Pawesome Advice!

By: Ally Metzler, Staff Writer/Photographer/Social Media Manager

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12/15/21 Question: How do you make quality hot cocoa? 

Answer: Hot cocoa is by far the most important, most essential, the ESSENCE of the winter season. However, you have to get it right, and that’s why I’m here to help. The thing most people shy away from is the temperature. Hot cocoa is done right if it scorches your tongue. I mean it has to be somewhat safe to drink obviously, but if you aren’t a little worried about losing your taste buds it isn’t worth it. Let’s talk about the actual recipe I believe gives you the perfect hot chocolate. 

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-Get your desired hot cocoa mix. I prefer a nice and rich Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate hot cocoa mix. Sometimes, I even go for a Chocolate Peppermint flavor. 

-Start by boiling water in a kettle on the stove.

-Pour any temperature of milk, almond milk, oat milk, soy milk or plant milk into your mug of choice, preferably a mug that looks something like this.








-Dump your mix into the mug. 

-Once the water boils or you hear the kettle, take it off the stove and pour it into your milk/hot cocoa mix. 

-Mix thoroughly with a spoon.

-Add heaping amounts of marshmallows. 

-Top it all off with whipped cream. A lot of it. 

-One might even decide to throw in a candy cane on the rim. 

-Drink while hot. 


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11/15 Question: What is the best Thanksgiving food?

Answer: According to Spoon University, a highly prestigious food publication source, the top 5 Thanksgiving foods consist of gravy, stuffing, turkey, pumpkin pie and coming in at #1…mashed potatoes. Now, in my opinion Spoon University has let me down and lost my respect as an esteemed university of food ratings. Where is the ham?!?! Or even the whipped cream that goes on TOP of the pie?! The sweet potatoes!! The excessive carb loading on buttered up rolls! Ok, stopping now. It’s the family time that makes this holiday so special or, perhaps more likely than not, it’s the week off of school… All in all, Thanksgiving is an incredible holiday not to be overshadowed by all of the Christmas festivities. And before I stray too far away, the answer to this question is that there is no “best” Thanksgiving food, they total feast-mode…

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10/25 Question: What should I be for Halloween?

Answer: Anything you want. But if you don’t know what you want to be, I’m here to help. If you DON’T want to be anything, well…lame, and with this array of costumes, one will certainly call your name.

Possible costumes:

  1. Minions.
    Minions Kevin Stuart E Bob - 1500x1500 Wallpaper -
    Image from: Pinterest


  2.  PURPLE minions

    How to Make a Purple Minion Costume - 7 steps
    Image from: Celebrations

I want to see the streets filled with yellow/purple creatures and yellow/purple creatures only.

Options other than minions:

  1. Fairy

    Image from: Pinterest
  2. Space Cowboy/girl

    Space Cowboy Couples Halloween Costume | Cute couple halloween costumes, Space cowboy couple costume, Couples costumes
    Image from: Pinterest
  3. Scooby-Doo Gang

    17 DIY Scooby Doo Costumes - Best Scooby Doo Halloween Costume Ideas
    Image from: Country Living Magazine
  4. Pumpkin Pi

    Image from: Amazon
  5. Skeletons

    34 Best Family Halloween Costumes 2021 — Matching Family Halloween Costumes
    Image from: Reader’s Digest

I hope you have a spooktacular Halloween!

Happy trick or treating! 


10/15 Question: What is the best and most exciting show to watch on Netflix right now?

Answer: Two words. Squid Game. A Korean Netflix show with the basic focus on citizens in debt. In Squid Game, 456 people are given the choice to compete for money, and almost everyone chooses to do so. What they don’t know, is that the price for this game, and the money, is death. You lose, you die. As the show goes on you learn more about some of the players, the workers, the policeman undercover, the front man and other details this show includes. You watch as the number of people competing gets smaller. Until there is only one left, the winner. I don’t take a single walk down a Timberline hallway without hearing the show being discussed. THIS SHOW IS PAWESOME. It kept me on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE time. Pretty sure I watched it in 2 nights. Moral of the story, drop everything, take a seat, and watch the hours fly by as you press next episode 9 times in a row.


Rating: TV-MA, watch with parental permission.

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