We had a guest for dinner tonight. Had I not been enjoying the time with our oldest son so much, I would have thought to grab the camera for a quick picture but before I knew it, he was saying his goodbyes and climbing in the car for the drive back to Mississippi. It does a momma's heart good to know he chose home cooking when his dad gave him the pick of places to dine. He must have known the relaxed atmosphere without the pressure to let the next person have the table would make for a more enjoyable experience.
So as we were talking about dinner plans last night, Wayne suggested company would be a good excuse to make the new recipe I'd been intending to try out for several days. I bought most of the ingredients last Saturday, intending to whip it up on Sunday only to realize that I overlooked one ingredient that was missing from my pantry. Out and about on Tuesday, Wayne remedied that but I just hadn't found the time to throw it together.
What is this fall treat, you ask? Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies. A sort of brownie with the moistness of pumpkin, the spices of pumpkin pie, a little applesauce to cut down some of the fat and a little chocolate to give it that gooey brownie goodness. Sounds yummy, right?
It was...okay. Maybe it was the fact that while the pumpkin pie smell found it's way into our noses, the taste got lost in the chocolate. Now don't get me wrong...I love chocolate, but I think my taste buds were hoping for a little pumpkin to go along with it. Or maybe it's that the Pumpkin Gingerbread I tend to make this time of year is so good that our taste buds were sort of expecting something similar so anything else might be a disappointment. They were definitely moist and it's unlikely they'll go to waste, but I wouldn't call them a winner either but they weren't a total loser either. If you want to judge for yourself, you'll find the recipe here.
Perhaps it's just the law of averages. This was the second new recipe I tried this week and the first one was a home run. This one...maybe a sacrifice fly. Clearly, you can't win them all.