Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Finally Home

Thank you all for your prayers. 

The doctors' consensus was that daughter had three things going on.
She had an abdominal infection from the ruptured appendix, pneumonia (the high fever) from surgery, and a hyper immune system response to the surgery (it was as if her body was in shock). The tests did not show tuberculosis, but appears to indicate Crohn's Disease.  She also had enough blood loss she had to have a transfusion.

We're home now.  She has meds to take and a drain that has to be emptied; she's slowly improving.
The surgeon told us to expect a slow recovery.  Until six weeks has passed she's not to life anything heavier than a dish (kind of thing) and then slowly, very slowly, work her way back to lifting, etc.  She has permanent staples internally and five incisions in her abdomen with staples that will be removed.  We will be following up on the Crohn's.

It's been quite a scary ordeal! 

I will be back later this week or perhaps the beginning of next week.  I need time to take care of her and to rejuvenate myself. 

Just in case I am not back before then,

I wish each of you the happiest of Christmases and may you spend your time with those you love!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Prayers Please

I am at the hospital with my daughter and have been all week. In addition to emergency appendectomy because of a ruptured appendix, she has been running a fever of 105 that they don't believe is associated with the surgery. We just had five infectious disease doctors in here and the pathology indicates possible Crohn's disease or tuberculosis. At this point all they know is she's a sick girl. Please say a prayer for her tonight.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cajun Beans and Rice (Pressure Cooker Recipe) with Seasoning Mix Recipe

One of the things I've continued to do is to work on using up the freezer and
pantry items we have on hand.  This is a simple dish to make and it uses pantry staples.
You could easily make it vegetarian (omit the beef bouillon and the sausage)
and not need any freezer/refrigerator supplies.

Cajun Red Beans and Rice
1 ½ cups of red beans, cooked and drained
(I’ve tried this with actual red beans and with kidney beans when I couldn’t find red beans.)
(I soaked these and then pressure cooked them for 18 minutes on high, natural release for 10 minutes and then manual release.) 
1 ½ cups of white rice
4 cups of water with 4 beef bouillon cubes (or equal broth)
½ package of sausage sliced into bite sized pieces
2 heaping tablespoons of Cajun Spice Mix
½ tsp. of red pepper flakes (Omit if you don't like hot spicy foods)
Salt to taste 
Combine with drained beans and cook on high for 15 minutes. Manual release pressure.
For the Cajun Spices I adapted the recipe from DIY Pantry. I tweaked some of the original ingredients to make it a little hotter.  This make about a cup and a fourth of seasoning give or take a bit.
My version was:
2 tbsp. of onoin powder
2 tbsp. of garlic powder
2 tbsp. of dried oregano
2 tbsp. of dried basil
4 tbsp. of dried parsley
1 tbsp. of dried thyme
1 ½ tbsp. of black pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. of celery salt
5 tbsp. of paprika
Mix well and store in a sealed jar.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fun Days

One cold morning we built a fort --
dining chairs, a quilt and a little imagination make for a happy boy.

Then we put up the Christmas tree

and played dress up in Grandpa's Ho Ho Ho hat.

We went out for a balloon...Dollar Tree is a great source, by the way.

We had a date night complete with fries

and multiple trips down the slide
(yes, those are Grandmama's

and even Granddaddy came with us this time.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Goodbye Dear Kitty

We had to have our beloved Christopher put to sleep.
He was such a sick kitty that it was the only right thing to do.
We are all heartbroken.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Yarn Along 12/3/14

With the holidays I didn't think I would get much knitting done, but I've been plugging away at a sweater for myself and working on crocheting a shawl.  (The shawl isn't shown because I'm not far enough for you to really see the detail of the pattern.)

The sweater is of my own design and I'm using some of the fair isle patterns from the books I received as Christmas presents.  This is basically a yoked cardigan and my gauge worked out to be 4.5 stitches to the inch on size 7 needles.  The basic math used in the increases makes this a pretty easy self design pattern.  I had originally wanted to use one in Ann Budd's book of sweaters, but as always I  never seem to be able to match a gauge....sigh.  I'm using Knit Picks worsted weight Brava.

Since taking the photo I've  finished the body and the waist ribbing.
Now I've got to get started on the sleeves.

This is my next few projects in the waiting.
A sweater for my niece, a chunky sweater just because,
and a possible sweater for my daughter in law.

On the reading front I checked this light read out from the library.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mixing the Old with the New

On the new front this Thanksgiving season,
I tried my hand at pressure cooking cheesecake.
It really was quite tasty.  Next time however I think I will add a
few more minutes to the cooking time.

For the old....when my uncle gave me some of Grandmama's dishes
he gave me her three "thinner" cake tins.
This year I used these to bake the cake layers for our dessert.