Dutch Baby with Lavender Sugar + Spice Station Giveaway

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{UPDATE! Your sweet words were a riot to read–thank you so, SO much for them. Dooms day is this Thursday and I’m taking your advice and stockpiling gelato, various other ice creams, making homemade mashed potatoes (Ree’s recipe), and pureeing some vegetables, since many of you said I’d get sick of sweet stuff pretty quickly. The two chosen winners, at random, are:

Comment #28

and Comment #47

Let’s talk giveaway. Everyone looooves free stuff, especially me. Vanilla beans are super amazing. And super beautiful. So is lavender. Two lovely people will win one set of goodies from The Spice Station, my favorite LA spice store.  One set includes a bag of five organic vanilla beans and a bag of dried, beautiful lavender. To win, simply leave a comment below, contest closes Saturday at noon. What type of comment? Interesting you ask.

I need words of serious encouragement.  I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled next week, and all I want is my momma.

One thing I learned this week: having wisdom teeth doesn’t result in wisdom. If I was wise, I would’ve had these things yanked out in high school and had my mom take care of me. Moms are good at that.  They take care of you like no one can.  Their sandwiches magically taste better, they can fold your clothes much neater and better than you ever will, and when they feel sorry for you, it’s like the coziest thing in the world.  Moms are the best. I know mine is. And if I lived in the same state as her, I’d make her this dutch baby this weekend. It’s perfectly beautiful. It’s screams Spring. And is dusted with lavender sugar! Amazing. Calming. Perfect for a Mother’s Day Brunch.

This dutch baby is pretty easy to pull together.  Just whip up the batter, throw in a hot cast iron and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. And voila! Prettiness!

Dutch Baby with Lavender Sugar

Recipe from Gourmet Magazine

Print this recipe!

I really love flavored sugars so whenever I have a vanilla bean I’ve used up I never throw it away; instead I put in a tupperware with a few cups of sugar.  I did the same with some lavender a few weeks back, and boy, was it amazing.  The sugar tasted really, ummm….pretty!

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon of dried lavender

3 large eggs at room temperature 30 minutes

2/3 cup whole milk at room temperature

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Put 10″ cast iron skillet on middle rack of oven and preheat oven to 450ºF.  Stir together sugar and zest in a small bowl. Beat eggs with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and frothy, then beat in milk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and continue to beat until smooth, about 1 minute more (batter will be thin). Add butter to hot skillet and melt, swirling to coat. Add batter and immediately return skillet to oven. Bake until puffed and golden-brown, 18 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with lavender sugar.

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bpmcgackin May 5, 2010 at 12:52 am

that looks absolutely amazing. all this talk about vanilla bean has given me a serious ice cream craving. something rich like breyer’s at the very least.

that’s one good thing about getting your wisdom teeth taken out, actually—and probably the only thing—you’re basically encouraged to drink milkshakes and eat ice cream. the combination of coldness and softness is pretty much all your mouth can handle :/

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jessica May 5, 2010 at 1:31 am

You can do it! Seriously. Just don’t suck up your yummy smoothies with a straw, use a spoon. Give yourself time to recover and pamper yourself a bit. Another tip – try and keep up with the pain medication. If you hit it on its head right away, then it won’t be as bad. So even if you don’t think you need it the first day, go ahead and take something until you have let the drugs from the actual procedure wear off. Pain is always more manageable when it doesn’t rear its ugly head up. I can thank my nursing mom for helping me have a relatively painless recovery!

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Naomi May 5, 2010 at 4:26 am

When I got my wisdom teeth out I had no pain at all. They just put me out, and I woke up with four fewer teeth.

This dutch baby looks sooo good. I have some dried lavender in my cupboard, I should get to making some lavender sugar.

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Mary Margaret May 5, 2010 at 5:13 am

It’s really not that bad. Just make sure that you follow all of their post op instructions so you don’t get a dry socket …. now that is when the pain comes in! Other than that, it’s not so bad :)

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Curls McGhee May 5, 2010 at 5:35 am

Don’t fret about the wisdom teeth, you’ll be just fine! Just make sure to bone up on advil, milkshakes and good movies at home.

PS. I was just looking up dutch baby recipes last night, what a coincidence!

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cherie May 5, 2010 at 5:53 am

Seriously . . . you’re going to have a little nap, and wake up finished. . . right? And you’ll have a headache in your jaw . . . which means you’ll be forced to eat delicious soft and creamy things – like risotto, and chocolate pudding, and smoothies, and milkshakes.

Seriously . . . I swear . . . pleasant dreams!

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Susanna May 5, 2010 at 6:17 am

I was introduced to Dutch Babies in the past few years and I love them! A good, baked, eggy, pancake. Will have to try the lavendar sugar.

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Katied May 5, 2010 at 6:57 am

Between the laughing gas and the painkillers you’ll be having a better time next week than I will be sitting at my work computer drooling over your blog posts. Plus, you get to eat yummy food like mashed potatoes, ice cream and smoothies! That sounds like a dream to me 😀 Don’t worry you’ll do fine!

As for your recipe – Thank you! I needed a way to ensure that my boyfriend’s mom likes me! I’ll be making this for their family on Mother’s Day!

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Sarah May 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

I too was terrified to have my wisdom teeth removed, and I also waited until I was an adult. It’s really not that bad, stock up on soft food and movies you’ve been wanting to watch. Good luck!

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Sarah May 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

I too was terrified to have my wisdom teeth removed, and I also waited until I was an adult. It’s really not that bad, stock up on soft food and movies you’ve been wanting to watch. Good luck!

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Katrina May 5, 2010 at 7:01 am

Everything will turn out just right, just like this Dutch Baby. Just make sure your place is ready to welcome you home and that you get plenty of sleep and have that fridge stocked with mashed potatoes, soup, and ice cream. Make sure you exercise the day before. That’s it, you’re set!

I love it when I can make something in the cast iron that pretty much just cooks itself!

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Alison May 5, 2010 at 7:02 am

Good luck! I have to get my wisdom teeth pulled too. Just imagine how much easier life will be when you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck back there! And it’s 4 less teeth to worry about getting cavities! There’s always a bright side :)

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Casey May 5, 2010 at 7:34 am

My advice – sleep it off. I slept for like 3 days straight when I had my wisdom teeth out… and it really wasn’t that bad. I am sure you will be just fine!!

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magi May 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

I hope all goes well! I haven’t had my wisdom teeth out yet so I can’t talk of the pain from experience. I have noticed that everyone’s experiences are different…you might not even have a bad recovery time.. If you do just sleepp sleep sleep. Good luck!

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Eunice May 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

Good luck with your wisdom teeth! While the procedure is uncomfortable (sitting with your mouth open that wide for any period of time is not exactly a picnic) it isn’t too bad! This is coming from me, a certified wuss when it comes to pain. Make sure you ask your dentist for nice strong pain killers!

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heather May 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

my fiancee and I LOVE dutch babies. it’s kind of our thing. lavender on top sounds delicious. and beautiful. hmm, I got all four of my teeth out at the same time and it didn’t hurt a bit. until i got home. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t fun, but the pain didn’t last long. this is an excuse to be pampered by your family and friends — request WHATEVER sounds like it’ll be good for your mouth!! and I agree with magi on the sleep, sleep, sleep comment.

cheers and best of luck,

*heather*

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Yasmin May 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

You can do it!!! Get plenty of rest and use this time as an excuse to drink lots of orange juice and milkshakes, and to eat ice cream! A few days with ice on your face, and you’ll be better :) (For the record, though, all I wanted was my momma when I got my wisdom teeth out, too!)

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Jing May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

Looks lovely! This is a really interesting idea, I’ve never seen one of these made with flavored sugar. (And, I’ve never gotten around to getting my wisdom teeth out myself, so….)

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Michela May 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

Dutch baby looks yummy!

I loved jello and mashed potatoes when I got my wisdom teeth out, it hurts bad, but only for a few days… Good Luck! Get the pain pills! lol

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Susan May 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

Beautiful Dutch baby! And your Big Ordeal will soon be history.

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Bev May 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

I agree moms are the best. Eat lots of soft food and it will be over before you know it.

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Laura May 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

Just discovered your blog– I love it! Hope all goes well.

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Autumn May 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

Wow! That looks great! I have never had a dutch baby before. Weekend experiment time!

Try not to worry. It will be over and done with before you know it. I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was fifteen. I don’t remember the pain as much as I remember the effects of the drugs and the anesthesia, but the pain I do remember wasn’t excruciating. Sleep and the medications helped me recover in a matter of days.

During recovery and a week or so after, my meals consisted of jello, pudding, and soup. I love soup. There are some good savory soups that can be served cold (if you don’t want them warm), and there are some killer desert soups too. Smoothies, milkshakes and juice might work even better.

I wish you all the best!

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Ryan May 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

Dry socket? Jaw Headaches? Dutch Baby Teeth? No sucking? I had my wisdom teeth out and it was a blasty. You walk in to the office and they ask you kindly to take a nap. Umm, yeah you got it boss…NAP TIME. Then you peacefully wake up into a world of pillow-walls and sunshine. Your fellow astronauts will help you float to your space-pod where you’ll be flown to what you are told is your home. At home there will be a cozy, blanketed nook with your name on it and pills rattling in your pocket. Pop those pills, drool away, and half-watch some of your favorite movies while occasionally drifting back into the warmth of your inner deep space. You might suddenly awake and think, “I have no arms!” to which your arms will reply, “Shhhh, we’re right here. Now let’s go back to sleep.” Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ptFTJekS00

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Pamela May 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

I’m interested in making this but my husband keeps telling me that he needs to get me a “Dutch Oven” first. Is this true?

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Mollie May 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

You’ll be ok! I promise!

You are smarter than your teeth. You are more beautiful than your teeth. In a fist fight, you would pretty much kick your teeth’s butt! (haha, like that’s even possible)

Just get in that dentist chair and show them who’s boss!

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Stef May 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I can’t remember getting my own wisdom teeth pulled (I was 13), but I remember my sister was too funny (amusing us as well as herself) from whatever sedative they gave her for the operation. So, hopefully you’re body will respond similarly!

Also, buy a big jar of applesauce. I got sick of ice cream and milkshakes pretty quickly, so something of the same consistency that’s not sweet was heavenly.

I’m sure you’ll be just fine! Of course it’s not a joy ride, but it won’t be as bad as you think! Good luck!

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Kristin May 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I had my wisdom teeth out at 14. Just heed the doctor’s advice and don’t drink from a straw (or anything else that causes you to pucker and suck, like smoking). You’ll be fine, I hope you have someone to wait on you!

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Alessa May 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

My only words of encouragement: Think of all the mashed potatoes you can eat! I had mine pulled, and I got to eat loads and loads of mashed potatoes. YUM!

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Lula May 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

don’t think about the bad stuff, think of the good things– mashed potatoes, pudding, (very soft) ice cream, tomato soup, and lots of drugs that will make you super loopy!!

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Kitrina May 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Good Luck with your wisdom teeth!

That looks delicious by the way. I love any food with lavender.

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Jeanne May 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Lavender sugar sounds divine! I’m going to have to try it. I still have my wisdom teeth, so I don’t have any specific advice. But I’ve heard that you get to eat lots of ice cream so that’s a good thing! Good luck! :)

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Jess May 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

The fruit flavors of baby food are actually quite good — I was always a fan of them after braces tightenings and also following wisdom teeth extraction. I also really enjoyed some mashed potatoes with a bit of parmesan — I got tired of sweet sweet sweet of jello, pudding, fruit, smoothie, etc.

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Sara May 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Curse this site! It always makes me so hungry!

Good luck with the wisdom teeth. I had mine pulled in 10th grade. Afterwards my father had the ‘brilliant’ idea of taking me to the grocery store to get ice cream (his heart was in the right place.) I spent the time drooling saliva mixed with blood into a cup while following my father down the aisles. I felt no pain throughout the entire process and recovery though, thanks to pain killers. You’ll be A-OK, just make sure to stock your fridge/freezer beforehand!! Good luck!

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JodieMo May 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Lavender sugar! What a great idea!

Alas, I can’t help much with the wisdom teeth. At 28 and a few dental x-rays, it’s clear that I was one of the lucky few to be born without wisdom teeth. I hear the drugs are good though. So, I wish you luck, a speedy recovery, and a good supply of painkillers. :)

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Kirsten May 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Oh my goodness I love lavender. My grandma makes dutch babies all the time, but in the oven. I’m going to have to tell her about this next time I go visit!

The cool thing about wisdom teeth surgery is that you get a nice side dish of heavy pain killers. If you have left overs, keep ’em handy for when Ibuprofen just won’t cut it :)

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Laurel May 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I had mine out. They knocked me out and gave me great pain meds, so it was a relatively painless and no stress procedure! You’ll be fine!

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laura May 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

when i had my wisdom teeth out it really wasn’t that bad. the recovery is quicker than you expect, and you get an excuse to eat ice cream!

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crystal May 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Oh, thank you! I haven’t had those since a mentor of mine in high school would make them during our weekly breakfasts! I’ve never sent her a mothers day card and I think this year that I’m going to – and maybe that recipe attached!

Don’t stress about your teeth. It’s always worse thinking about it than it is going through it. I PROMISE! It’s a great excuse to relax for a while. Just don’t eat ANY loose spices (as in chives in my mashed potatoes). You’ll do GREAT!!!

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Taryn May 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

definitely sleep propped up the first couple of nights! I slept in a recliner, and ended up without any swelling…you can do it!

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Jennifer May 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I, too, had my wisdom teeth removed as an adult. My only advice is, make sure you have the pain medication nearby when the anesthetic wears off. I had forgotten to pick it up, so that was really my only time of pain was waiting for someone to go to the drugstore and get it for me. It really wasn’t that bad, though, and I was at an amusement park just a couple of days later. Best of luck!

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Becky May 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I still haven’t had my wisdom teeth removed, so I can’t personally relate yet! However, just remember that the pain is temporary and you’ll get through it! And luckily there’s all kinds of meds to help ease the discomfort. Good luck and here’s to lots of yummy food and recipes post-op! : )

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Melissa W. May 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

You can do this. It is mostly the unknown that tends to scare us. Don’t think too much about the procedure beforehand, make sure you get something to calm your nerves if you need it. It will be over so quickly you will be surprised! Like others have said, make sure that you have pain meds on hand. Take them as directed. You will be okay, I promise. I’ve had two kidney transplants and my parathyroid removed without problems. I know it is scary the first time you have to get something done but I swear it will fly right by and you will be fine. Much love to you!

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Allison May 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I actually have fond memories of getting my wisdom teeth out! I did all four at once and with laughing gas rather than general anesthesia…the nitrous was a blast! Also, what could be better than a valid excuse to eat only ice cream for a few days? You’ll get through it, no problem 😉

P.S. I just recently found your blog, and it’s great!

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Adi May 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

What a lovely Mother’s Day idea!
Good luck with your wisdom teeth! Just follow the instructions they give you, and remember – they do this procedure all the time!
My main advice is, if you think something is wrong and it’s not healing right, call them right away. Don’t wait. But I’m sure you will be fine! Oh, and make sure to have a close friend with you to take you home and help get your medication. Best wishes!

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Rosie May 6, 2010 at 12:33 am

That looks so good. I love lavender and I haven’t had a dutch baby in years.
As for your poor teeth…
Stock pile mashed potatoes and gravy. I remember the first time I came out of the dentist’s office all doped up I hobbled across the street to KFC. Times were desperate. Now I make a big old dish of this (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/11/delicious_creamy_mashed_potatoes/) the night before.

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Laura May 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

Good luck with your wisdom teeth! I was lucky and was only born with one (not very wise!). The procedure isn’t bad, and as everyone has pointed out- mashed potatoes and pudding afterwards :)

I’ve never even heard of a dutch baby, I might just have to make one now :)

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Idalys May 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

I’ve never had mine removed, but I’d definitely milk it if I had the chance… Think about it, not having to do a damn thing! =D sounds great to me! Not to mention all the ice cream, popsicles, jello you could eat! make yourself a nice gazpacho and chill in bed watching re-runs of your fave shows all day! Good luck!

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Sarah May 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

I just started reading your blog and it is wonderful! I had my wisdom teeth pulled about 10 years ago. The worst part about it was the pinch of the needle when they numbed up my mouth. Once you feel up to eating after your teeth are out, I would definitely recommend ice cream. Just don’t make the same mistake I did, stay away from ice cream with bits of stuff in it.

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Lindsey May 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

All I can say is DRUGS baby – drugs!!! There is no reason you should have to suffer! Good luck and heal quickly! :)

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Andrew May 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I am not looking to having mine out, but I recommend doing what I did for my friend when she had hers out. Stock up on ice cream and sorbet, I made a few different ones for her even a lavender sorbet.

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Katie E. May 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

My big advice is to ask for the laughing gas–it made getting my wisdom teeth out a fantastic afternoon! I had never had the gas before, and almost wish I had more wisdom teeth to take out so I could have it again. =)

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Lauren May 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

When I got mine pulled out a few summers ago, I survived on gin and tonics and these kahlua mudslides that came in bottles that I would throw in the blender with vanilla ice cream (and sometimes chocolate syrup). If you’re going under anesthesia, I would recommend bringing some anti-nausea medication just in case. Hope you have a quick recovery!

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Memoria May 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Your dutch baby looks amazing. I love the close-up shots!! Wow.

I need to get my wisdom tooth taken out too, but no dentist has contacted me. I guess they don’t want to remove anymore teeth. I wish I could give you words of wisdom. I guess I could say that after the pain, you’ll never have to feel that pain again…hehe

I wish I had a parent make sandwiches for me haha. There’s nothing like having someone else cook for you and with love.

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Jessy May 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Lavender sugar…hmmm. Never thought of such a thing, but if people drink dandelion wine, then…! LOL Your dutch baby looks delicious! I hope that all goes well with you and your wisdom teeth. Ice cream is a must have after you get home, btw. And a good excuse!

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kayenne May 7, 2010 at 1:24 am

oooooohhh… i feel for you. my own treatment, mefenamic acid 500mg and paracetamol. lots of non-chunky ice cream. cold soups and congee. books/music/fan fiction – lots of them. and eye-candy.

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Katrina May 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

Firstly, let me just say “it will be fine”. I had my wisdom teeth pulled last summer and was AWAKE the whole time. They of course froze my mouth, but I heard absolutely everything. I didn’t feel a thing throughout the whole procedure, and the worst part is after when you can’t eat solid food. SO, I made yummy smoothies!! You’ll be A-OK :)

Also, I’ve never heard of a dutch baby, and am sooo glad I checked out your blog! It sounds awesome.

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Dulcimer May 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

My words of encouragement (from experience): anesthesia is AWESOME.

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Layla May 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

Do not worry about getting your wisdom teeth removed!! I had all four of mine removed a couple years ago and it was a breeze!! I was scared as well, but the procedure is very fast and truly pain free. Later in the evening I felt a tiny bit of discomfort, but just pop some pain killers and your great! I only stayed home for 2 days and then I was back to my normal life. Plus, you get to eat all kinds great things!! I remember all the ice cream and mashed potatoes:)
Good luck, you will be totally fine:)

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Elizabeth May 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

One Word . . . . . “Drugs”
Take what ever you are offered, take it when you are supposed to take it, and load up on soft foods. You’ll be fine!

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Hawi May 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

My only words of encouragement: At least you have teeth to pull!

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Jenn May 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

My advice is don’t try to prove how tough you are. Take the drugs. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be when I got mine pulled. It wasn’t fun, but I got through it and so will you! I hope you have a speedy recovery.

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Shino May 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I’ve never had any teeth pulled out so I can’t relate, but I’d say anesthetics are going to be your best friend. Just dream about the mashed potatoes and icecream you’ll be eating after, and it’ll be over in a blink! :)

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polwig May 7, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Thank you for telling me about the giveaway.

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Kate May 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Hey, it’s not so bad! I had one of my wisdom teeth pulled and went back to work for the afternoon. Pain management is the key–just keep on top of the dosage, so you never have to try to catch up to the pain, if there is any. And a few days after it’s over, your mouth will be healed (your mouth heals faster than any other part of your body!), and you will never miss those teeth at all.
Thanks for the contest!
Truly, you will be ok.

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Sybil Clark May 8, 2010 at 2:51 am

Don’t think yourself into anxiety. Just expect to enjoy sleeping and lounging for 2 days and it will all be over. I really had no pain at all.

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Kayleigh May 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

I don’t have wisdom teeth, but all my friends who had them pulled seemed pretty pumped about the sweet drugs/milkshakes combo that inevitably follows. So take heart, because that’s a pretty great silver lining.

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Rebecca May 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

pudding! Or soup with NO chunks as all. Good luck!!!

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Sharon May 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I’m a mom. Don’t suck on a straw for a couple of days afterward.

Best of luck to you. :)

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Lili May 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Well, it’s the 15th of May…How are you? I never had wisdom teeth grow in, it’s genetic! Guess I’m lucky ha ha, but if having them out is anything like having tonsils out I hope you didn’t overdo the sorbet because the acids can wreak a bit of havoc. Hope you’re up and about and feeling no pain! Geranium & Clove oils are always nice for pain on gums or toothache they just don’t taste great… maybe mix with vegetable glycerine for sweetness.

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Adrianna May 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Hi Lilli–Yes, I got them taken out yesterday. I’m surprisingly doing well, though I’m dreaming of eating crunchy things like chips and crusty bread. Thanks so much for your tips!

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King James January 13, 2016 at 11:32 am

Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just
wanted to say wonderful blog!

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Adrianna Adarme January 13, 2016 at 11:46 am

Thanks so much!

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