Remember what I said in my last post? About my next post being one dedicated to chocolate? Well, here ya go. Granola – covered in chocolate.
Well, covered in Nutella, but same thing.
Fine, fine, you get a whole cup of chocolate chips in there too.
Before I continue rambling on about the beauty of chocolate, I’d like to address a very important issue.
SIMPLE PLAN’S NEW ALBUM IS OUT!!!!
Ok, it came out on Friday, but I’m still in disbelief. This is one solid album.
Preface: I am the biggest Simple Plan fan you’ll ever meet (or just…see online I guess). Did you think that I was crazy about All Time Low the last time I spazzed about an album? Well, I do, but Simple Plan was the first band I ever listened to. They were the ones who led me to discover All Time Low and all my other favourite bands. Not to mention, the only reason I was on YouTube at the time was to watch Simple Plan music videos and interviews, which is how I came across Amasic and danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil and, perhaps most importantly, SORTED Food. That, is what sparked my love for baking. The whole chain of band-love led me to follow Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive on Instagram, who posted something about Organic Burst, which led me to spend hours reading up on healthy baking, and look where I am today. I owe EVERYTHING to Simple Plan. It’s a far stretch, but it’s true. If I hadn’t become a hardcore SP Astronaut, this blog may not even exist. *Mind blown*
Anyways, back to that album. Some people say that it takes really long for Simple Plan to release new albums, but they do a lot of touring and put a lot of time and effort into each album, but it’s definitely all worth it.
The new album’s called Taking One For The Team, and it’s literally such a perfect album. After straying a little too far into the “pop” genre in their last album, Get Your Heart On!, they’ve really gone full circle and traced back to their roots, while still presenting unique songs that keep us fans on our toes.
Alright here I go with trying to fit my happily chaotic thoughts into words. Just like in my recipe index, *=
golistentothisnowitwillchangeyourlife favourites (at least from this album)
- *Opinion Overload – When I first heard Simple Plan say that this was going to be a song inspired by their more punk-rock roots, I was excited! Then I heard the song, and they did not let me down. The music video is similar to I’d Do Anything and the lyrics deal with a similar subject as Shut Up, both from their debut album No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. The song is upbeat and I’m pretty sure it’s a big f-you to everyone who ever disapproved or doubted Simple Plan’s varying styles. A punk-rock response to those who said they weren’t punk-rock enough. Golden. (I just realised that this is the ONLY Simple Plan song in which the title isn’t a lyric in the chorus. omg what)
- Boom! – If you’re a fan of any pop punk band, go check out that video. Right now.
- Kiss Me (Like Nobody’s Watching) – You know those sweet lovey-dovey mellow love songs? This isn’t one of them (Perfectly Perfect is, but I’ll talk about that one later). I’m not saying it’s not sweet, it is, but the mood of the song is similar to Singing in the Rain (again, I’ll get to that later). It’s a very…happy song. Man, that’s such a bad adjective. Oh, I’ve found the right word. It’s a playful love song, which is something that you don’t get to hear everyday. SP has aced the playful-love-song song.
- *Farewell (Feat. Jordan Pundik) – I LOVE this! All the components come together to make this a real proper pop-punk song. The rhythms and the melody and the lyrics are all spot-on. At the same time, it doesn’t remind me of any other bands. It’s purely Simple Plan, who always experiments with merging genres, but always write songs in which the beats and notes just scream Simple Plan!
- Singing in the Rain – There are two different kinds of songs that make you feel better when you’re down. There’s the kind of sad song that sympathises with you, and you feel like you’re not alone. Then, there’s the kind of upbeat song that makes you want to flip off anyone who doesn’t believe in you and dance around feeling invincible. This one falls under the latter category. It’s a song that addresses the fact that you don’t need to let words and unwanted changes affect you and bring you down. The song never fails to make me smile (it’s only been like 2 days since the album came out but so far it’s boosted my mood every time). The mood of this song is so happy with the kind of tunes that you’ll want to whistle along to (if you could whistle, which I can’t).
- Everything Sucks (Feat. R. City) – I don’t want to start sounding repetitive, but this is…really upbeat. Ok, I’ll try to stop calling everything upbeat, but like 80% of the album has really amazingly upbeat songs. This one’s a little more pop-y, but it’s definitely still under that Simple-Plan-pop-punk category. All of these songs deal with kinda sad topics, but in a cheerful way. This one’s about heartbreak, but if you couldn’t understand the lyrics, you probably wouldn’t believe that. Oh, by the way, this song’s got a cool bridge. That key change tho.
- I Refuse – I’m a sucker for joint-singing. I don’t know if “joint-singing” is a legit term but if you listen to the song you’ll probably get what I’m saying. The “joint-singing” thing just works so well with this song and it’s topic. It just gives the whole song a reinforced vibe. I know, that doesn’t really make sense, but if you hear it I promise you’ll get it.
- I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed (Feat. Nelly) – I was blown away at the first line. Not necessarily in a good or bad way, but I was like dayum. It isn’t the typical SP song, but then again, they’re always experimenting, and to be honest, it really isn’t bad. Guaranteed, I wouldn’t want the whole album to be that kind of style, but this one’s pretty good.
- Nostalgic – THE LYRICS! They’re so sweet! Ahh! Awh! Simple Plan always writes really simple lyrics, nothing too fancy and poetic, but at the same time, they just work so well, which is definitely the case in this song.
- **Perfectly Perfect – GO LISTEN TO THIS. It’s the mellow lovey-dovey song that I mentioned earlier. It’s honestly the sweetest thing. I don’t know what else to say. It’s so sweet. I’m listening to it as I type and I’m just like awh awh awh that’s the sweetest thing to say. If anyone wrote this song for me, I would marry them on the spot.
- I Don’t Wanna Be Sad – This is another one of those songs that deals with upsetting moments in a cheerful way. I could totally just jump around to this song and singing it at the top of my lungs. I can also imagine an entire crowd of people singing this at a SP concert. It’s just one of those anthem-y songs.
- P.S. I Hate You – Does this remind you of All Time Low? It reminds me of All Time Low. Maybe it’s the “Dear ____” part, but the whole song just has this All Time Low vibe to it, and I’m loving it.
- ***Problem Child – The first time I heard this song, I cried. I don’t just mean that I felt like crying, I mean my mouth hung open and I looked down at the floor, shaking slightly as my eyes watered and tears fell when I blinked. All components of the song just fit so perfectly together, from the lyrics to the melody to the emotion that Pierre expresses, especially in the last chorus. He’s seriously amazing. A guy in his thirties who can still belt out lyrics in such a way that struggling teenagers can relate to. He sings with so much emotion. There’s no other way to put it. As for the lyrics – they aren’t cliché. As common as the theme of the song may be, the lyrics just WORK so well. It deals with the struggles of those who want to make their parents proud, yet end up making mistakes and feeling like a burden. As I had the album on “shuffle”, 9/10 times, I had to skip this song, because it instantly puts my heart into a fragile state and I shiver as goosebumps break out on my skin. It’s a throwback to the band’s most iconic song – Perfect (2002).
- I Dream About You (Feat. Juliet Simms) – Wow. This one has such a different mood to it. It kind of reminds me of Simple Plan’s self titled album from 2008, where they tried out some seriously different stuff. This one’s not the typical jumpy (I tried to stop using the word upbeat and here I am calling songs “jumpy”…) song. It’s dramatic af. Like, deep and dark and dramatic. I think it’s really cool, but in my opinion, it doesn’t seem like the kind of song to end an album on. They usually have their most emotional song last, or second last, so I think that their should have either had Problem Child be the last song, or end on a happy note with any of the jumpy songs.
I knew I made a good choice by calling these guys my favourite band. Forever and always an Astronaut x
Alright, as promised, I’ll talk about nutella granola now. I’m giving y’all a five-ingredient nutella granola recipe. How does that sound? Can I get a hell-yess?
So the basis of most granola recipes consists of oats, nuts, oil, and sweetener. This one has got the oats, obviously. Then, the nuts of choice are hazelnuts, obviously. The choice of oil is…Nutella. Ok, that came out wrong. I omitted the oil and used Nutella, because, although they’re not the same thing, they’re similar in consistency. My sweetener of choice was some maple syrup because why not. Lastly, the thing that takes this to a whole ‘nother level is chocolate. A cup of it. Whether you want to use chocolate chips or chopped chocolate is up to you, but seriously do not omit that chocolate. You’ll thank me later.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate Nutella, though?
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
- In a large mixing bowl, stir the Nutella and maple syrup together. If it’s too sticky, you can microwave it at 10 second intervals until it’s smooth. Stir in the oats and hazelnuts until everything’s completely combined
- Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately 20 minutes, stirring at 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it, as I’ve found granola’s to be quite unpredictable when it comes to baking (and burning!)
- Allow the granola to cool for 10 minutes before sprinkling the chocolate over it, and letting it cool completely before breaking apart. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.