Week 84 Menu and Caramel Brownies

I made these caramel brownies yesterday.  They are perfect to make and then share.  Or you can make them in the middle of the night with your roommates, like I used to do, and help yourself gain that "freshman 15".  They are delicious!

My daughter woke up this morning and said, "I know what I want for breakfast:  a hot dog and a brownie."  She thought I was really mean when I told her no.  She had it for lunch instead.

First things first, then I'll get to the recipe.  Here's my menu for the week:

Monday:  easy night, leftovers or something

Tuesday:  meatball sandwiches

Wednesday:  pizza

Thursday:  sesame chicken w/rice

Friday:  mini turkey meatloaves, twice baked potatoes

Saturday: sloppy joes (still haven't made them)

Sunday: chicken stroganoff w/whole wheat egg noodles

What's on your menu this week?  Thanks for posting your menus!  And don't forget to check out my new and very exciting Facebook page.  

Now for the brownies...
Caramel Brownies
recipe from my friend and former roommate, Sue Ann

1 lb. caramels
2/3 c. evaporated milk, divided into 2 - 1/3 c. portions (I used fat-free)
1 German Chocolate cake mix
1/2 c. melted butter ( I substituted 1 T. of butter w/applesauce -- you could probably substitute more, but I was afraid I'd ruin them)
1 c. chocolate chips (I used less, I just eyeballed it)
1 c. chopped nuts (I left these out)

Melt caramels and 1/3 c. evaporated milk in double boiler and stir until smooth.

In large bowl combine cake mix, melted butter, 1/3 c. evaporated milk and nuts.  Stir by hand until well mixed.  Press half of mixture in greased and floured (or spray w/Pam baking spray) 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 6 minutes.

Sprinkle chocolate chips over crust.  Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips.  Crumble rest of cake mixture over caramels (or flatten sections of dough in your hand and lay on top of caramel layer).  Return to oven for 15-18 minutes.  Cool completely, then cut into squares.