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Two-Month Vaccine Day: From Polio to Police – my morning from hell.

photoToday was a day I’ve been dreading… 2-month vaccine day for Sweet Pea. Obviously I know vaccines are good for my little one. Firstly, all those Jenny McCarthy “vaccines-cause-autism” theories were mostly proven wrong and secondly do I really want to expose my child to and/or contribute to the return of deadly diseases like measles and polio? No I do not.

So vaccine day it is. Thankfully, the same local nurse who visited us shortly after Sweet Pea’s birth was the one administering the vaccine’s at the clinic so right away I felt more at ease. She answered all our questions and concerns about reactions to the vaccines. Then it was injection time and I had to hold my little one while he was pricked with two needles and fed a live gastro virus to build up his immune system. When I saw the look of complete horror/pain/shock on his face, I got all teary-eyed. It is really hard to see your little one in such pain! But the pain went away quick and he was fine.

If “Vaccine Day” wasn’t enough, I had also planned to take Sweet Pea to a mother and baby playdate-brunch at a friend’s home across town (thermometer and Tempra in tow should there be any fever).

My husband and I loaded our lethargic and somewhat grumpy Sweet Pea into the car and drove to the local bagel shop so I could pick up my contribution to the potluck brunch. He parked outside while I dashed in for a dozen white seed and cream cheese.

Outside the bagel shop things were a bit crazy. Two trucks were blocking both laneways and lots of through-traffic was driving by. Just as we were pulling out of our parking space, a car double parks in front of us as the driver runs into the bagel shop causing a major traffic jam on the street. My husband was livid having to essentially pull into oncoming traffic to make his way around the car. Three seconds later we hear a big CRUNCH. We were following the flow of traffic to get around a truck that was backing up into the land and the truck hits us!

At this point my normally good-humoured husband looses it. He pulls the car over, gets out and unleashes a sesame-seeded tirade against the truck driver and his useless traffic directing fly-guy for hitting our vehicle while Sweet Pea was in the car. For good measure my husband then saunters over to the double-parked car to chew-out the passenger as I sink down in the back seat of our car behind Sweet Pea’s car seat in utter shame. (Sweet Pea was still doped-up on the particles of major childhood diseases we injected him with – so he slept through the whole altercation)

Several profanities and a projectile bagel later, my husband and I inspect our dented front fender and conclude that it isn’t worth getting into any further altercations with the truckers by calling the police and claiming the accident so we pack it in and head home. (I obviously didn’t make it to the mom’s group brunch)

You would think our morning ended there – but no. About 30 minutes later my doorbell rings and it is the police asking for my husband. (By this time he had left the house to get groceries so neither he nor the car was around to give a witness statement.)

It turns out the truck driver got really nervous we were going to report him so he called the police himself…and as we went home, the accident was going to be a considered a “hit and run” until the cop could talk to my husband (even though we were the ones who got hit!)

When my husband got home, everything eventually got cleared up as the cop too agreed the dent wasn’t worth claiming with our insurance company.

The morning started with Polio and ended with the Police. What a disaster. I hope 4-month vaccine day is not nearly as eventful!

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Slow Cooker Nutella Bread Pudding

photoServes 8 to 10

This thanksgiving we were invited to my aunt’s place for turkey dinner. When invited or dinner I usually make desert but with Sweet Pea around these days, my time to be creative in the kitchen is rather limited.

A delicious and non-complicated desert recipe was in order so when I came across several online desert recipes that can be made in the slow cooker I couldn’t wait to try out my own version of crockpot bread pudding.

This year I am thankful for this chocolaty hazelnut delight that’s like a warm hug on a crisp fall afternoon.

IngredientsNutella Bread Pudding

– Cooking spray
– 1loaf of bread, crust removed and cut into 1‑inch cubes (enough to yield 12 cups) (any white bread will do – I used what was left in my fridge, some challah, country bread and regular white bread)
-1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
– 1/4 cup white chips
– 1/2 cup chopped & toasted hazelnuts (or any other type of nut you want) – optional
– 5 cups heavy cream
– 5 cups milk (1%)
– 9 large egg yolks
– 1 cup Nutella
– 3/4 cup plus 1 tbs granulated sugar
– 4 tsp vanilla extract
– 3/4 tsp salt
– 2 tbs light brown sugar

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees (to toast the bread)photo 2photo 1
  2. As oven heats, prep the slow cooker. Place a tin foil “collar” around the sides of the crockpot and then line it with a foil sling by pressing one horizontal and one vertical piece of foil into the slow cooker. (This will allow you to easily lift the bread pudding out of the crock once it is done. Spray tinfoil sling with vegetable spray. (I actually forgot to do this – and it turned out ok – just some of the gooey goodness was left on the foil)
  3. Spread cubed bread over two baking sheets and toast in oven until dry and crisp (about 40 minutes) – this step can be omitted – but your bread pudding will be more watery if you don’t dry out the bread first.
  4. In a large bowl, mix chocolate chips and nuts into dried bread then transfer to prepared slow cooker.photo 4
  5. Whisk together cream, milk, egg yolks, Nutella, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl, then pour wet mixture evenly over bread. Press on the bread with a spatula to submerge it.
  6. Combine the remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar with brown sugar and sprinkle this over the top to form a sweet crust.
  7. Cover and cook 4 hours on low (until the center is set.)photo 5
  8. For extra decadence you can serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream