Little Bit of Everything . . .

Sometimes ya just gotta DANCE!

Hello, World!

I’m back in action (sort of); just got back from a check-up visit with the surgeon. It seems that the ‘margin’ of the actual surgery was not ‘clean’ (meaning there was a hint of the cancer cells still remaining), so I will have to have one more surgery – much quicker, less problems (that’s now scheduled for Sept 26th 9:30 a.m.). Am I concerned about that? No, my surgeon told me beforehand that there might be a remote possibility of that happening. My previous surgery is healing well, a little sore still but healing. I’ve been ‘ordered’ by my friend Lois (the other leader in my special needs group) to stay home and rest tonight; that’s hard for me, knowing that tonight is Birthday/Music Night for our group and I have a large part in helping that go smoothly, but I’ll ‘follow orders’ and rest – sigh.

My dear husband drove me to Knit Night last night just to hand out some free yarn to my group. The looks on their faces was different – they all looked very stunned that I would show up! Lots of hugs, prayers and good wishes; we left after about an hour as I started getting tired and a little dizzy. (One of the side effects of that GREAT drug Scopalomine – used for nausea and sea-sickness, also for me during surgery) is dizziness – NOT fun. It’s slowly going away but still shows up many times during the day. Yesterday I dragged my dear husband to three stores to go grocery shopping (I’m not supposed to lift anything); he says I wore him out! Today we also went to three places and I’ve noticed shorter bouts, but still present of the dizziness (just a few seconds but they make me stop and grab something stable before continuing walking). This, too, shall pass.

In our shopping trip today we stopped at a store I’ve never been to before: Home Goods. Interesting, in an odd sort of way – they had lots of reasonably priced items that made me think: “WHY would anyone spend ANY money on THAT?” Things like throw pillows edged in feathers (UGLY feathers, to boot!), multi-colored blown glass SWORD FISH statues! (sure, gonna buy 10 of those! NOT!); all sorts of ‘what would you buy that for?’ and “You’ve GOT to be kidding!” things. I will say, though, that we bought a very nice bathroom throw rug for $12.99 – well-made, large and a good price. I stopped in there to look at bathroom towels and spotted some very thick, large and nice bath towels for $7.99 each! Amazing!  Our middle son is going to be moving out on his own within 2 weeks and I’m just looking around at things he might need. He and several other friends will be sharing a house (fully furnished), so he will only need basics like towels, sheets/blanket/pillow and some ‘sundries’ (clothes soap/fabric softner, bathroom stuff like toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, etc.). A Mom’s gotta send her kid off with something, right? (Not like oldest son-I almost fully covered his every need – this time it’s just some basics). For me, shopping like this is FUN thinking of what kinds of foods he might like to stock ‘his’ part of the kitchen – he loves Ramen noodles (I know – real nutrional, right? Yeah . . . sigh), canned Chef Boyardi (another healthy food – not); but it will be an adventure. At least, with this being son #2 to move, I won’t be as emotional – I remember crying for almost 2 weeks when oldest left! For this son, it’s time – he’s matured and will probably do very well.

Let’s see-what else? Ah, yes – RECIPES!

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Bacon Roll-ups

1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/2 lb. bacon. cooked & crumbled
1 (8 oz.) pkg crescent rolls, separated

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Mix first 3 ingredients; spread on rolls
and roll-up. Place on baking sheet
and bake 12-15 mins;

(recipe: Colleen – 1_Comfort_Foods)

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 Chicken Nut Puffs

1 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
1/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 to 1 tsp.celery seed
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
4 eggs

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Combine chicken and almonds; set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine next seven
ingredients and bring to a boil. Add flour all
at once; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove
from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs,
one at a time, beating well after each; beat until
smooth. Stir in chicken and almonds. Drop by
heaping teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.
yields: About 6 dozen
Source: Taste of Home

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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

6 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 C. natural peanut butter
1 C. heavy cream
1/3 C. chocolate-covered peanuts, chopped

Combine chopped milk chocolate, natural 
peanut butter and heavy cream in a large, 
heatproof bowl. Place bowl over a large 
saucepan with 1 inch simmering water and 
stir occasionally, until the mixture is melted 
and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove bowl from 
the saucepan, transfer to refrigerator and 
chill until completely cold, about 2 hours.
Whip mixture with a handheld mixer at medium-
high speed until light and fluffy (do not 
overbeat or mousse will be grainy). Spoon  
mixture into 4 bowls and garnish with chopped 
chocolate-covered peanuts. 
Makes 4 servings.
(recipe: DDJ-9/12/11
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Classy Chicken
 
 3 boneless chicken breasts
 1/4 tsp. pepper
 3 T. oil
 1/2 lb. fresh broccoli
 10 oz. can cream chicken soup
 1/2 C. mayonnaise
 1 tsp. curry
 1 tsp. lemon juice
 1 1/2 C. grated Cheddar cheese
 
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cut up chicken into pieces and 
sprinkle with pepper. Saute in oil 
over medium heat until white; drain. 
Arrange broccoli pieces in bottom 
of buttered casserole dish; place 
chicken on top. Mix soup, mayonnaise, 
curry and lemon juice together, pour 
over chicken. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese 
on top. Bake uncovered 30 - 35 minutes.
 (recipe: Sandy-Mary's Recipe Exchange)
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Lemon Pasta Salad 

Salt 
1 lb. corkscrew pasta 
1 lb. asparagus 
2 T. Dijon mustard 
1 garlic clove, minced 
1/4 C.fresh lemon juice 
1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil 
Freshly ground black pepper 
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 
1/4 C. freshly chopped dill leaves 
1 C. frozen peas, defrosted 
7 oz crumbled feta cheese 

Bring large pot of salted water 
to a boil over high heat. Add 
pasta and cook until al dente. 
Drain and rinse; set aside. In 
another large pot of boiling salted 
water, add asparagus and blanch until 
bright green and slightly tender, about 
3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon 
and shock in icy cold water. Remove from 
water and dry well. Trim ends of asparagus 
and cut into bite-size pieces on the bias; 
set aside.  Whisk together mustard, garlic, 
lemon juice, and olive oil in a small bowl. 
Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 
Combine reserved asparagus and pasta in a 
large serving bowl. Add tomatoes, dill, peas, 
feta, and mustard dressing. Toss with tongs 
to coat the salad well. Taste and add 
additional salt and pepper, if needed.
Serves 4 to 6.
(recipe RDJ-8/19/11)
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Chicken and Cornbread Salad
(GRILL)

4 C. cornbread, cut into large cubes
Fresh lime juice
Extra-virgin olive oil
Ground cumin
3 (6-oz) skinless, boneless chicken-
    breast halves
Chopped tomato
Chopped red onion
1 romaine heart, chopped

Preheat grill to high. 
Preheat oven 350F. Toast cornbread 
10 minutes. Whisk together 2 T. juice, 
2 T. olive oil, and 1 1/2 tsp. cumin. 
Brush 1 T.mixture on chicken; season with 
salt and pepper. Grill 5 minutes per side; 
slice. Toss cornbread, 1 1/2 cups tomato, 
3/4 cup onion, and romaine with remaining 
dressing. Season with salt and pepper. 
Top with chicken. 
Makes 4 servings.
(recipe RDJ-8/13/11)
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Crockpot Baked Potatoes

6-12 baking or sweet potatoes

Prick potatoes with fork; wrap in foil.
Fill Crock-Pot with 6 to 12potatoes. Cover; cook
on Low 8 – 10 hours (High: 2 1/2 to 4 hours).
Do not add water.

NOTE:This recipe workswell for either russet or
sweet potatoes. I made sweet potatoes
following this recipe (6 in a 5 quart crockpot…
and they were done in 3 hours on HIGH).
(recipe: carolsrecipes77-Slowcooker Digest)
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Oreo Peanut Butter Dip

1  1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 C. white chocolate morsels
1/2 C.  Nutella
12 Oreos, crushed
In microwave, mix peanut butter, Nutella
and white chocolate morsels. Microwave
on medium heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat
by 15 second intervals until white chocolate
is completely melted. Fold in Oreos and store
in glass jar, completely sealed. Serve with
crackers and fruit, also great with Pretzel Crisps
(recipe-Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)
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There you have it – some interesting recipes with variety! Been working on a new chemo hat using circular needles and some of the left over very soft magenta yarn; new pattern – really hoping it comes out OK (so far, it’s working BUT when I get to the decreasing stitches towards the top of the hat will have to switch to double-points – those tiny little needles that look like overgrown toothpicks – NOT my favorites, for sure! We’ll see . . . ).
Our weather has been really nice these past three days – not too chilly, not too hot – just mild (today it’s 66) and sunny with slight breezes. I love seeing the last of the summer flowers – at the treatment center today they had Primroses in full bloom (bright reddish pink) and some very healthy looking Clematis – really nice to see!
Hope you’re enjoying your day – make the best of all the time you have – STOP and smell the ROSES! (or whatever flowers you have around!)
Hugs;
Pammie
Psalm 118:24
“This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Boy Kiddo you soon will be empty nesting it. I’ll be thinking of you on the 26th and hoping that this will be a little easier on you. Don’t forget to take a picture of the new hat. I’m going to try the Bacon Roll ups!

  2. Dearest Pammie, While looking for suggestions for making trellis yarn necklaces, I found you and your delightful site. What a joy and a delight you are and I look forward to staying in touch with you. I am a leukemia cancer survivor and I will be among your many prayer partners that will be your encouragers. Silent to you, but always lifting you in prayers. Blessings on you as you walk this path, I pray for your precious vessel, your mind, your spirit. I pray for the discernment of your doctors and nurses, and for your loved ones as they comfort, and encourage you. You are loved, Suzanne

    • Thank you SO much for your touching words! It’s always a delight to know that there are people I may never meet in person who are still there, lifting me up in prayer! What an amazing thing! I value your prayers and thank you for your kindness.
      In Christ;
      Pam


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