Monday, December 17, 2012

Words Words Words

There are two reasons I haven't blogged for you lately.

One is due to a lack of ingredients. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of photographed recipes available to share with you! They're just food, however, and I promised you beverages in December to warm your bodies and souls. My favorite of these all involves an ingredient that I am experiencing trouble finding: red hots. This candy is more elusive than you know.

The second is because the writing times I'd normally devote to writing for you, I've been using to edit, rewrite, and otherwise beautify a few stories I've written, so that I may enter them into a writing contest. I'm nervous, because I've never done this before, but I'm excited, because I'm so proud of these stories.

But I apologize. Though I am not Hamlet! I have not forgotten myself.

"I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past
That youth and observation copied there"
Hamlet, Act 1, Sc. 5

Seriously, though. Read Hamlet.

Read Hamlet by the fire's light, and turn it into a ghost story, a murder mystery, a slow descent into madness and chaos. Or read it on the beach, watching the wistful folly of a young man torn by two desires go horribly wrong. Or read it on a stage, finding reason and excuse for every action of every character, every word uttered or shouted. And read it while drinking a warm cup of something delicious.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Time and Again You Need to Drink Magical Healing Tea

"Was it you I was talking to about sci-fi time travel books the other day?" a customer asked me. She was a kind-looking grandmotherly woman.

"No but that definitely sounds like me!" I told her, and she launched straight into a description of a book.

"I finally remembered the title of a book I was trying to remember! It is the best book I've ever read about time travel, written by Jack Finney. It's called Time and Again. I don't want to tell you too much about the book, but it takes place around a certain building that is still standing across from Central Park!"

Color me intrigued.

Now, I am the first to call myself a sci-fi fan. I couldn't be a Doctor Who fan without an appreciation for time travel. And books? You all know I love books. Without further ado, I added "go to the library" to my to-do list.

A few library-less days went by and I found myself in Boyf's house, casually looking at a bookshelf while Boyf fixed his mom's computer. My eye caught on a plain-looking, black and white cover with a $1.00 price sticker on it. Time and Again.

"WHAT!?!?!" I yanked it off the shelf and told my whole story. Boyf's mom told me she'd bought it on a whim at a used bookstore and yes, I could borrow it and let her know how it was. I was in a state of shock. I had never heard of this book before and somehow, here it is, literally right in front of my eyes.

My conclusion? The old lady is my future self, setting me on a path to read the book that will change my life. I'll read it and get back to you. I was too excited to wait until I was finished.

And another thing I'm excited about is sharing with you this magical elixir of health. With cold/flu season beginning, I believe I'm just in time to provide you with a beverage that will make you feel better and happy at the same time… unlike that gross cough syrup. Ew.

Also, a note. I'm calling this concoction a "tea", despite its complete lack of tea leaves. It is more a tisane, a bunch of non-caffeinated things steeped in hot water.

The doll is not magical. She is Russian, though.
Magical Healing Herbal Tea

Maybe some ginger

I usually make more than one serving of this and I never, ever measure it. However, I think I can safely tell you it's about one lemon per cup of water, and add honey and cinnamon to taste. If you haven't already, look up the health benefits of these ingredients! My favorite is honey. It is absolutely amazing, and I have free access to oodles of it-- my fabulous grandpa is a beekeeper. :)

1. Put water in a saucepan or pot on medium-high heat.

2. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze them into the water, then drop the whole thing in there.

2. Add honey and cinnamon (and maybe ginger), and turn down the heat a bit.

3. Simmer and stir until the honey is melted.

4. Drink up and get well soon! Your future self will thank you for this healing potion, and your present self will love the taste.

This beverage is best served with a box of soft tissues and a good book.