Simple Solutions to Real and Imagined Problems

It says Type 1 Diabetes and Insulin Dependent, and features The Snake.


This post’s alternate title is: Things Everyone Else Probably Already Knows.

SOLUTION FOR My child’s medical ID bracelet smells like ass after an ocean swim: These tattoos. They go on like a normal party tattoo (i.e. with a damp paper towel) and stay on for quite some time, specific length to be determined. Odorless. Comfortable. Legible. Bubs scrubbed this one off with Lava soap at a friend’s house. I think it was messing with his look. We didn’t know these could be so easily removed with the perennial d-bag favorite, alcohol swipes.



SOLUTION FOR I am hot and sweaty, yet frugal: Free fancy water. A seductive display at Whole Foods got three of us liking these infused waters. Then I remembered I’m not made of dollars and already have water and jars. So I filled a bunch of jars with water and watermelon and another bunch of jars with water, cucumber, and lemon. I have these in the fridge in a neat little row like what Whole Foods would do to make me want it. Future infusions will be peach-basil and lime-mint. I like this water and hope Good Me can encourage Evil Diet Coke Me to keep it up.

We look almost like actual crackers.

Placed among normal snacks without comment, we look almost like actual crackers.

SOLUTION FOR I need Cheez-Its, but can’t have gluten or carbs, and also am too hot to follow complicated instructions: One-ingredient, gluten free, no carb Cheez-Its. I read about this on F-book and am sorry I can’t find the reference. This is how I made mine: ask your deli person to slice very, very thin squares or rectangles of cheese. I used nine slices of (square) lappi. Arrange these on a parchment-lined baking sheet and slice into 1″ x 1″ squares, or whatever size/shape. Spread the future crackers out a little bit so they don’t stick together. Slide this into a 350 degree F oven. Immediately turn the oven off and leave for an hour or longer. The crackers crisp up as they cool. To me, these taste exactly like Cheez-Its.

SOLUTION FOR I don’t have enough adorable cookies to bring to the beach/pool: These are good. But not so good that I am tempted to eat them myself. They’re about Chips Ahoy-level quality. They’re a completely normal no-brainer of a cookie without a whiff of is this, like, some kind of health food you’re trying to slip me? I got them at JobLot.


And the wrappers are so cute.



  1. Lisa · July 21, 2015

    Try adding grated ginger and fresh mint leaves to your cucumber and lemon water. Yum!

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  2. Philippa · July 21, 2015

    I’m going to try those crackers! I’m salivating now…

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    • Katy · July 21, 2015

      Thin-thin-thinly sliced cheese. I can make some for you when I have no chicken nuggets and you show up with a clafoutis.


  3. Lucia Maya · July 21, 2015

    I love your sense of humor and how it makes everyday things much better! (PS not that you necessarily need to know, but my diabetes blog is , but WP only shows my other blog…)

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  4. Scott E · July 21, 2015

    I was on vacation once (a corporate reward-trip from my wife’s employer — not in my budget and not offered in my line of work) and they had cucumber-infused water, lime-infused water…all of that hippie-sounding stuff, and it was really good and really refreshing. Only problem is that I need a bigger fridge in order to store all that stuff. Also, I’d probably never drink it because, unlike vacation, I can never find time to sit and relax at home — and I doubt infused water would help that. Still, it’s worth trying.

    Do those crackerless-cheese crackers need to be refrigerated? It sounds like a great idea, and I eat carb-less cheese all the time to satisfy hunger pains, but I’m hoping that there’s another option than crispy-from-the-oven and soggy-from-the-fridge.

    F-book. Don’t know if that’s a double-entendre or just laziness in typing, but it’s the best description ever!


    • Katy · July 21, 2015

      You’re so much fun.

      I’ve been leaving the crackers out at room temperature for over 24 hours. They did not remain crisp. I put them back in the turned-off oven that had recently been on for something else to re-crisp them.

      I’ve seen you can also make them in a microwave. You could micro just however many you want yourself to eat?

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  5. Jamie B · July 22, 2015

    Thanks for mentioning our temp tattoos!! My 9 year old T1D daughter created the idea and we have had a blast sharing them with others all over the world! I am glad your son has enjoyed them.

    I would love to send you some of our new designs that seem to be more legible after a few days. And she has created a new bracelet variety sheet of temporary tattoo that will be ready to ship out mid-August.


    • Katy · July 22, 2015

      Cool bracelets! I’m imagining these also would look great on a bicep!


    • Polina · July 22, 2015

      What a fantastic idea!


  6. Polina · July 22, 2015

    Brilliant. The Cheeze-Its – MUST TRY. Never heard of this before, actually. What kind of cheese should we use? The tattoos – also never heard of them before. Just showed them to V and asked her if she’d prefer a temp tattoo or a bracelet and she said a bracelet. And the cookies… Well, I did not realize I had a problem of not having cute cookies to bring to the beach. But now I have both a problem and a solution, YAY 🙂


    • Polina · July 22, 2015

      DUH… she said she prefers tattoo over bracelet. Coffee must not have kicked in yet.


  7. mollyjade · July 24, 2015

    I love infused waters. Reminds me of being at a fancy spa or hotel. Orange is another good one.


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