Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Boo Boos and Bandaids

I’m sick. DO NOT ring my doorbell unless you don’t mind my answering with a tissue sticking out of my left nostril. It seems someone put a faucet where my nose belongs. It’s been running and I’m raw from wiping it so I’ve resorted to shoving a tissue up there. I don’t care, it works.

People downplay colds, but they’re really quite debilitating. It’s hard to get anything done when you can’t breathe, smell, or taste, and you feel like someone shoved a pumpkin in your head. It’s getting a little crowded in there, something’s gotta go and I don’t yet know whether it’ll be the pumpkin or my brain.


Just because I’m sick doesn’t mean that any of my responsibilities go away. I still have things that need to get done and I have to tell you there is nothing better than having a cold when you’re trying to get your grocery shopping done quickly.  Just go into a crowded aisle and start coughing up a lung. Those Moms scatter faster than a speed skater on ice.  You have the aisle to yourself, and if you do this in each aisle you’ll be out of there in no time.  Now sneezing is OK, go ahead if you have to but take my word for it, coughing is the way to go.

I remember when I first got married I thought I had the kindest husband in the world.  I was sick and going to do the laundry and he stopped me. “You’re sick, relax, you don’t have to do the laundry”. WOW. I was impressed.  After a full day at work he was going to do the laundry. Silly me. What he actually meant was that the laundry would still be there when I felt better.

So not the kindest husband in the world, but he’s got me to deal with and I’m not exactly sympathetic either.  When Older Son was 5, he was at a birthday party just a mile away from our house.  Younger Son and I were in the house and Husband was trimming a tree with an electric trimmer saw thingy. Husband and electric trimmer saw thingies do not belong in the same sentence let alone the same yard. He cut his finger and was gushing blood, but it was time to pick Older Son up at the birthday party and I didn’t want to leave him stranded.  I put Husband into the bathroom with instructions to put pressure on the wound while holding his hand over the sink and not to bleed on my floor. 
  
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 Edible (gross!) Bandaids for the BooBoos




When they were little, I went for daily 4 mile walks around our neighborhood pushing the boys in a double stroller singing a song of our phone number and address that I had made up for them. Husband was looking a little white so I put Younger Son (who was 4) in the bathroom with the phone and told him that if daddy went to sleep and fell on the floor to call 911 and sing them our address.



I was only gone maybe 10 minutes and when I got home I immediately dropped Husband off at Urgent Care so although I’m maybe not the most sympathetic person in the world, it’s not like he’s still sitting in the bathroom bleeding out.



Bloody Eyeballs for Halloween | www.BakingInATornado.com |  #recipe #Halloween

 Bloody Eyeballs



So yes, I’m sick.  And yes, I’ll get over it.  After all there’s so much more Halloween fun to be had.  But if you want a little advice, let me just say that for the next week or so, don’t ring my doorbell . . . and stay out of my grocery store. 


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Bandaids:
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Ingredients:
Square, round and rectangular crackers
Marshmallows, cut into pieces
Food-writing gel (red, green, yellow)

Directions:
*Mold pieces of marshmallows to the approximate size you want for your “gauze” and put onto middle of cracker.
*Put cracker into microwave for about 15 seconds to make the marshmallow pliable.
*Manipulate marshmallow (I use a wet knife) to the size and shape you want.
*Decorate with food writing gel, then move the gel around with a knife to make it look smeared.


Bloody Eyeballs
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Ingredients:
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 pkg dark chocolate fudge stripe cookies cookies (can use oreos)
White bark candy coating
Gummy life savers
Mini M&Ms
Red food-writing gel

Directions:
*Place cookies in food processor and process until the consistency of graham cracker crumbs. 
*Mix cookie crumbs with melted chocolate and cream cheese until it forms a dough ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 – 1 ½ hours. 
*Stick mini M&Ms into the holes of the gummy life savers.
*Roll the cookie crumb dough into round balls for the eyeballs and form into an oval shape, pinching off one end a bit for the face.
*Melt some white bark and stir until smooth.  Use a bowl with some depth as you will be dunking the cookie balls into the bowl.
*Dunk the cookie balls into the melted bark.  An easy way to dunk them is to put a toothpick into the ball and dunk holding the toothpick.  Put onto wax paper to set and immediately take out the toothpick and attach a gummy candy to the top (do this while still wet so it sticks).
*Once dry, add the red veins with red food-writing gel.

44 comments:

  1. That was kind of awesome!

    We don't have a sympathetic family either. I sliced my hand wide open once. I called my mom to take me to get stitches. Her response? "I'm eating dinner... I'll be there when I get done."

    I'm going to try the Bloody Band-aids tonight. :)

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    1. Hope someone at your house knew how to sing their address!

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  2. I hope you're feeling better soon. Colds suck. :(
    We joke all the time; unless you're missing a limb or coughing up a lung..you're going to school. My mom was a nurse. Nothing that ever happened to us was ever as bad as what she saw at work. Eh. We're all still here, so I guess she was right...
    Bloody Band-aids AND eyeballs? Awesome!

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    1. Colds suck but making treats for the kids that'll gross them out helps. Chuckling to myself while making them, LOL.

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  3. i'm sorry you're sick! colds really can be the worst..especially because no one takes them seriously! get well soon..i love your blog and am your newest follower! come follow along at chaseandem.blogspot.com XO

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    1. Thanks for the well-wishes. Comment-love makes a cold feel better.

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  4. Your family is a lot like mine iN the sympathy department. Why do men get to turn into giant babies when they have a paper cut, while we have to continue cooking dinner and folding the laundry? One of the great mysteries of the universe, I suppose. I love your scary treats!

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    1. Not only are they babies when they're sick, but they're babies about it when you're sick. Explain that!

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  5. Cute edibles. As for the husband...I say outlast him. Do no laundry until he does it. ;)

    I would make you homemade soup with homemade chicken stock. I am making more stock tomorrow from the leftover meat from the white bean chili I made today.

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    1. I just made red chili and white chili last weekend, first batches of the season. About holding out in the laundry department, that could get ugly. Or smelly.

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  6. Sorry you are sick! I have been sick too! Bad sinus cold! Ugh New follower from the blog hop! Would love for you to visit and join my site as well!

    riversrecipereview.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, feeling better. I'll check out your blog.

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  7. Hmm...Karen we are a lot alike, but I can honestly say I've never done that, but if I have to pick my daughter up from school my husband automatically falls in 2nd position, but if the dog has to pee and I have to pick my daughter up from school he automatically falls in 3rd. So sad but true.


    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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    1. Don't have a dog but do have two sons, so I guess positions shift around in other people's houses too. Glad I'm not alone.

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    2. Maybe that should have been my tagline?

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  8. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
    -meandmr.com

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  9. Hope you are feeling better. Really stinks that the moms never get a pass to stay home for the day when we are sick haha.

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    1. Unfortunately even if we did we'd be stressing about what we weren't doing instead of taking it easy!

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  10. Hahahahaha... You always make me laugh!
    You are that fun mom that makes cool stuff on Halloween. Maybe next year I will get more into the spirit of it all.
    For now it's just Boo at the Zoo with Reagan :)

    Feel better girl!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Don't rush those "Boo at the Zoo" days, they go by too fast!

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  11. Oh Gosh! So hope you feel better now, though as you said having a cold at least gets you the whole aisle!! I'm not really a gushy sympathetic person either, as you probably have gathered by now! I would probably have done the same as you!
    And now, you're my official best friend because the menu you suggested at my blog has me panting and drooling now!!!! :D

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    1. LOL, kinda liked that menu myself. It makes things easier if best friends have similar tastes, don't you think?

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  12. lmao! poor thing! i hope you feel better soon!!! xoxo i hate colds! colds are no fun!

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    1. Maybe I'd feel better if I had some of your home made applesauce!

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  13. Bloody bandaids - so, so disgusting and awesome at the same time! And, last time my husband needed to hit the hospital we dropped him off and told him to let us know when it was time to get him. Wife of the year? Why, yes!

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    1. I thought I had Wife of the Year all sewn up, guess I'm going to have to fight you for it.

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  14. So, you're the person who doesn't cover her mouth and sneezes all over the produce to create personal space :) Your child was singing the address song, while your husband was holding his hand over the bathroom sink and you went to pick up your other son. Great multitasking!

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    1. Thank you so much for pointing that out. It's clear now. In retrospect I wasn't being uncaring, I was multitasking!

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  15. Wow these are really amazing! I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Maybe I need your home made cold remedy. Do you deliver to the US?

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  16. Oh! I'm sorry you caught a cold. I hope you feel much better soon! If it helps any, I nominated you for the 'Sunshine Blogger Award'! Stop by at http://thegreekhousewife.blogspot.gr/ to check it out! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Sunshine always helps a cold. Thank you so much!

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  17. Gross but fun! I remember getting a mothers day card that said, don't do a thing today Mum, and on the inside it said it will all be there tomorrow...my birthday was the next day and the card was correct!

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    1. Great to be acknowledged as the assigned cleaner up of the household messes. Just what I'd hoped to grow up to be!

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  18. What a great post! Hope your feeling better soon. Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :)

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  19. Hey Karen!

    I nominated you for a beautiful blogger award! To accept this award visit http://fashionablysaving.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/first-blogging-award/

    Have a great day!

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    1. Wow Susan, thank you so much for the honor. I've never received a Beautiful Blogger Award before.

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  20. The bloody bandaids are so clever, gross yet I want to make them. Perhaps I will make them for my husband. Thanks for linking up to Imperfect Sundays.

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    1. You should make them just to see his face. One of my kids just walked away shaking his head!

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  21. You are sick and twisted in all the best ways. Edible bloody bandaids...nasty and also awesome.

    Get better, Lady! Tell that cold to take a hike. There is noting like being a mom with a cold to push you to your limits.

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    1. Um thank you, I think. "Sick and twisted in all the best ways". Yup, that'll work!

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