Life is a blur after you or a loved one are diagnosed with esophageal cancer. If you or a loved one suffer from persistent heartburn, please see a GI doctor to have it looked at. This is the #1 leading symptom but often overlooked which is why esophageal cancer is diagnosed at such a late stage!
We did your trip to Houston, got the scans done and met with the doctor. Blood clot in the lungs so now 2 injections a day for 6 months, possibly the balance of his life. Additional lymph nodes are larger. Local oncologist has ordered a brain scan. Lots of fun stuff going on in that body of Marks.
In other news … my birthday is coming up on Cinco de Mayo … I had booked the Hilton on the beach a few months ago for the Air and Sea Show. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain.
I’m trying to keep it together around here as all this stuff is just a BIG SURPRISE as Mark was quite confident he was doing good … #cancersucks
Let’s Party and move on, shall we? You know the rules: family friendly stuff, link directly to your post and most importantly, go visit the others, mix and mingle and make a new friend!
This was our view on Easter Sunday. Mark has been feeling crummy after his last treatment. We head to MD Anderson on Thursday and Friday this week. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated!
I’ve slacked off a bit and apologize, just life in general has been getting in the way! We are finally settling in to the condo, traveled to NW Indiana to look at a house and all the while still working full plus time!
But I’m ready for a Party! You know the rules: family friendly, link to your post directly AND by all means, go visit, mix and mingle, leave comments, etc. on our fellow party-goers!
I hit up Costco … took Jamie and Hailey with me … Hailey had never been inside a Costco before. Thought hmm, maybe I should take her on the weekend instead of a Thursday night. Nah, Jamie didn’t want to overwhelm her so off we went. I was glad to see these sausages again as I had thought they were discontinuing them. Apparently not! I did kind of blow my budget there but we got LOTS of yummy food to eat for the next month!
Mark met with the local infusion center up in NWI … local onocologist told him he would support it as needed if they would agree there. They did so now that changes things a little bit … he has a house he’s looking at and I might fly up Friday for the weekend to look at it. We aren’t going to move there full time but go back and forth … eventually …
So. Enough of that! Who is ready to party?? Oh! Anyone have any issues with last week’s party? It’s a new setup, and well, you all know I don’t like things that change on me 😉
The weather has been awesome here the past few days … a lot of time has been spent at the community pool (this pic is from the old house which I miss the POOL more than anything right now!) The complex does have a nice pool, just a lot of people AND little kids … 😉
Mark has infusion today … then he flies off to Indiana at the crack of dawn tomorrow. All in all, he’s good. Just really tired and the nausea hits him unexpectedly. We used to be able to time his off days. Now we can’t. That stinks
I’m ready to Party! And cook! And go to Costco! All those fun things are coming up in the next 10 days … let’s see if I can share some new recipes too!
Ok, let’s party! You know the rules: family friendly, link directly to the post you are sharing AND most importantly, go mix and mingle, make some new friends!
This past week went by so quickly! Mark had his infusion and we are hoping that this last mixture might be the key to him having a good quality of life while doing this … we were able to stay focused on getting our tax stuff together for the accountant. Not a big deal you say but for us this year, it is! Sold house with major capital gains. 8 rental units with lots of repairs and upgrades. Medical expenses that included trips. And, then, of course, my stuff.
OH, and did I mention my dad went back in the hospital again on Sunday morning. Whew. He’s ok, I think, but I have a tendency to think there is something seriously going on inside him that they have not pinpointed. Obviously!
Ok ok, enough of that! Who’s ready to party? There was some awesome shares again last week! I can’t wait to see what you all have for me again!
Rules are simple: family friendly; link directly to the post you are sharing and most importantly: go mix and mingle and leave comments!
Here’s a quick and yummy side dish that will surprise you!
For years, and I do mean YEARS, you couldn’t get me anywhere the majority of vegetables … especially anything that resembles a tree or shrub. AKA broccoli. And cauliflower
My, how things have changed in the past 5 or so years!
It looks like a loaded baked potato. But I will not tell you it taste like that … only because I’m an honest person and I will never tell you that cauliflower taste like taters or rice. Because it doesn’t.
But hey, if you add enough stuff to that cauliflower, it will certainly taste better than just plain, ordinary cauliflower!
All credit for this yummy dish should be credited to Gina with Skinny Taste … with modifications, of course … (and yeah, we do have one of her cookbooks!)
Ok, enough chatting! Let’s get to how you can make this too!
ounces of cauliflower florets … I love Costco for stuff like this (or 6 cups
worth or use the bagged riced stuff!)
or so of bacon bits (again, great Costco buy!)
cloves of garlic, sliced
milk (I used 2%)
pepper to taste
of finely sliced green onions (you do regrow the roots, right?)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Grab your rice cooker and steamer insert. Add water to bottom of pot and fill up the steamer basket with the garlic and cauliflower. I really had to cram mine in to close the lid …
Set to 17 minutes to steam. Go ahead, toss a load of laundry in the washer, hop on pinterest, play with the cat/dog/kid/whatever …
Once done steaming, transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor with the blade in. Add milk, butter, salt and pepper and turn on to puree …
Stir in the green onions and transfer to an 8×8 baking dish to serve family style OR if it’s just you eating a snack (ahem, I don’t judge, really), then grab a small dish and dish some up in that. Top with the shredded cheese and bacon bits.
Now … you have two choices. I opted with the first option since it was a small dish for ME … microwave for 20 seconds or so til the cheese is a little melty OR if doing the big dish, bake in a 400 degree oven 5 minutes or so til the cheese is melty. It’s up to you, and again, I won’t judge …
Add the bacon, cheese, and bake for about 5 minutes or so, til the cheese is melted.
If desired, sprinkle with a little morel green onion over the top, serve up and enjoy!
*If the cauliflower seems to be really “moist”, let it drain a little in a strainer … or use LESS milk … if it’s too watery, you will be sad that you just have a liquid form of cauliflower instead of a nice thick, creamy cauliflower …
*To grow those green onions, simply put the white root ends in a small glass (standing up) and add a little water to the glass and they will start growing!
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I’m hoping those of you who had a 3 day weekend enjoyed the extra day off! We did a lot on Saturday: worked on the few remaining boxes to clear out, rearranged the bedroom and closets and decided to grill later that evening … apparently a lot of other #condodwellers do the same thing! Sunday I went poolside. Mark seriously stayed in bed all day until about 6pm. He felt bad. Same thing on Monday. Monday was blood work and follow up with doctor and doctor told him, sorry, this is what it is. Boo! Today he goes for his infusion and I hope he feels better when he gets up!
Thanks for all the kind words last week. I’m much better now … just had a moment/day or two there 😉
You all shared some great stuff and I can’t wait to see what you have to show me THIS week! Make sure you go visit the fellow party goers … you know, mix and mingle, make new friends, yada yada yada …
I’ve been in a bit of a funk the past two days … I mean, it’s bad, sad and just not ME. The kids and Baby Nolan were here over the weekend which was GREAT (he’s walking!) but when they left on Sunday, I ran out to see my dad at the assisted living facility … he just came home a few weeks ago from what they suspect as congestive heart failure, for the LIFE OF ME, I don’t understand why it’s not a solid yes or not that he had heart failure??!! Anyway, I needed to go through his stuff as the home is moving him from his semi-private room to a shared room for the same fee per month … because he needs Level III care now. Ugh. So I was fine clearing stuff out, let him keep his 4 pairs of prescription glasses and 3 electric shavers (because, heck, that’s all he really owns!) and then he was asking me about Mark and I just started bawling 🙁 My dad doesn’t need that. And I’m so angry with myself for losing it but I do understand that it was just a stress related thing. I just haven’t been able to shake it since though, that’s the problem … I guess it’s because I don’t cry over all the crap that’s going on and that little trickle turned into a raging river.
I’m hoping you all have some GREAT stuff to share with me this week because I really need it! So go ahead, give me your VERY best that you have and give me a boost …
I seriously do want to say thank you to all of you that come to visit and share each week … I’m not feeling so festive right now but that will pass …
You know the rules: family friendly stuff, link directly to your post you are sharing and most importantly, go visit all the other party goers and leave a message!