Still recovering from the surgery. Difficult to bend over and pick things up and by the end of the day my belly is still very sore I need something for the pain. Few more weeks and I should hopefully be back on my game! Sucks getting so tired by 3pm every day.
Monday: Chicken apple sausage, cheesy tater bites, veggie
Friday: Homemade pizza
Saturday: Loaded potato soup
I haven’t posted in awhile because of my medical issues, that and I’ve barely been eating or sleeping the past few weeks. My husband has been doing the cooking and cleaning for weeks now. Haven’t stuck to a proper menu just had him make simple but healthy things for my son and himself. I had been sticking to toast, crackers and applesauce.
All of my pain, nausea, discomfort, and general feeling like crap was due to gallstones. My duct was blocked by them causing pain and everything else. I had been dragging myself to work even through this all and it hasn’t been fun. Finally on the 13th the pains became sharp and stabbing so I left work and went to Kaiser’s urgent care unit. They took out my gallbladder on the 14th and as soon as I woke up I felt better. The awful pain was gone. I went home on the 15th but back to the urgent care unit that night because of horrible stomach cramps and throwing up. Let me tell you, having surgery on your belly (laproscopic just 4 holes made) and throwing up while in intense pain was a new world of pain I ever experienced. They loaded me up with anti-nausea drugs and pain medicine.
Over the past week recovery has been slow but steady. I lost a total of 20 pounds in the past few weeks due to all of this. I can get up by myself without any help, I’m moving around, and I can eat normally again. I tried to drive Saturday but that hurt, sitting as a passenger is one thing but being the one driving is another. I’ll just have to suck it up tomorrow when I go back to work. I’m still moving slowly and can’t bend over to pick things up from a standing position. The incision sites at my belly button and where my gallbladder was are the worst areas. Still sore and tender. I also am still having problems sleeping but that is understandable. I’m a side sleeper and I still can’t sleep laying on either side. So for now I just sit up in the recliner and get a few hours sleep here and there. Sleeping on my back only hurts my back, I have tried but it just doesn’t work. I just lay there. Hopefully in another week or so I will be able to lay on my side again. Until then it’s catnaps at night. In a month’s time everything should be back to normal!
I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year due to Hanukkah being at the same time. Instead I’m just doing a Hanukkah dinner on Saturday. I’ll make my big batch of cookies next year, I’m still too worn out to due the full day of cooking it takes to make them all.
Thursday: Steak, baked potatoes
Saturday: Deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, loaded potato skins, spinach dip, ham, cinnamon noodle kugel, lattkes, challah, salad, chocolate espresso brownies, chocolate French silk pie, apple crisp
When I saw this recipe from Maker’s Mark I knew I had to try it! This is going to make work on Monday much more bearable.
6 thick slices bacon (about 1 cup after cooked)
2 ½ cups all‐purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 ½ cup semi‐sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place bacon on foil‐lined baking sheet and cook in oven for about 10‐15 minutes or until crisp.
While bacon is cooking, combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer combine butter, oil, brown and granulated
sugars, bourbon and vanilla until well‐combined. Add eggs and mix thoroughly.
Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture until well combined.
Remove bacon from oven and lower temperature to 375 degrees.
Drain bacon and blot fat off with extra paper towels. Chop bacon into small pieces about the
size of your chocolate chips. Stir bacon and chocolate chips into cookie dough.
Prepare two large cookie sheets with parchment paper and drop cookie dough by rounded
tablespoons at least two inches apart. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 12 minutes or until
just slightly brown on top.
Remove and cool on wire racks.
I’m finally just about back to normal. During the day my neck is still a bit stiff and sore and at the end of the day if I do too much my chest gets sore again and my shoulders/neck hurt. Hard to take it easy when you always have stuff to do! Last night was a sight, I had an icepack on my chest and a heating pad on my neck and shoulders.
After Eli went to bed on Saturday we watched Blitz with Jason Statham. He’s a detective and they are searching for a killer who is only hunting for cops. We have such a backlog of movies and shows to finish. Cheap dates are cuddled up on the couch under a blanket catching up.
Finally had to turn the heat on, nights were getting too chilly in the house. Switched over to the flannel sheets too. I love them so much, so soft and comfy. My little guy wants a set of flannels for his birthday. I found a nice inexpensive set on Amazon.
Making your own condiments not only save you money but give you control of the ingredients that go into them. You can make them as spicy or mild as you want. Below are some of my favorites, feel free to share yours! I love new ideas for salad dressings and sauces.
Chest still hurts a bit and I did something to my shoulder and neck. Working through it and resting my arm as much as I can during the weekend. Trying not to lift at work but it’s not always easy. I want to bake something for work tomorrow, they’ve been missing out for weeks! Maybe those evil chocolate muffins I made a few months back.
Monday: Kielbasa, cheesy tater bites, veggie
Friday: Homemade pizzas
While I haven’t posted a menu for two weeks I have tried to keep close to it. I did not stick to it nor did I cook every day. Some days my family just ate leftovers or my husband helped me by cooking dinner himself with a little direction from me. I barely ate for the past 3 or so weeks.
At the end of last month I had a small bout of sciatica. I took care of it with heat, ice and ibuprofin along with stretches and rest. After that was over my chest began to hurt. It was sore all over, felt like someone was sitting on me. Every breath hurt, my sides hurt, my upper back hurt. I still went to work every single day. The only time I did not hurt as bad was when I was laying down in bed not moving, or sitting very still on the couch not moving. I went to the doctor for my back on the 1st and asked about my chest. They immediately did tests to rule out any heart or lung problems (all tests and blood work came back fine). He said it was a case of costochondritis.
I never heard of it either! It’s where something, a virus maybe but nobody is sure, causes the rib or cartilage of your ribs to become inflamed. It hurt everywhere my ribs are and around to my back. He gave me some anti-inflammatory medicine and told me to keep icing. That and not moving seemed to help a bit. After a week I still felt like crap, hurt bad and only thought about going back to bed from the moment I got up. I called him back and let him know that yes I could still breathe fine but it hurt, and my body felt fantastic except for the whole chest thing. He then put me on a prednisone, taking six pills the first day, four the next two days, then three, etc. I have been on steroids before for my back and know it takes a few days for things to work, but man those first two days….. My body had to get used to the prednisone and it did NOT like it. I felt even worse. The third day though I started to feel human again, and this Friday I actually got back in my kitchen and cooked/cleaned by myself. I am still on my course of prednisone and I feel so much better, I am still icing and resting along with very careful stretches of my arms and chest. There are occasional sharp pains but nothing like it was the past few weeks. I am very grateful for my doctor listening to me and taking care of me. I very rarely get sick but when I do it’s bad.
I’ll still need to be careful so it doesn’t come back. I did a lot of research on this and some people have it for years. That scared the crap out of me, I don’t want to feel this way for that long. I don’t wish this on anyone. It was so difficult getting up every morning, getting my son to daycare, and getting myself to work. Every hour seemed to take years, and the times I could rest seemed like seconds. I’m taking it slow, not lifting too much, and continuing to ice. Hopefully I’ll finally be rid of this. Yesterday we had to run some errands and my husband took me out for an early birthday lunch (I had a coupon for my lunch to be free of course!). It was nice, first time we had been out to eat in months, since August actually for my mom in law’s birthday. I felt almost normal the few hours we were out. It was great. My husband and son helped me so much, I don’t know what I would do without them. Every night they helped with dinner and tried to make me feel better.
Friday: Pork chops, twice baked potatoes, veggie
Saturday: Loaded baked potato soup
Here’s this week’s menu.
Monday: Bone in pork chops, twice baked potatoes, veggie
Thursday: Kielbasa, cheesy tater bites, veggie
Friday: Homemade pizza
Saturday: Loaded potato soup
Fall is finally here, my favorite time of year. I love having all the windows in the house opened up and smelling the fresh cool air. I’ve been pushing it hard exercising this week and feel incredible. Full of energy, and a bit sore for the effort. We’re hosting game night this coming Saturday, it’s been awhile since we’ve had it at our house. Going to do some batch cooking later this morning then time to clean the house.
Friday: Chicken apple sausage, cheesy tater bites, veggie
Saturday: Game night
This recipe makes close to 12 muffins. You can double it if you need more. You can add a touch of cayenne as well for a little kick.
Herb Cheddar Bacon Muffins
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted and cooled
1 lb. bacon, diced, cooked and drained
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and spices. In a small bowl, mix
together the milk, melted butter and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry
ingredients and stir just until moistened.
Fold in the bacon and cheese just until combined. Scoop into greased or lined muffin tins. Bake
at 400 degrees for 20‐25 minutes, until lightly golden brown.