The result of working hard and playing hard is sickness, people. I can't confidently claim that I play and work hard without feeling the impending doom of the consequences. So this past Monday I had to take off work because of severe sinus pressure and a sore throat. From experience I have gone to work anyway thinking "Eh, four cups of tea, acetaminophen and I think I'll be fine." Then boom. Lunch time hits and I'm sweating a nice 100 degree fever with an ear infection on the side.
So I've made it a point to stay home if I feel even slightly sick. And when I am sick and still able to walk I like to overfeed myself. Here's my theory: get full on really good food, fall asleep. You'll get good nutrients and have a natural sleeping pill. This past Monday I ate ramen, hot pot, chocolates, chicken wraps and even Applebee's (later on in the evening I was feeling much better to get Applebee's with Ethan at 10 o'clock at night). That day I also made the most amazing brownies I have ever made in my life.
When it comes to sweets I try to only make what I know I can eat which is very little. I'm not a very big sweets person so if I make a whole pan of brownies it's either going to my friends or most of the time in the trash (because I don't see my friends as often as I'd like *sad face*).
If you are so inclined do try this recipe and let me know what you think!
Small Batch Brownies
1/4 cup of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg, room temperature if possible
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of flour
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of plain greek yogurt (optional but really makes a difference in taste)
1/4 cup of chopped chocolate of your choice (I used the leftover milk chocolate hershey bars my mom had left from Halloween)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit. Melt butter in the microwave for about 1 minute, stirring at 30 seconds. Once melted, add the sugar and egg and mix. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour brownie mix into a small pan, I used a 3 by 6 inch glass tupperware to bake mine in (use whatever pan that will allow your brownie mix to stand at about 1/4 inch of thickness. If you want your brownie mix to be even thicker and more gooey then use an even smaller pan). Bake for 25-30 minutes.
This is by no means a cure to the common cold but it will certainly make you feel comfy and happy. Yum, yum to the tum, tum, peeps!