‘Tis the season for candy corn, creepy stories, and costumes!
I got to read so much more this summer than I have in the past few years, and it’s been glorious. I feel like I’m constantly learning when I read every day. Thought provoking phrases and ideas have appeared in both the fiction and non-fiction I’ve tackled, so here are the notes I made.
I take back what I said in tenth-grade chemistry: I don’t hate science.
I hate chemistry class and the feeling of being so far behind I’d never catch up and the pages and pages of equations.
But not science. Science is really cool.
So it is with a respectful nod to science that I present to you my experience making geodes.
A few years of trying out Pinterest recipes has left me with a) a few tried-and-true favorites, and b) some “interesting” cooking stories. Here are my flops and favorites, so that you can bypass the more questionable ones and enjoy the best.
Today I take on another long-time Pinterest project: Wire floral crowns, complete with suspended nail polish coloring.
I wasn’t going to buy the woodburner. Really, I wasn’t.
I have no problems with the traditional post-oral surgery meals of ice cream and italian ice. Honestly, that’s the best time to eat those things and you should definitely treat yo self when you’re in that kind of pain.But when I looked ahead to my own wisdom tooth extraction, I started looking for other options because a) As much as I love ice cream, it would get old if that was all I ate., and b) theres no way my stomach could handle that and c) Your body needs more nutrients to heal those mouth wounds!
So, here’s some ideas to help you branch out from ice cream when chewing is not an option.
1. Cream of wheat– Wait! Before you close the window right there hear me out. It’s not just an old person food. Oatmeal requires too much chewing, but the texture of cream of wheat is perfect. Try the Cinnabon flavor, it tastes like dessert, I swear.
2. Sweet Potatoes: Well-done, of course. You can boil them or microwave them and add cinnamon and butter (I think coconut butter tastes great on it), for a healthy carbohydrate and Vitamin A-rich snack.
3. Yogurt: Okay, so it’s not that different from ice cream in texture BUT it usually contains fewer calories, a LOT more protein (Greek yogurt especially), and if you buy the probiotic kind, you’ll get those benefits too!
4.Fruit Squeezes: They come in flavors of all different fruits and they’re hella convienient. Look for the ones that contain vegetables, too!
5. Smoothie Bowls: You can’t use a straw with stitches in your mouth, so a smoothie bowl is a good compromise, here. Again, try to incorporate fruits and vegetables to get a wider variety of nutrients. Try these recipes:
6. Soup: Puree soups like tomato or butternut squash are a nice savory reprieve from all the fruity and sweet foods.
7. My favorite: Halo Top Ice Cream: If you haven’t hear about Halo Top yet, you’re missing out (But also I’m glad to be the one to tell you about it 🙂 Halo Top is “light ice cream” that contains only about 5g of sugar 60-80 calories per serving, depending on the flavor. It also contains about 5g of protein in each serving, so eating the whole pint wouldn’t actually be a pretty great deal. Especially because its really, really good. No fake-sugar, fake-dessert taste here. It comes in 17 different flavors and can be found at most health food stores and Target.
Good luck, and enjoy!
I’ve seen tutorials for projects like this all over Pinterest for years, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. I love the simplicity of the process and the gorgeous finished product.
Quick idea: Particularly after senior year, but all through high school, there are a lot of graduation parties. For friends, best friends, sort-of friends, family friends. And when you are also a high school kid or also graduating, the idea of graduation gifts for all those different degrees of friends is daunting, since the standard is a check.
I’m well aware that plastic flower crowns are “inauthentic,” that they’re a summer 2015 hipster trend, that the authenticity, and that some people can’t stand them.
But honestly, I think they’re great. They’re simple, whimsical, and summery.