Marrying into my family is not an easy thing. Everyone gets scrutinized, no one is safe. When Lisa brought home Troy he was instantly made fun of because he was a male cheerleader for one year at University of Utah. A cheerleader? Give me a break dude!
Laurie, who was scared poopless to come around our family, was instantly mocked because when she went out to dinner with our family for the first time all she ordered was a baked potato and put ketchup on it. We all order steak and you are getting a potato, are you serious chick?
When I started to date Fairb, my dad took me to dinner and said, " I wouldn't give this guy a no, but a HELL no." My grandmother asked the family to fast and pray that I would STOP dating him. I mean he had a tattoo for goodness sake!
Krista had it no easier, we weren't too sure that she was the one for Sonny. Too quiet, too shy. We thought she would turn him into a seminary teacher, and we wanted him to be a doctor.
It wasn't until she brought us these brownies was she accepted into the circle. Now we insist that she bring them to every party. This isn't Krista's first appearance on the blog, she also taught me how to make pizza.
These brownies are easy and delicious.
Krista's Caramel Brownies
1 chocolate cake box mix
3/4 c evaporated milk
50 unwrapped caramels (one bag)
1/3 c evaporated milk
Small ingredient list huh? Now looking at it, no oil or butter, these are kinda low fat! Sweet! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While your kids are painstakingly unwrapping the caramels, trying not to take a bite out of each of them, you can mix the batter. The cake mix, and 3/4 c evaporated milk. Mix it with a spoon, not a whisk, because the batter is extremely thick.
Spread the batter into you favorite brownie pan that has been sprayed with Pam (I am using my edge pan, thanks Sherrie again!)
Bake in the oven for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, add 1/3 c evaporated milk to the unwrapped caramels and melt till smooth on the stove (use med-low so they don't burn). When the brownies have cooked 6 minutes, pull them out and sprinkle the desired amount of chocolate chips and pour the caramel on top.
Pop them back in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they start to put away from the edges and you poke a toothpick in and don't see brownie batter.
Of course eventually, all the in-laws were accepted into the family. It turns out our initial instincts were dead wrong on all of them. Everyone married their perfect spouse.