Throw Back Thursday: Easy Bake Oven

The Easy Bake Oven has been around for quite awhile and is still going strong to this day. All it was was a small oven that came with cake mix and small round pans back in the day and now it’s grown into bigger and better things!

The one I had was a big different than what it is now, it was a picture of on oven on the front, one side you put the pan in with the cake mix and the freshly baked cake would come out the other side; all you had to do was add water and you were a great little baker!

easy-bake-ovenThe one now and days is pretty much the same concept it just looks different and it can cook a lot more than just cakes.

They have so many different products you can buy just for this one oven, it has oven pan refills and different types of pans, and even a decorating pen. They make so many different foods now such as, red velvet cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, mini whoopie pies, strawberry cakes, cake pops, pretzels, cheese pizza, sugar cookies and mix party dippers! Now that’s a step up!

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This toy was pretty awesome in the 90’s the only problem was when you ran out of the mix and your parents wouldn’t buy you the refills! Maybe I would be more of a baker if I used this more or maybe not but it was still different and fun!

Let me know if you had the old style Easy Bake Oven or if you know any kids that have the new version and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

(All pictures taken from Google.)

The Can’t Cook Trails: Baked Potato Soup

This recipe isn’t from the The Can’t Cook Book, it’s from a book I’ve had for a long time and love; it’s called Teens Cook: What to Cook What you Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle with Judi Carle.

I love this book because as most of you know I can not cook. I’ve never be interested in it but I’m 23 and I need to learn how to cook for myself and for my boyfriend.

I’ve made this baked potato soup before but my sister was with me to help and guide me, this time I am home alone and craving this soup so I’m going for it. The first step calls for you to wash the potatoes and stab with a fork multiply times, simple enough! Now the potatoes have to cook in the oven at 375 degrees F for 45 mins.

Fast track to that being done…

Now the next step is to let the potatoes cool and to peel them, I didn’t really have time for that because I was hungry! So I peeled them with oven mitts on and started the pot with the milk, flour and butter. Things are starting to roll! The next step was the easiest, you cut up the potatoes and add it to the pot and let it good for a couple more minutes!

The last step to this is to grate some cheese and cook some bacon, done! You;re suppose to use cheddar cheese but I didn’t have any so mozzarella cheese was used!  The best step to come in to put it in the bowl, top it with cheese and the bacon and eat it!

This is the final product….

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It tastes great, taste a lot like potatoes, you could only imagine!

Let me know what you think of the soup or if you want I can post the recipe!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Target Canada Closing – My Opinion

Yesterday morning Target Canada announced that they will be closing all 133 stores, leaving 17,000 people without jobs.

From my understanding Target Canada was only open for two years and in my opinion was a lot better than Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart. I use AUSSIE shampoo, from time to time I switch it up and try something new but AUSSIE is my go to brand. At Shoppers Drug Mart my shampoo and conditioner is $8.00 each; at Walmart the same shampoo and conditioner is $5.00 each; and of course at Target Canada the same shampoo and conditioner is $3.00 each (sometimes $2.00).

That’s why I shop at Target Canada.

I’m not saying Target has all the best deals because they don’t, but the things you use everyday and buy a lot more of is cheaper than anywhere else.

From my understanding Target Canada is closing because in the two years they’ve been open they’ve lost billions of dollars and said they wouldn’t make any profit until 2020 if they keep the Canadian stores open. I was quickly reading an article  about this and someone said (I think it was the CEO, I could be wrong) that it was plain and simple, Canada didn’t do what we wanted it to do so they’re being closed down.

That sounds pretty rude to me but it’s just business everyone.

In my opinion Target went at coming to Canada all wrong. They opened 133 stores as fast as they could, instead they should of opened them slowly, maybe one in each major city. In Brampton alone there’s 4-5 I believe and most of them are at malls (which closing the ones in the malls will close them even more money, they said millions just in closing Targets at malls).

Since they did it their way and opened all 133 stores at once and it didn’t work out, I’m wondering why they didn’t do what Sears did and close a couple of stores to save money? Because they’ve decided to close them all at once, leaving us Canadians teased, I think they’ve made a bad name for themselves.

The best part about them closing down is that City Pulse 24 News released that Target Canada was closing before the stores told their employees, leaving some to find out from the news that they no longer have a job. I know this because my sister and a couple of friends are some of the 17,000 people who no longer have a job.

In the end I think Target Canada will be missed by some.

Thanks for reading.

Maeg.

Nuit Blanche Experience!

In my other post I wrote about what you need in order to be prepared for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche for this year, in this one I’m going to write about my experience while I was there. Lets get started shall we?

Because I live in a lovely city called Brampton that’s only 30 mins away from Toronto and has the worse public transit to get there, I have an awesome story for you. Okay, I wouldn’t say awesome but it was interesting for us. We caught the bus that goes to Bramalea GO station and when we got there we got our tickets for the GO bus. We were looking at our tickets when we noticed it said that there was no bus going straight from Bramalea GO to Union Bus Terminal. You need to know first that Brampton Bus Terminal is no where near the Bramalea GO station. I have the ticket right in front of me and I’m going to write it the exact way it says.

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Bus Route Number 34 at 19:00

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My mum checked online when the next bus was and she told us it was at 7:45 (19:45), and of course the bus came at 7:45pm. When we got on the bus there was so many people waiting that the bus was full, so full that people were standing. The bus that goes to Union stops at at Malton GO before getting on the highway to Toronto. This damn bus driver didn’t call in that his bus was full so he couldn’t even pick anyone up, he did end up calling it in but he got in trouble for not saying it earlier. He told people that the next bus would be there in 5 mins, everyone that was waiting outside said that they don’t mind standing so he let even more on. My sister and I noticed that there was a guy in a motorized wheelchair and we were sitting in curiosity sitting. I was getting upset because I was not standing on this damn bus even if I was sitting in those chairs. He didn’t come on the bus anyways but it was annoying because this bus driver couldn’t do his job. We were finally on our way but he was driving SOO slow because of these people were standing, I’m telling you he didn’t go over 60 on the highway. It took almost two hours to get to Toronto.

Two hours later when we finally got to Toronto my sister and I started to find our way to the hotel, which would of been easy if there wasn’t so much construction. We found it and checked in and went to our room for me to charge my phone. Once that was done we were on our way out. Now we didn’t check the map that was online to see where things were, I just assumed that they were in the normal places that they’ve always been but I was wrong. We did a lot of art seeing though.

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Those are some pictures I took of the art. My favourite one that we went to see was a tank that had a person in it, would fill up with water and they would go on about doing whatever they were doing. A girl did house work, this guy played guitar. It was amazing.

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You can see the water go all the way up and then it starting to come down. The night was a pretty good night, there was some funny parts. I was taking a picture of some art when this lovely girl decided to shove her face into my camera as it took the picture…..

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I went to one of the food trucks because we were hungry, my food was pretty damn good but there’s a funny story to it. Like I said the food was amazing but it was very filling, my sister wanted to try some of it without the meat on it so I took it off and she had a few bites. When we were done with it I had it in my hand about to throw it out when a young girl with her friend (they did not look homeless at all) came up to me and grabbed it. She picked up my half eaten chicken and started to eat it, I was trying to pull it away because I was honestly saying “what the fuck?” to myself but she wouldn’t let go. Finally I got fed up, dropped it and walked away. Needless to say I was a little freaked out but that’s what Toronto is like.

All in all I had a good time and I’m ready for next years.

Thanks for reading!

New Puppy + Reptilia the Reptile Zoo

I know I have been the worst blogger lately since I’ve been completely MIA for a month. Have no fear I come with something interesting to write about!

Last weekend my boyfriend had a fun weekend planned for us since we haven’t really seen each other due to work. The day started off with driving up to my dad’s house to see my new puppy! Yes I haven’t written about him so I’ll tell you now. One of my step-mum’s friends has two Bernese Mountain Dogs and they had puppies, one day she brought one home and said it was ours. Yea, I know.

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Meet Sully. This is when I first found out about him, my dad picked me up with him. He’s honestly the cutest dog and funny.

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This was about three weeks ago.

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And this was last weekend. He is definitely getting big.

We spent some time at my dad’s house then around 2 pm my boyfriend and I left to go to Reptilia. My boyfriend has already been to this place but he wanted to take me to go see it. This place was pretty crazy because of how close to the animals you could get. Instead of having to look from far away like at the zoo, the animals were right next to the glass. You will see what I mean in the next couple of photos.

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(Picture Above) Alright I know this doesn’t look like very much but there is a Green Anacondas head sticking out of the water. He was pretty cool but the main reason I’m posting this is because….

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…this is the body that went with the head. He was massive and scary. The moment I saw him I just thought of getting crushed by his body. Truly scary.

Alright the next picture I’m going to show you will show you what I mean how close you are to the animals. I can’t remember what kind of snake these are but I thought they were pretty cute all curled up together.

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They were right up to the glass and didn’t move except for their tongues. This place just gets better and better!

I’m not going to show you all my pictures since I took about 30 of them and I just want to make you guys go see this place if you can. This next picture is one of my favourite pictures and it also shows how close the animals are.

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This guy was just chilling under the water sleeping, you could literally sit next to him and he wouldn’t do anything.

Alright, on to one of the best parts and the funniest part of my time being there. I read about this place before I actually went to go see it, I read that there are two gators/crocs that were boyfriend and girlfriend. They are pretty big but the story of when I was there was funny.

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(Picture Above) There is a tank just off to the right of this picture that I was looking at then I turned and instantly saw this croc. This is the girlfriend of the two, she was amazing, sitting so still that she looked fake. As I was looking at her I was right up to the glass just looking not knowing there was a massive 14 feet croc right in front of me. I just happened to look down for some reason and saw a huge thick tail right in front of me. I yelled, “HOLY SHIT!” then turned around because I was just like woah. This is what was in front of me.

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This guy is 14 feet long, he was longer at one point but before the girlfriend was in the tank there use to be a different croc. They apparently didn’t like each other and fought, in this fight he lost some of his tail. I couldn’t even get his whole body in the picture, I think this would scare anyone to see this randomly in front of them with out them knowing. While I yelled holy shit my boyfriend starts laughing his ass off and everyone starts looking at us, my boyfriend told them that I didn’t see him and it scared me once I did. It was pretty funny moment for my boyfriend and I. This was almost the end of the place but it goes into a store where you can buy/see more animals and much more.

I would totally suggest going this this place if you are somewhere near the area, I’ve lived in Brampton my whole life and didn’t know that this place was only 30-40 mins away from me. It’s only $15 dollars to get in so it’s going to kill your pockets.

If you want more information about Reptilia here’s the link to their website..

http://www.reptilia.org/

This was another this I’ve crossed off my 2014 List. Here’s the blog to check it out what else is on my list!

https://sheaint.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/2014-list/

Thank you for reading and sticking with me!

PS. I’m birthday is next week!

The Can’t Cook Book Trails Day Two.

Day number two of me trying this awesome cook book. When I was picking out something that I wanted to try cooking I couldn’t make up my mind. Some factors that came into play when I was picking were that I’m having chicken for dinner, I didn’t have some of the key ingredients and I didn’t really have enough time between lunch and dinner.

Today’s recipe from The Can’t Cook Book by Jessica Seinfeld was a choice between two different things. Oven Fries or Soft-Boiled Egg with Toast a.k.a The Granny Egg. Because my sister and I didn’t really eat anything all day long I decided to make something for both of rather then just one thing for me, I went with the Oven Fries. There are a couple different types of way you can make these fries, regular potato, parsnip fries, and carrot fries, I went with the regular fries because that was the easiest.

I started by washing the potatoes and talking on the phone with my boyfriend at the same time hoping to baby jesus (#rickbobby) that my phone wasn’t going to fall into the sink. Thankfully it didn’t, after now I was worried about not cutting off my finger cutting these potatoes while still talking on the phone, good thing is I’m a lifeguard and I know first aid if that’s what it came too. Now that I still have all 10 digits I was ready to start the actually skilled part. My boyfriend was now off the phone and I seasoned the potatoes, put the oil on the pan..oops, I wasn’t suppose to do that. I made the mistake of just going off what I thought was going to happen. I was suppose to put the fries on the pan first then drizzle the oil over them. Not to worry I used my brain for once and spread the oil all oven the pan with one fry, put the fries on and put some oil over them. Back to square one.

I put the fries into the my messed up oven and started to think! My boyfriend told me that he was coming over for dinner tonight, all that ran through my head was my sister and I worked out for almost two hours and I still was sweaty and smelly. I desperately needed a shower. I did something that I’ve always heard what you shouldn’t do while cooking, I went into the shower while the fries were cooking. Now it’s not like I left them in the oven and no one else was in the house, no, my sister was in the living room and if anything went wrong she was there to fix it. Thankfully, nothing went wrong. After a very long 30 min shower I was back down stairs and ready to do the watching of the fries.

Now my oven is messed up, the dial at the top will say that it’s at 425 but really it’s at 500. Cooking in my house is very hard and you always need to watch the food or else it will burn to shit. I thought I did a good job at watching them, as far as I could see none of the fries had black on them, they were all golden brown, but you can be the judge of that.

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My sister finished hers before mine because I’m took busy writing and looking at an accident outside of my window, needless to say not one fry was left on her plate. These fries may not be the best thing to eat after a long workout but they taste prettydamn good to me.

Let me know what you guys think. Remember I am new at this and some of these things are new to me.

Check out day number one in the previous blog of this one.

More recipes to come!

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Thanks for reading!

The Can’t Cook Book Trials

If anyone knows me they know that I can’t cook, I’m actually so bad at it – well I think I am.

I have many of cook books at home that are for teens, easy instructions and with lots of pictures but I still cannot cook on my own. This is how bad I am at it, the couple of things I am good at cooking is grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, egg sandwich and a Nutella and strawberry grilled sandwich for a dessert.

For Christmas 2013 my mum got me a cook book that is called, “The Can‘t Cook Book by Jessica Seinfeld.” It’s a cookbook that you have to read in the beginning because it teaches you all the things you need to know. For example, it teaches you what a paring knife, Chef’s knife and a offset serrated knife is, the difference between all the pans you could buy in the world, and even how to cut garlic, an onion, an avocado and even how to get fresh herbs off the plant. I mean this is the cookbooks of all cookbooks.

For tonight my mum told me that it was a “fend for yourself night.” Meaning that the people who usually cook, which are my mum or my sister, are too lazy to cook and you need to make your own meal. Usually this night involves me going out with friends, microwaving something, or sticking something from a box into the oven. Tonight I decided that I would give cooking a try, plus it would cure my boredom.

I actually did two different recipes to make one meal. The first one was Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast and the second one was Smashed Red Potatoes with Chives. I know this probably sounds so simple to some of you but remember I suck and to be quite frankly I’m scared of cooking.

I started off with defrosting the chicken in the microwave since I didn’t plan this, which ruined the chicken because my microwave is so damn strong – it’s a good one. I left that there and started the potatoes since it would take the longest, it didn’t involve much work besides boiling them, smashing them with a plate to be flat then putting chives on them; the boiling is what makes it take so long. As they were boiling I started to season the chicken like the book told me and got the pan ready with the oil. Oil really? Great one to start with I know, nothing scares me more then cooking with oil. To my surprise it went well until the end when I over cooked the chicken. As I was over cooking the chicken I thought my potatoes were ready to be smashed so I drained the water and got a plate only to notice that the potatoes were still hard as a rock, I was in fact, premature like a little boy.

My mum at this point came downstairs to see how I was doing and she gave me a little advice of these century, put things in the microwave if you took them out too early. This in fact worked and I was ready to smash away, which was actually really fun. Cooking fun? Who would of knew. I plated my meal, took pictures, sent them to my boyfriend and being a 22 year old, put them on instagram. I then enjoyed my over cooked chicken and smashed potatoes.

I will try the chicken again, some parts actually tasted really well but I want the whole breast to taste good. The potatoes were excellent and I didn’t even put ketchup or butter on them like I normally would – this is a good sign. Image

My goal is to try every recipe in this cookbook and actually be able to cook by the end of the year.

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More recipes to come!