Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fudgy Brownies/ Humorous Happenings

Quick story about why I made these: 
Josh has two jobs, he's a TA for Anatomy and Physiology and he works at the local call center as a Spanish speaking employee. 

Well, Joshyyyy isn't a huge fan of the call center, in fact, saying he dreads it would be an understatement.  Every time he needs to go into work I have to coerce him into it. I usually bribe him with some sort of baked good and the other day I told him I'd make some brownies.

I searched and searched on Pinterest for the perfect recipe and suddenly I found it. The caption read: "These are famous as the BEST BROWNIES EVER!"

Boom. Sold. 





These brownies are really rich and super moist, the hubs and I were big fans. 

Fudgy Brownie Recipe


(Yep, took this picture myself)
What you need:
Brownies-
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting-
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powder sugar

Prep time: about 25 minutes

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not over cook. (I put it in for about 22 minutes and it was perfect)
4. To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm.
Recipe originally from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-brownies/detail.aspx

Things that made me want to cry, but now make me laugh:

Current happenings.

1. I call this one "The Betrayal of Happiness"
One of my classes has paired with a couple other classes for this massive semester long project... We had our first meeting which was in the middle of the day-right during my lunch break before work started. Overall I was slightly depressed about being there. 

Of course, the other teacher was late so we didn't start on time, meanwhile my tummy kept growling. 

About 7 minutes past the hour, the other instructor burst through the doors and said, "I brought treats!"

Yes. Yes, yes, yes! 

Almost as soon as a smile started creeping on my lips and all the joy in the world was going to explode out of my insides, some girl in the back room got this owl-like look on her face as her eyes widened into great big O's. She walked over to the teacher and has this, not so secret conversation. 

The little exchange:
Girl: I couldn't get the treats.
Teacher: What?! Why not? 
Girl: There were too many people in the library (I have no idea what that meant!)
Teacher: ....
The exuberant teacher's smile collapsed and she then proclaimed, "Hah-actually, we don't have treats." 

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Didn't know my level of happiness could reach such a great height and only a moment later, jump off a cliff. 

2. Praying Mantis. 

One of Josh's best friends named Kris and his wife Rachael recently moved into the same apartment complex as us. Ever since this occurrence there have been several prank happenings.
Here's a quick run down of a few:

Scene 1: Josh and I came home to find a stack of books about getting pregnant and breast feeding on our doorstep. Wouldn't be that bad if we didn't live on the first floor and everyone had to walk by our apartment to get to their car. 

Scene 2: Josh's revenge.
Josh found a massive dead water beetle, rinsed out an empty sour cream container, placed the little devil inside, and walked it up to Kris and Rachael's place. 
Rachael was not pleased. Especially since Kris put the bug on her shoulder.
So they sought vengeance.

Scene 3: It was a Saturday and they didn't know Josh would be at work all day.

I had just gotten out of the shower when I heard a loud knock on the door. I grabbed a towel and cracked open the door. 

There was a package on the ground. I took it inside and cut it open. 

A humongous pray mantis hopped right out and onto my hand. ohmyfreakingheckyouhavegot-tobekiddingme. 
I screamed and tossed it off.  
While eyeing the creature to make sure it was occupied, I scurried into my bedroom to throw some clothes on so I could get it outside. 

When I came back it was on the counter feeling everything with his monstrous claws. I grabbed a saucepan and placed it over the bug to keep it contained while I thought of a way to get rid of it.

Well. He escaped. I looked back and he was propped up on the pan looking at me.

I screamed again.
This time I grabbed a clear pitcher and put that over it so it was sandwiched between the two. I then carried the bug outside and tossed it into the grass, came back inside, and sanitized everything.

Don't worry Kris and Rachael, we'll get you back for that one.

3. Hobo Spider.

There must be some sort of hole in our home because we have an abundance of spiders these days. Usually we only get little jumping spiders and an occasional daddy long leg.

But a certain day in particular I was running out the door on my way to work, and a creature caught my eye. 

A massive, hairy, tarantula looking creature. 
Screamed again.

One thing you should know: I don't kill spiders. I'm always afraid if I get too close they'll attack me.

I grabbed a piece of tupperware and threw it over the spider.

Something else you should know: Josh doesn't kill spiders either. In fact, he's scared of them.

Well, Josh stopped by my work and I warned him about the gremlin waiting for him at home. But he forgot about it. He went home, made some food and then bumped into the tupperware. That's when he saw it for the first time. Josh noticed that I was not exaggerating, that this was a gargantuan spider. Josh was scared.

He recognized the spider from a rare kind that populated the northwest, a hobo spider. Poisonous, massive, nasty things. Google them-I dare you. THAT is what was inside our little home.

Josh killed the spider and saved the day.



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Hope you all have a wonderfully awesome day.



-Lauren

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