Dec 28, 2014

Sort of sick

In case you don't catch yourself up on all things in the world of Alexa, I'm sick. But it seems like everyone has been catching the crazy cold, the freak flu, or the spiteful strep-throat. To everyone experiencing winters plague to your cells, I'm here to help you through it all. I'm not exactly a doctor and can't heal you with some magical meds, but I can give you things you can do to make your days at home less painful. And I've got a few tricks up my sleeve considering I haven't been able to breath through my nose for close to three weeks.

1. Play Pretend 
Having a small photo shoot can help you get into character

Ah yes, grab that tiara and strut your stuff. You can be a princess, a Kardashian, (well that's basically the samething), a superhero, your favorite animal, you name it. I find that connecting with your inner fashion-star helps everyone overcome their sickness, especially if you keep the act up all day, even in public. Guys don't be afraid to rock that princess look, if my brother can do it so can you!
He wanted to be like me, It's pretty obvious why.

This seems a bit silly, I know, but I don't actually mean it literally. The best thing that you can do for your self is convince your system that nothing is wrong at all. After you've loaded up on your morning douce of advil, just try to keep your day as normal as possible. If you pretend you're not sick you usually don't feel it. Although, I've never tested the princess thing; if you would rather give that a shot I say #yoloit.

2. Learn from Aurora
Sleeping beauty may have been under a curse, but you better believe she woke up feeling better than ever. Alright, so a thousand years of sleep would probably make your back hurt, but still. When you're sick, sleep is the best thing in the entire world, it's like magic. So rest up and hopefully you will clear away those nasty germs. If you are stuffed up and having trouble getting to sleep in the first place you could always take NyQuil or something of those sorts to help you rest.

3. Tea ;)
If you know me, you know that I will take any excuse I can get to sip on hot cocoa or tea. I love it (heart eye emoji). And a piping hot cup of tea can, AND WILL make your throat feel better whether it's stuffy or dry. Now that I am in my "zone" I've got a bit of educating that I need to do.
I usually get my own pictures, but this look like heaven so....
For everyone that is not a tea drinker, there are two common additions to tea, both of which have different purposes on a ill throat. The first on is honey. The thick stickiness of honey coats your throat with what I think of as a syrupy layer. If your throat is feeling dry or starchy honey is the way to go because it will help keep it damp. The other add-on that you can put in is lemon juice. The acid in lemon will cut through the mucus in your throat. And as gross as that sounds, when you are sick it feels like heaven.

I don't really know if I have told you anything that you couldn't hear from anyone else on earth but I hope that if you are sick you get better, because I know the feeling.

Get well soon my fellow quirks, I'll blog ya later

Dec 4, 2014

Snowy Sweets

IT'S HERE! The snow has fallen and we Parkites are well on our way to a winter wonderland. Right now you might be jumping our of seat to go grab your skis, pulling on a santa hat that is way to big for
you, running to the store to buy a carrot and buttons because you're gonna make the most epic snow man ever! Or maybe you're just looking solemnly at your shorts and tank-top wishing that it was still summer. Whether your heart is singing with delight or you are simply dreading the winter, just hold on tight, because here are some delicious treats that make winter well worth the wait.

1. Obviously hot cocoa! It's warm and sweet and kind of makes you feel like your in the North Pole. Everyone knows marshmallows are to best part, especially when they melt and make it extra sweet. And even though this is a winter themed blog...this is kinda good always. Need I say more? No.
The ceremonial first hot chocolate of the season with my cousin.

2. Pulling a Pavlova 
Taking a pretty picture of food is a lot harder than it looks.
A Pavlova is a Meringue made the way the 1920's ballerina Anna Pavlova liked them, soft and chewy in the center topped with whipped cream. In fact, it's the way that I like my meringue too. #twinningwithafamousballerina

My Pavlova is made with whipped eggs and fine sugar then cocoa powder and vinegar is folded in to the mixture, then baked for around an hour. (I promise you can't taste the vinegar, it just helps it cook.) After it's taken out of the oven it's topped with the best kind of snow, (whipped cream,) pomegranate seeds, and extra chocolate meringue crumbles.

Well if your mouth isn't watering after that, you must be an alien and I think that I'm gonna have to call the FBI. Seriously though, the crisp outside of the meringue and the delicate whipped cream both provide a light and airiness that reminds me of snow, but it's supper rich and creamy so it still leaves you with that wonderful warm feeling inside. And because pomegranate season is the beginning of winter, they always taste amazing for a winter dessert.

3. Ginger Bread, Yum. These adorable little friends are crisp and sweet. Made traditionally with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. All of these flavors are things that remind your taste and smell of the holiday season. Now or course the best part about these cookies are the decorations. You can go the traditional route and use simple icing and gum drops for decoration, and other simple candy's can spice it up a tad. Or you can just go crazy with a house and a roof and everything! Making a true piece of art is hard though if you don't get one of those cheesy cheater kits from Walmart.

How my gingerbread houses generally look before they fall over. (Photo Creds)

What foolishly hope I'll be able to make each year. (Photo Creds)

Hope I've inspired this depressed generation to make something beautiful. #Canyoudoit? #yesyoucan

Blog ya later fellow quirks.