Ze Simplest Apple Cider Recipe

Today it was rainy, windy, and then for a few hours, suuuuper sunny, then night fell, and it became wonderfully windy and cold again.

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^[Now this is just beautiful ❤ This is the kind of color my cider is =) ]

Now, I’m from Chicago, the windiest city of all, and I MISS the powerful winds that sway skyscrapers, and fwoosh all your hair off your back and shoulders into the air (or if your lucky, or your hairs just that short, into the skyyy).

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^[ Even a color like this has popped up if I use a bit too much cinnamon- how Daddy Dearest likes it =3 ]

Today it was that windy for just a brief moment, but I felt completely satisfied by it. And so I thought of home back there. The orange, bronze, and gold leaves I associate with such Autumny winds, and with that orange scheme came pumpkins, pumpkin pie, halloween, and then, apples.

cider

 

^[ Ok, so mine isn’t anywhere near as light as this one, but I think this is the kind of color you’d get if you dilute it a lot with water and if you don’t add too much cinnamon.]

So I thought, hey, this is the perrrrfect weather for some apple cider! But I’d never made it before, and only had this fake copy thing here, so I wasn’t entirely sure how it was supposed to taste. But, I just through together what I thought would taste good together, and whatever felt Autumn and fell into that color scheme.

[note- this is NOT what you should be doing, especially if you are a chemist. Just google a simple recipe- it ain’t that hard. I’m just weird, and I came out with a great cup of yummy warm goodness, so just let it sliiide ^_^ ]

Ingredients-
1 cup/mugful of Apple juice (I used Nestle’s because I love it’s crisp taste, and color.)
1 teaspoon of Honey (I used this brilliant German brand I’m obsessed with at the moment, flavored Forest Honey, that had a gorgeous hue of gold to it.)
A dash of Cinnamon/1 Cinnamon stick

Serving- One cup, or for one person.

Now, this recipe is veryyy flexible. Just add more cinnamon if you like a stronger bite to your drink, or if you don’t want it too sweet. If you like it suuuper sweet, then add more honey, or use a sweet juice like I am. (My mom hates it sweet, so for her, I add about 1 parts water, and 2 parts apple juice instead to dilute it.)

Directions-
I Turn on your stove, and pour in apple juice into a pot. Let it heat on a low-ish medium flame.

II Get a teaspoon of honey, and try mixing it in to the apple juice. I say try because it takes a bit of determination and stirring to get it to slide off the spoon entirely and dissolve into the juice.

III Add your cinnamon. I usually sprinkle in just a bit, but enough to cover the entire surface of the juice lightly before I stir it in. If you don’t have powdered/another verb that begins with a g- grinded? ground? Yup, it’s ground.- cinnamon, just add your stick of cinnamon to the cup/mug instead.

IV Now just pour out your deliciously Fall drink into an apt mug, and enjoy!

Optional- Drink while reading a good book. What’s the point in making a warm drink to enjoy, if you aren’t enjoying it in cold weather, and with a book?

Cooking for the Cursed/Kitchen-Challenged. And of course, it’s Ali Approved =3

Taste the Autumn!

-Ali
Don’t blow up that microwave again!

ps.
What can I say, Marv the Microwave doesn’t like me =(
And I haven’t blown him up in at least a year and a half now, so yeah, I’m getting better at my experiments now ^_^

 

 

Ze Super Senses Revealed

Remember how i was supposed to talk about some epic powers of mine? After looong periods of consideration, i think even if i share just a few powers with the general public, ill still have enough hidden up my yellow sleeve for fighting crime unexpectedly and effeciently. So, general public, brace yourself with the few powers i shall care to explain to you and tell you a tad bit about.

Here we go.

In this little interview, or revelation, i shall only be talking about Super Senses. Like, how Spiderman’s got Spider Sence. Ah, but a super sense makes not a Superhero. I am the Mint Chutney, but my super sense doesnt involve either mint or chutney in the least. instead, it involves much cooler, desi things thatll through all criminals and masterminds of evil off. What to expect then?

Well, youll know to expect something like #FruitChaatSenses. Yup, Ive got tingling Fruit Chaat senses. They go off whenever anything i can detect does. er, thats a pretty sucky expo…um, lets try that again..If i feel like somethings wrong, and it doesnt necesarrily have to be, or if im acting on a whim or just trusting my gut and instincts (many more people need to accept this pearl of wisdom- just shush, stop tedding out, just dont THINK. just do. not entirely in the way Barney intended, but rather, just ignore your brain freaking out sometimes. go on feeling and instincts instead. i do pretty often. and it works out very well for me. for the most part. haha. hee hee. er, ok, moving on…). So that would be this sense. and other stuff falls under it too, but i shall explain that better when i can. expressionism is what i often lack =/

HAH. ‘My thoughts are stars i cannot fathom into constellations.’ YESH. dat quote came uuuuup. wohoo.

The other power super sense would be… *druuuum rooolll*…. Masala Masti Senses! Or, Masala Senses. Now, these ones really DO tingle. cuz its when i smell something that i say im using these sense. Oooh, logic. Throws almost ALL them villians off. Muahahahaha. wait, no, im supposed to be the GOOD guy. oh well, i AM evil-sih. Go leader of the Triple A, yeaaah!

Now masala senses might also mean stuff like shivering and almost tingling of any sort really, not necessarily sniffing and smelling (and sneezing.) Oh, but sometimes when i use this power i become a polar bear. and heinous crimes like littering become seals. so itd be like

snow…snow..sno- SEAL!! (smosh…polar bear in our mail?!)

but if im using this power, my noses smelling abilities are evidently enhanced. and everyones elses sucks. yay! cuz all they can smell near me shall be masala. hence the sneezing ^_^

buuut theres also that coolio thing about this particular smelling ability. i cans smell food up to double polar bear away =O be impressed. (random fact- Polar bears can smell seals up to 20 miles away.) so thisd be FOURTY miles. daaaym thats a LOT of coverage for an even more A LOT of fooooood ❤

im hungry now =( and im still sick…ish. or ateast, Ze is. The Mint Chutney is invincible.

Fight crime, never Jay-walk, Eat all your vegetables, and NEVAR LITERRR!

-The Mint Chutney
Desi to the Extreme

Ze Origins of Mint Chuntey and the Sushi Slayer

So i was online chatting with a Korean friend and ive just basically founded the Awesome Asian Alliance/the power rangers (not trying to copyright, just saying). Hes the Sushi Slayer and im Mint Chutney ^_^ wohoo~

So now, guess what happens when two totally crazy and random and phsychopathic people form an alliance with food names? the universe implodes. nah, just kidding. But ill tell you what does happen. Vegeta and Goku join. and then with all our Awesome Asian Powers (of Randomness and Crazy) its only a matter of time until the Justice League and the Avengers ask us to join them. Mhmm. We’re just that truly epic.

(spideys got nothing on us~!)

So yeah. next time youre in trouble or in need of someone to get that pesky cat out of the tree- call the Awesome Asian Alliance! We may or may not see the need to help! xD

okaay. and fyi, litter bugs are my natural enemies >.> and ive got a partner in crime (not really, a partner in justice here) called James Baxter, another super hero, that helps me kick litterbug butt. so yeah. wohoo. he however always turns a blind eye when old ladies are being mugged. (‘she doesnt need any help, she can handle it herself. *gasp* did that guy just j-walk?! how dare he?! i shall bring him to justice!!’)

Mhmm. and as Mint Chutney (greenish in color) i shall be wearing either yellow or red. cuz im awesome. and i shall have the element of surprise that way =) so yeaaah.

Imma evilish. so dont think that ill be bringing everyone and anyone to justice.  it might be litter bugs. it might be someone whos getting on my nerves. it might be someone who just trashed/ripped a book to shreds (unless, ofcourse, the book was Twilight). it might even be someone who just didnt compliment my sunglasses. Or someone unlucky enough to have gotten on my bad side. Even celebrities are not safe!  Youve been warned,  Justin Bieber.

Yes. i am indeed evilish. even the Magic 8 ball told me so. so there, that is obviously undeniable proof for all you athiests. muahahaha. besides how im actually evilish anyways through my actions. like whateverrr…

Next time, i might even reveal my super powers. or not. the element of surprise, muahahaha. i might be able to shoot pizza slices out of my ears, or have masala-vision. you never know. and maybe you never shaaall. dun dun duuun.

now excuse me while i go create a rap/themesong and stitch together a cape. as The Mint Chutney im very busy indeed.

Peaaace~!

-The Mint Chutney
Desi to the extreme. 

ps.
wow, i think that was easily the post where i evil-luaghed the most…and ironically enough this was a post all about me being a superhero. i amaze even myself.
nope…not really xD but irony. you just gotta love it.

TimeTravel-ReWatching BeyBlade- Let it Rip!

Sooo, i sorta time traveled today. and as i try to tell you, my time traveling doesnt invovle a tardis (unfortunately =( ) however, instead, i just sorta mentally time travel whenever the heck my body wants me to. (chem mock was shitty cuz i time traveled there..)so today, as i was downloading songs on the family iphone, i started to think of other songs to download, and it struck me then. I should totally download the ORIGINAL beyblade theme song, from season 1, Lets beyblade! and so i did just that. and after i heard the song for the first time, i was totally insanely happy and yearned to watch it again- from the beginning. and so i did just that.

Beyblade logo

Now, i expected it to look something like this, especially after seeing beyblade, v-force, G-revolution, and even most of what i call season 3- metal fusion(yep, with Jinga Hagami, and much more on that later)

expectations

or this

Beyblade V Force Dublado  - Dublado - Episodio - Anime - Assistir Online

or ATLEAST this

still expectations

and imagine my initial shock when i get THIS, the true reality

bayblade season 1

i mean, i mean, just COMPARE this Max (blondie) with that Max ='( Max was and still is my totally favourite character ^_^ and i just watched the first 6 episodes todaaay, and honestly i was squealing and shouting and yelling in joy. i nearly cried at some scenes too. some major reminiscing going on =) it was amaaazinnnng.

And look, the choice honestly comes down to this= an actual, truly epic and brilliant story line/plot with Tyson and his original team with initially (as in only season 1) graphics vs. a story that was unfortunatly born crippled without a plot or a story line with some good graphics that is minusing Tysons team, and replacing it with Jinga and his babysitting bussiness (more on that later too.). its really a no brainer, right? of course im still watching season 1 beyblade and LOVE it. and i cant wait til i make it to season 2, v-force, cuz thats where all the expectation pictures are from apparently =P

But seriously, i love the original characters! Rei, Kai, Max, Tyson, Kenny, Hillary, and all the original bit beasts too, especially dizzie, course =) her endless flirting with kenny is just hilarious!

Aaaaand now im far too lost in Happy Day Dream Land to complain and rant about Metal Fusion, or the new series with Jinga, and Kyoya, and B-B-B-B-Bull, so i guess thats for next time?

hahahaha, so happily hiigh-ish right now =3 i started watching One Tree Hill yesterday, and *siiiigh of happiness*

But this isnt about One Tree Hill, this is about BeyBlade. or atleast was.

and was, cuz i m gonna go back to watching it =D (im on episode 8, where its Kai vs. Tyson in the finals of the qualifier tournament. and that makes it bronzor (no idea how to spell =P ) vs dragoon, eeps! fuuun. yep, im a sucker for old shows i loved as a kid. and if i loved it then, i SUUUUURE as hell will still love it ^_^ and i totallyyy dooo hereee ❤ )

Sooo, laterrr?

Haha

– Zat-9-yr-ol’-me ❤

DIY PaperGems & Crystals

As ive been very into the whole DIY thing this summer, and have done a couple projects in my free time, i thought id post links and my own instructions further adding to DIYs i found, performed, accomplished and whatever else. So i dont lose the links too, and so i can easily access all this stuff too.

So I found this amazing  blog with looaads of cute ideas and posts of DIYs called
http://www.minieco.co.uk/

and on it i found this wonderfully easy and pretty idea and instructions on how to make paper gems and crystals. Its super easy, looks super cute, and a fun way to pass the time. you could string these into a necklace, or a curtain if you have the time(which i totally have) and patience (what i lack), or put them in a glass/crystal bowl as decorations, or or… There are so many things you can use these for. You could also give them away as favors at a party for your daughters little princess tea party, or gift them to your friends. its honestly up to how creative you are.

This is one of those wonderful DIYs that you can easily pull off in 5 min or less and yet still manage to impress everyone with the outcome. Its a DIY that makes people think youre amazingly artsy, creative, and simply AWESOME for having managed to make something so impressive. Its an ideal DIY. easy to make. but still impressed everyone and makes them think you mustve put sooo much effort, time, and care into making it. Yep. my favourite kinda DIY. A Cheat DIY. =D

paper-gems

heres her original post= http://www.minieco.co.uk/paper-gems/

Now, first off, youll need to download a template which will tell you exactly in what shape you need to cut the paper to fold and glue into these adorable and uniform crystals. and you can download it here= http://www.minieco.co.uk/images/nov11/minieco-paper-gems.pdf or download it directly from this post by clicking on this= minieco-paper-gems template With the template, heres a photo to work sort of as ‘table of contents’ type thing (sorry, i have NO idea what to call it…) where each number on this picture coincides with the net design on the template. and i promise, its a whole lot easier to understand when looking at both the template and the picture… but here it iiis. basically, so you know which crystal youre making.

Template of gems table of contents

Cut out the net design. Fold along the dotted lines given in th template. Glue the little flaps in such a way as to close the entire crystal/gem. Aaaand youre done! =)

If your having a hard time copying the template, you could print the template onto your colored paper. Then cut out the net, and simply fold the folds in the opposite direction, so that the printed dotted lines are on the inside. simple.

These gems can be made even prettier (say whaat?! =O ) by maybe using printed paper, or if your a cheapskate like me(actually, none of this stuff is available where i live =/) you can paint or pen/ink floral designs, or doodles on notebook paper, or paint geometric designs or whatever by hand on paper and then use that. even newspaper could look cool =). you could also paint effects on each side of the crystal, like light is hitting it and shade the colors accordingly. you could add sequins or beads. its up to you.

You could spray paint the sides metallic silver or gold, like in the original blog.

silver spray painted paper gems crystals

You could spray paint with contrasting colors (green crystal, pink paint. purple crystal, yellow paint). You could use glitter instead of spray paint too (probably what im gonna do. oh yeah, i didnt say? i havent done this DIY yet =3 im planning on doing it today, but i got excited and wanted to post a tutorial type thing about it first. im weird  crazy, i know =P so yeaaah. Or use glitter as a design, a geometric one, or a diagnor checkered pattern would also look prettyy cool. yeah. stuff like this

close up silver spray painted gems

make your crystals/gems look gemmier and more crystalline-y than ever! =)

Hope you (and i both!) have fun making these, and i hope they come out great! this seems super fun and easy and i cant wait to try it aswell. This would be pretty fun to do at a birthday party or a hang out session, just you and your girl friends or whatever, and sit around and and make these. [Then you could joke around about whos is best/worse =P ] It could be a cute little workshop, or a stall selling these home made cuties would be good at any fund raiser. You could do loads of things with them and with making them. Just have fun with it!

Greaaat, so i hope it all works out and you have fuuun doing it!

-Frosty
the cool as hell snowman who brings joy and inspiration to all~

* ill probably post an update later about how mine turn out! =) look forward to that. i just dont think ill be able to take pictures, since my phones not letting me upload pictures onto my laptop recently…grumble mumble…oh well =P

Knowing Me: Ze Bribery Tactic

Thing is, at my school we kids are divided into four houses: Orion, Aquila, Phoenix, and Lyra. The colors used to be blue, maroon, purple, and green, respectively. used to. Now theyre blue, green, red, and yellow. cuz that just works, right? =Y acutually loved the old colors MUCH better…

So this year im in aquilla, and this year theyre merging the O-level and the A-level sports day into one three day long thing (more complaints on that later..) and so from o levels everyone from the o level and the loner-ed eighth graders vote to pick a representative who will aide the househead in all sportsy ness. (whoopee, i wanna be a lacky, i do i do! =P )

Soooo aquila had some major completion..two sport fanatics who were good friends running against each other. One was my friend Maaz (the riding a seahorse guy. what? you missed out that epicness?! Go find it on  my site! the posts name is ‘The War Against the Land King’. Go go, ill wait for you to get back..) and the other, ateeq. not very good friends with him, something like acquaintances, id say. Sooo they were going around EVERYWHERE trying to reel in votes. it was neck and neck. So..when the two found out that i was in aquila…all hell broke lose. so ateeq says hell bribe me with money. he knows me well. but maaz then offers to buy me chocolate. he knows me MUCH much better. course, i chose the chocolate. ateeq then offers me more money. uh, did you not learn from your mistake just now, bro? nope, sticking with the chocolate. and so i voted for maaz. (…i was gonna vote for him anyways though =P haha)

and so today he FINALLY got me the chocolate bar, and i had fun stuffing my face and not sharing ^_^ mmmm chocolate…

kaaayyyyy, so now onto complaining about a three day long sports meet. i didnt go to last years one, so ill just compare it to the one before when i was in section G. i remember that back then there was no one active in my house. so i ran in all the races but the 1600m one, cuz i said id die. soo yeaaah. i could barely walk the next day. and my classroom *groaaaan* was on the second floor..so i took atleast fifteen minutes climbing those treacherous and formidable cliffs. er, i mean, stairs. yeah. =)

So unless they wanna kill all us out of shape kids, then a three day sports meet is just INSANE. especially if the schools all about studies and we need to be more serious about them…yeah, your doing a greaaaat job there…grumble mumble…

ok, NOW im gonna go watch some MLP season3, yeah im a brony, but not a hardcore one. i like the show, its cute =3 and i just hope it loaads…stupid internet -.-

anyways, tmrw i fail my math test, yeah! =P

 

Exiled From Ireland&The Irish Love Me

Obviously.

Anyways, i have a dream where im in this plain boring area, with hills and a sun above them, and nothing else. all in shades of yellow, green, and orange (yes, even the sun.) and yet somehow i know im in ireland.

Scene shift. at this absolutely gorgeous mountain top, with magnificent mountains as far as the eye can see. its a crisp winter morning, but insanely sunny. my perfect winter weather. we’re in this amazing manor, castle, thing. all grey carved stone, and beautiful. its brilliant. and then, there are all these random people scattered here and there. and theyre about to announce who got shuffled into which team with who. anyways, ayesha and i are super excited, but ayesha’s flipping out with insane hand gestures and everything. (so very un ayesha like). shes going on about how cool itd be if she gets an actual french person on her team and they become great friends. and i want to make friends with whoevers on my team.

anways, they announce the teams, and group us all together. we then are supposed to hang out together as a team to improve our teamwork and get to know each other more. after a debate and all that time, i become really close friends with this irish guy on my team. we become bros. its awesome =) and then after that, when we get our own free time to spend with whomever we choose, i go find ayesha. shes ecstatic cuz she has a french chick on her team. so thats cool, sure why not, were both happy.

later on, i see ayesha hanging out (bothering) the frenchie girl, and its pretty obvious that shes  irritated. yet ayesha being oblivious to this, continues her pursuit of being best friends with the Croissant Lover. she goes on about our (ayesha and mine) lit references, how shes the Lady of Shallot, how she has always considers herself french, and french worthy, blah blah blah. anyways, im then hanging out with Irish-Guy (and i dont remember what he looked like much- possibly blonde with green eyes? im not sure…but i do remember that he was hot. buuut i wasnt into him. not then. yes, there IS a sequel dream! =D ) and we become closer friends.

the next time i see ayesha, she has irked the french chick to a terrible extreme where she snaps at ayesha. ayesha gets stunned and a bit confused and tries to appologize and then go on about how theyre such good freinds and forgive each other. Madam Mustache (..no she didnt have one..but-but still =P) gets more annoyed, and tells ayesha shes not worthy of calling herself french let alone being french, and how shes just an annoying little wanna be. ayesha gets angry now, and they proceed to a full scale riot yelling match fight thing. then this girl sues ayesha, and takes her to the french embassy. there, all the french also hate ayesha, and tell those in charge of our debate tournament training thing (the debating TTT =P ) that they hate her and will not tolerate her being in ireland where shes happy and where currently there are a lot of french people or something. the irsih are totally chill and are just like, ‘yeah, sure, cool, why dont we just exile her, yeah?’ and thus ayesha gets exiled from ireland.

now, we;re at this scene where ayeshas crossing the boarder. once again, in all shades of orange, green and yellow, strangely. so ayeshas leaving and she asks me to cross over with her, you know, lets ditch this popsickle stand kinda thing. (i would never call ireland a popsickle stand but you get the idea right? no offense..) and im fine with leaving (since i can come back. no exile for me =) ) but all these random irish people appear and they say no, i cant go because they like me and are attached to me. aw, im loved by the irish ❤ anyways, as this happens, my irish guy friend was standing by my side the entire time and when the ayesha asks me to leave with her, he hugs me. like, NO. she wont go. it was cute.

all and all, this is a pretty morality type dream of mine.

the irish will love me. the irish are cool and chill. ayesha doesnt belong in ireland. ayesha is to be hated by the french. and, apparently, ayesha doesnt have what it takes to call herself and to BE french. yowch. and obviously, the sun is secretly green, orange and red in ireland. i feel so much more enlightened now. =)