Sickness is SOOO last year

Put your hands up if you were annoyed at the timing in which you got sick.

Ok that’s about… all of you.

You know, I feel like being sick is the worst thing that can happen. It usually puts me in a dilemma, or just in the worst situation ever. Timing wise- horrific.

I used to not get sick at all. Most of the time, it was once every two years or so, a big flu that attacks and goes away. It was never of much significance because I was young, school wasn’t hard to catch up, and I usually had my mom check up on me every hour. Now, I get it frequently, light colds, but with the tendency to drag along for a very long time. A day of school missed is basically worth 3 days to catch up on my own. So I can’t miss a lot of school, and I try not to, but sometimes, I feel like the timing is just…perfect. It seemed like every time I got sick, a class had the longest amount of notes, or a pop quiz, or a test, or an important discussion. If only I could choose a day on my own to get sick, I would go for the days we don’t do anything.

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Honey Cornmeal Cake

Honey Cornmeal Cake

makes 1 cake (8-in)

Start to finish: 1hr 25 min (with cooling time)


¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¾ cup fine grind cornmeal

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons plus 1½ teaspoons honey

½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest

5 eggs, at room temperature


1. Preheat the oven to 325˚. Coat an 8-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the cornmeal until just combined. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar, salt, honey and orange zest until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating fully before adding another. (The batter may start to separate for the last few eggs.) Using a rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake slightly, then remove from the pan, slice and serve.

-Raining Chocolate

Blueberry Bee Smoothie

Blueberry Bee Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

start to finish: 10 minutes


1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen blueberries

¼ cup ice

1 teaspoon hemp seeds

1 teaspoon bee pollen (optional)

Sea salt

¾ cup almond milk

1½ teaspoons honey, preferably raw honey


In a blender, combine the banana with the blueberries, ice, hemp seeds, bee pollen (if using) and a pinch of salt. Pour the almond milk and honey into the blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer the smoothie to a tall glass and serve immediately.

-Raining Chocolate