Oct 13, 2020 01:30PM MinusTwo wrote:
WC3 - thanks for the tip. Sounds good.
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 2, 2011 10:28AM
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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Oct 13, 2020 01:30PM MinusTwo wrote:
WC3 - thanks for the tip. Sounds good.
Oct 13, 2020 01:46PM Reader425 wrote:
A busy day and DH was home so after dropping SUV at Subaru we picked up Italian at a local place. Cheese ravioli in rose sauce, side salad and truly drippy delicious garlic knots. No wonder my weight loss has stalled. 😏 After getting offline i shall be planning our healthy meals for the rest of the week due to your all good ideas!
Oct 14, 2020 12:47PM eric95us wrote:
My MIL asked Sharon and I to take her to the hospital. The imaging discovered she has 3 compression fractures of the lumbar spine. We don't know much else right now. MIL is 83 years old and she is worried if, when or even if she should go back to her home.
Oct 14, 2020 12:55PM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh my goodness Eric. So sorry to hear this. I imagine she is worried. Is Sharon at least able to be with her in your hospital? Fingers crossed.
Oct 14, 2020 01:36PM ChiSandy wrote:
Oh, Eric--fingers crossed, healing thoughts sent to you & Sharon for your MIL's recovery.
Last night was leftover steak & green beans. For brunch today, low-carb avocado toast with broccoli microgreens, chopped shallot & homegrown tomato over WF's Hatch guacamole (spicy!!!), topped by an olive-oil-fried egg.
Tonight Bob the hunter-gatherer stopped at Costco and brought home a rotisserie chicken and shrimp mega-cocktail. I reheated the rest of the green beans and his leftover brunch potatoes (which I spurned), supplementing them with the remainder of a seedless cucumber and homegrown tomato--which I tossed with basil, olive oil, champagne vinegar and flake salt. Dessert was Greek yogurt with sliced strawberries, crushed unsalted cashews, vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. raw honey, and monkfruit sweetener. I will try not to give into post-midnight carb cravings--darn that paleo cereal, Cheerios, and WF's flour tortilla chips!
Tomorrow it will be warmish (70s) for one last day before the bottom drops out. Here by the lake, we won't get frost, but I expect that in the low 40s/high 30s much if not most of my basil will bite the dust. Will try to bring the more robust ones indoors to re-pot, and freeze the rest packed into ice cube trays with water. May harvest most of the mint & thyme too, and maybe the 3 little baby zucchini still on the plant. The rosemary is pretty hardy--it'll be the last to be harvested. All the tomatoes have been picked: down to about 5 cherry tomatoes, a small "Green Zebra" and medium "Pineapple" still on the sill. After that, it's back to buying 'maters again till next June or July.
Oct 14, 2020 02:19PM auntienance wrote:
Oh wow Eric - a dear friend’s 96 year old mother was just diagnosed with the exact same thing. She is having some sort of non surgical procedure done and being released the same or next day. I hope you MIL can be successfully treated.
Tonight was a roast beef, salted tiny potatoes and haricots verts. DH’s older sister and DBIL are coming for lunch tomorrow. I’m making a salad nicoise with the addition of some grilled chicken because DH dislikes tuna. Dessert will be appledumplings with cinnamon ice cream.
Oct 14, 2020 02:32PM ChiSandy wrote:
Nancy, I'm drooling over that dessert!
Oct 14, 2020 02:40PM Beaverntx wrote:
Eric, sorry to hear about your MIL. Fingers crossed for comfort, healing , and no big decisions needed in the near future.
Our dinner was leftover skillet meal from a couple of nights ago.
Oct 15, 2020 12:09AM carolehalston wrote:
Healing thoughts for your MIL, Eric.
Dinner last night was great northern white beans cooked as usual with onions, garlic, andouille sausage. Served over brown rice cooked the same as a week ago and yet the result was not as good. The rice was still crunchy. I added a little water and microwaved for a few minutes. The only side was cornbread.
Oct 15, 2020 12:15AM SpecialK wrote:
eric - hoping that this is something that can be stabilized for your MIL. Thinking of you and Sharon.
Last night was Andouille sausage with peppers and onions over pilaf, with some corn on the cob. I have two sketchy looking bananas so am going to make a banana cranberry walnut bread today and help DD put together an interview outfit for tomorrow!
Oct 15, 2020 11:57AM Lacey12 wrote:
Lost in familiar places here in NH. I seem to lose all sense of time and days when here, especially because since Covid we mainly stay safely in the house...except for occasional walks, and our Lobster Fest on the beach this past weekend. The lobsters, steamers, and king crab legs were all wonderful, and there were lots of extra steamers and small potatoes, so our neighbors/organizers suggested I bring them home. I decided to make steamer chowder, and there was plenty to share with them as a “thank you”. And then there were also a lot of extra king crab legs. So we brought some of those home. And the result of all of this ocean bounty was the experimental, but delicious steamer chowder, and a very generous crab salad over greens for our Monday night dinner. And that closes out our Seafood fest for this year,
Since then, we've been back to eating chicken dishes. ;)
Nance, I'm so pleased that you have selected a new home. It sounds lovely, and you will no doubt become a great container gardner! We just had tree guys here for some major work, and if I could get myself in gear, we should really be following your example of finding a home that requires less attention. Instead we seem to remain stuck with maintaining two! Ugh! Downsizing in the Boston area is not an easy or easily affordable task, umfortumately.
Eric, I do hope that Sharon’s mother recuperates well and soon, and that she is able to access helpful care through this recovery time.
Special, what a relief that your DH found no retina problem. I recall having ocular migraines a couple of times, and it is definitely a weird experience...especially since I never have had headaches. But the symptoms can certainly appear to be related to retina problems...scary!
A few pix (similar to previous years except that we maintained 2020 style social distance!) from our Seafood Fest and the next day’s meal:
Kudos to DH for shelling all that crab meat. My hands hurt just watching him do it!
Oct 15, 2020 12:07PM illimae wrote:
Looks so delicious Lacey, totally jealous!
Oct 15, 2020 02:14PM - edited Oct 15, 2020 02:18PM by SpecialK
lacey - DH is not usually a headache person either, at least up until the sinus issues, and he didn't have pain with this - just the weird light arc in the peripheral and the swarm of floaters. It lasted for about a week - intermittently - but not since, and the eye doc's scans showed nothing of concern. I'm like - welcome to your 60's and up - put one fire out and another starts. Also - those lobsters are as big as my head!!! Officially jealous. I'm not a super seafood person, but I am into lobster!
Edited to add - my quick bread this morning was made with coconut oil instead of butter or shortening. Good crust, I subbed one to one on measurement, I can’t detect coconut flavor but wouldn’t have minded if I did. Here is a pic, and yes, I took a slice from the middle.
Oct 16, 2020 12:23AM carolehalston wrote:
Yum on the beautiful food pictures.
Last night's dinner was flattened chicken breast fillets breaded and quickly browned. Creamed spinach that was delicious, made with two packages of chopped steamed spinach, reduced fat cream cheese and full fat butter (!). The spinach was coarsely chopped, which made a difference. Ho-hum romaine salad made mostly for dh. I had a small portion and doubled up on the spinach.
Tonight's dinner will be pork roast and sweet potatoes. I bought a very nice small pork butt roast yesterday and will stuff it with green onions and garlic.
Once again there were no lamb chops at Sam's Club yesterday. I will have to make a trip to Fresh Market, which also has nice thick rib eyes.
Oct 16, 2020 02:44AM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh my - those lobsters look delicious. Color me jealous too Lacey. Do let us know when you hear about your lumbar MRI. Special - interesting oil sub. The bread looks good. Glad your DH's eyes are OK. Eyes are probably my most treasured body parts. Eric - is you MIL OK? Carole - love the contrast - reduced fat cream cheese but full fat butter. Do you add onions to your creamed spinach?
I have a large bag of fresh spinach to use. I think I'll do a spinach & fresh mushroom omelette today. Tomorrow will likely be a Florentine but I'll sub out the chicken for the large boiled shrimp that I shelled and froze as an experiment. Or maybe I can add spinach to a new recipe I found for Stir-Fry Noodles with Shrimp so I can use the rest of the fresh mushrooms. And do Chicken Florentine the next day... So many decisions.
Hopefully next week I'll get down to Trader Joe's for my semi-annual shopping excursion.
Oct 16, 2020 04:42AM SpecialK wrote:
minus - the interior of the bread is just the same as if I had used butter or shortening, the crust is crispy but not thick so it is a pleasant texture. I’m not a super crunchy person - I can’t do biscotti or chew ice cubes, lol! I buy frozen cooked tail-on shrimp from my frozen food peeps, your previously boiled shrimp should work. I usually thaw in warmish water for just a few minutes - works great for quick dinners
Oct 16, 2020 07:28AM ChiSandy wrote:
Last night was leftover roast chicken (leg + 2 wings) and blistered shishito peppers (mixed with red pepper strips). Now, supposedly 1 out of every 4 shishitos is spicy--but 5 out of 6 of mine were. Luckily, I like spicy. (Stopped putting green bell peppers in my omelets, using poblanos or even jalapeños--seeds & ribs removed--instead. And as sharp a cheese as I can get my hands on--aged cheddar or provolone picante).
This a.m., a single egg Benedict: low-carb whole wheat toast, a slice ea. of jamon Serrano & salami, poached egg, and "Lost Ladle" brand hollandaise sauce with a dusting of cayenne. Tonight, depends on when Bob gets home. Likely a nuked chicken thigh, shrimp remoulade, with seared asparagus seasoned with balsamic. Got my Butcher Box delivery today and am drowning in pork chops, salmon, cod & sea scallops. Freezer is groaning.
Oct 17, 2020 04:38AM eric95us wrote:
We had leftover enchiladas. Sharon's mom is now in a rehab facility. They told her that she would be there 10-15 days and then be discharged home. The doctors feel it is likely osteoporosis, which is already being treated.
We're going to go bring her cat over to our house as he is quite lonely with no one at home. It'll be an adjustment with TWO dogs that he doesn't know, but the dogs were happy to have Jessiecat around, so hopefully that will transfer. We're going to go buy a 'baby gate' with openings big enough for the cat to walk through but small enough to keep the dogs out and start out with Duffy (the cat) and all of his stuff in DD's old bedroom.
Oct 17, 2020 06:50AM SpecialK wrote:
eric - sounds like your MIL is making progress. Will she be able to be largely independent once she comes home? We have that type of a gate with the cat door, it is on our laundry room which houses the cat’s food. Our very gentle dog would never bother the cat, but he really likes cat food and the cat is a grazer, thus the door. The cat also regards it as his “safe” place - if something scares him, he runs in there. Our dog almost never barks - except at squirrels on the pool enclosure, if anyone has a Frisbee, or if you sing Happy Birthday with lit candles - so when he does the cat runs into the laundry room. Twice when both of them were outside by the pool, a squirrel appeared and the dog lost it, cat ran away but fell in the pool, so ran to the laundry room sopping wet. Yay for tile floors
Oct 17, 2020 02:18PM eric95us wrote:
I'm hoping she'll be independent when she gets home, but I am a bit skeptical/worried. Her mind is perfectly sharp, so it will be up to her as to how she wants to handle things if she does need help. She absolutely, positively, certainly, completely,(etc.) does not want us to help, so if she does need assistance, it would likely be a choice between live-in care or an assisted living apartment.
Right now Duffy is hiding under the bed in DD's old room. This is certainly a huge change in his routine. After nearly a week being all alone, he was moved to a new place with two dogs. He has met the dogs when we took them to MIL's house and after awhile he would follow the dogs around, as if to make sure they weren't defiling his territory.
Oct 18, 2020 12:50AM carolehalston wrote:
Eric, your MIL is fortunate to have Sharon and you to help her out.
It's a lovely Louisiana fall morning here. I will have to act upon my words and venture outside to do some yard work. Heat and humidity excuse is temporarily gone.
Dinner early last evening was a seafood dinner at Pontchartrain Poboy. We met my younger sister (61 yrs. old) and her dh there, wore masks to go inside and order at the counter, then sat at a table in the dining room. The tables have been moved farther apart. Formerly they were much too close, even without Covid concerns. A waitress wearing a mask delivered the massive platters of fried oysters, shrimp and catfish. Also plates of onion rings (much to dh's delight) and fries.
This sister and her dh have not changed their lifestyle much, except when forced by the governor's actions that closed churches, limited congregations and inside dining, etc. In my view they have been fortunate not to catch Covid. They're among those of the opinion that Covid is "like the flu." You can fill in the blanks with their political views and choice of cable tv news.
Pontchartrain Poboy has not suffered any business loss during Covid. They did a huge take-out business when dine-in was prohibited and this take out business was very evident last night. They have a few outside tables.
The food order was much too large. Both couples left with take out boxes.
Oct 18, 2020 05:34AM ChiSandy wrote:
Carole, I sooooo miss fried oysters--whether in a po'boy or on a plate with lemon. Tried air-frying them coated with almond & coconut flour--not the same. Low-carb has some downsides.
Eric, glad to hear your MIL has treatment options & that it's osteoporosis & not cancer mets. P.T., topicals & bracing could help.
Got my COVID (PCR) test result this a.m.--NEGATIVE!!! WHEW!
Last night's dinner was nuked leftover chicken thigh, asparagus sauteed in olive oil & balsamic and sprinkled with white truffle salt, and cauliflower florets tossed in Sur La Table's Cauliflower Seasoning and roasted. Dessert was cashews, and later an Atkins bar & pistachios. But couldn't fall asleep (Bob's snoring & cigarette smoke odor clinging to his hair, pulsatile tinnitus), so went downstairs, watched some Jeopardy!, did an acrostic, and--bad Sandy--gave into some carb craving: keto cereal mixed with Paleonola (which has honey) and a half dozen Whole Foods flour tortilla chips (definitely now a "trigger" food for me). Gonna be a good girl tonight. Brunch was a Benedict (on half of a Mikey's keto "English muffin," which is actually more like cornbread in taste & texture, with a slice each of jamon Serrano and uncured salsichon--Spanish salami--and topped with nuked Lost Ladle Hollandaise).
Going to Cellars tonight--or ordering out if they're too crowded to safely dine indoors. Still trust only them for the latter. They can't afford to rewire to power overhead electric heaters inside their tents, and propane heaters are illegal inside tent walls. If the city still allows indoor dining come Thursday, we're goint to their wine dinner--it may well be their last. Some West Loop restaurants have set up individual igloos with heaters for one table per--will likely have to reserve a week or two ahead.
Oct 18, 2020 10:25AM MinusTwo wrote:
Eric - yes, I agree, your MIL is lucky to have you both. Especially since you listen & let her take the lead instead of trying to take over & tell her what to do.
Sandy - glad you test was negative.
Mommy - Oh you've made my hungry for spaghetti & meatballs.
I made Florentine Chicken tonight - sauteed & then white wine & reduced & then heavy cream & cooked until thick, etc... The flavor was delicious but the 'sauce' was too thin. I think I'll try Carole's spinach idea and use cream cheese next time.
Oct 18, 2020 11:59AM Beaverntx wrote:
Dinner tonight was a rerun of last night's "goololli". Had my broken tooth pulled Thursday morning and a temporary bridge put in. The goololli was easy to eat without putting pressure on the sore gum and and tasted really good. Gradually healing from my fall (never fast enough!)
Oct 18, 2020 01:50PM - edited Oct 18, 2020 01:56PM by Lacey12
Eric, I' M hoping that your MIL makes good progress and upon her discharge from rehab, finds a satisfactory living arrangement. Not an easy transition. Tho I'm sure she is relieved to know that her cat Is being well cared for.
We are back home. Yesterday was a frenzied effort to finish housecleaning, pack clothes, then food, close up the place, and drive home in the rain. I am finding that those “return days" really exhaust me since reaching “old age". I must figure out a way to reduce the frenzy. But, we are back!
For last night's dinner, we ordered pizza from one of the local places we like....they make Italian style. One thing we miss at the lake is a reliably good pizza restaurant. So we enjoyed our homecoming pizza dinner.
Today on our walk, we took our mail-in ballots to the drop box in front of our town hall, then proceeded to the grocery store to pick up salmon for dinner. I was concerned that the wild caught coho might be a bit to strong tasting for me....so I marinated it in a honey/orange/garlic/soy sauce. It didn't matter. I could't get past the first bite. So I had salad (with an orange vinaigrette dressing), a sweet potato, and part of a baguette with a garlic/avocado spread. I'll know to avoid that serious salmon again! But will buy it for DH. 😉
Today, I also dropped my sewing machine off to a woman who services them. She owned a sewing store in our town and ultimately had to close it after 20 years due to high rent. I was happy to learn that she is available for machine servicing, since I figure I need to give mine some TLC. Also learned that she has started an online sewing subscription service which I might join to take some courses and maybe even finish a quilt that I started over 20 years ago!
Carole, I admire your tolerance for going out to dinner with a sister who sounds so opposite in thinking/life choices than you. I hope the food was wonderful! I would need to talk about the food the whole time to avoid conflict topics!
Rather than a pic of the too strong coho salmon, here's DH popping our ballots into the drop box at town hall. I am so deeply troubled about so many voters needing to wait in line for up to 11 hours to vote. I vacillate between feeling over privileged for our voting ease and being angry at the disgrace of expecting voters (often with the fewest resources) to wait so long. We have much to correct In our nation!
I hope everyone is remaining well as the Covid surges are predicted. I do believe the Thanksgiving gathering choices will certainly be critical to maintaining our health.
Oh, and Minus, I did get the radiology report on the lumbar MRI which indicates all sorts of (mild to moderate) issues I don't quite understand. Good news is no metastasizes! Will know how to proceed to do whatI can to make it more livable once I speak with my doc this week.
Oct 19, 2020 01:12AM carolehalston wrote:
Yay for negative test, Sandy!
Lacey, my siblings and I have a text communication that helps us keep in touch. We share pictures and news. But we have to steer clear of any political discussion. It was the same in the past when we had fairly frequent family gatherings. My mother ruled in insisting on no arguments. She was a genius at changing the conversation if it veered toward contention.
Dinner last night was a leftovers buffet that was quite enjoyable. I made a stir fry of the leftover pork roast and brown rice. Warmed up the white beans and andouille with some brown rice mixed in. Warmed up the creamed spinach.
I worked in the yard yesterday and made some progress. More to do today.
Minus, I do not put onions in my creamed spinach. Two additions that are quite good are chopped artichoke hearts and water chestnuts. My original recipe calls for sliced water chestnuts and quartered artichoke hearts in the bottom of a greased casserole dish with the creamed spinach on top and bread crumbs topping all.
Oct 19, 2020 07:40AM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh Carole - thanks for that Spinach update. Funny - I had a 1/2 can of artichoke hearts in the fridge. I thought about adding them but decided not to for my first foray into this particular recipe.
And I figured out what I did wrong to make the 'sauce' so thin.. The recipe called for cooking the dredged chicken first and leaving all the little bits in the pan. I used leftover rotisserie chicken, so there was no thickening. If I'd thought of it, I could have just sprinkled some flour in with the melted butter. Still, the flavor was terrific. I used Torrontes white wine from Argentina. Since I had to open a bottle for the recipe, I poured a full glass to inspire my cooking.
Today was the last of the Rosemary Chicken breasts. They had originally been cooked too long, so I sliced in small strips and heated with some "Better than Bouillon" vegetable broth. The chicken absorbed enough moisture and was perfect served over mashed potatoes.