5 Reasons You Should Bake Box-Brownies

5 Reasons You Should Bake Box-Brownies

Hi, Everyone!

Today, I’m tackling my first recipe on the blog.  Though, I use the word recipe, in this case, lightly.

Since, I’m going to talk about boxed brownies, I don’t think I really need to go step by step for you on this one.  They’re pretty straight forward. So, instead, I thought I would give you 5 reasons for going with a box mix instead of making them from scratch.

1.  Not Many Ingredients

Most box recipes don’t require much more than what’s already in the box.  There are fewer ingredients for you to worry about or forget entirely.

When there are fewer ingredients it means when you want brownies, all you have to do is grab a box of your favourite brownie mix.  You most likely already have a couple eggs and some vegetable oil on hand.

You don’t need to worry about having any of the other ‘bakers essentials.’

2. Taste Amazing

If you want to argue with me on this one, I think you’re nuts.

It’s pretty straight forward. Box brownies are the best brownies. They have the best consistency and the right flavour. Now, why would you want to mess with the magical formula of the box?

3. Little to No Skill Required

As my family and friends are aware, I don’t have much skill in the kitchen. Having an easy recipe to follow is for me.

All you have to do is:

  1. pre-heat your oven to 350F
  2. Grease your pan of choice
  3. Put the mix, eggs, water, and oil in a bowl.
  4. Mix it all together
  5. pour in the pan and bake

That’s it, so simple! You don’t even need an electric mixer. I just used a whisk.

4. Quick to Make

You may have completed the steps above so quickly your oven may not be done pre-heating! The whole process probably won’t take you more than 25 minutes (pan size will affect baking time.) Most of that time will be spent just waiting for the brownies to be done.

5. Quick to Enjoy

After the 20 minutes of baking, you’ll want to wait at least a few minutes before digging into the 350-degree brownies. But, once they’re cool enough, you’re going to want to eat the whole pan!

I’ll admit I did eat 3 brownies in one day.

Let Them Eat Brownies

So the next time you’re thinking about making brownies, I suggest you try them from a box. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

This is just my opinion, and I am in no way a professional baker (but my brother-in-law is,) so I understand if you disagree.  If you have a preferred way of making brownies let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: I don’t discriminate against brownies; this is simply the way I prefer making them.

Living that Studio Life: Apartment Tour

Living that Studio Life: Apartment Tour

You may be surprised to learn that I live in a studio apartment.

I moved into my studio at the end of April after a whole lot of unexpected life stuff, which I won’t get into. But, at the time it was about my only option. It has actually been pretty great so far, shattering my expectations for my tiny space.

Which has lead us here. I want to share my studio apartment experience with you. I signed a year lease so, I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.

Today, I want to give you a little tour of my apartment, because I will refer to it constantly in future posts about studios

Wait, What is a Studio?

A studio apartment is a one-room apartment. They usually have a full separate bathroom and a kitchenette. Kitchen areas and bathrooms can widely vary. Sizes of studios main rooms can also vary.

They are usually more affordable than one-bedroom apartments.  Studios are a great alternative in cities where rent is really expensive and you don’t have or want roommates.

The Bathroom

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It has a toilet, a sink cabinet, medicine cabinet, and a full shower and tub. There are also towel racks and hooks.  However, as you can see there isn’t much room, everything is right on top of each other.

I would like to get a shelf or something to put more bath towels, but I’m not sure where exactly that would go. There’s no room!

While the space isn’t large, the tub surprisingly is. It’s probably the deepest tub I’ve ever had, which is prime for bath taking and lush products. I did have to buy my own tub stopper but, it was totally worth it.

The Kitchen

My kitchen is a little interesting.

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I have 3/4 fridge and freezer, a full stove and oven, a giant sink, and some cabinets. Oh, and zero counter space. This does make cooking and doing the dishes difficult.

I plan to add a counter space solution soon. Like this one from Ikea.

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Even with limited space, I still try to keep from fridge relatively stocked and cook for myself. Look forward to posts about my cooking adventures in upcoming posts!

The Main Room

I have subdivided the main area as best I could. So, within steps of each other is my dining room, bedroom, and living room areas.

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My headboard doubles as a bookcase and a separation from the kitchen.  Having my bed against the wall leaves as much room as possible in the rest of the space. Both of these are from Wayfair, but it looks like they don’t sell my mattress anymore.

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My dining table is from IKEA, and it’s pretty awesome! It folds down to save tons of space, and when completely folded out it gets decently large. It also has six drawers, perfect for all the stuff you don’t know what else to do with. Unless you’re more organized than me and can think of a better plan, do let me know.

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The chairs are also from IKEA and are stackable. I only have two at the moment. I would like to get some folding chairs that I can just pull out when I need them.

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My living room set up is pretty simple. I have a nice little alcove that is the perfect size to fit my tv, so naturally, that’s where it went.

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Instead of a traditional entertainment stand, I’m using just your basic bookshelf from Walmart. On the bookshelf I have my Xbox, games, my PS2, my cable box, and some board games. The smaller shelf next to it holds my PS3, my giant router/modem, more games, and movies.

This set-up works pretty well; I can see the tv from just about anywhere in the apartment.

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Instead of a couch I will either just lay in bed, or use one of my two comfier folding chairs.  I’ve thought about getting a small couch, but it just happened yet.

Closet Space

Of course, closet space needs it’s own dedicated space. I have two closets and they are completely different sizes.

I primarily use the larger one, kinda obvious. This is where I keep all of my clothes, shoes (except the ones I regularly wear those are by the door), some boxes, my hamper, suitcases, and out of season stuff.

 

The smaller closet I actually haven’t fully utilized yet. I think I’ll mostly be using it for coats and cleaning supplies.

Wrapping it up

That about wraps up this apartment tour, if I missed anything you’re curious about do leave a comment below. Living in a studio apartment is a whole new adventure and I’m enjoying it so far.

If you’re interested in future posts in this series follow my blog and you’ll be notified.

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review

Captain Jack Sparrow is back, again.

It has been six years since we’ve had a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, (On Stranger Tides) which left something to be desired. So, going into Dead Men Tell No Tales, my expectations were pretty low.

Basic Synopsis

In the new Pirates, we follow Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) on his quest to find the Trident of Poseidon, while being pursued by the undead Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) seeking revenge. Jack is joined by familiar Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush,) along with newcomers Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites)

You may be thinking, wait, Turner, did I read that right? Yes, the Turners are back.

Henry Turner is the son of William Turner and Elizabeth Swan. Also, don’t worry this is an important plot point but isn’t really a spoiler, it’s revealed in the first scene of the movie.

Overall thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised.  It may be just because, I went in with pretty low expectations, but I definitely enjoyed it. There were moments throughout the movie I laughed out loud.

The overall feel of the movie brings it back to the original Pirates. There’s a curse that needs breaking, creepy undead guys trying to kill Jack, and a young Turner playing the hero.

I thought our new characters fit in pretty well with the established characters that we know and love. However, it did feel like Henry was only really a Turner in name; the other characters kept brushing him to the side. Though the casting was on point, he looks so much like Orlando Bloom!

Comparison to the Previous Movies

Like I previously stated, this movie has a similar feel to the original.  However, it did lack in explaining a few things. Most notably, we never get to fully understand why Captain Salazar and his crew were cursed. Unlike in Curse of the Black Pearl, we had a very clear explanation.

I would have liked at least an explanation as to where Elizabeth was this whole time.

Slightly controversial, while I don’t think it’s the best Pirates movie by any means, I do think it’s better than On Stanger TidesOn Stranger Tides felt very different from the first 3 and didn’t have a strong driving force.

In Dead Men Tell No Tales, there is a stronger driving force throughout the movie, while it isn’t perfect, it’s way better.

After Credit Scene

In Pirates fashion, there is an after credit scene.  If you didn’t know, yes, after every Pirates movie to date there has been a short scene after to the credits.

I won’t tell you what happens, cause spoilers, but what we see could be hinting at a few things.

  1. This may not be the last Pirates movie like we thought
  2. Someone and/or something may not be as gone as we were lead to believe

Ratings

Grade: B

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content

Release Date: May 26, 2017

Check your local theater for movie times.