I need to be more involved with my blogging. Lately, I’ve been having fun on my cooking blog and ignoring this one.
I transferred the cooking blog from Blogger and while I was poking around this blog (that I transferred from LiveJournal a long time ago), I discovered that I’ve been blogging since 2003. That was the year my best friend died from breast cancer.
Little did I know that a few years later, kidney cancer would rear its ugly head in my own family. My husband was diagnosed five years ago in March, had a nephrectomy (right kidney) in April, 2007 and then was fine until two years ago in March, when it was discovered that it metastisized into his left tibia (knee). Five years ago, I didn’t do any research into kidney cancer and looking back, I’m glad that I didn’t because if I knew then what I know now, I would have been sitting here waiting for the time bomb that kidney cancer is. It always comes back, usually within two years. My husband’s came back after three, so God gifted us with another year.
There’s no cure for kidney cancer. I asked his oncologist’s nurse about that and told her to be honest with me and she told me that all we can hope for is to keep him comfortable, to hope that the chemo can slow the spread and growth.
We found out after his knee was radiated, that it went into his lungs. Earlier this year, we found that it’s in his pancreas, liver and lymph nodes.
The good news is that his last scans (August) showed shrinkage in one of the nodes in his lung and on the lymph node in his chest.
He’s been so brave. He’s gone through so much pain, I wish I could take it from him. It sucks to see him in pain, to know he knows what’s going to happen. It breaks my heart knowing that he isn’t going to watch our 13-year old graduate from high school or college; that he’ll never hold his grandchildren; that we won’t grow old together the way we’ve planned; that he won’t be able to sail around Cape Horn and get his ear pierced; that we won’t be able to go back to Maryland so that he can show us where he grew up.
I hate cancer.
I’ve created a second blog. I’m a foodie and anyone who knows me, knows this!
Come visit me at Cook with Patty
It helps that I’ve prayed a LOT over the past 24 hours. Some days/nights I can’t even pray and I don’t even know if God is there….that’s how scared I’ve been lately.
This morning, Daniel had a dental appointment so we went to Springfield to get his cavity fixed; then he needed breakfast so we stopped at McDonald’s. Then I delivered him to school (he made it to 2nd period, so that’s good) then I went to the Purdy library to deliver Roxanne’s alligator back to her. Of course we visited for about 45 minutes.
Then I went to the Monett library because they had a book for me; I checked my e-mail while I was there. Then I skedaddled over to the bank for grocery money/gas money for next week.
Lunch at mom’s. Oh ya, she made posole! I love love love posole. It was SO good!
Then to Walmart for a couple of things, then go get gas. It cost $57 to fill my tank. WOW!
Finally home. Ron had a rough night, he couldn’t sleep and was up until 5:30. He rested until around 9:00 and is resting right now. He finally ate something besides bananas and pudding; scrambled eggs. I offered him all kinds of food but he wasn’t hungry right now. Hopefully he’ll want dinner.
I doubt he comes tonight to the Upward basketball final party. Hopefully, Daniel will understand.
God is good.
Hubby had some butterscotch pudding, took a cat nap in his recliner, helped put ds to bed and is now downstairs watching tv. He hadn’t been downstairs for a couple of days. I’m praying that he’ll be feeling more like himself tomorrow.
Now I’m going to have some butterscotch pudding (lactaid tablet first though LOL) and then going to bed.
Daniel has a dental appointment tomorrow at 8 so we have to leave home by 7 in order to get to Springfield. Ack!
But then I’m having lunch w/my mom. She made posole and wow, I haven’t had posole for a long long time!
Yummy Italian Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Four chicken breasts (I used 3 since there are only 3 of us)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated, NOT out of the green jar LOL
1 packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing (.7 ounces)
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Preheat oven to 400*
Mix the cheese, Italian Dressing and garlic powder on a plate. Dip each chicken breast in and get it nice and coated. Place chicken in 9×13 pan that you’ve sprayed with Pam and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.
5 red potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons of garlic herb seasoning (I use McCormick’s spices ALWAYS)
Place olive oil and seasoning in a bowl. Slice potatoes in half if they’re small or in thirds if they’re bigger. Toss them into the bowl with the oil and seasoning and coat them nicely. Pour into baking dish (no need to spray since the olive oil is poured in) and bake for approximately 40 minutes.
So here’s dinner tonight!
Honey Pecan Pork Cutlets
One 1-pound pork tenderloin
butter (the real stuff, pleeeease!)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup pecan pieces
Slice the pork tenderloin into about six pieces; use your meat mallet to pound them (gently!) into about 1/4 inch thick slices.
Dredge them in flour; melt some butter in a skillet on medium heat. I like butter and browned meat so I used about 3 tablespoons. The pork should be nice and browned, it took about 6 minutes on each side. Try not to crowd the pan, layer them once in a while so they all get brown.
Take another couple of tablespoons of butter and mix it up with the honey and pecans. YUM!
Pour this sweet nutty mixture on top of the pork cutlets, lower the heat to simmer, cover and let them bubble slightly for about 8 minutes.
I fixed homemade smashed potatoes with these; thankfully Ron was able to tolerate the smashers. He hasn’t liked potatoes (darned chemo!) but tonight he ate some and liked them. I’m going to have to remember this and make them for him at least once a week. Luckily, Daniel loves smashers, too.
My recipe for smashers, since I’m talking about it (get ready for more butter LOL) follows:
Patty’s Smashed Potatoes
Four medium sized Russet potatoes
enough water to cover the potatoes by maybe 1/2 inch
1 stick of butter
5 oz. can of evaporated milk
Peel the potatoes; my family doesn’t like the skins but if yours does, go ahead and leave them on. Slice into about 1-inch dices and cover with water and toss some salt into the pot. Turn on High and cover with lid. Let them get nice and bubbly and boil for about 30 minutes. Test them at about 20-25 minutes, though, because you don’t want them to get mushy.
Drain when they’re soft yet a bit firm. Toss them back into the pot with the stick of butter and get the hand musher out. DO NOT use a mixer. Yuck! You MUST have lumps in your potatoes otherwise your family will think they came out of a box and you can’t have that!
When you have them pretty well mushed and the butter is melted, grab a slotted spoon and whip those puppies with some of the evaporated milk; you may not need all of the milk in the can. Depends on how whipped you want them…
When you’re happy with the potatoes, place in a bowl and top with a couple more pats of butter.
Paula Deen and I have something in common…butter!
And of course, whenever I fix smashed potatoes, my Daniel loves corn…nothing special there, just take it out of the freezer and nuke it in the microwave with a bit of salt and…..BUTTER!
Wow, it’s been a rough few days. On Thursday, my blood sugar skyrocketed because I ate a slice of banana nut bread and then on Friday, I splattered spaghetti sauce on my right hand and burnt it…then yesterday I was a grump and today I was worse. Not sure what’s going on, but I wish it would STOP.
Fixed dinner tonight for the family but Ron wasn’t hungry. He had some Ensure earlier and I reminded him to have another one after he drank some iced tea. Made a new recipe tonight: took a recipe out of a magazine and fixed it to something I knew they would like. Daniel and the girl next door liked them and so did I. I call them Pizza Joes…they’re like Sloppy Joes but with a pizza twist:
Patty’s Pizza Joes
Brown 1 pound of hamburger
Add some chopped onion (to your family’s taste)
Add a minced garlic clove
Add 1 cup of pizza sauce
Simmer for about 10 minutes
Toast 4-5 hamburger buns
I opened a hamburger bun on each plate, topped each half with a scoop of hamburger and then sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top. It got nice and melty. Yum!
Along with the Pizza Joes, I made tater tots and had some chips. Easy and delish.
Tomorrow I’ve got a chiropractor’s appointment at 9:30 and then a lunch at 11:30 with some friends about the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks blood drive that’s coming up.
Jeepers, I hope that tomorrow is a less grumpy day than these past few ones have been!
I have been so bad about signing on and updating.
This week promises to be BUSY. I have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon on Thursday morning to find out what he thinks about my hip/back pain. Then a training session at work all afternoon. Then on Friday, foot surgery and I’ll be off work for a week recuperating. Oh and on Thursday, I turn 48 *gasp*
I’m looking forward to having the foot surgery…I’ve been having problems with my toe nails for years and won’t miss them at all. It’s going to be painful, having NINE of them removed at once (I had one removed a few years back and remember how much that hurt). I’m stockpiling books to read for the week I’ll be home. Just think, next summer I can wear sandals and not have to worry about covering my toes anymore!
Just finished dinner…my own creation: raspberry chicken. Browned chicken breasts in a touch of canola oil, then popped them into a casserole dish, covered with some raspberry jam, onions and chicken broth. Yum!
We’re making plans for Halloween already. We’ve invited the neighbors over for a spaghetti dinner and then the daughter and our son will watch movies. We’re getting TWILIGHT and JURASSIC PARK. I’m going to watch with them, love that TWILIGHT and am looking forward to NEW MOON! I’ll be going to the midnight show when it arrives!
Anyway, that’s life in the Burke household.
We had the most excellent dinner tonight. It was from one of my Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. A yummy polish sausage and potatoes and onion and garlic and corn dish. Total comfort food! And I even fixed dessert – a rare occasion for sure. It was from my new Bisquick cookbook – a chocolate chip and peanut butter bar cookie. Naturally, I had a tiny bar. Yummy – chocolate! I can’t remember the last time I had anything chocolate. Thankfully it wasn’t enough to make me dump – just enough to make my tummy gurgle LOL
I’ve been doing laundry all day. Daniel helped out with his, so that helped. But still, I swear I’m on my sixth load and still have three more upstairs to do. Guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow? Oh well.
Last night we went to see G-Force. Very cute. Lois, talking animals in 3-D! It rocked. At first we were the only ones in the theatre but just before it started, three families poured in. We brought our next door neighbor and we all snarfed down on buttered popcorn (my biggest vice these days), candy (except me) and pop. I had one drink of Diet Dr. Pepper and it gave me the burps, which is quite embarrassing when you’re at the movies LOL
Daniel starts school on Tuesday. He’s pretty excited. We went to Open House on Thursday night and met his new teacher. I pray that this will be a great year for him. Last year was so stressful, dealing with the bully and then switching schools in January…I’m praying really hard that this year Daniel will shine.
Okay, the dryer just buzzed at me. Time to run and hang up clothes, toss more into the dryer and one more load into the washer. A mom’s work is never done!
Ta-ta for now!
Can you tell that I’m ready for vacation? I can!
Tonight for dinner I made enchiladas for the very first time. Ron really liked them…I lost count of how many he had. Me, I had three along with some rice and beans. Daniel thought they were too spicy. Even though I used the mildest enchilada sauce I could find, they were too spicy for him. It’s tough to find food that he and my husband will agree on sometimes and sometimes I get so frustrated. But then I remember that he’s only ten and has different taste-buds than a grown-up.
One night, about two months ago, we sat down for dinner and he (Daniel) totally got upset about it and complained and complained. Know what I did? Got up and walked away in tears. Went to the bedroom and shut the door and cried. It surprised me and it totally surprised Ron and Daniel. I typically don’t respond that way, but oh, boy, that night was just too much. It gets tiring trying to come up with healthy and nutritious meals for everyone. So I fell apart that night…eventually Daniel came to me and apologized. And thankfully it hasn’t happened again LOL
So tomorrow I will fry cod and make macaroni and cheese. Daniel loves fried fish, but only cod for some odd reason. I’ve made other types of fish and he always asks, “Is this cod?” before he’ll take a bite. Once we fibbed to him and said “Yep” even though it was flounder. He ate it anyway and loved it. But tomorrow it’s definitely cod. I have enough cheddar cheese left over from the enchiladas so that I can make homemade macaroni and cheese.
Is it Saturday yet?