Friday, August 19, 2016

Chicken Parm Patties: Fly On The Wall

Well with surgery done the road to recovery has been very difficult. The site got infected, for 10 days I had no food except liquid and I could not talk. No voice! Yeah W loved that but to be honest it was really beginning to worry me something fierce.
Update...the infection was NOT. It was actually an allergic reaction to the surgical glue and to the prep they did. Lovely. Still no voice, swollen and irritated but on the REAL road to recovery now. Finally

Prior to surgery I was cutting back on fat and calories, why, because I need to. So one night I made these delicious chicken parm patties! W says I can't call them burgers because that means "real" meat like beef. LOL but that's okay, Potato May enjoyed them with me. And I mean it, he wolfed down 3 before I finished one!
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 cup parm cheese
1 beaten egg
2 TBSP melted coconut oil
salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, parsley, garlic and onion powder 1 tsp each
1 slice stale bread
1/3 cup chicken broth or water
Smush it all together and form patties. I placed mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then rubbed the outside with coconut oil and placed the patties on my indoor George Foreman grill. Chicken will cook quickly and dry out if you are not careful. So lightly brown the patties, shut off the grill and allow to sit. Maybe a total time of 8 minutes. 
Serve on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, marinara or whatever you choose.
Potato May topped his with ranch and crushed Dorito's. Don't ask. Jesse put mayo only on his. Both boys thought they were great and very moist. I loved them and will do this again. Of course W had a bacon cheese burger and wrinkled his nose at our "patties".

This photo expresses my frustration over the last several months.

Five days after surgery I'm at my mom's. She is telling me about ants she found IN her microwave. "IN it. I had no idea they could get in it but I guess they could cause that's where I found them. Running all around. You know I cut that thing on HIGH and it didn't kill them?!" My mom can be so funny at times.

Next mom is telling me about the mice, well "Rats! Because I tried every mouse trap they sell and nothing worked. So I went on over to Tractor Supply and bought me one of those big rat traps. Those puny things I was getting at Wal-Mart were not working. I think they ate the bait and used the trap as a trampoline." Oh my gosh! Here I was in pain and trying not to laugh, but with her severe Southern Draw and this commentary it was hard not to bust a gut.

Listening to the radio at work and the dj ask people to call in with something funny from the week.

First caller, a lady says her two year old used a tube the of icy hot instead of chap stick all over her lips and inside her mouth. They are cracking up and I'm thinking aw that poor baby.

RN administering my meds before surgery explains that this med will soften up the small tissue which will help with the type of surgery you're having. She explains that she's diluting it with the iv fluid because it causes a warm tingly effect in the lower crotch region and will make you hyper if not diluted. Not a way that go into surgery. She said little old men love this stuff. I cracked up.

After surgery I could not talk. Wade smiles and said so how long will this last doc ? I kicked him. Doc laughed and said not long enough. You'll pay later.

That's okay. After me texting my him everything I needed to say in a few hours he was wishing I could talk. Heehee

After leaving the surgery center we stopped at WM for my prescription. At the drive through the pharmacist tells Wade the total. He said "WHOA that's highway robbery" and laughs. The lady gets all in a tizzy and is "well sir this is very reasonable " blah blah blah
He says, "ma'am I was joking just trying to lighten your mood. Smile have a nice day. Thank you" and we left.
She was not amused. I swear I heard her say ass as we drove off.
At my mom's LMSP looks at the Beta fish and said "WHOA GRAMMA he's grown!" Yes he has and he's pretty too. "NO Gramma, boys are NOT pretty, he's sexy" Oh Mylanta! And she's only going into Kindergarten!
Here is LMSP above, "reading" a Harley Quinn comic on a road trip. She is very intent as you can tell.

I cain't wait to go to skool! LMSP
Me: you can't?
LMSP: Nope
me: Why?
LMSP: There'll be LOTS of keds to play with.
Me: oh you poor deceived thing, you think you're going to play. LOL
Misspelling on purpose, because it is how my little hay seed talks!

Reading Karen's post on Monday and her sharing the boys special cooking skills. I remembered I had forgotten to tell you all that ALL the recipes I make, Potato May dumps crushed spicy Doritos on top of or in. On all his sandwiches, his burgers, in rice, on top of spaghetti, it doesn't matter. The kid is obsessed with Doritos.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 10 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado         
Menopausal Mother                           
Searching for Sanity                                 
Never Ever Give Up Hope                           
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                    
Southern Belle Charm         
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy     
Molly Ritterbeck                           
Go Mama O                             

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Kitchen Sink

I'm still recovering and getting super bored, which means the healing is finally in process. I want to get out of the house but the heat is unbearable. My a/c in the car is out and my top will not go down. Ugh! So not happy about all this. oh well, so I'm staying in. Why you ask? Because the incision seeps and swells more when I get too hot. With a heat index of 108+ the last few days, inside is where I'm staying. 
I am feeling well enough that I FINALLY had REAL food! Yes I had been on a liquid diet but am finally able to swallow so this means real food. I was so excited. On Friday I ate some fried potatoes and grits. Saturday I ate scrambled eggs, potatoes and had some summer squash sauteed. Not all at the same time just in case you were wondering. I was on a roll!
Sunday I made a wonderful little dish I'm calling "the kitchen sink". It is so simple but I know will be a repeat. You can vary what's in it but here is what I did...

The Kitchen Sink
2 small red potatoes, sliced thin
1/2 small red baby bell pepper
1/2 small onion
minced glove garlic
1/2 tsp each: onion, paprika, cumin, pepper, salt, chili powder
Saute all of the above in a couple tablespoons of coconut oil 
When the veggies are tender:
2 whipped eggs, pour over the veggies
When the egg is set top with:
cheddar cheese
1-2 slices crispy crumbled bacon
Oh yeah babe! ENJOY

I loved it and will make it again and again but with whatever veggies I have in the fridge, maybe some leftover ground beef crumbed in or sausage. I might go onions, peppers, potatoes, mozzarella, Italian sausage and throw in some oregano or fresh basil!! Oh and tomatoes! Like I said, you can change it up to suit your needs.

You will see several new recipes coming soon due to my being bedridden. My mind goes crazy and I have all sorts of recipes written down that I plan on creating. My creative juices have been on overdrive. Maybe just the boost I needed. Stay tuned....

Friday, August 12, 2016

Taco Pasta: Life is but a vapor: UYW

A quick simple meal for those who love meat, pasta and cheese but don't tell, there's tomatoes hidden inside! Yep, I said tomatoes, but shhh don't tell W, he never even noticed. Win

One box elbows, cooked and drained
One pound ground beef cooked with the following spices
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Parsley
Six tablespoons salsa (put in AFTER the meat and noodles are done, then combine)
Two cups shredded cheese (stir in lastly)

We never know in advance what words we will receive but this month's were timely and right where I am.

Having had thyroid surgery one week ago, August 4th, and it being very invasive. I was nervous
The analysis from my biopsy were questionably confusing, inconclusive. That's what it said. That was NOT what I wanted to hear.
The lump now being called a tumor had really grown and was causing me some serious issues.
The surgery went very smoothly and the surgeon said he saved my thyroid, only a small section was removed. The vocal cords and nerves, which the tumor had also attached to, were unharmed during surgery.
But as I found myself four days after surgery still unable to talk and now with a raging infection on the site, my surgeon said "huh, surgery went so well." REALLY that's your response?? If I could, I would have screamed.
He went to work, scrubbing, debriding the area and took a culture to see what type of infection had invaded my body so viciously. The pain was...well I have a HIGH tolerance and almost passed out, so you can imagine. My poor mom, she faints at a paper cut but she sat there with me like a trooper.She didn't look but she stayed in the room.
Now four days since that, I still have no voice. Still can't eat and the infection rages on.
It is slowly improving and I am increasingly concerned about my voice not returning. I could not work at my job if I could not talk to the customers. What will I do? So as not to panic, I am assuring myself all will be fine it just takes time.
Why did I say, Life is but a vapor? It is. It is here and gone. My pathology report came back and it is NOT cancer! But there was a precious 11 year old boy in surgery the same morning as me and his prognosis was not good, he did not have good news. We blink and we're gone. Enjoy life, tell the ones you love how you feel, laugh, enjoy what you enjoy. Eat dessert first, have cake for breakfast, stop and smell the roses, feel the breeze, hug a baby, pet a kitty, ride with the windows down radio turned up and singing at the top of your lungs because we never know and there is no reboot button on life.
So, that's that. Today my words were:
That's ~ questionably ~ nervous ~ analysis  ~ really
They were submitted by:

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado              
Southern Belle Charm                                     
The Bergham Chronicles          
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver   
On the Border                        
Confessions of a part time working mom 
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                  
Never Ever Give Up Hope           
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy