and self-pity and rage. Jay had to cover a school board meeting, so he was out the door pretty much as soon as I’d gotten my pajamas on, and was getting started on dinner for the bambino & I (pancakes & sausage–it seems to be “our” dinner on nights that Jay works late).

Today was equally horrid…I spent the day with a dark black cloud over my head. When I got home, I tried conning Jay into buying dinner, but he didn’t bite, so I got to work in the kitchen. He really liked the Chicken Milanese from Saturday’s dinner party, so I made it again tonight. Since it’s just breaded chicken, he slathered some BBQ sauce on his, but I used more arugula and some of the slow-roasted tomatoes for mine:


And I made some rice as a side, because I knew the bambino would at least eat that (he LOVES rice in almost any form).


It kind of cracks me up that the rice is in the same shape as the chicken. I only ended up eating half of the chicken–For the past 2 days, I’ve had peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, and I want something a little more substantial. The leftovers will serve me well tomorrow.

Once dinner was done, I decided we needed some dessert. I told Jay that today was just one of those days where we needed something sweet to cap off our meal. I opted for brownies, just because they’re quick, easy, and delicious.


I went a step further with them, and used one of the suggestions in the recipe–I frosted them. I have a no-cook fudge frosting recipe that whipped up in about 5 minutes and half of the frosting recipe was perfect for the brownies.


It’s supposed to cool for 20-30 minutes, but I know I didn’t wait more than about 15 minutes. The brownies weren’t completely cooled yet either, but I didn’t care.


Whenever my mom made brownies when I was growing up, she never frosted them, never put chocolate chips or nuts in them or anything like that. Not that she makes bad brownies–In fact, she makes way better fudgy brownies than I’ve ever been able to (cake brownies are more my specialty). But when I’m craving something rich or decadent, unfrosted brownies do not suffice.


A nice cold glass of milk accompanied these treats, which hit the spot! Chocolate really does make a bad day so much better!

4 thoughts on “Chocolate makes everything better

  1. Holy Hannah, I could use some of those brownies :D

    I hate the evil, awful, no-good, very bad days. Bleah! Chocolate is a very fine cure ;)

    • Perhaps if/when I venture back over to the Cities, I’ll bring ya some!

      If I could just get a decent night’s sleep on top of gorging myself on some chocolate, things would be as close to perfect as they get around here! :D