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Of Toddlers & Cinnamon Rolls

R (to Maisie, who has never had a cinnamon roll before): “Would you like a cinnamon roll with your breakfast?”

Maisie: “No thank you, just eggs and toast, please. I don’t like cinnamon rolls”

(I roll my eyes, she’s never had one, how could she possibly know?! TODDLERS.)

Me (to R): “Put a cinnamon roll on her plate- and some fruit, too”

Later, I noticed the cinnamon roll had been eaten first- completely gone- and half the fruit, gone- eggs virtually untouched.

Me (to Maisie): “How was that cinnamon roll, looks all gone to me”

Maisie gives me 2 thumbs up.

Me: “So, if someone offers you a cinnamon roll in the future, what will you say?”

Maisie: “Yes, PLEASE”

LOL

Incidentally, I hate cinnamon rolls. Jeff (who is here visiting for holidays) loves them and brought them here. This is why Maisie has never eaten one before.

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Vacation Ideas

Decided to plan an overseas vacay- maybe, just the kid and me, for 2019.

Possible ideas:

-UK to visit friends and family

-Amsterdam and Belgium to see my friends and revisit old haunts.

-Palau in the Pacific to visit my brother

I just want to go somewhere relaxing, quiet, kid-friendly, and safe.

Any ideas?

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Revisiting My Collard Greens recipe, this time, with an actual recipe!via Soul Food Fusion Feast: Collard Greens, White Truffle Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese, and the Works!Since I am making my greens for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I decided to include an actual written recipe with the repost:

Collard Greens w Hog Jowl Bacon

2 pkgs (the big ones) of shredded collard greens from the produce aisle (walmart carries them)

1 chopped onion

1 tsp red pepper flakes

4 tsp chicken bouillon

garlic powder (lots, to taste)

black pepper

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4-1/2 cup white vinegar

one BIG HUNK of Jowl bacon, chopped in bigger chunks

Fill a huge stock pot with the greens and everything. Cover with water just to line of greens. If it seems too much for pot, it will reduce- don’t worry.

Put pot on high and bring to boil- keep tasting the broth throughout the cooking process and adjust the garlic powder/ vinegar/sugar ratio. Turn down to simmer and cover til greens are tender and bacon is fork tender and melty- about 3-5 hours-

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Science Skirt & Bow Photos! (Instagram)

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I think this is my favorite fabric to date! It is adorable and has the requisite twirl factor that Maisie demands.

Honestly, I doubt I will ever buy her another skirt again, when I can churn these out daily.

The quality of my homesewn and designed skirts are far superior to the ones I can buy at the store. I don’t skimp on materials, everything is lined, it’s just amazingly easy for me to do this… and it teaches her how to sew, to boot!

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Humans Think Using The Brain’s Navigation System, Reveals New Study (link)

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“How do humans think? This is one of the most intriguing questions that has captivated neuroscientists for decades. And not long ago, it seemed like something that no one would ever find an answer to.

But, a team at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig, Germany, and the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim, Norway have come up with a conclusive answer that humans think using the brain’s navigation system. The results of the finding have been published in the journal Science.”

Wish I knew how to press this, but sharing it instead:

https://sparkonit.com/2018/11/12/humans-think-using-brains-navigation-system/

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Maisie’s Little Stomach Bug Nearly Felled Us All!

Holy moly! That ‘little bug’ the child brought home from Montessori not only infected her (she actually had the mildest form)- I toppled after, like a tree. I seriously thought I was going to die. It was one of those bugs that involves all ends and orifices (sorry for the TMI), makes one feel like you’ve been beaten with wire hangers by disgruntled 40s film stars.

Not pleasant- and it made me sleep for days.

The rest of the fam thought it was easy-peasy and I was just having some health spell (because Maisie made it look so innocuous)- until THEY were hit with it.

I actually found one older male family member passed out on the floor between the downstairs toilet and the piano room guest bed, where he decided to camp (to be closer to the loo)- he’d been there for 3 hours and too weak to get up!

After frantic texts to my long-suffering, but freaking fantastic doctor, who told me to get 1/2L of liquid into him every 30 min, do his vitals, etc- he survived. He told me he seriously didn’t think he would survive. It scared him- and everyone else.

I spooned soup and dry toast and bagel into everyone… and bleached and scrubbed and washed nasty things I won’t mention.

I also made homemade saffron chicken garlic soup with noodles (and once with wild rice) 2 days running. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, buy one, NOW. It saved our lives. How else can one cook a 4 hour soup in under 30 minutes? Amazing gadget.

R was also hit hard and is still in feeling the effects.  He’s young, he’ll live. Even my dad’s got a touch of it, but he has the sense to hydrate. I have to remind everyone else to keep drinking.

I kept the BRAT diet thing on point. Seemed to work.

R, who is allergic to milk, decided to drink it for his heartburn- when I told him a Zantac would have been more effective- and now he’s back to stomach issues. What can I do?!

I can just say “I told ya so” and make sure they try to follow some sort of sensible thing.

It’s weird- I am frequently sick, so I know how severe this was. It was worse than my emboli, seriously. When you’re out of your mind with fever and in pain, you just pretty much think the the end is near lol. Being the healthiest cat in the house, besides Maisie, was a new one for me- or the first time in the longest time.

C didn’t get it, yet. I hope he never does. He has the heartiest immune system in the house, knock wood.

Maisie seems to be over it. Her appetite returned with a vengeance today.

We felt well enough to finish sewing her Aleph Bet Hebrew Alphabet skirt (with literal NAPS in between steps), just in case we’re well enough to attend family services tomorrow. She learned the Shema and Oseh Shalom with the other little ones and they’re kicking off a special Friday thing tomorrow.

So much for the update- will add more in next post!