My husband is allergic to nagging. It’s a condition where he considers my bare minimum of nagging to be his absolute maximum. I could do so much more nagging, he has no idea. So lately, rather than being either overly aggressive (husband, do this) or passive-aggressive (oh, I wish I had someone to help me with this), I start my requests with, “Honey, can you do me a favor?” Which follows by a long silence where I desperately want him to commit before I reveal the favor and he desperately wants to avoid committing. Finally I say, “Can you take the chili out of the fridge, quickly dump it into the trash and directly into the trashroom?” It was a job I’d been afraid to tackle for many, many weeks. The smell, the strangeness growing on top.. oh, this was a big favor. And much to my surprise, he said, “Sure, I can do that.” And, he did.
The next day he was dropping me off at work and I was refraining from backseat driver nagging which he is most allergic to. I noticed he often takes the lane that moves the slowest going over the Queensboro Bridge, so I said “Honey, can you do me a favor?” Long silence. “Can you try the left lane, I really think it’s so much faster.” And just like that, he put his blinker on and moved left.
I thought I had cracked the code until dinner with friends on Friday when he revealed that he, in fact, had cracked my code. He laughed as he told them my new favor technique and he said it works because each time he thinks I’m going to ask something much worse so doing the requested task seems pretty harmless.
The truth is I can be a nag. Feeding him brownies is the best way to tell him I’m sorry for being so annoying. And then when he’s done with that brownie, I can say…. honey, can you do me a favor?
Nag Me S’more Brownies
Inspired by Joy the Baker
1 box of your favorite brownie mix (Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate is the way to go)
1 cup graham crackers, roughly chopped
4 graham crackers, for topping
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease muffin cups.
Prepare boxed brownie mix as directed and then fold in 1 cup of roughly chopped graham crackers. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups. Top each with marshmallows. Bake for 25 minutes or untila toothpick inserted into center comes out slightly wet. After brownies are out of the oven, marshmallows may fall flat. That’s ok.
Melt chocolate in small bowl in microwave. To avoid burning, stir every 30 seconds until its fully melted. Dip pieces of the a broken graham cracker into the chocolate and top each brownie.
Cool completely in pan. Dig in.