In the Hospital…Again

October 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Hospital, Hubby | 4 Comments

I’m not sure exactly what happened, nor why but yesterday morning, hubby woke up in a confused mood; he was a bit off and I had my eyes on him.  After his shower, he snoozed in his chair and then asked me if supper was ready.  I answered that it was breakfast time and he asked me to make some poached eggs for him.

He came into the kitchen and as I was talking to him, I turned to see him tip sideways on the bench seat.  I raced to the table and pushed it away and tried to stop him from hitting his head on the ceramic tile.  What I hadn’t thought about was the edge of the bench seat; the back of his right arm is scraped and is in horrible shape.

I called 911 because he wouldn’t awaken.  By the time the paramedics arrived, he was a bit more alert yet I could tell he wasn’t 100%

He refused to go to the ER, either the local one or the one in Springfield.  Since I didn’t have a copy of my Power of Attorney (I gave it to the insurance agent last week), I had no proof that I could force him to go.

The paramedics wrapped his arm and left.  I was so angry and was crying and growling at him for not going.  Eventually he went to bed, so I drove down to the bank to grab my original Power of Attorney, made two copies and stopped by the attorney’s office to make certain that I did have the authority to have him taken by the paramedics.  Thankfully he was free to see me and pointed out the specific paragraph.  On the way home, I stopped by the ambulance service and showed the Power of Attorney form to the office manager.

Around 3:00 p.m., I went to check on hubby and he had bled through the bandages.  I re-wrapped his arm and put my foot down:  either he agreed to go by car to the local ER or I would call 911 and use my Power of Attorney.


To make a long story short, he was severely anemic; his blood count was WAY off from being on the Warfarin; his kidney function was off; the local hospital couldn’t handle him and they loaded him onto an ambulance and now he’s here at the big hospital.

AND the same two paramedics who were at our home that morning are the same men who showed up last night at 8:00 p.m. to take him to the hospital in Springfield.

Hubby’s spent most of his day sleeping; he ate a bit of breakfast and lunch.  He’s had numerous blood and plasma transfusions, Vitamin K shots and is on another antibiotic because he’s got a blood infection.  My question (and one that can’t be answered yet) is:  is that infection from the minor pneumonia he developed a couple of weeks ago or is it something new?  The blood culture won’t come back for another day or two.

The “wound care team” is supposed to be in tonight to check his arm.  I am concerned that it is cleaned well, because he doesn’t need ANOTHER infection.

Anyway, here we are again.  My mom has graciously stepped into the role of caregiver of my teen, my German Shepherd and two cats.

I would appreciate any and all prayers – thanks!


Engagement Roast Chicken

October 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Chicken, Garlic, Kitchen Gadgets, Lemons, Lodge Cast Iron, Main Dish, Supper | Leave a comment

While hubby was recuperating in the hospital, we watched television a lot.  Of course, since I love to cook, one of my fave stations is Food Network.  One day, Ina Garten was on and she made Engagement Roast Chicken.  We laughed at the story that once a woman made this for her man, he would propose and that’s why it was called Engagement Chicken.

While working up the menu for the week, I decided to look up Ina’s recipe, print it off and make it…just to see if hubby would propose to me 🙂

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.


1 (4-5 pound roasting chicken)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMine came with gizzards so I yanked them out and tossed them.

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 lemons, cut into quarters (see picture)

1 whole head of garlic – I used Elephant Garlic


1 huge onion, thickly sliced (Ina recommended Spanish onions, I used white sweet onions)

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 tbsp. flourOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh and before I go any further, look what I bought this morning!  Another Lodge Cast Iron Skillet.  I already have the 12-inch skillet and this one is a 9-inch skillet.  Now I just need to keep buying them until I have them all!

Back to the recipe:  rinse and pat the chicken dry, then place it in the skillet and pour some olive oil over the top; use your fingers to massage the oil into the chicken.  Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

Now, crack that garlic to pieces and start popping them into the chicken, along with two quarter pieces of lemon.  It might look like they won’t all fit but trust me, that chicken stretches a bit and everything fit.
Next, take the left over lemons and slice up the onion; place in bowl with olive oil and mix well.  I squeezed my lemons a bit.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPour the onions and lemons and oil around the chicken.  It got a bit crowded in my skillet, so I went ahead and pushed a few onion pieces under the chicken.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarefully place in oven and bake for one hour, 30 minutes (you don’t need to cover the chicken).  When timer goes off, remove from oven, jiggle a drumstick to see how loose it is and use your thermometer to check the temperature.  A chicken breast should register at least 160 degrees F.  If it does, remove the chicken from the skillet, pop on platter and cover with foil to keep it hot.  Your chicken needs to rest at least 10 minutes.

Now, take the skillet still filled with onion and lemons and oil.  Turn stove on medium-high.  Add wine, chicken stock and then slowly whisk in flour.  If you’ve got a wooden spoon, Ina suggests scraping the bottom of the roaster/skillet to pick up all of the pieces that baked on.  Yum!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALet it thicken – keep whisking – it might take about six minutes.  Pour the whole skilletfull of flavor into a gravy dish.  By now, your chicken is ready to be carved….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you like the way I tied the drumsticks together?  I didn’t have any kitchen string, so I improvised with cheesecloth!  I cut some off and twisted it together like a rope and then tied the drumsticks together.

Carve the chicken and dig in.  I made fresh roasted asparagus, mashed potatoes and warmed bread in the oven.  The skillet gravy was excellent on both the chicken and the potatoes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is all that’s left over from supper:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks, Ina!  I’m definitely going to make this again!





5 Minute Friday: Together

October 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Hubby | 6 Comments


It’s Saturday night – I’m a day late for 5 Minute Friday.  To find out what Lisa Jo Baker wrote about this week’s word prompt, simply click the above icon.  To learn about what 5 Minute Friday is, you can click Five Minute Friday – which will lead you to the page explaining how it came about.

Okay, now, time to take a deep breathe and relax, put down the frozen Coke and find out the word and start typing…….

The word prompt is:  Together

The first thing that popped into my mind is the song that Raffi sang with the line, “The more we get together the happier we’ll be” and then the song we sing at Mass on Sundays, “We gather together, to sing the Lord’s blessings….”

Together is a very nice place to be, whether you’re singing a song with preschoolers or rejoicing in the House of the Lord.

Together is the best place to be, now that my beloved husband is home from the hospital(s) where he had been for the past few weeks.

Together is where we will spend the rest of our lives.

Earlier as I helped him get into bed, I asked him, “What am I going to do with you?” because he told me he had another scrape to be bandaged (his skin is very fragile; I was joking with him) and he replied, “You’re gonna love me” and I, of course, said, “You betcha!”

Then, I helped him get ready for bed, bandaged him, helped him lay down and get comfy and kissed him goodnight.


It’s Sunday and I was sitting in church this morning thinking about the hymn I mentioned above.  I got the words wrong!

Here they are:

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom devine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!


This is a direct quote from Wikipedia:

We Gather Together” is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin written in 1597 by Adruanus Valerius as “Wilt heden nu treden” to celebrate the Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the Battle of Turnhout.  It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. In the United States, it is popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious services on that day.

Menu: October 26-November 1, 2013

October 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Good Eats, Menu | Leave a comment

Wow, it feels like forever since I posted a menu, much less prepared a meal for my family.  Thankfully, I was able to prepare a menu, go to the store and purchase everything I needed and actually prepare supper tonight!

Here’s what’s up for the week:

October 26:  Maple Glazed Pork with Apples; corn; French bread

October 27:  Engagement chicken; smashed potatoes; roasted asparagus

October 28:  Meatless Monday – Fresh mozzarella pasta with cherry tomatoes; French baguette

October 29:  Hubby Requested Breakfast for Supper:  Biscuits and Gravy; assorted juices

October 30:  Tutoring and PSR tonight!  Eat out!

October 31:  My Own Creation – Italian meatballs with rotini and sweet peppers; Italian breadsticks; marinara for dipping

Maple Glazed Sirloin Chops

October 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Main Dish, One-Dish Meal, Pork Sirloin Chops, Rice, Supper | Leave a comment

This recipe comes from one of my newest cookbooks, Meals in Minutes: More than 150 Delicious Recipes for Busy Families.  It was published in 2011 by Meredith Print Advantage and was edited by Lisa Kingsley.  I purchased it at the Scholastic Book Fair that our Catholic school held a while back.  It’s not for sale at the Scholastic Book site; you can, however, purchase it through Amazon from one of their sellers.

Anyway, the original recipe was called “Maple-Glazed Pork Medallions” and I didn’t have any pork tenderloin on hand, so I used pork sirloin chops.  And I added one extra apple just because we like apples.  If you can find a copy of the book, it’s a really nice book with some great recipes; this recipe is on page 106.


1 1/2 cups of water

3/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice (NOT quick cooking rice!)

dash of salt

1 pound (more or less) of pork sirloin chops

2 tsp. canola oil

2 large red cooking apples, cored and cut into large (1/2 inch) wedges

1/3 cup REAL maple syrup – NO imitation please!

2 tbsp. water

dash of saltOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPut the water on to boil, add the salt.  When it begins to boil, add the rice, stir well, cover and set on simmer for about 12 minutes.

Slice up the pork into bite-sized pieces.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHeat up your skillet and add the oil; then the chops.  I used my gorgeous Lodge skillet (I love this thing!).  It browned the meat so evenly and beautifully!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy the time the rice is ready, the meat ought to be browned enough; remove the meat and cover it to keep it warm.  Pour the rice into the serving dish.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the same skillet that you cooked the meat in, add the apple wedges, water and maple syrup.  Let the apples cook for maybe 4 minutes, then add the meat.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALet the flavors blend really nicely and then pour on top of the rice:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAServe with veggie (the teen picked corn) and bread (I picked Italian bread).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was delish!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


October 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Posted in Aortic Rupture, Healing, Home Again, Hospital, Hubby | 2 Comments

Thanks be to God, my husband came home today from his long and challenging journey after having a dissected aorta.  He’s a miracle, pure and simple.  He’s proof that prayers work, because we had family and friends all over the country plus a few in other parts of the world that were constantly praying for him.



October 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Posted in Moon, Mother Nature | Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe light on the left is a light in someone’s yard; the MOON is on the right side of hubby’s workshop.

It’s so beautiful tonight!


October 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Cat: Stripey, Caturday | Leave a comment

I’ve missed being able to do my Caturday posts, so here, in honor of the weeks that I’ve missed, is a whole Caturday dedicated to Stripey:


5 Minute Friday: Laundry

October 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Laundry | 2 Comments

Well, it’s Saturday but I think I can still join in on the fun!  If you want to learn how to join in on 5 Minute Friday, visit Lisa Jo Baker’s blog.

5-minute-friday-1This week’s word prompt is laundry.



Laundry.  The first thing to pop into my mind is the piles of laundry that are in my home.

When I was a single gal, I only had to do laundry every other week.  Now that I’m a married mom, it’s an almost daily thing.  Especially with having a teenager around.  Thankfully he does most of his own.

Another type of laundry I think of is the cleaning of my soul that the Lord provides each time I partake of the Sacrament of Penance.  I know that some churches don’t believe in this Sacrament and there was a time in my teenage years that I resented the idea of “having to tell a Priest of my wrongdoings” and I would pout and stomp around when it was time to go.  My parents made us all go at least twice a year.

Now that I’m grown up and have a son, we three try to go more often.  When I receive the Sacrament of Penance, I am truly forgiven and I receive God’s Grace.  What’s better than that?  My soul is clean, I can have a fresh start.

One Saturday afternoon, we were waiting for Father to hear our communion and there was a Hispanic lady waiting, too.  She spoke very little English and was worried; she asked me (in Spanish) if Father Paul knew Spanish.  I answered her that, yes, I knew that he spoke Spanish.  She was worried that he wouldn’t understand her but I reassured her that what he may not understand in words, he could understand with his heart.  She hugged me and we shared a tear.

That’s how our Lord hears us.  With his ears and with his heart.

Clean souls.

Thank you, God!


Creamy Chicken Soup

October 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Chicken, Leftovers, Lunch, Main Dish, My Own Creation, One-Dish Meal, Soups & Stews | Leave a comment

This lunch creation is what I fixed for myself today, from the leftover chicken soup that I made yesterday.

I think it turned out pretty good 🙂


Soup – it’s been in the fridge, so skim off any fat

5-ounce can Carnation Evaporated Milk

2 tbsp. Argo Cornstarch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGrab a heavy pot and heat the soup on medium. Take out the potato chunks and smush them up (yep, just like yesterday!) and then put them back into the soup and stir well.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey helped make the soup thicker, but the cornstarch mixture is going to really make it rich and creamy.

Since I knew I’d have leftovers from lunch, I just used the container that the soup had been stored in overnight and poured the evaporated milk into it.  Then, I added the cornstarch and whisked it until it was smooth.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASlowly add the cornstarch mixture into the hot soup. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATurn soup up to medium-high and stir constantly.  It needs to get to an “almost boil” but, of course, you don’t want it to burn.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKeep stirring and occasionally lift the spoon to check on the soup’s thickness.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooks like soup to me!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was so good – and there are leftovers from this – which I will eat probably tomorrow for lunch!





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