puberty at 37


so I got suckered into getting braces…  almost botox too…

it all begin with my oldest son getting braces about a year ago and then every appointment I take him to I see these adds for ‘invisible’ braces…

and I think… I’m here anyways, maybe I should ‘tidy up the chiclets’

so I talk to the orthodontist and his assistant and we decide for sure I should…  I was shocked they were so eager to get me in a set of braces…  but those hunting trips don’t fund themselves so I suppose he has a little motivation…

and then his assistant slips me a referral card as I leave the office…  it’s for botox…  she says ‘while your at it, thought you might want a referral for botox here in the city too… this lady I go to is the best’…

I look at her, shock on my wrinkled up face, and say ‘does your boss know you are doing this?  running a side business of botox referrals?’...

I honestly don’t think it occurred to her how offensive it might be to do this…  she responded with ‘oh, if I get 10 new people to come to her office I get one free session of botox’…  

she looked like she was early twenties…  getting botox…  of course I couldn’t tell my her face exactly, what with it being so smooth, so I had to refer to her ankles to guess her age…  ankles never lie

so now I’m wearing two retainers basically… for 9 months… then it’s down to actual retainers…  at night… for the rest of my life…

and this is what the farmer saw when he got home that night… and oh was he surprised…  he had a few questions like ‘why?’… ‘are you going through something I should be worried about?’… ‘I guess it’s better to spend that money on your teeth and not your boobs’…  (he didn’t say that last one but the thought did cross my mind that updating my chest instead of teeth might be more bang for my buck)

positives about having braces: training me to eat only at meal time…  (you really can’t eat anything with them in)…  not biting my nails anymore…  no headache in the morning from grinding my teeth…

negatives about having braces: everything

so the meal to the field, when you get home at 2 pm, is melon for the salad… roasted broccoli with garlic and lemon, twice baked potatoes, chicken cordon bleu (which I had in the freezer) and chocolate chip zucchini brownies…

and I didn’t get to snack on a single thing as I cooked… it was awful…

my oldest son has been begging for twice baked potatoes…  and I always think they take too long and I don’t want to be bothered… I’ve got better things to do like take Advil because my teeth are killing me and not eat…

but as I was making these I realized they weren’t bad at all to make… and so easy for farmers to eat in the field…

I bought russet potatoes instead of using my garden red variety as they bake better…

twice baked potatoes


  • 10 lb bag russet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ground pepper


  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • rinse and dry potatoes
  • toss in olive oil and wrap in foil
  • place on baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until a fork inserted in one shows they are done
  • in a mixing bowl, cream the other ingredients
  • cut each potato in half and using an ice cream scoop, scoop out inside to a mixing bowl
  • whip the potatoes and add the ingredients
  • using and ice cream scoop, scoop potato’s back into the skins
  • bake at 375 degrees until they are done

here is the chicken cordon bleu ‘roll-ups’ I had made earlier and could just pop in the oven… I did put a note with each supper saying ‘remove the toothpicks from the chicken’…  I was thinking of one of them driving a combine and picking up a piece of chicken and stabbing the roof of their mouth with a toothpick I had used to keep the chicken, ham and swiss cheese all rolled up…

lastly…  super easy and yummy zucchini brownies….

chocolate chip zucchini brownies


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • grease either a 8×11 baking dish with cooking spray or a 9×9
  • in a stand mixer, combine sugar and oil
  • in a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda
  • add to the sugar and oil
  • add zucchini and vanilla
  • fold in chocolate chips
  • pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes (based on the size of your pan)

in conclusion…

just because you are sharing your Proactiv zit cream with your teenage son does not mean you have to join him in getting braces as well…  

resist the urge…  no matter what that money hungry dentist tells you… or his assistant…

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