Happy Halloween

Favourite halloween costume of all time:  Pippi Longstocking.  Favourite halloween treat:  caramel apples.  

I was still in high school the first time I ever made caramel apples; accordingly, my culinary skills were at the same level.  I remember melting a bunch of caramels (the small cubed ones available in bulk in grocery stores) and adding a bit of cream so it would be easier to coat the apples.  They were super tasty, except the caramel kept sliding off.  Since then, I’ve changed the ingredients, but still enjoy them just as much.  What are your favourite halloween treats?

{Have a safe and happy halloween!}



Cure Found!

 A few weeks ago, I wrote about my anxieties of finding a way to get to work and back in less than two hours.  At the time, none of the options were exactly ideal or viable.  I am pleased to announce that I have found the perfect arrangement for traveling to work.  I have found a carpool partner who picks me up from my doorstep, drops me off at work, picks me up from work and then drops me off at home.  I am SO happy!  Today was my first day of sitting passenger side and commuting to work and back in half the time.  Although this is a temporary arrangement, as perfect things hardly ever last, I am going to immensely enjoy this experience until the last drop(off).   I don’t have to drive, I can wear heels, I don’t need to run after buses… life is good.

Ancient Remedies

Yesterday afternoon I had a massage appointment at my favourite local spa which was concluded by the most relaxing scalp massage.  For a fleeting moment, it took me back to the most exotic scalp treatment that I’ve had to date which involved hot oil being poured down the middle of my forehead at an Ayurvedic Spa outside of a Tiger Reserve in Southern India.  It was pretty amazing.  The sleep I had after both treatments was even better. 

Scalp treatments and massages with a bit of oil, I recommend almond or amla, have many extra benefits beyond good sleep.  This deep conditioning treatment provides healthy, shiny hair, cures dandruff and supreme relaxation.  Benefits from the human touch are also profound.  My go to person for this small luxury is my mom, possibly because there is no bigger comfort than my mum’s hands rubbing and soothing my hair and scalp.  However, you can always bribe someone else to do this for you as well. 

How to do it yourself: flip your hair upside down to get your scalp stimulated and blood circulating in your head.  Rub some oil onto your hands, and have most of it concentrated on your fingers.  Massage your scalp as if massaging in shampoo.  Do this for about 2 minutes or longer if you can handle it.  Take a warm shower and thoroughly shampoo and condition your hair.  Then go to sleep as soon as possible.