Friday, November 4, 2011

A Biology Field Trip and Brownies

Last week, I went on an overnight field trip to an outdoor education center (OEC) for biology class. My elementary school used to do overnight trips at least once a year, so the thought of an overnight trip wasn’t new, but the experience certainly was. It’s amazing how much more fun overnight camp is when you are just that little bit older.

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera, but luckily my awesome roommate Angela brought hers.

What I Learned At Camp:

Chivalry is dead and calling dibs on a particular side of the cabin doesn’t stop the guys that we’re sharing the cabin with from claiming it as their own.

That I love my roommates: Mel, Angela, and Jen. I had so much fun with you girls.  

Some guys pee without closing the washroom door. (It’s a good thing that the washroom is off to the side.) Maybe that’s why everyone is supposed to stay in their cabins and their cabins only.

Everyone, except that skinny girl who bakes, brings food and leaves it in their cabins, even though there are bear posters everywhere. 

Wolves have a sense of smell that is a hundred times better than that of humans.

Guys aren’t, by stereotype, the messiest of them all. Even though we used our fifth bunk, which was empty because we only had four people in our cabin, as luggage space, our room was still messier than theirs. 

Sometimes, when someone knocks on your cabin door at ten PM, it’s not the teachers telling you to turn the lights off, but two of the guys from the other side of the cabin sitting on a chair they stole from the lounge in front of your door.

Swamps are unbelievably gorgeous and so quiet that you can actually hear your own breathing.

Walls have ears. The wall dividing our cabin from the one the guys were in was so thin that we could hear pretty much everything they were saying. Guys say really stupid things when they think no one is listening. They also gossip so much that they are the sole reason you don’t fall asleep until two in the morning and then wake up at six.

Mayflies have three tails and stoneflies have two.

Walking through the woods from the dining hall to your cabin in complete darkness leaves you with that invincible kind of feeling.

It takes mad ninja skills to clamber down the top bunk, step over everyone’s clothes/shoes/bags, find your own shoes in the dark, and escape outside without waking your roommates up.

Eating four tacos before a long bus ride contributes to motion sickness.

Sleeping only four to six hours a night for an entire week will cause you to crash on the bus. And at home. And the next day.

When I came home, my younger brother Kyle made me brownies. “I had so much homework while you were gone!” he exclaimed. Despite the fact that he had missed me mostly because I wasn’t there to help him with his homework and make food for him to eat, I grinned. My brother had never made brownies before so the act in itself was incredibly touching. Not to mention, but the brownies themselves were pretty darn good. I guess all those years of being the brother of that skinny girl who bakes was rubbing off on him.

Click below for the recipe. 

Rich, Fudgy Brownies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter; more softened butter for the pan
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour; more for the pan
  • ¾ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon salt


Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch-square metal baking pan, with parchment paper. 

In a medium powder, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until evenly combined.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and cook for two minutes. Take the pan off the heat and let cool for a few minutes. Whisk in eggs and the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients, beating until the batter is smooth and uniform, about 1 minute. 

Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan, smoothing it so it fills the pan evenly. Bake until a toothpick or a skewer inserted 3/4 inch into the center of the brownies comes out with just a few moist clumps clinging to it, about 40 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely in the pan on a rack.

Cut into 16 squares. Keep the brownies at room temperature, well wrapped. You can freeze them, too.


  1. Sounds like your camping trip was a load of fun. I really wish my school took camping trips like that! :)

  2. Cute post Kyleen, and what a cute brother you have!

  3. Your blog is wonderful. I enjoyed reading about you and your wagon as well. I'm in Toronto too.

  4. THanks for visiting my blog, Kyleen and you comment :) You have a pretty "sweet" blog !! was just scrolling down your homepage :)
    Please join me on my cooking adventures - happy to join you! cheers, Priya

  5. This sounds like a blast...I don't remember having these kind of trips when I was in school =( . And definitely beautiful pictures. Now...hand me one of those brownies, they look fudgy and fabulous!

  6. Sounds like a fun trip --- and wow, those brownies look amazing!! ;)


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