Saturday, December 24, 2011

BEST HOT COCOA EVER

I admit, around the holidays i crave chocolate out the wazoo. I don't know if it's a bad case of recurrent PMS, or if my tastebuds need a good dose of suger, but whatever it is, i like to quench it with hot cocoa. I've had almost every form of hot cocoa imaginable: hot cocoa coffee, hot cocoa toffee nips, white chocolate cocoa, dark chocolate cocoa, etc. But one day, i stumbled upon the motherload of awesomeness in hot cocoa form; the ultimate recipe, the child of many years of experimenting with my endless amounts of hot chocolate packets. And now, i gift unto you the recipe:
            You need: One packet of milk chocolate hot cocoa mix (Swiss Miss is the bomb, my friends); A bottle of almond extract; some ground cinnamon (none of that decorative stick crap); A regular canycane (mini or regular, they would both be fine); Whipped cream (i prefer the stuff out of the bowl for nitpicky reasons, but canned would be good too); Marshmellows (either mini or regular); Vanilla extract; Milk (whole, please, because diets don't exsist in my world!); and a carton of whipping cream.
            What you shall do: Heat the milk over the stove, or in the microwave, till it's hotter than you want it (becaue if will cool down by the time you get all the ingredients in), then add two drops of Almond extract, and two drops of vanilla. Stir in the hot cocoa mix slowly, until it's all dissolved. Stir in about two-three tablespoons of whipping cream to add richness and/or epicness. Meanwhile, take out the candycane from it's wrapper, then it's your choice now: you can either take a pounder and pound it into a fine dust and then add it, or just stick it in as is. Your choice, but i prefer to grind it. Lastly, add on two dollops of wipped cream, add three marshmellows (or about fifteen if you're using the tiny ones), and garnish with a dash of cinnamon.
ENJOY!!!!!!!!! and have a great holiday!!!!

Yours truley,
Not Athena

Friday, December 23, 2011

Random Post #1

Today, while my mom went off to work at the hospital (yay for nurses!), my Father and I had to bake two cakes and four batches of cookies for the Christmas party. I ate half of the batter for the cakes, bit by bit, and i didn't think i was taking all that much, but the cakes ended up being a touch flat. Dad blames himself, thinking he forgot something, and though i feel bad, I'll just let him take one for the team on this one. And the cookies wouldn't bake. I swear by Athena that i didn't to anything to them, but they look more like Pillsbury biscuits with oatmeal and raisins mixed in there. Honestly, i don't know what happened.
I'm dying to get back to my latest art project! i have been drinking Diet Dr. Pepper like a fish, to confiscate the tabs. I've been pondering trying to spraypaint them in a bunch o' wild colors, then arranging them into a metal flower for a hair clip. I would then blog about it, if everything would go according to plan. But my plans are on deadlock while i'm in the kitchen. And then my dad mentioned that he didn't want me eating sushi again. NOOOOO!!!!! He is no longer my favorite Person Named Greg. I think that evil little ferret my uncle used to have will take his place.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bust Out That Old Tea Set!

If you are of a feminine nature, then you must remember that old tea set you had, right? RIGHT? or am i the only one?
In the off chance that you share this with me, then you haven't probably brought it out in years (unless you have kids, which is great, but it would be pretty awkward for me considering im still in high school!). Well, i decided to try and incorporate it into my room decor. Which, i admit, is actually amazingly easy, because i am a self-professed hoarder, and my room is a colorful clash of every color scheme known to man, and some only known to Narwhals 0.o
Anywho, i tried it, and it worked great! here's what i did:   
-Firstly, i cleared a spot i wouldn't really use off of my huge, wood dresser, and of course, brought out my duster, of which hadn't seen the light of day since i stole it from my mom when i was FIVE.
-Secondly, i arranged my set on the new space like so: i put the actual tea kettle-thing in the middle, then placed first the little cute dishes around the pot in the fashion of a circle, so that they evenly surrounded the pot. Then, the easiest step, i put the tiny teacups on the dishes.
-Thirdly, i randomly placed the awkward cream pitcher somewhere near the vicinity of my display.
 AND THAT WAS IT.

It was really simple, and made my room that much more memorable.
And now, i need to take a moment and tell you about my special tea set. Now, i may have fibbed a bit about my inspiration: the set i actually used was a japanese set my Uncle gave me for my birthday recently. But since it's unlikely that you would receive a japanese ceremonial tea set any time soon, i figured i would make this post more user-friendly. So, yes, while yours may be too childish for you and while mine was actually a more neutral, if not odd, set, IT DOESN'T MATTER. This post was all about helping you merge your childhood life to your present one and to bring some warm memories to your home.
I hope you liked this tip, and have a happy holidays!

Yours Truley,
Not Athena