Nothing ever good comes from a 3:20 am phone call. I’m just saying.
Earlier this week, my cell rang at 3:20 and the called ID said “Mom and Dad”. After saying hello, my Dad asked if I could please come downstairs and get Mom dressed because we needed her to be ready when the fire fighters got there. In a tone of voice that implied that he also needed to borrow a cup of sugar and some orange juice, he informed me that Mom was throwing up blood.
30 minutes later, Mom was off in an ambulance and to the hospital. She was stuck in the ER for pretty much the whole day, and admitted later than evening for overnight observation. She was seen by a gastro and an internist, and the bottom line was the tumors on her liver are pushing on something in her stomach and is preventing it from digesting food. Yada, yada, yada, she is on a liquid diet for the foreseeable future.
To put some lipstick on this pig, the liquid diet is at least not restricted to just clear liquids. She can have cream and milk based things, smoothies, pudding, etc. I’m giving my Vitamix a workout, and trying to defy anything to not be “blendable”. Her current favorite is something I made last week. Someone in last Sunday’s blog post asked for the Crock Pot French Onion Soup recipe. Well, here yah go. It is so good and so simple, and every time I make it, I am jealous I didn’t develop the recipe myself. To adjust it to my mom’s needs, I ran my immersion blender through it to blend all the onions in to the broth.
Given my new soup making spree, I needed to refresh my homemade stock supply. I’m not much in to candles, but after smelling chicken stock simmering all day, I could totally see lighting a “Yankee Candle Chicken Stock” at the end of a long day. It is in my hair, and on my clothes. It smells amazing.
Are you participating in No Spend February? This week went well for the most part. We headed to the mall to return something and exchange my chipping dutch oven. Normally, we would have just stopped at gotten lunch or something, but I planned ahead and we ate at a table in the mall.
Have you ever been so disgusted with yourself for overlooking an easy solution to a big problem? We have this rug in front of the door to our deck that has been pretty gross for a few years now. My idea on fixing it was just pretending it doesn’t exist. We have these GroVia Mighty Bubbles laundry pods that I use for stripping cloth diaper inserts when they start to get a little stinky. I was doing a deep soak of (clean) diapers in our bathtub, and threw the rug in there just to see what happened.
Every stain is gone, the white part is bright and the whole thing looks brand new. A deep soak for 6 hours, and then a rinse/spin in the washing machine and I hung it overnight to air dry. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Those laundry pods are also amazing for stinky clothes, like sports uniforms or coughmydadsnastyworkoutclothescough.
Meal plan time!
Monday:: Buffalo “chicken” fried tofu, rice, roasted broccoli, and a giant big ole’ salad.
Tuesday:: Black bean soup, grilled cheese, veggies.
Wednesday:: Grilled chicken, biscuits, giant salad, and roasted broccoli.
Thursday:: Beef stew, dutch oven bread, veggies.
Friday:: Popcorn and movie night
Saturday:: Leftovers, or pasta
Sunday:: Family dinner
A few weeks ago, someone on Facebook asked if I was going to start posting my grocery spending again at the end of these posts. I think I finally got my ish together enough to make that happen.
Fred Meyer: $34.23
The Powerbar was part of the Friday Freebie which you can download every Friday via their app. Their freebies go in four categories – things for Troy, things for me, things to donate to our community resource coordinator at church, and things that Santa will put in Jack’s stocking. The orange juice was originally priced at $4.99, but there was a $1.25 off coupon on the Fred Meyer app, and I got a $.50 rebate from ibotta. Bananas also had a $.50 rebate from ibotta. Jack and my nephew love the flavored yogurts, but I tell them I only love them enough to buy them when they are discounted because they are almost expired. The punks do not like homemade yogurt. My nephew is a pretty picky eater, but likes cereal. Done. I’m over breakfast battles.
Trader Joes $28.88:
Goodness, it looks like we eat so much cheese! A lot of it is for our Superbowl get together.
What are you having this week?