First the good part. Louisa has found her tribe: the cosplayers. Cosplay, in case you don't know and why would you, is short for "costume play." Cosplayers dress up as their favorite characters from TV, movies, comics, books, games--whatever they love--and then they get together and revel in their creativity.

The biggest one locally is Kumoricon, a celebration of all things Japanese but mainly anime and manga. Both Lou and Jo, and to a lesser extent myself, love anime and manga, but Lou...Lou LOVES it, and LOVES cosplay. The picture is her dressed as China, a character from the anime Hetalia.

We spent Saturday and Sunday at Kumoricon, and Lou was so happy she cried half the weekend in joy. She's come back with a fervent desire to learn how to sew properly, and I'm going to do my best to teach her.

The bad part: The line to get in was three-plus hours long, much in full sun and all in the heat. I lasted a little over two before I almost collapsed of heat exhaustion and was carted off to the hospital with poor Lou sobbing in the ambulance with me. I'm all right, but I'm still sore; I brought a camp stool with me and it resulted in essentially my doing a series of squats, over and over. My thighs still ache! We went back the next day and Lou spent it in absolute bliss. I'm so happy for her. :)

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I came across this recipe a couple of days ago. Now, I'm always trying to find things everyone here will or can eat. Jo is lactose-intolerant and we're all gluten-free (except Lou--she eats it sometimes but not here). We try to limit our grains and sugars, though we're hardly saints. I'm especially trying to find high-energy foods Jo will eat; she's not anorexic--thinks she looks just fine, thanks--but she does have trouble eating sometimes. Long story.

Anyway, when I saw this I knew I had to try it. I love lemon anything, and this is raw, no-bake, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free. (We don't have trouble with eggs, but you might.) The main problem you might have with this recipe is that it's based on almond meal, and some folks have trouble with tree nuts. It has honey in it, so it's not vegan, but you can probably add your own favorite sweetener.

Verdict: Fast! Delicious! Pretty (see picture)! Lou hates coconut, so they don't work for her, but otherwise, we have a hit. The recipe is from the petite kitchen, which is new to me and has lots of goodies to peruse.

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