Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Not a whole lot to say this week but I sure did do a lot of thinking!
This week I made a trip to the cancer center. It was not to fill in as the imaging department nurse which I have done in the past. It was not to accompany my old farmer for his chemotherapy treatments which I've done a good many times. This past Wednesday I made my first trip there as a patient.
To date in 36 years of life I truly think this week was the most difficult. Right up there with the week I lost my grandfather. I went for my consultation & simulation at the cancer center. The consultation left me stunned and speechless. Sadly, I proceeded on to the simulation. (can only imagine what I am going to get for a bill for that) Talk about a humbling experience, almost surreal. That evening and upon awakening the following morning the tears never stopped flowing. Can't really explain but my gut feeling was that this treatment was not the right choice in my circumstance. I know it has been done previously to treat this condition but the long term effects of radiation just seemed too risky and there were too many unknowns. If I am to go through with this treatment I need a second and/or third opinion that agrees. The following day when I went into work and immediately called the cancer center and to put my treatments on hold and confided in the the doctors I work with. Long story short they contacted a few specialists and sent my records to doctors at Dartmouth-Hicthcock Hospital in NH and John Hopkins in MD. You might be a little unique if they say they are going to present your case at an upcoming conference. I am feeling truly blessed! In a much better place now. Looking forward to proceeding with this process and getting things taken care of even if it does put me in the poor house ;) or on a plane. (I've never flown) Next step, bone scan. Should know more in the next couple weeks. Will be talking Farming soon... I promise! It is almost time to get planting for the greenhouse. Happy days ahead!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
- It is the #1 visited post of this blog
- Yesterday out of 339 visitors to this site 75 of them were checking out that post
- Since he posted that in Jun 09' it has been viewed 9,409 times
Impressive, huh? I give him the spotlight just twice and he steals the show.....lol. His other post that is quite popular is a how to skin a pig.
Stolen picture from a friend that I gave a duck too, too pretty not to post. MM processed 11 ducks, we gave 2 away and we've eaten 1 so far. We all enjoyed, I think it tastes similar to roast beef. Not something you'd eat every week but good for a change.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The shells are like 100 times thicker then a chicken's egg
(slight exaggeration on my part but you get my point)
Not like a chicken egg. If you have hens you know the deal. You slip it in your pocket, accidentally lean against something and you have a pocket full of yokey nastiness. Do you know how many times I have done that?
I have lost track. Even did it once at the kids school.
Waiting for them to get out, stuck my hand in my pocket and you know it.
I learn lessons hard and slowly.
Have you ever baked with duck eggs?
You must try just once. The only way to describe the end result is "fluffier".
Friday, January 7, 2011
Empty compared to summer.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
And a 1 lb Brook Trout
They waited for me to get home and see the fish before they cut them up.
Some people take their kids out of school to go on elaborate vacations. We let ours skip out for an occasional hunting and/or fishing trip because MM often works the weekend.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
- 2 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 Tbsp. oil
- Approx 30 ounces of chicken broth ~use the canned stuff if you must ;)
- 2 cups of water (I used all broth, NO water)
- 2 small bunches of broccoli, trimmed, cut into 3 inch lengths (whatever, I don't follow directions well. Maine Man will agree to that. He also says I have issues when told what to do.....I disagree)
- 1/2 cup on uncooked minute rice (I used regular whole grain rice)
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (I used more)
Lots of salt & pepper (my own addition)
- Cook & stir carrots, onion, and celery in hot oil in large sauce pot on medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add chicken broth and water (again I say no water). Stir & bring to boil.
- Stir in broccoli & rice. Reduce heat simmer for 10-15 minutes (I did longer to cook the rice.) or until vegetables are tender.
- Add soup in batches to blender or food processor. Blend until pureed. Return soup puree to pot. Add milk & cheese. Cook until heated.
So in my hysteria I went to the butcher shop and ordered 40lbs of chicken bones. MM thinks I'm insane. I kinda like it that way :) I MUST have chicken stock! I'll admit I am a bit of a food hoarder. Is there a TV show about that. Maine Man would sign me up.....LOL
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Supplies needed: 1 gallon of milk, 1 small plain Greek yogurt, cheesecloth (a fine strainer may do the trick)
- Pour milk in pot and heat to 190 degrees, whisk as heating.
- Cool to 120 degrees (I place the pot in a larger bowl with cool water running into the bowl until it reached temperature)
- Add yogurt
- Place in a container, then I put it in one of the kids insulated lunch boxes. My friend says she uses a cold/hot bag
- Place it in the oven overnight
- In the morning pour onto cheesecloth and let drain 2-4 hours
- Stir & refrigerate.
I typically do not care for plain yogurt but I liked this. Just had to add some granola to spice it up a bit. Next time around I may try to flavor it. Anyone have any experience with this? I could use a little direction. I am also curious as to how long it is good for?
Monday, January 3, 2011
- Cut the bread into cubes
- Drizzle w/ melted butter
- Add spices - I used garlic & onion power, basil, and oregano
Bake at 225 until crunchy (15 minutes or so)
The kids LOVED them and so did Maine Man.
It is always nice when you make everyone happy!