Saturday, January 26, 2013


Roommate & I pooled our resources & cooked dinner together!! Started with this: Garlic Shrimp

  Cheddar Cheese Sun-dried Tomato Bread

  And ended with this:I saw these on Pintrest Blueberry Tart

Friday, January 25, 2013

Denim Tote Bag

Finished a Denim Tote Bag!! YAY!! I found the pattern free online. Was a bear trying to turn it right side out. I love it!!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

View from todays round

Meet Buddy Love he"s a 9 year old golden retriever. Sweet as can be!! I was in a 2 chair room with my Mom than got a roommate. Older lady & her husband. I felt trapped in the corner & could not wait to get out of there!!! Plus the volunteer stood in the doorway & chatted away, made it so much worse! Cell signal was weak in there too??!!
I went out to lunch after with my Mom & her friend & grandkids. Little man was sporting these boots!! I love them!!!
I"m feeling tired, sick to my tummy & like I got run over by a bus.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The days that follow the first dose

I feel like I have the flu & a stomach bug mixed together. My face is on fire, I'm tired & food is not appealing at all The one anti nausea medicine makes me sick so when they called to check on me yesterday she said stop taking it & try the other one. It's really weird one minute I'll be fine than the next I'll be violently sick & break out in a cold sweat. So not liking it!!!Ugghhhhhh my butt & back hurt from sitting so long. The nurse said I was a real trooper for my first time!! So I go back on the 24th @ 10:30 for just Gemzar it's just about 2 hours for that one & it burns my hand going in?? I have a nice bruise on my right hand & it hurts to touch! Trying different things to eat & keep down. Tried a soft boiled egg & toast this morning blech......... too slimy but Harley enjoyed it!! I'm doing OK with grape Gatorade,weak tea,water, hot coco, graham crackers & saltines. Photobucket

So the journey began

I downloaded the blogger app to my phone last Thursday while I was sitting getting my first dose of Chemo drugs. I was there for 6 hours!! I had 2 great friends, one took me & stayed awhile. Than the other came & stayed the rest of the time. She also took me home. She brought me a goodie bag of some fun colorful slipper socks, pens, pad, date book, magazine, purple turban with flower!!! Oh & a big pack of tissues. She brought her netbook was fun to see one in action. She had lots of pictures of her 4 month old beautiful grandson!!

This was the view from my chair.

Monday, January 7, 2013


Trying to keep my nerves & emotion's in check. I made Pistachio & Cranberry Biscotti!! I used this recipe I left out the chocolate!! After first baking After slicing & second baking!!



Thursday, January 3, 2013

I played with my food tonight!!

LOL I played with my food tonight!!! I made Baked Meatballs & homemade sauce!! I normally cook my meatballs in the sauce but was short on time today. So I googled & found this recipe & it's a keeper!!!

Jen's Incredible Baked Meatballs:

1 pound hamburger, grass-fed if possible
2 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup panko or bread crumbs
1 small onion, minced or grated (1/2 a large onion)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil

Mix all ingredients with hands. Form into golfball sized meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Tip #2: If you have a leftover piece of rind from the Parmesan, let it simmer in the crock pot with the marinara sauce or save for another soup recipe. This will add a great flavor boost to most any sauce or soup.

Basic Marinara Sauce

2  yellow onions, peeled and diced (about 2 cups diced)
2 Tbsp olive oil
5-6 cloves of garlic, minced (about 2 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, etc)* mixed, total
1/2 cup red wine***(
left out)
12 cups peeled and seeded fresh ripe tomatoes** (
I didn't de-seed them all)
salt and pepper to taste
In a large soup pot, heat up the olive oil. Add the onions and cook slowly, on medium heat until they start to caramelize. They should be evenly brown and soft. Cooking them this way brings out the natural sweetness in the onions. Add the garlic and dried herbs and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the 1/2 cup of red wine and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and their juice and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook on low, stirring occasionally for at least 2 hours, or longer depending on the water content of the tomatoes. The sauce should be thick with much of the water evaporated to concentrate the flavor (sometimes I let it cook 4-5 hours over a very low flame)(I have elec. range). Add salt and pepper to taste. 
My changes are in red