At 2am I awoke to more pain and an inability to get any sort of sleep even after taking more painkillers. Finally  I got up, got dressed and called a cab to go to the ER. After waiting for three hours, I was given a stat dose of Pen V and Ibuprofen and sent on my merry way with a prescription for both. Now, some people may wonder why I didn’t get the good stuff? I’m experiencing nerve pain of any kind. What I’m feeling is best described as a golfball, lodged between my cheek and my jaw, just under one tooth. The pressure is what I feel the most. The pain is actually from the stretched gums, and whenever I bite down and inadvertently move said golfball. Painkillers of any kind, especially narcotics, well ‘won’t do shit’ other than knock me out. The Ibuprofen keeps some of the swelling at bay while the Pen V goes to work.

 

Now, here’s the kicker. I went to the Pharmacy today to put the prescription in only to find out that they’re completely out of Pen V in both pill and liquid form. They had to call the doc to change the scrip. In the interim mom and dad came home from New Glasgow after being stuck over night because of the snow storm that hit us this weekend.

 

So this leaves me with little to do, other than sit, drink tea, take meds on time, and perhaps knit. But first, since I’m on my official day three of Photo of the day, here’s a depth of field experiment and a recipe.

 

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Pretzel Bites

These little balls of dough are absolutely heavenly. They’re not quite “pretzel” though. They’re missing a key step that I need to remedy the next time I make them. I found the original recipe on Get off your Butt and Bake. I altered the recipe, mostly because I don’t have any premade dough at home, so I made some of my own.

I made my pizza dough, cut it up into tiny balls, dropped them in boiling water for 45 seconds and baked them for fifteen minutes. They’re delicious with just  melted butter and salt, I’m sure they’re wonderful with cinnamon sugar. I have to adjust things slightly though because, like I said they’re missing that typical pretzelness to them. Baking soda.

 

5 tbsp in the boiling water should fix that up, maybe even four. They don’t need much more than a quick soak in it, but the baking soda is what gives preztels that softness and signature flavour. Now for my pizza dough, which is my go to dough for almost everything of late. It’s so easy I can make it in my sleep.

 

1 1/2 cups warm water
1tbsp traditional rise yeast
1Tbsp sugar
3 cups all purpose flour plus 1/2 extra for dusting (sometimes I add the extra half cup directly, it depends on how humid it is around here)
1tbsp olive oil
1tbsp sugar
1tsp salt.

 

Mix water, 1tbsp sugar and yeast in bowl and set aside to proof. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Once yeast has proofed pour into dry ingredients followed by olive oil. Stir with fork until combined then knead with fingers until sticky. Start adding extra flour a bit at a time until well mixed. Set aside to rise four about an hour until doubled in size.

Punch down, knead, then put back into bowl for second rise (30 minutes). This step is completely optional, but does give you a soft squishy dough to work with. Will make two pizzas, a batch of monkey bread, 12 pretzels, or 60 pretzel bites, depending on what you decide to use it for.. Could also be used to make rolls, calzones, anything you can think of. It’s so ridiculously easy, it’s not fit.

 

Now I need to get some sleep I’m exhausted and need to take another ibuprofen. I might knit later, if I feel up to it.