Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Irritation Be Gone

Two things give me grief in the summer: sweat/friction between the thighs and sweat under the breasts.

For years thigh rub or what some call chub-rub led me to avoid dresses and skirts like the plague because they were too uncomfortable to wear them. A few years ago I was introduce to thigh protectors called Luvees. They slip on separately for each leg so you don't get the added warm of wearing a full short underneath. They are quiet. And they are quite comfortable. They have opened up a whole new world for maxi dresses. I love maxi dresses!

Sweating under the breast never caused any real skin problems for me but it was uncomfortable to walk around in the summer with a wet bra and I had to wash them often. This year in walked Pambras. It's a bra liner that goes discreetly under the band of the bra with a little dip that comes between the breasts. I LOVE THESE! After a hot day running around doing errands I can come home and yank out the liner and my bra is fresh again without having to change into a new one. I also use them after a shower when I'm cooling off.

If you have your own battles with a sweaty summer I highly recommend trying out these two products.

Hope you are otherwise having a delightful season!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chicken and Mushy Pea Wraps

The other day Jeff and I caught an episode of Nigella Lawson cooking up one of her favorite side dishes -- mushy peas. Neither Jeff nor I had ever heard of it so we watched intently as she loaded them up with a whole lot of salt. By the end of show I had pretty much decided that I was going to attempt my own version. I offhandedly mentioned to Jeff that I was going to make them then forgot about them until today.

Today was one of those clean out some of the stuff in the freezer days. I found eight whole grain and flax wraps (who knows how long they were in there but it was a good sign there was no freezer burn), strips of barbecue chicken I had Jeff cook up a few weeks ago, and what do you know frozen peas.

The first thing I decided was I didn't want a huge pot of mushy peas in case neither of us liked them. The recipe had to be a maximum of two servings. The next thing I decided was I didn't want them as a side dish. I was going to dollop them in the wraps and roll 'em up with the chicken. I shared this bit with Jeff and it was met with mushy face.

Here's my Mushy Peas for Two Recipe:


1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon instant skim milk powder
1 tablespoon skim milk
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon margarine / butter


Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Add sprinkle of salt (not the salt from ingredients, just enough to excite the water). Add peas and continue to boil ten to fifteen minutes until they are no longer crisp. While peas are boiling prepare other ingredients.

I have a Bullet blender with a small 500 ml container for blending small items so this is what I used. Fill your blending container with remaining ingredients, stopping after cornstarch to stir until dissolved.

When peas are done, drain and add to top of ingredients in blender. Pulse, then blend until desired consistency. Mine looked like guacamole.

These were mini wraps so I divided what looked like two chicken breasts between the four wraps I had available. I then divided the mushy peas between the four wraps, rolled and served with canned peaches.

I actually tried the mushy peas beforehand and I would definitely serve this mushy peas recipe as a side dish.

Going forward, Jeff and I decided one clove of garlic would be best as it was a bit strong later in the evening if you know what I mean.

If you give them a try let me know!

Topic Links
* Who's Nigella Lawson
* More of My Recipes

Friday, July 02, 2010

Sturdy Shelf

It's the little things that make me realize how lucky I am. Like when Jeff made a shelf topper for the little storage unit on my desk. The top of it has been progressively sagging for months causing the stuff I regularly use to constantly slide off. I've been complaining of course, although I thought it was silently to myself.

Last weekend I woke and found my desk dismantled and the storage unit missing in action. I heard noise outside and had a look out the back door to find Jeff fiddling with my unit, some wood, and some guy tools. Here is the result:

It is so sturdy I can stand on it... ok, if I was 10 to 15 lbs, I could stand on it, which is how much the stuff I had on top probably ways. It's like a new unit, no sagging and the top drawer opens and closes without me having to do battle with the sag. I was just going to stick a piece of scrap wood on top. I like Jeff's version better. He cut it to the shape of the unit, painted it, then screwed it to the top. It is not going anywhere and either is the stuff I have piled on top. I might even be able to add more!

Now that is love. I appreciate this so much I'd say it is better than a box of chocolate. And you know how much I like my chocolate!