Things to Eat This Week

I went to the farmer’s market on Saturday for the first time in a couple of weeks, and stocked up on some of my favourite things.

Farmer's Market Haul, August 13th

l-r: smoky tomato chipotle humus; raspberries: orange and yellow tomatoes; honey sticks for Sym; sweet chili lime humus; mint; onion; black bean humus; garlic; purple bell peppers; blackberries

Taylor and I already ate the tomato and bean humuses, oops. A lot of this stuff I’m planning to use to make some fresh salsa, although I kind of wish I could have gotten green tomatoes instead of orange and yellow; I made purple and green salsa one time and it was awesome.

Today I got my weekly order from SPUD, I am really loving this service!

Spud Order, August 16th

clockwise from top left: this crazy dark green rinded watermelon; spinach; extreme purple smoothie; raspberry lemonade (this was supposed to be REGULAR lemonade but I’m not super mad); skim milk (three liters is the exact perfect amount); chocolate chip waffles; a sour cherry pie; more tomatoes; peaches, apples; purple potatoes!; cherries
All of these were grown/produced locally- even the watermelon! I know, crazy! Okay, the service considers anything in a day’s driving distance as “local” so it’s from Washington state, but that still closer than California or Mexico! The average travel distance for my whole order was 8km; I’m gonna win that ~local hero~ prize yet!

Green Glitter Gradient for my Girl

Green Glitter Gradient Banner

Last week Sym and I collaborated on the design for this gradient glitter banner for her; she took it to her dad’s house to hang by her bed. It isn’t perfect, but I really like how it turned out. HOWEVER I will NOT be making these for sale, it was WAY too much work and no one would ever pay enough to make it worthwhile.

Manicure Monday

Manicure Monday Header

It’s back! These nails are a little sloppy but I as so busy with Sym’s hair that I didn’t get a chance to paint them until this afternoon. idk how I feel about them, I love all these colours but together it might be a little much.

Purple Stripe Nails

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Diamonds, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Lavender Cloud, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Lacey Lilac and OPI in Planks a Lot

Donuts of the Day

Donuts of the Day
Funfetti Mini Donuts with Pink Glaze and Sugar Sprinkles
Drool Noise

These donuts are my first attempt using mini donut pans instead of my mini donut machine. The results were a little mixed, but promising!

Using donut pans is easier than the machine because with twelve cavities instead of six, you can obviously make more donuts faster. You also don’t have to worry about filling the cavities too slowly and ending up with some donuts being overcooked or burnt since they all go in the oven at once.

One thing you do have to be careful of is overfilling the cavities- your donuts with puff up and close over the hole and you’ll end up with a weird donut/cupcake hybrid. Another thing to look out for is the overall batter quantity; I used half a box of funfetti mix I had leftover, and ended up with 56 donuts: 24 overfilled mutants and 32 perfect cuties. If I hadn’t overfilled the first two batches I could have made four batches with that batter, for a total of 80 mini donuts. Unless you either have six or seven pans or don’t mind washing the pans between each batch I would suggest quartering your recipe.

All in all I like these pans- I have two that I bought at a store here and have ordered another two, and once I have four it’ll be a lot easier/less time consuming to make lots of little donuts at once. I want to use these to retry my chocolate chip cookie donut experiment, since the pans would solve the cooked-to-a-crisp-all-over problem I encountered when making them in the donut machine.

What I’ve Been Reading

booktrio

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell; The Magician King by Lev Grossman; The Help by Kathryn Stockett

No food post again this week; I’ve been so busy with other things that meals this week have consisted of
1. soup
2. macaroni and cheese
3. Japanese takeout
… so instead you get books!

Cloud Atlas is a wonderful book, beautiful and heartbreaking and uplifting all at once. The way the book is written is interesting too. It’s six stories all nested within one another, starting in the 1800s, going hundreds of years into the future and then back again. I didn’t realize until I was about halfway through but I actually read another of David Mitchell’s books, Black Swan Green, a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

I absolutely loved The Magicians; it was the first book I bought for my kindle, so I was really excited to read the sequel and The Magician King did not disappoint! I read the whole thing in about a day and a half and tbh I’m thinking of rereading them both this weekend.

I picked up The Help on a whim and idk, I didn’t really like it. It’s not bad, but the whole thing left me feeling a weird mix of sad, white-guilty and depressed. Kind of the same way I felt when I went to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and my friend Amy, Taylor and I were the only white people there.

a full list of all this year’s books can always be found here, and as always, book links are usually to Amazon, and clicking on them might earn me a nickel.

Thank You!

this is really obnoxious

I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for my polka dotted nails in the StyledOn DIY Manicure contest, because I won! Not the grand prize, but I got into the top ten, which means I’ll get a gift pack of either China Glaze or Hard Candy polish!

I hope to be back with a new Manicure Monday next week, after this whole head lice situation is resolved (combing hair for three hours a day = no time left to paint nails).

Canadiation of Light 2011

On Saturday night Taylor and I went down to Sunset Beach Park to watch the Canadian team’s entry in this year’s Celebration of Light fireworks competition, and Taylor brought his camera this time so I have real pictures to share!

Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada

I need to get a boat, out on English Bay is clearly the place to be.

Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada
Celebration of Light 2011 - Canada

You can see all of Taylor’s pictures here.

The winner was announced already- somehow China won? idk, I really feel that Spain was the best.

The Heartbreak of Head Lice

Hey, long time no blog (four days is a long time for me, okay?). I have some stuff to post about (fireworks, mostly), but no nails or crafts or anything fun, because this week my house is suffering from the heartbreak of head lice. Warning: do not read this post unless you are prepared to feel really itchy. Also, I promise not to post any pictures of lice.

I never had head lice when I was a kid. My sister’s and I all had hair down to our butts so if there was even the slightest hint of head lice at our school my mom would keep us home. For weeks. A whole month even! Once 80% of our school was infected and I think I was technically homeschooled that year.

Anyway. This lack of lice experience has grown up with me into a total paranoid fear of lice, to the extent that I check Sym’s hair all the time. She is prone to having a dry scalp (like me) and doesn’t do the world’s best job of washing & rinsing her hair, both of which contribute to itchiness and flakiness and oh-my-god-are-those-nitsiness, but in spite of numerous outbreaks at her school she’s never been infected.

UNTIL NOW. As you may recall she was away for most of the last week and a half, only coming home to go to the fireworks with me on Wednesday. On Sunday evening I walked down to meet her on her way home from her dad’s and when I saw her I was like “oh, you have a little bug in your hair!” (my neighborhood is INFESTED with these no-see-um midges that hang in swarms over the sidewalks). I went to pull it out, and that’s when I realized there wasn’t a little bug in her hair- there were TONS AND TONS of little bugs.

It was super gross and I was horrified but I didn’t want her to be sad or embarrassed or ashamed, so I managed to keep it together and play it off like it was no big deal. I did make her wait outside the house while I dropped off the dog and grabbed my wallet though (I’m so mean) but I figured the less time the lice spend in the house not being killed the better.

It was about 7:30pm when we got to the drugstore and can I just say how happy I am to live in modern times where drugstores are open at 7:30pm on Sunday? Waiting until Monday to buy delousing treatment would have sucked. After talking to the pharmacist I decided to try a non-pesticidal treatment, since not covering your kids with poison is usually the best option.

The product I bought is called Resultz, and it works by dissolving the exoskeleton of the lice, dehydrating them to death. Just like my other favourite insect killer, diatomaceous earth! A treatment kit (a bottle of lotion and a comb) cost about $40 and let me say it was WORTH EVERY PENNY. I was able to coat all of Sym’s shoulder-length hair with 1/3 of the bottle, leaving plenty for a second treatment for her or a first treatment for myself or Taylor if we get lice (knock on wood). The lotion wasn’t smelly or gross (it just feels like a really watery soap, kind of like bubble liquid), and in just ten minutes every. single. louse. was dead.

Of course, the treatment doesn’t end with dead lice; you still have to comb out all their little corpses and eggs, which is the really tedious part. I washed her hair twice with tea tree oil shampoo and deep conditioned it so it wouldn’t be a tangled mess, and then I got to combing, first with a regular comb and then with the special fine-toothed lice comb. You have to do the hair in sections, and after each pass through the hair you have to wipe the comb off with a tissue and put the tissues in a ziploc bag. I also rinsed the combs in hot water several times.

After three hours of combing I was fairly certain I’d gotten all of the bugs, if not all of their eggs, so I put Sym to bed and then went crazy on the laundry and cleaning. I don’t know when she was infected so I’d already stripped all the linens and toys off her bed and remade it with white sheets, which would show any remaining bugs better than her Hello Kitty sheets. All the toys that couldn’t be washed went into a garbage bag, which was tied shut and won’t be opened for two weeks. Her washable toys, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, pillows, the clothes she was wearing, the clothes in her suitcase, the clothes I was wearing and all the towels we used in the treating/washing/combing process needed to be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. Basically I was up until 3 in the morning doing laundry.

Even though lice are highly contagious, particularly in a child care environment, they don’t spread diseases and are therefore considered more of a nuisance than a health hazard. I didn’t have to close down, but I did call my clients and let them know that there was a case of lice in my house so they could make their own decisions about coming or not. Thankfully, my only clients on Mondays kept their kid home, because in addition to being exhausted, I had more laundry to do and guess what? MORE COMBING.

After the first treatment you have to comb the hair every day for a week (and then treat a second time), and since there were still quite a few eggs stuck in Sym’s hair it took another three hours yesterday afternoon. This is mostly because the plastic comb that came with the Resultz was kind of crap, and I ended up picking the nits out of her hair with my fingernails. Yes, I was LITERALLY nit-picking. Gross. The lice glue their eggs to the hair shaft and you have to pull them all the way down to the tip of the hair to get them off. This is both time-consuming and gross, but her dad was able to find a metal comb at the drugstore by his house (the one by mine didn’t have any) which he says works really well.

This whole process is ongoing and nasty and a big hassle, but now that I’ve been through it (well, two days of it, haha) I feel pretty good about my ability to deal with it, and I’ve learned some interesting things.

1. Websites with information about treating head lice like to have pictures of enormously magnified head lice on them, which I find sadistic and cruel.
2. Lice are much more likely to infest the hair of white children than black children. Racists.
3. When you tell your kid to choose a movie to watch while you comb and pick nits out of her hair, she will unironically choose Disney’s Tangled.

So that’s what’s up with me. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I caught this in time and the treatments are successful (so far no one else seems to be infested), and I hope to be back to my regular scheduled blogging about nail polish and glitter soon! And a special note to Rhiannon, Erin and Bethany: your crafts/banners do not have any lice in them, I swear.

What I’ve Been Eating

Breakfasts
Friday, July 29th

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate chip muffins.

Dinners
Sunday, July 31st

Sunday, July 31st

Veggie dogs, corn on the cob and tomato/cucumber/cheese salad.

Snacks
Saturday, July 30th

Saturday, July 30th

Mint lemonade slushies

I know it kind of looks like a ate basically nothing this week, and there’s a reason for that. Three, actually.

1. Sym’s been away.
2. It’s too hot to cook.
3. Taylor bought a watermelon so I’ve basically just been eating that.

Hopefully next week I’ll be back with a better post!

Popsicle Party

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Mint Lemonade Popsicles
Mint Lemonade Popsicles

I made these last weekend and OH MY GOSH these are so good. Basically everything mint lemonade is good, I want to make more (in case you missed it, I posted my mint lemonade recipe at the end of this post)!!