We Need a Scratching Post | Love, Humor, and Art

This kid loves nothing more than having his back scratched; #LikeMotherLikeSon. #TheDudeAbides #CatPeople #SeasonalChanges #Lavender, please! 


Cankerasaurus, Pt. Deux

Real life testimonial:

Oldest son had a dental appointment this week, for which he was numbed-up. Lo, and behold, by today, he was complaining of these “odd, foreign” craters in his mouth.

And, I laaaauughed… not because I was experiencing some weird form of schadenfreud, but because I am so familiar with this post-dental (post-hormonal, post-younameit) phenomenon, and he’s managed to go over 14 years without having said experience.

Also, while I can’t cure it, per se, I do know how to numb and disinfect it with a couple of items already in our cabinet: Clove and Frankincense (Vitality, in this case, because the drops were going in the mouth).


Clove and clove oil are long-established discomfort-shifters in the dental community. When I got dry-rot after having my wisdom teeth out, what did the dentist pack my gums with? Clove.

As far as Frank, it has been show in studies to have anti-inflammatory properties. And, trust me, the cankerasaurus is indeed inflamed.

Going forward, he’ll be brushing with Thieves toothpaste (containing clove, peppermint, nothing artificial, and no flouride, and he gets to take Thieves Spray with him to school (nice to have on hand for yucky school surfaces, anyway, but also good to give a quick spray for fresh breath, and some “clove touch-up.”

Meatless Monday -OR- Easiest Dinner Ever, Courtesy MorningStar | Love &A

See this?

Mediterranean Chickpea “Burgers” 

And, this?

Diced, drained tomatoes 

And, finally, this?

This is sliced mozzarella, but you could use fresh mozz, swiss, or havarti, too. 

These are what you’ll need for dinner tonight–or any night–on the fly. I know, because I did it last night for my kids. Looking to incorporate a little less meat into your diet? This recipe is even better for that.

Pick up a bag of MorningStar Mediterranean Chickpea patties (they call them burgers, but I don’t like that phrase, because I don’t think it’s supposed to taste like a BURGER. It’s supposed to taste like Mediterranean deliciousness).

Stick that patty into the microwave for a minute. Turn on a skillet if you like yours crispier (I do). Add just a touch of oil to the pan, and cook on one side, medium-high heat till crispy. That shouldn’t take more than a minute if the pan is pre-heated.

Drop the burner down to low, flip over, and top the crispy side with diced, drained tomatoes. Top that with cheese. Put a lid on it, and let the cheese melt, making sure you don’t burn the bottom; easy enough now that the pan is on low.

That’s it!

Don’t serve it on a bun, Don’t tell your kids it’s pizza or burgers; you’re setting them up for disappointment. “Pizza patties” worked for my kids.

While this patty does much of the work for you in the flavor department, you certainly can punch it up a notch.

Add flavor to the tomatoes for a more “grown up” taste–pesto, fresh herbs, red pepper for spice, rosemary/oregano/thyme/basil Vitality oils. You name it, you can add it.