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After thoroughly searching our campsite for wood, Max built and started his first fire, under the careful attention and instruction of my Eagle Scout husband.

maxs first fire

We then delighted in its lively presence and gentle warmth from the comfort of our folding camp chairs, while sharing the Chocolate Candy Blondies I had baked the day before.


chocolate candy blondies

1 cup butter

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 cups candy-coated chocolate pieces

Heat oven to 350F. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with baking spray.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add brown sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes. Spoon mixture into a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, whisking until smooth.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder, gradually add to butter mixture, stirring until combined. Stir in the candy coated chocolate pieces. Spoon batter into prepared pan, bake for 25 minutes or until center is set. Let cool to room temperature.