Thursday, July 28, 2016

That time we got our wisdom teeth out + homemade ice packs

Jack and I had some real mother-son bonding time last week. We both got our wisdom teeth out. On the same day. Yes, Mr. E survived.

We give many, many kudos to our oral surgeon and staff...they were amazing. Jack had all of his wisdom teeth out (3), and I had one (just the one causing problems), and afterward we needed nothing for pain other than Advil.

I'd heard the key to recovery was ice, ice, and more ice.
A friend (thanks, Tricia!) suggested making DIY ice pack holders from tube socks...they're easy to tie around your head. While searching on exactly how to make those work, I came across several ideas for homemade ice packs. One site mentioned corn syrup, so I thought I'd give it a try.

homemade ice packs and head wraps for wisdom teeth removal
First, I bought some fluffy, white tube socks and stitched them together just above the toes.

homemade ice packs for wisdom teeth removal
As you can see, I'm an expert seamstress.

[Note: I bought the cushiest, fluffiest socks ever, but if I had to do it again, I might go with thinner socks to feel more of the cold from the ice packs.]

homemade corn syrup ice packs + DIY head wraps for wisdom teeth removal
The day before surgery, I made the ice packs. I simply filled snack sized baggies with corn syrup. Once frozen, I ended up double bagging them.

corn syrup ice packs
The corn syrup stays squishy and flexible even when frozen.

Here's what we did: When we first took the ice packs from the freezer, we put them inside the socks...they were too cold directly on our skin right away. After 5-10 minutes, we took them out of the socks and put them right on our cheeks, still using the socks to hold the packs in place. We kept the ice on pretty much all day for 48 hours.

Want to see? Really?

Truly? we are, gauze and all:
homemade ice packs and head wraps for wisdom teeth removal

I don't know how long these stay cold versus other ice packs. Mr. E gave us a "shaker" from our percussion set, so we could summon him when we needed fresh packs.
Make several packs, so you can rotate them in the freezer.

We did really well with our recovery. I must say, after the horror stories I'd heard, I was nervous. Jack had a bit of swelling on one side for a day or so; I had none.

I was honestly a little disappointed that I didn't have more of an excuse to stay on the All Ice Cream Diet. Man, it was good while it lasted.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post : Swiss Meringue Buttercream

how to make glorious Swiss Meringue Buttercream + watercolor rose cookies
We're talking Swiss Meringue Buttercream and all of its magical powers over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends. You NEED this frosting in your life. No really, you do.

how to make glorious Swiss Meringue Buttercream | a post by for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
Come read all about how to make it, how to make these watercolor rose cookies, plus tips for switching up the flavors. Oh, and share whether you are #TeamCake or #TeamFrosting.
(I bet you can guess what category I fall into.)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's : Hold the Cone (rewind)

Hi all! Well, Jack and I are recovering from wisdom teeth extraction. Yes, both of us. On the same day. Please pray for my husband.

Since we're not up to doing anything but lying in bed watching movies...and I'm not sure when we'll be eating solid food again, we bring you a Trader Joe's rewind. Enjoy!

Our Trader Joe's dessert review this week starts in the freezer section...with the Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones (chocolate variety).

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
Trader Joe's describes these as "filled with rich chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavored coating."

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
Each package contains 8 mini ice cream cones and sells for $2.99.

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
My take: I was prepared to not like these. Frozen "treats" (with the exception of Blue Bell ice cream sandwiches) usually underwhelm me.  The mini cones?  Oh my goodness.  I loved them.  The chocolate ice cream is creamy and soft, and each cone is filled with just a bit of chocolate at the bottom...a happy little bonus.  This box was in our house for about 18 hours before we'd eaten them all.  Plus: "Hold the Cone!"  Bonus point for the cute name!
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kiddo's take: This is just like Dairy Queen, except smaller! The delicious chocolate shell yields easily, revealing a decadent chocolate ice cream. The waffle cone complements the ice cream well, adding a crunchy element to the mix.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
Trader Joe's Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones: stock your freezer!!!

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review! *original post from May 2014.

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