Earlier this week, we had a meeting with our builder. It was one of the last meetings before major decisions start being made regarding vanities, outlet locations, stainless hoods versus wood hoods, fancy farmhouse sinks or no fancy farmhouse sinks, etc.
The last meeting before they start pouring our foundation, y’all.
It can be a lot to take in, but I’m trying really hard to embrace this opportunity that my husband and I are being blessed with and at the same time adequately define my “style” of home.
I’m finding inspiration all over the place.
Pinterest (naturally) has been an extraordinarily helpful tool.
I’ve sort of been stuck on the whole fireplace thing, though. I’ve literally tossed and turned at night thinking that I just don’t like anything I’ve seen- how is it possible to not like ANYTHING?
It’s entirely possible.
I don’t want marble on it. I don’t want any carved fleur de lis on it. No scrolly things, please.
Just want a basic white washed fireplace.
And just as I was getting my feathers all ruffled that I couldn’t define my fireplace style, I spotted it while thumbing through the 2013 Christmas With Southern Living holiday cookbook.
There it was, a painted white washed brick with a wooden surround. It also had cute little buckets of knitted mittens decorated hanging from the mantle on it as well, and that’s when I knew.
I knew it was the one.
So I brought along the cookbook to my meeting to discuss the aforementioned outlets, sinks, and other things that are part of Phase One decisions.
Giant sigh of relief when my builder nodded in agreement that it was a great fireplace.
It appears my “style” is traditional Southern.
But you know what else I found in that book?
The Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake Pie.
Or, what we’re calling around here as “the cheesecake that changed my life and found my fireplace” pie.
- 1/2 (14 oz) pkg refrigerated pie crusts
- 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used peanut butter flavored with honey & it was fine)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 (18 oz) pkg triple chocolate brownie mix (Water, vegetable oil, and eggs as called for on brownie mix instructions for fudgy brownies
- 1/3 cup chopped cocktail nuts (I skipped this part)
- 1/2 cup miniature peanut butter cup candies, cut in half (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate according to package directions. Chill until ready to use.
- Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugar in a medium bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg, beating just until blended. Add in vanilla.
- Prepare brownie mix batter according to package instructions (for fudgy brownies). Spread half of the brownie mix in bottom of piecrust; top peanut butter mixture over the brownie batter, gently spreading to the edge of the piecrust. Now, add the remaining brownie batter over the peanut butter mixture, gently spreading to the edge of crust.
- **Mine sort of started blending in with the peanut butter so I gave up keeping them separate and swirled. I like a swirl. ***
- Sprinkle cocktail nuts around edge of pie (I skipped this part)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 43-45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Sprinkle peanut butter cup candies in the center of pie before serving.
And since today is Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to let each and every one of you know how truly grateful I am for you. This year in terms on online community has been absolutely amazing to me, and it’s all because people like you come here and read my ramblings.
You reach out on Facebook and brighten my days.
And your secret emails of support keep me going when I wonder what the heck is it that I’m doing and where I’m even headed.
Even if you rarely comment, or silently stalk- I appreciate you, too.
So from our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you are blessed to be spending it with those you love. And if you’re alone, I’m passing a piece of virtual Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake Pie your way.