My baby girl has been wearing braids since June of this year. I had first gotten them for her because she was going on a trip with her father for a week and I couldn’t imagine Stan trying to comb Kristian’s hair during the week and just thinking of the pictures he was sure to take with her looking like a pik-a-ninny gave me chills. Add to that my baby wanted to spend every waking moment in the pool and I was getting tired of the daily mini-bouts we were having when it came time to do hair for the day and my inability to let my child leave the house looking like a tackhead; left me with only one conclusion…get braids. It takes 4 hours for the entire process. EXACTLY 4 HOURS (that girl does an awesome job, I just love her). It is a thing of beauty. Kristian loves her braids, she gets to wear her hair down when she likes and I don’t have to wrestle with her and she looks as beautiful as ever. What started out as a summer thing has turned into an every 3-month task…taking down hundreds of tiny braids, combing it out and shampooing it all before getting it re-braided again. Well folks it’s now time to have the braids redone before Kristian returns to school next week and I had the task of taking down those braids. I usually try to break it up over a couple of days (starting in the middle and working my way out so that I can still pull her hair up during the day and no one could be the wiser) but last night Stan and I were talking and I realized I had to get it all done that night because Kristian was going to be with her dad all day and I wouldn’t see her again before she had to get her hair done at 8 on Friday. I was more than halfway complete, but still it was alot of braids to undo.
I made mac & cheese for dinner. Not your ordinary mac & cheese…I saw a recipe for chicken mac & cheese and decided that was for dinner. To make it way more better, I decided to add chicken AND bacon to the mac and cheese. Bacon…bacon…bacon…boy how we love bacon. I briefly saw the recipe in the morning, but when I tried to find it later in the day I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I had to come up with the recipe on the fly. I took my regular recipe for mac & cheese that includes making a cheese sauce from 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour that are slightly cooked. I then add about 1/2 cup of half & half and 1 cup of milk and allow the mixture to thicken. I added 2 ounces of cubed velveeta, 2 ounces of cubed cream cheese (this was different from my regular recipe) 2 ouces of shredded pepper jack cheese and 2 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese. I roasted some seasoned (salt, pepper, and olive oil only) boneless, skinless chicken breast in the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. I cooked the bacon (three strips) in the pan along with the chicken breast. I used three ramikins and a small oval casserole dish to bake the mac & cheese. My brother doesn’t eat pork so I made two ramikins with the chicken only for him, one with bacon only for Kristian and the casserole dish with with bacon and chicken for me. I finished them off with a breadcrumb mixture made of 2 tbsp of melted butter, 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and 2 tsp of dried parsley. I baked them for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. They came out perfect. I forgot to take a photo of the ones with bacon, but here is a look at the chicken only that I left made for my brother. They are so creamy and delicious. MMMmmm. 🙂 It was a quick and easy meal that would allow me to maximize my time and get Kristians hair taken down.
Note: I forgot to add the picture when I first posted this blog so, so here is the photo of dinner, with the bacon included.
I started taking down Kristians hair at 6:30 pm and finished at 11:45 pm. I had planned to shampoo her hair in the shower last night, but it was just too late and she had already fallen asleep. I decided to get her up in the morning to shower her and shampoo and comb out ALL that hair. This morning, shampooing Kristian’s hair, I knew that it was going to be a trial combing it all out. It seems as if it had not only gotten longer but a whole lot thicker. She had always had hair that was considered “soft” which was one of the reasons why her hair never lasted longer than a day; but now she had a huge, thick afro that was just going to cause us both a lot of pain (the pain she would feel as I combed it out and the pain I would feel making my baby cry. :() It took me 45 minutes of crying and heartache to get it all combed out; then I realized it was too thick to fit into it the hairbow and I had to braid some of it just to get it all in there. When it was all over with, I was emotionally exhausted and Kristian had cried so much she had those baby hiccups. I hated doing it, boy did I hate it. She looks so pretty now…I talked to Stan a couple hours later and she was fine, so the anguish has been forgotten. All that hair…all that hair.