Vegan Grilled Cheese and Dill Pickle Soup

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I have a lot of pickles in my fridge and someone on Instagram had mentioned dill pickle soup. I thought it sounded interesting but I didn’t look up a recipe.  I was using things I had in my house as I  haven’t gone grocery shopping for awhile. I added vegan butter, half an onion, 1 potato, a few pickles, and lots of spices to the soup maker. I used curry powder, dried parsley, smoked paprika, mushroom seasoning, salt and pepper. I turned the soup maker on and went to do a workout. The soup maker is still my favourite gadget.  I am always amazed by how good things turn out in the soup maker. I will make this soup again but I will use more vegetables next time to get a creamier texture.  I found this really good applewood vegan cheddar block from the UK at Save-On-Foods on sale for $8.99. I thought it was expensive when I bought  but the block lasted a long time and it melts great the best melting vegan cheese I have tried so far. You can see the cheese here on my second Instagram accoun

March 24, 2017 Hair Manicure






Today I had my first ever hair manicure what is a hair manicure that is what I thought. I have never coloured my hair before and always said I would do it when I had more grey hair. As I am almost 40  I was starting to get a few more so decided I would try with my next hair cut. I made the appointment at my favourite salon Annex knowing they always give me good cuts its where I felt comfortable going. All the stylists are Japanese here and the girl on the phone didn't speak much English I couldn't really convey that it was my first time getting my hair coloured. Luckily the stylist I got had better English and was really patient in explaining this to me. She said I shouldn't colour my hair as my hair is really soft and it would damage it but they have something called a hair manicure which would be less damaging and also make the hair shiny I said sure. As I only have grey at the top so far and not that much she suggested that I just do the touch up with is $25 and a whole head would be $70 again I agreed. First she cut my hair and told me she would check it after the manicure was done. As I have black hair the stylist told me that if I did anything lighter it won't cover the grey so I should go with black and I agreed. She painted the polish on my hair she did go through my whole head but painted it on at the top and then combed it down. Then she came out with plastic wrap and really covered my head with plastic wrap. Then I sat under a big machine that heated my head it was like the nail dryer machine except that it was head sized. This really was a manicure for hair I was thinking as I sipped my green tea and read a magazine while waiting for my head to dry. Then after a while the timer rang on the machine and it was time to wait 5 minutes longer and then shampoo. Then I got the massage they always give with haircuts and she cut my hair some more. The colour matches my hair colour exactly there is no chemical smell and my hair is still soft and shiny. The stylist told me that as my hair is fine and soft that I should always do a hair manicure and never colour my hair as that will damage it. I am happy with the results so I will stick to hair manicures for the foreseeable future.




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