I love anything sweet... Seriously, ask my best friend. So when she told me that she found the perfect brownie recipe (From a little site called Sweet Anna's; recipe can be found here), I was all for it. It was made even better when I found out we were going to put chocolate chips into them. Seeing as how they came out amazing (like holy moly!), I decided to share with y'all the recipe.
The following are the ingredients you will need:
First you'll need to set your oven to 350ºF (which is 176ºC for all my lovelies who don't live in America), and then go grease up your baking pan, start to boil your water and melt your butter. You can do this while you have a random dance party or when you're singing songs with your best friend. Just have fun.
After you have greased up your pan, head to the mixing bowl and ingredients. In said bowl, you will stir together the cocoa and baking soda, adding 1/3 of your melted butter to this dry mix until it is smooth. After the butter, soda and cocoa are mixed, add in your boiling water, and stir until this mixture is smooth and thick.
Following the previous steps, you are going to dump in your sugar and crack open your eggs as well as the rest of your melted butter. Once that is all mixed together in a beautiful mess, you will add in the vanilla and salt.
Once the mixture is smooth and you really want to lick the spoon (or stick your face into the bowl), you're going to add in the flour and chocolate chip at the same time. Thankfully, Felicia and I were making these brownies together so I didn't have to do some fancy maneuvering to get both ingredients in, but if you are baking these by yourself, just put the flour on one side of the bowl and the chips on the other. Now you are just going to stir, stir and stir until it is one big gooey mess.
After the mixture is all together, you're going to take your pan and pour the batter into it. Try to scrape the sides and such to get all the batter (although we did save a tad bit to drizzle on the plate to make it look semi-fancy). Now pop your pan in the oven and let it cook for 35-40 minutes. We cooked ours for 35 and then came back and checked to see if it was done. Also, they were a tad under-cooked but it was still delicious. I think it added to the gooeyness of them.
Trying to eat them right after we took them out of the oven was very hard. But we lasted... For about 3 minutes than we cut into them and ate one....
Holy moly... I loved them!
Definitely leave a comment down below and tell me what sweets you love or just whatever food in general(: Or even if you tried these!
Photos taken by myself and Felicia with a Canon EOS 70D
Recently Felicia and I haven't gotten to hang out because her family came into town and I was working a lot but that changed the day after Easter. She had a meeting and I didn't have school until 2, so I texted her asking if she wanted to hit up our favorite little restaurant. She of course said yes and we carpooled to the place, jamming to Fall Out Boy.
Maggie's is a little Italian restaurant we discovered over our Fall semester, and we have loved it ever since. It has all the makings of a tiny family place and I think that's what we love most about it (besides the food!). We made it a tradition that we would visit once a week and we did pretty well on that for the Fall and a little bit of the break but unfortunately with our schedules not quite lining up this semester and work overflowing with our lives, we had to stop that which was quite sad.
Luckily though, they still remember us! (Which if you ask Felicia is one of her dreams that we become regulars at a restaurant). But back to the most important stuff...
When we arrived, we immediately sat at our little table in the back corner. It never fails that this is basically our table. The waitress, the same one we always have, already knows our drink orders (Sweet tea for me and water for Felicia) so she us those rather quickly.
Plus she knows our appetizer! We get the same appetizer, mozzarella sticks, all the time just because they are the most awesomest I have ever had. The perfect quantity of fried bread and cheese. And we always split them. You get a total of six in an order so three a piece is perfect for us because we usually get full because of these, our salad(s) and our meal.
Felicia, who has been getting the same thing for the past couple of trips, knew right away what she wanted to order but I was having a bit of trouble. I knew I wanted something with pasta (duh), but I also wanted something substantial. And after asking our lovely waitress, I decided on a Chicken Parmesan but on fettuccine pasta instead of spaghetti, and Felicia got a sandwich called the Citizen Kane which had turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato and ranch dressing on a white hoagie. With each of our entrees, we got a choice. I chose salad with ranch and Felicia chose fries.
Thankfully, seeing as how we were only ones in there, we got our food rather quickly... But now that I am thinking about it, the wait time for food is rather small compared to other places so there is another plus. Anyway, the pasta and sandwich and we both couldn't wait to dig in; thankfully we held back long enough to get a few photos... Or well at least I did... Felicia immediately dug into it, pausing for me to get a photo quickly.
Besides the pastas and sandwiches, they do have burgers (which Felicia has gotten) and pizzas. I have tried almost all of the pastas on the pasta side so I can definitely account for those. (BTW: All delicious!). And when the check comes, they give you an Andes mint to go along with it, but Felicia (who is obsessed with these mint chocolate things) snatched it up before I could say 'Thank You'.
All in all, a perfect lunch restaurant. The food is delicious, the staff is amazing (they were so intrigued by my Polaroid camera), and the atmosphere is just so quaint. I am so excited to start going back!
Leave a comment below and tell me about some of your favorite little restaurants! Or if you have ever been to Maggie's, what do you love there?
Photos taken with a Canon EOS 70D by Felicia DeMartino
Also check out the daily vlog that kind of goes along with this post below(: