Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.
Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 06:28PM
I thought it might be fun to start a thread on what we are having, making or had for dinner. Sometimes it is the best tuna steak you ever had, sometimes it's a can of soup. But we all do it every night in some form or another. Maybe we can give each other ideas on what to make, or bitch about what we had, or the fact that we did enjoy that grilled cheese with tomato soup.
Every night my husband comes home and says "whats for dinner?" no matter what I say he always says "sounds good!" even if I say it's a 'fend for yourself night'. :)
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Nov 16, 2020 08:33PM MinusTwo wrote:
Mommy - an amusing counterpoint to the chicken theme.
Dinner is in the oven - spaghetti squash w/butter.
Nov 16, 2020 09:07PM Beaverntx wrote:
Had a long dental appointment today so dinner was one quick to prepare, penne pasta with jarred Alfredo sauce with chunks of Turkey and frozen peas added.
Nov 16, 2020 09:24PM MinusTwo wrote:
Beaver - how did the dentist appointment go? I forget - how many front teeth were compromised? (or knocked out if I remember?) What is the plan for 'restoration'?
Nov 16, 2020 11:47PM Beaverntx wrote:
Minus, two upper middle capped front teeth were broken; one cap was chipped, the other capped tooth broke off at the gum and had to be pulled. Going with a permanent bridge with a cap on either side of the missing tooth for something to attach to. Today was the foundation work for the bridge. Unfortunately the temporary "filler" that has been there for a month would not let loose and had to be removed in pieces. That meant another temp had to be made as well as doing the molds for the bridge. After that I had to go to a dental lab for a "custom match". Turned out to be out in the country behind two gates due to free roaming goats and chickens and was frustrating to find. However, that part is done and on December 1, I am scheduled to get the permanent teeth. Took only a second or two to fall and do the damage and more than two months to deal with the damage. Have been dismissed from PT and the soft tissue injury to my arm is almost completely healed, still have to be careful about how much I lift with it but everything else is back to full function.
Whew, sorry to be so windy!
Nov 17, 2020 09:16AM carolehalston wrote:
I smiled to myself as I took a box of dressing mix (lower sodium) off the shelf of a supermarket yesterday. I'm so often influenced by this discussion forum.
Last night was leftover great northern white beans with freshly cooked brown rice. A typical garden salad and oven cooked fried chicken. I was disappointed in the chicken which did not live up to memories of chicken cooked in former years. I was left with a very messy baking pan. I think the biggest mistake was the large chicken legs I bought.
Whole chickens were on sale for an amazingly low price.
Tonight I will use leftover chicken thighs and leftover brown rice and some additional ingredients to make a chicken fried rice. DH has a zoom woodworkers meeting. We will eat earlier than usual or he will eat as he participates.
No family Thanksgiving for us this year. I'm thinking of cooking chicken and dumplings. The typical menu has never been a great favorite for me. We'll also splurge and have dessert, maybe pecan pie.
Nov 17, 2020 01:00PM MinusTwo wrote:
Beaver - good to hear that you're on the home stretch. Out of all the medical professions - even the breast cancer surgeries - I hate dentists the most.
Funny - I really do like turkey, but over the long haul - I've decided I like the taste of chicken better. Maybe I'll get a rotisserie chicken and make sweet potatoes. But i do have a small Cure 81 ham in the freezer... That would mean leftovers for hamhock & beans. Yum.
Mommy - thanks for the reminder about meatloaf. I rarely cook it and I love meatloaf sandwiches.
Nov 17, 2020 08:36PM SpecialK wrote:
beaver - glad you're on the mend and getting the teeth handled. My implant saga lasted 18 months because they had to go slow due to having been on Prolia shortly prior, but the processes themselves were relatively easy. The one shining light was my maxillofacial surgeon - he is a gem and one of the happiest people I have ever met!
Dinner tonight was spinach salad with crumbled bacon and sliced hard-boiled egg with red wine vinaigrette (that is how my mom made spinach salads when I was growing up - with just picked spinach from the garden) and angel hair alfredo with shrimp.
minus and mommy - funny intersect with the chicken babysitting and pot pie - I won't tell the "girls" as DD calls them. They really are beautiful chickens and pretty tame - they let her hold them and are always trying to come in the house. When she worked from home they would come and peck on the office door.
DD had a slightly traumatic day, she found out that the person she spent last Thursday and Friday with training has tested positive for COVID. She was expelled from work and went and had a rapid test this morning, which was thankfully negative, but we are behaving as if she could still be positive and staying away for the quarantine period of 14 days. Thankfully that time is up on T-Giv.
Nov 17, 2020 10:50PM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh no Special. Fingers crossed that your DD ends up negative, but I agree w/the quarantine.
Nov 17, 2020 11:33PM - edited Nov 17, 2020 11:37PM by ChiSandy
Fingers crossed that your DD continues to test negative, Special! We are definitely not doing T-day this year--weather permitting Thanksgiving eve, drinks & dessert on the deck with Gordy & Leslie; then just Bob & me for the main event the next day. (Cellars is catering takeout--the 2-3-person "Just Us" is a turkey breast, gravy, and 4 half-portions of sides. We chose cranberry dressing, maple-pecan sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and roasted mixed veggies. Bob is buying a Costco pumpkin pie (they're huge, dunno what we'll do with it if the kids don't want it, our HK sure doesn't); Cellars is offering whole or quarter pecan, pumpkin or apple pies. Think I'll order a quarter of the pecan. They will hibernate starting Black Friday until either indoor dining is reinstated, they get a grant or loan (in which case they'll resume doing takeout) or outdoor dining becomes feasible again, whichever is first. They won't go under--their GoFundMe has hit nearly double the goal, and their landlord reached an agreement with them (who else would rent a large corner restaurant space during a pandemic)?
We're under a "stay-home advisory," which is nonetheless far less restrictive than the stay-home order we had last spring. (Salons still open, but I'm not going to reschedule my mani from last week--we'll see what shape my toenails are in for next Wed.'s scheduled mani-pedi--if they're not ingrown & bothering me, will skip that too). Bob went to Costco and brought home a rotisserie chicken (they ran out of ribs) and a 2-loaf pack of Natural Ovens "Keto-Friendly" (0 net carbs) bread. Actually tastes like normal white bread, only a bit heartier. If I didn't have my ocular-onc checkup tomorrow at noon, I'd use it to make French toast. (Will have just coffee, maybe toast a slice of it). I fridge-foraged sides to go with the chicken: roasted broccoli florets left over from a crudites platter, nuked Seeds of Change Ancient Grains, and blistered shishito peppers. (Out of a dozen, I ended up with the only two spicy ones). Had lemon-ricotta keto pancakes (Birch Benders mix) for brunch this a.m. Will make cauliflower risotto, a Caprese, and pan-seared asparagus for tomorrow night's leftovers. The hospitals have ramped up their COVID ICU wards again, but (to my relief) shut out non-infectious-disease and non-ICU docs, except for remote consults. No elective stress tests or echoes. No procedures that would require even an overnight stay. So Bob will be home for dinner every night. Whew!
Back is still stiff and sore but definitely improving. Cut back to only Tylenol & a single Aleve BID, and Baclofen only at bedtime. Got a new heating pad too (my old one croaked Sunday after only a couple of years).
Nov 18, 2020 08:47AM carolehalston wrote:
In south Louisiana, oyster dressing is popular at Thanksgiving. Consequently the supermarkets have a supply of raw oysters. I bought a pint and will cook them for dinner tonight. DH chose fried oysters over oysters Mosca (Italian baked oysters). I will buy some poboy bread today.
I am so hoping the Covid numbers in our area don't rise to the point of closing the gyms. I enjoy the senior exercise classes held in the gymnasium at our YMCA where exercisers are spaced far apart. The range of motion stretches are beneficial.
Nov 18, 2020 09:24AM SpecialK wrote:
Since you're only as good as your last negative test we are operating under the assumption that she could test positive any time in the next week or so, but I think she will be ok. She feels fine, but we know that isn't always an indicator. I believe the gentleman she trained with that is positive did have symptoms and that is why he was tested. She does not like the triple layer fabric masks I have made, she wears the disposable ones - like Sharon, she gets claustrophobic. So, I got her a new box of masks, extra sanitizer spray and gel. She has been good about not socializing and does wear a mask when she should, and had been wearing one at work too. She felt terrible though that she had been at our house for an extended period over the weekend before finding out that she had an exposure. I am sure she could her her brother's words ringing in her head about making us sick, as a firefighter/paramedic he has seen more than his share of what happens, and she would feel so guilty because we have been so careful.
DH and I decided that I will resume grocery shopping. He is starting to see some positive cases at work, and I am not convinced his immune system is any better than mine in light of his awful sinus infection in April that resulted in surgery. He had a plethora of different bugs going on in there! So we are going to split the exposure, and our local store is very good with masks and sanitizing, and the shoppers seem pretty cooperative. I am hoping they will reinstate the first hour of the day (7-8am) for at risk and seniors. What I have found is that I give him a limited list of the things I can think of and he usually goes once a week, but I feel like I am preparing the same stuff over and over. I can shop more effectively and stock up on more because I shop with a list of things I am out of, but also spontaneously plan meals as I go through the store. When I shopped for the last time eight months ago we were good for about a month, so I think I will have no problem going every two or three weeks, at most, and then supplementing with fresh produce from the outdoor stand. I am also fortunate to have a frozen food guy every two weeks and get a lot of my meat from him. He socially distances and loads everything in a big bag, touchless payment. I have the benefit of the extra fridge and freezer in the garage. I have missed shopping and am a combo of slightly nervous but excited, lol! I will re-sanitize my cart before touching it, and likely be the safety nerd wearing gloves with my mask, but it is a case of can't be too careful, right? We have no restrictions here in FL (no surprise, right?) they are still doing inside dining, no curfews, etc., but I still limit my forays into the outside world and stay home for the most part - I have had my hair colored a couple of times, but my salon is more restrictive than my doctor's office, have not had my nails done. My BFF was supposed to come for the second week of Dec. but we mutually decided to postpone until next year - too much risk for all of us. Disappointing but trying to be smart and cautious.
Nov 18, 2020 03:26PM MinusTwo wrote:
Special - I go to the grocery store every other week and I ALWAYS wear gloves with my mask. People may look at me funny, but I find it reassuring. Actually anytime I have to push a basket I wear gloves. So if I'm going into Home Depot for one set of 96" fluorescent bulbs and don't need a basket, I just sanitize when I get back in the car.
Plumbers have been here 2-1/2 hours so far today and only dealing with three 'drops'. The galvanized pipes are full of rust & sludge. Should be able to start running lines soon. Next - installing the water heater. Maybe I'll have hot water tonight. Then on to a new gas furnace in the attic on Friday. And next week will get quotes for re-piping the rest of the house.
Nov 18, 2020 06:57PM Beaverntx wrote:
Minus, $$$$$ but good to get things functioning!
Nov 18, 2020 07:33PM ChiSandy wrote:
I only go to Target or Whole Foods for my (increasingly rare) shopping trips--Bob goes to Costco on his Union Health clinic days. All three stores disinfect carts and direct shoppers to those which have been disinfected. I've seen a video by an ER nurse about gloves when shopping--and you're actually safer washing your hands and using sanitizer. I use gloves only when cleaning the litter boxes, handling raw proteins, or pumping gas (the latter only every 6-8 weeks these days). But I will don a mask even to go out on to the porch to pick up mail or grocery/food deliveries. (My deck is a different story, unless I will be talking to our landscaper).
Had my ocular-onc appt. today. Bad(-ish) news is that we don't have a path report because the location & minuscule size of the tumor made it impossible to safely harvest enough cells to assay for markers w/o risking spread. (But I'd been warned that was likely). Good news is that the tumor has shrunken by 10% (in 3 months). The onc. says that's excellent, and it should continue to shrink (albeit more slowly) over the next 3 years, possibly to only 40% of its original size (which was 2.6mm). My vision has improved with the new progressives prescription: I gained 2 "lines" at the bottom of the chart in the L eye and lost nothing in the R. The onc. says there will be a staff meeting at UIC Hosp. this week, which will probably result in a decision to cancel all elective procedures (i.e., those not for life-saving purposes). So no cataract or retina surgeries till the "curve bends" down sufficiently. Think I'll defer rescheduling my allergy challenge test too, which is as "elective" as it gets. I will likely keep next week's mani-pedi appt. so long as the salon is allowed to remain open. (Our state's new "Tier 3" mitigations under the "stay-home advisory" are less strict than those in force during last spring's "stay-home order"). Bob says Christ Hosp. has already canceled electives--and may actually include heart valve replacements, LVADs and Watchman implantations in that definition. We dipped below 10K new cases today for the first time in well over a week, but deaths & hospitalizations are up.
Dinner tonight will be leftover roast chicken, with pan-seared balsamic asparagus, sauteed 'shrooms, and a caprese with the last of the basil & tomatoes. Did make French toast (1 egg, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla & fiori di sicilia) with the keto bread this morning--wished I'd used a little real maple syrup instead of the Stevia version, but it was still pretty good. Had a toasted onion-flavor Mikey's keto "English muffin" with my cappuccino when I got home--to me, the taste & texture are very much like cornbread. Also had the 4 leftover shishito peppers--all of which were nicely spicy.
Nov 18, 2020 11:49PM Moonflwr912 wrote:
I hope everyone is staying healthy. We are doing ok. Daughter2 husband managed to crush his ankle while in the words. Needed surgery and a plate and pins. So my DH has been staying with them to help out. DSIL had been at his new job just a month,( Covid job loss of his good job) no insurance. Luckly they were still paying cobra. DD2 just got a different job full time, so she will be carrying the insurance in the future. Everything else is going ok so far. Much Love and hugs to all.
Nov 19, 2020 10:29AM MinusTwo wrote:
Moon - great to see you. Sorry about DISL but glad you & DH are hanging in there.
Plumber back for a third day today. One thing leads to another. Sigh. Maybe hot water today?? By the time they left yesterday supper was only a bowl of Tonkotsu Japanese Ramen.
Nov 19, 2020 02:38PM jhl wrote:
Checking in to say hi. We returned yesterday from a week with our kids & grands at Lake Tahoe. The kids all had fun playing in the snow. I made two dinners - lasagna one night & a beef roast with potatoes, gravy & green beans the next. My DD & DIL made the rest of the dinners. It was nice to share the planning & execution so I didn't have to do it all.
The COVID cases in CA are increasing but at a bit slower rate than the rest of the country. Our governor got caught having dinner with two dozen people indoors with none wearing masks nor social distancing. Included among the guests were two executives from the California Medical Association. There were profuse apologies once they were caught & the photos published. What were they thinking? You can't fix stupid.
Nov 19, 2020 05:59PM ChiSandy wrote:
Good to hear from you, Monica. Bummer about DSIL's hiking accident and lack of insurance other than COBRA. jhl, glad you were able to go to Tahoe to see family--hope you all were safe. Gordy & Leslie are still unsure about coming over T'day eve for drinks & dessert--it'll probably be too wet out to sit out on the uncovered deck, so we'd have to sit on the front porch instead (with me inside by the doorway--Bob will want to smoke). Going out to Cellars for dinner early tonight--it's >60F, so their patio is open. Not sure what we'll order.
Nov 20, 2020 12:15AM Moonflwr912 wrote:
made a big dinner fir my DD2 to take back home to my DH, hers and the 2 kids. LOL. Kept a bit for myself. I love my Ninja Foodie. I did pressure the potatoes and carrots, while I started the meatloaf in the microwave. Then, after I took out the veg, and drained them, put the meatloaf in the foodie to brown the top. So 3 lbs of meatloaf, 2 pkg of carrots and 4 lbs of potato cooked in about 50 min. Im glad she
brought 10 of my pans and containers home this morning. Just sent her home wit 3 of them. LOL the picture was my portion. LOL. Much love
Nov 20, 2020 12:27AM Reader425 wrote:
Hi all, numbers are rising here too so we decided Thanksgiving is just us. We usually have either my sister and DH over (close by but in another state) or invite a friend or two. Not this year and we've decided to just be content and make it even easier -- ordered from a local caterer/family run gourmet shop. A real treat. Small local turkey that I'll cook and a few sides I'll heat. Will make cranberry sauce in the crockpot and maybe a pie and call it a day. We are happy to be healthy and hope to zoom a few family calls.
Tonight dinner was breaded baked chicken breast with smashed sweet potatos and buttered green beans.
Nov 20, 2020 08:48AM carolehalston wrote:
My younger sister, whose birthday is today, called yesterday to say she was cooking dinner on Thanksgiving and we are welcome to come. She has invited her son and daughter and their children. The son and wife and child recently had Covid. Two of the grandchildren go to school. We are not inclined to go. My sister repeated her outlook on "not living in fear of getting sick, blah, blah..." She and her dh are devout Evangelicals who embrace the "when it's your time to die" philosophy. I usually refrain from suggesting that humans were endowed with brains and reasoning ability.
Last night's dinner was a pork tenderloin marinated in seasonings including dry rosemary. Cooked in 400 degree oven. Side was halved brussel sprouts browned on the cut side in a skillet and then steamed briefly. When they were done I added some grated romano. Salad was typical garden variety.
Tonight's dinner may be a roasted chicken.
Nov 20, 2020 11:53AM Beaverntx wrote:
Carole, the CDC is on your side with yesterday's advisory to not travel for Thanksgiving. In our case we would not have been the travelers. However, we had already told both sons that however much we would like to see them we did not feel it would be safe. If they came there would be 14 of us and no way to stay at a safe distance. Stick to your guns (and your restraint), girl!
Last evening was meatloaf, buttered boiled potatoes and green beans with eggnog for dessert. Comfort food, anyone? Tonight may well be a repeat as there are leftovers.
Nov 20, 2020 08:07PM illimae wrote:
Dinner was a mix of sides, corn on the cob, cauliflower with melted cheese and some hash browns I prepared for the weekend but didn’t fit into the container.
Nov 20, 2020 08:43PM - edited Nov 20, 2020 09:49PM by ChiSandy
Leftovers: my salmon & veggies from last night; roast chicken stir-fry (snap peas,mushrooms, scallions) for Bob. Supplemented with an heirloom tomato-basil salad (dressed with lemon white "balsamic," blood orange olive oil, and orange sea salt (from when we visited Sicily in 2015). Dubouef 2020 Beauj. Nouveau went well with it. Bob will bring home a tomahawk ribeye, more 'shrooms, and Cabernet from the Palm ("Slab & Cab Kit"). I will defrost a container of collard greens for the green-leafy component.
Nov 20, 2020 08:46PM MinusTwo wrote:
Carole - I'm intrigued by the pork loin w/rosemary. I usually use tarragon and am ready for a change. Anything else noteworthy in your seasonings?
I'm trying to decide whether to do the small Cure 81 ham or a pork loin for my Thanksgiving for ONE. No getting together with anyone. 1 in 6 people in Houston have the virus. Both meats are in my freezer. Ham would provide wonderful leftovers for hamhock & beans. Pork leftovers would be great for lots of things but I'm hungry for a big fried rice dinner. And "horrors" - stove top stuffing & canned yams.
Three days of plumbing leak repairs this week including a new water heater. Then today a new furnace. I can imagine how frustrated Beaver must be. I'm sick of this stuff. I will have to get a quote on re piping the rest of the house after the holiday. The 50 year old galvanized pipes keep 'sprouting' pin holes.