Nutella Scuffles

Italy, meet the Ukraine. Isn’t it wonderful when all nations get together in joyous harmony at Christmas?

It hasn’t been all joy and harmony around here. Mike has some sort of stomach flu, it appears W is getting same, and just as I was ushering him (W) into the tub for a much-needed bath this afternoon (having severely cut his toe a few nights ago, he got a get-out-of-baths-free card for a couple days), we got a call from the parents of his kindergarten BFF, away for Christmas, reporting a lice infestation on the head of said BFF. And they all shared Santa hats at their Christmas concert.

We checked W’s head. Ew. I’ve never seen lice before, but we are now well acquainted. Ew ew ew ew ew ew ewwwww. How could we not have noticed this? With all the snuggling and head kissing? Shudder.

This afternoon I planned to make stollen and my Grandma’s peanut brittle to bring around to various parties and visits tonight – instead we’ve been shaving W’s head, bleaching stuff and tossing all our bed linens out in the back yard (apparently a good freeze will kill anything alive or freshly laid) while sporadically getting full-body heebie jeebies and checking each others’ heads, which are suddenly insatiably itchy. W is off trying to find a drugstore that’s open to buy a lice comb, and I’m dousing W’s head in vinegar. Tonight, after putting out cookies and milk for Santa, we’ll be slathering his head with mayo and a shower cap – another chemical-free remedy I found via Google. Maybe in a few days I’ll share my recipe for one-minute mayo – never thought it would come in handy this way.

To make Nutella scuffles, leave out the cinnamon and spread a spoonful of Nutella over each dough triangle before you roll it up.

Merry Christmas!


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19 comments on “Nutella Scuffles

  1. Barb
    December 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Awe. Why you? Why anybody anytime actually but now? Apparently this goes around schools all the time. I don’t ever remember it when I was going to school but I am told differently now. And the little buggers don’t really go for dirty places; they like clean heads and beds and such best. Good luck. Fingers crossed for you.

  2. Laurie from Burnaby
    December 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    We had lice infestations as kids (horrible – my mother washed our hair in gasoline and wrapped them up for a while before rinsing it out. It might have killed the lice, but it was hell on our heads) and in my children.
    I shaved the boys heads but needed to treat the girls. I found a thing called kwelada that cleaned the girls heads right away without hurting and without smelling. I had another infestation about 10 years ago and went straight to the drug store for kwelada. It worked a treat.
    Congratulations on the nutella stuffed scuffles. That looks excellent!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  3. Carolyn B
    December 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Wow…this brings it all in perspective. I was feeling sorry for myself that I haven’t had any time to relax. I have nothing to complain about. I also have heard the Cetaphyl (?) generously coating the head and then dried with a hair dryer suffocates the lice. I use tea tree oil (a. Ouple of drops mixed in with shampoo) as an ongoing prevention against lice.

  4. Irene
    December 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Tea tree oil is the answer. I substitute and use it all winter in the shampoo.

  5. Kris
    December 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    eeew…we had lice last Christmas. I distinctly remember the horror as I checked my kiddos heads and indeed found the creepy, crawly things. Ya gotta love all the bugs and stuff that get passed around elementary schools.
    Makes my head itchy just remembering it.

    Best wishes to you & yours!

  6. Jennifer Jo
    December 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    We had lice this summer. Dreadful and depressing.

    And just so you know, it’s important to check the head regularly for WEEKS. If you don’t, well, lice will be your new BFF.

  7. Robyn in Mountain (Ontario that is)
    December 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Three words, Julie, Tea Tree Oil. Not only is it great for a dry scalp, but I hear it is great for buggies too. Good Luck! And,

    Merry Christmas!!!

  8. Kelley
    December 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Awww – so sorry you are dealing with lice. What a terrible way to start off the holiday. I also have heard that tea tree oil works. Good luck and hope you can still have a Merry Christmas.
    P.S. the scuffles look amazing! Great idea!

  9. Erica B.
    December 25, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Sorry to hear it & I’m getting all itchy in sympathy over here.

    Heh W’s bald head should make for memorable Christmas photos at least!

    Hope you & the family still have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Fareen
    December 25, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Those scuffles look great!!

  11. lisag
    December 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Merry Christmas, Julie! Sorry to hear about the stomach bugs and lice – but at least you’ll never forget this Christmas. My family is also a bit sick this Christmas, all 3 of us are a sniffly & achy with the flu. But that hasn’t stopped me from making two of your recipes – nut balls for Christmas Eve dessert, and scuffles for Christmas breakfast. Both were terrific – thanks so much for these recipes, it was a wonderful Christmas gift!!

  12. Natalie - GA
    December 25, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Oh, Wow. So sorry you have to deal with that all :(. Hopefully you can enjoy a little Christmas cheer.

    Merry Christmas and Thanks for all the laughs and great food!

  13. molly
    December 26, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Oh, you poor girl! We’ve been battling the flu with two sets of house guests, but suddenly I feel like we got off WAY easy!! May they all go, ASAP.

    Merry merry, Miss Julie.

  14. Lori
    December 26, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Yuk! yukyukyuk. So sorry this happened to you.

  15. Carol SB
    December 26, 2010 at 8:41 am

    The Scuffles are such a good idea. And I’m with you: love the name. Irresistable.
    I remember when we had lice attack our school right before Christmas (concerts… daughter with waist-length hair… Oh yeah). The funny thing was a month or so later when we looked at the utility bill graph: Hmmm, why such a spike in water and heat use?! Freezing was good for bags of stuffed toys, but ALL our bedding etc. etc. went through the wash on Hot and the dryer on hot as well. Ugh. Seeing those critters in oldest (of three) kids’ hair… especially when she had so MUCH hair. And then phoning friends to advise them to check their own dear ones’ heads… even our babysitter was not spared.
    I guess what I’m saying here, Julie, is… I empathize. Someday we’ll all look back on this and laugh. Or not.
    Merry Christmas anyway.

  16. Adrienne
    December 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

    You can use cream rinse instead of mayo. Just slather their heads in it, wrap it in a towel for an hour or so and then shampoo it out. And, of course, comb, comb, comb. Just be thankful you don’t have two daughters with long hair!

  17. jocelyn colquhoun
    December 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Hi Julie,
    So sorry about the lice. When my daughter was about 8-9 she had them too. Sadly she had beautiful, long, very thick, auburn hair so I spent about 10 days like a monkey picking the eggs off strand by strand. When later in the year my sister-in-law got them and her then husband refused to help I went over and did the same for her!! You’d think I would have earned a lifetime amount of points!

    I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking with relatives visiting. I often make a Lobster, Oyster and sausage gumbo and Cranberry orange trifle as I did this Christmas Eve if you want the recipes.

    You will get through the lice crisis! cheers

  18. Shawna H
    December 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    This brought a huge chuckle to end my christmas day as I read your story. While in the drugstore one night a several days before christmas I called home and got my husband to check my daughter for lice, because she had complained of itchy scalp, he diagnosed a cause of dandruff. Well needless to say, two days before christmas I confirmed lice. Not only had my last minute shopping list been highly expanded with lice treatment and tea tree oil shampoo and new hair brushes, but the to do list expanded. Doing the regular christmas stuff of making cabbage rolls, apple strudel, cinnamon buns, I was washing all the bedding, pillows, throwing out hair brushes, vacuuming everything and dealing with everything that comes with lice. My daughter was not up to shaving the head of her golden brown long hair. Best of luck to a lice free New Year!

  19. Eddie H.
    February 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Made these for the Superbowl! Incredible.

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