Peanut Butter Brownie Puppy Chow

Woot! TGIF! It has been some week, I’ll tell ya. Emotional stress, tests galore, family plans every night, and that’s just the beginning. So stressed out teenage girl + Friday = chocolate. Well I decided to make something different that I found today, peanut butter brownie puppy chow. I saw this title and immediately my stomach growled. Combining some of the greatest foods in the world, I think yes! c: I was so excited to try these and I was not disappointed. My lovely nephew was even over to help me out with the cooking (and tasting of course). I made it my duty to teach this 13 year old boy to cook good food, more men need to learn to cook! o: so we set off, after an adventure in getting supplies at target, we headed off to begin. Here is the recipe that I used from Pinterest: ((click here for website)

ingredients

6 C. rice Chex cereal
1 C. milk chocolate melts or chips
1/2 C. peanut butter, creamy
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. brownie mix, from the box
Optional: Peanut Butter Brownies, Reese’s Pieces, or Peanut butter cups (chopped)
directions

1. Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
2. In a microwave proof bowl, melt chocolate, peanut butter and vanilla extract and stir until smooth.
3. Pour over cereal and fold until covered.
4. Dump into a large plastic bag and add brownie mix, seal and shake until coated. (If you don’t have a large plastic bag, pour brownie mix over cereal and stir well. Or you can use a pot with a lid to shake it in.)
5. Dump onto a cookie sheet and toss with pieces of brownie or peanut butter brownies (or even Reeses Pieces or peanut butter cups would be great!). But TRUST me, you will be addicted to this puppy chow, so beware.
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The directions as such are pretty self explanatory c: these are pretty easy to make you just have to be very careful and it helps to have a friend with you c: you have to be very careful not to burn the chocolate when you heat it up. There is such a thing as bad chocolate, and that is white chocolate, and burnt chocolate. How I heated it up was poured half of the chocolate chips in the bag we got in a microwave safe bowl, and put the peanut butter and vanilla in there. (That was a challenge, peanut butter is sticky! Using a spatula helps, obviously) I put this mixture in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I than took it out stirred it up for a while, and put it in for another 30-45 seconds. When I mixed that with the cereal, I had my helper hold two plastic bags one inside the other (from a bad experience with puppy chow all over the floor before) and put the chocolate covered cereal in the bags. That I put the brownie mix in and some powdered sugar to taste. One helpful hint is to add some brownie chunks and chunks of peanut butter cups, it’ll really bring out the flavour, although it still tastes awesome without c:

Overall I thought these were awesomeeee xD I loved em, they have a really good flavour, and an awesome sweet tooth fixer :3 haha totally recommend 100%

One helpful tip, if you want to use a whole box of chex cereal than just double the chocolate, vanilla, and brownie mix and it should cover it well, I made a whole box worth.

Have a great (and hopefully relaxing) weekend all, and happy cooking! c:

How and Why We Read

This is an amazing video that I found while perusing the wonderful creation that is youtube the other day. John Green and his brother Hank make many youtube videos, some educational some personal. This is part of a crash course series about reading, obviously. I personally find this a really cool video that really puts things in perspective and tells you about why people even read in the first place, so I thought id share this with you in hopes that you would watch and maybe find it as cool as I did. Thank you dear follower. Happy booking (and watching)!

Vegan-Eggless Brownies

Woot! Happy Sunday all! Hopefully everyone had good weekends and such. c: Well today I decided to post one of my favourite vegan recipies, my eggless brownies. This recipe is not mine and take no credit for it, I simply use it and spread it along. These brownies are so good, they’re chewy and moist and perfectly chocolaty. What more could I ask for, am I right? I made these last night and took them to my church service this morning and nobody could tell that they were any different than any other brownies. Awesomeeee! Here is the recipe made by Bridget Brooke, you can find the original here; http://allrecipes.com/recipe/egg-free-brownies/

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter (Use margarine instead to make them vegan)

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. In a heavy saucepan combine the 1/3 cup of flour and water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
2.In a small saucepan, melt butter. When butter has melted, add the cocoa and mix until smooth; set aside to cool. Beat the sugar and vanilla into the cooled flour mixture. Stir in the cocoa mixture until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the batter until just blended. Fold in walnuts if desired. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
3.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool before cutting into bars.
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PREP 20 mins
COOK 25 mins
READY IN 45 mins

My Thoughts:
Being an unexperienced cook, I will admit to having to ask my mom for help for the beginning, heating up the flour and water but once you get the hang of it or actually know what you’re doing, it’s a piece of cake! It may look a little odd, but stick with them, and you will be amazed at the results!
This recipe makes about 20 brownies depending on how you cut them. One thing I really love about this site though, is that if you actually go on it you can adjust the serving size and change it to make more or less brownies. So if you want to make the ever popular pinterest brownie in a mug, you can adjust it as pleases. It is super amazing and handy because the computer does all of the work for you o: (That’s great for lazy people such as myself)
Overall I think these are really good compared to some of the other experimental brownies and other desserts that we have tried in the past and would really recommend them to anybody. One thing to beware of though is that they are very moist and crumbly, that makes them taste fabulous, although they are not very sturdy in the fact that they will really easily fall apart when you cut them so they won’t cut in perfect straight lines if that really bothers you. In my opinion it makes them that much better and they taste good, so that all that really matters, am I right?
Well try these brownies and let me know what you think! I know I love em. Happy cooking all c:

Tips and Tricks (At Least The Ones I Know About)

Hello all! I have officially been a vegan for 10 days now! *Waits for applause and statements of awe* Yeah, yeah, not really much of an accomplishment, eh? Oh well, everybody has to start somewhere, and I started 10 days ago. I will have to admit this past week and change has been a HUGE learning experience for me, its really amazing. You never really know how much crap and junk you eat until you cant anymore. I love it. I like the challenge and the hunt of finding things that are okay to eat under the strict vegan dietary laws. There are both good and bad sides to this diet, but so far I am loving it. There is so much to learn and so much that people need to be informed about with vegan and vegetarian diets, its amazing. While I don’t claim to be an all knowing expert on the subject, I have learned a few things over these past days that I’d like to share with you dear faithful followers, because, well I can. So here they are, The Tips And Tricks of a 10 Day (and counting) Vegan:

1.) Substitutions! They are a total life saver, when you are just beginning your change to vegan, vegetarian or any other eating habit change, at that. When you first begin, it’s best to take baby steps on the road to change. You can do that by using substitutions! For example, everybody loooooves some good chocolate, right? Well, it’s still possible to have chocolate on a vegan diet. Dark Chocolate. That’s right, it is a gift from the gods. While you might have to check the label just to be sure, but most dark chocolates should be dairy free, and no cocoa butter is not a dairy product. I have Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate chips at my house that are good to grab, just a couple, at night when the chocolate urge comes along. There are also many cooking substitutions that are amazing also. The other day I was feeling the need for some baked goods, so I simply googled eggless brownies and in half an hour I had a way too good platter that disappeared way too fast. I will be following up and posting all of the baking substitutions that I have found and easy way to convert recipes you have now, into vegan friendly ones. ( An added plus, most are healthier)

2.) Protein. Just in this little time that I have gone vegan the question “How do you get protein?” Is already getting very very annoying. So I’ll answer it quick and simple for you. There are many ways that we can still get protein, there are nuts, peanut butter, and vegan friendly granola bars. The possibilities are endless, all you have to do is look at a vegans best friend, the nutrition label.

3.) Not every meal will be a big feast like you see on the internet. On many cooking blogs and websites, people show pictures of extravagant meals and platters that they fix vegan style and look amazing. At least for me, and I’m assuming a couple of you out there too, don’t have the time, energy, or skill to do this all the time. Somedays it will be a plate of veggies and baked beans or rice, and that is totally okay.

4.) Going out in public, is hard. And this time I don’t just mean socially hard (people….ew). Going out to eat to some places will be a big challenge. No more going on a shopping trip and stopping for a burger or an ice cream cone quick. No more amusement park meals. This is hard and takes perseverance to find vegan meals in some places. It is possible though, don’t give up. If nothing else ask for help from a waiter, they can usually help you find something.

5.) Always keep food with you. You never know when you’ll get hungry and be stuck with no viable food options. So always, keep, food, with, you. It can be a lifesaver. Trust me.

This is all I got so far, but I will probably be adding to the list as my expire

The Choice To Go Vegan

So going vegan is a big choice that many people through out the world make for an array of different reasons. Some reasons included morals and ethics, and some include just simple health reason, some people just simply want to sound cool by telling people that theyre vegan. Every person has their own reasons for making it considering to make that decision. The reason I made the choice was the combination of multiple reasons and factors. I’ll start off by simply putting that I don’t hate meat and people that eat meat. I love a good burger, I love ice cream, scrambled eggs, they’re all wonderful things, I just simply chose not to eat them. I do love animals and think that in some farms and plants that make meat and food do treat the animals badly and that is very sad. I’ve seen many videos and pictures of chickens crammed in close quarters penned in with no freedom or room to fly and roam. The trucks driving down the road filled with pigs, that can’t be a fun or comfortable drive for them at all. It does make me sad to see all of that happening, but I know that that it not the case for all farmers and people who make the meat that we humans consume. Although I’d lie if I said that, the treatment wasn’t a small motivator in my decision, but it wasn’t one of the main ones. For many people that is the only reason that they chose to become vegan or vegetarian. Another reason to consider changing ones diet is health reasons. One of the most common is weight loss. Now health wise meat is very good for you, depending on what kind of meat that you get. Lean cut meats tend to be very healthy and have low fat percentages. Dairy is also a very healthy thing for you, it give you calcium and tastes awesome. Although it’s probably not the smartest thing to have ice cream every day, some Greek yogurt for breakfast or a snack is always a good choice though. Although if you cut out all of these items, that are healthy, although can be very high in fat and calories, and replace them with vegetables or other vegan approved meal items, you cut back on a lot of daily calories and boom, weight loss. It’s a trick that many people around the world use, and after they reach they’re ultimate goal weight, they usually return to their old eating habits or add back in a few of their favourite dairy and meat foods. My reason for deciding to try and go vegan, for at least a little while is ultimately a combination of these things. It was mainly a challenge to me, to see if I really could cut out a lot of these foods and get away with it. Turns out, I’m doing pretty good so far! c: I have already noticed a difference in how the foods I eat effect me. I went on a trip to the theme park in my state, yesterday and it was a real eye opener and learning experience. If any of you readers out there are vegetarian or vegan you understand how hard it is to find food that you can eat when out in public. For lunch we stopped at a pizza place so I simply had a salad, and dinner we ate in the park. Good luck finding a salad or something vegan approved in a theme park, I tell you. So French fries it was. When I thought about it later that night I was amazed at how many calories I had saved myself yesterday. Substituting pizza, potato salad, ice cream, and a cupcake for a salad and that’s a lot of uneaten calories right there. Than take a sandwich and fries for simply fries and you save yourself more. It was really amazing seeing how healthier you eat when you make rules in your head of what you can and can’t consume. It’s really interesting to notice. So overall I believe it was a very good choice on my part to make the choice to go vegan, for both myself and for animals. I’d be curious to hear anyone else’s thoughts on this. Weither you are vegan or vegetarian or any other self made diet choices, what helped you in that decision. And if you aren’t, what is your opinion of these diets? Or just any comments in general! I’d love to hear your opinions c:

Chosing The Book

If you’re anything like me one of the hardest things about reading, is deciding which book to read. There are so many books out there and the possibilities are really endless on what book, style, genre and more that you chose to read. Each author has a different style of writing and a different purpose for writing, and that can effect how much you like a certain book or author. Once you find one author that you really like you can steam off of them and find even more possibilities. There are millions of books out there to read by thousands of authors and that is a lot to handle with one book never truly being the exact same as another. If you think about it, it’s truly amazing how many different books, styles, meanings and lessons we can acquire from just arranging 26 symbols in different ways. If you just think about it books like Harry Potter, The Bible, The Shining, and Twilight came from the same 26 letters just rearranged slightly differently. It’s mind-blowing. All the worlds that we get taken to, the characters we love and the characters we love to hate, they all come from basically the same thing. So choosing a book to read shouldn’t be all that hard right? Wrong. With an amazing expanse of books and reading material out there is it so hard to chose and find the right book for you. Everyone had many different tastes. If you ask me I would recommend Harry Potter, classics like Dracula and Alice in Wonderland, and Stephen King and John Green books. If you ask someone else they might come up with completely different answers, because they have different tastes in authors and writing styles. Start with something you know you like, research good books. When I’m in search of a good book I’ll go to a book store website and read summaries of new and recommended books. If that fails, head to Tumblr! You’re bound to find a good book recommendation there. With millions of options out there, the possibilities are truly endless. If you start finding books you like, go ahead and make a list so you won’t forget them. Go to garage sales or thrift shops and buy books that look interesting, save them for a rainy day or when you finish your next book. It might take some time to find just the right book on occasion, but I can guarantee that there is one out there. Take a risk, go for it, you never know you might just find your new favourite author, inspiration, role model. You never know what can happen when you open up that cover and read.

Magic of Reading

It seems like these days less and less people are reading. It’s become the cool thing to hate reading, and play video games instead. I find this a very sad fact. You can tell how the world is changing when people give you odd looks when you say you enjoy reading in your free time. Reading, as it seems, has become less and less of something you do for fun and more of people simply reading because your teachers make you. It makes me wonder where we have gone wrong. Where has the magic of reading gone? Reading is an escape, a freedom from everyday life. When you open a book and dive into the pages you are more than just simply reading words on a page. With every word you’re being taken deeper and deeper into a new magical world. Books can teach you lessons and help you learn lessons. They give you memories and new thoughts and maybe even role models. Most everything in our entertainment society comes from books. Most movies and stories that we all love, come from books. They have such an impact on lives, and it makes me so sad to see that it is becoming a dwindling thing. If people just opened their minds, picked up a book and read, I can almost guarantee that they would enjoy and get so much out of it. Someday, the magic will spread again. Because once you open that cover, you never know where the pages will take you.