Saturday, July 27, 2013

A tough few weeks...

This is a picture of me and my sweet daddy on the 4th of July.  I was grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob for us.  My husband and I had a couple of days vacation with him and my mom in Arkansas.   Good times.

After that, we went in for his scheduled heart valve replacement the next week.  I am writing a quick story of his hospital stay, more or less just to get it off my chest and out of my head.   

We went in on Wednesday to prepare for the surgery that would take place the next morning.
They wheeled him out of the room with me crying like a baby.  I am very tenderhearted when it comes to my mom and dad.  I was making him emotional, so I chose not to go to the surgery waiting area with him.  I would have made it harder on both of us.

We went to wait in the ICU waiting room and the doctor called after about 2 hours.  They did say they had a hard time starting his heart back, which was kinda scary, but other than that he was doing pretty good.  A rough Thursday, Friday, Saturday and early Sunday were spent in ICU.  He actually went through something that I had never heard of called ICU psychosis. After 36 hours of no sleep, he began to not know where he was and was trying to pull his IV out and such.  I told them that he HAD to have some sleep. They gave him a medication in his IV that allowed him to rest for 12 hours.  He was pretty much back to himself but sick to his stomach, hurting and tired after that.

It was still a rough road ahead.  At least he was in a room, but a blood clot in his leg called for an extra blood thinner, and he had a chest tube that refused to quit draining more than it should.  Also, not being used to a hospital stay, he was beyond ready to go home.  

We knew that the chest tube would have to almost quit draining and be out for about a day before he could go home.  By now we were on day 9.   Finally, the tube completely stopped draining, but the nurse read it wrong, and it stayed in another 8 hours.  Finally, Saturday afternoon, the chest tube (the thorn in his side according to dad) was removed!  Saturday night, I assured my parents that I will get them out on Sunday, or we would be in the news.  

The nurse practitioner came in Sunday morning.  I know she could see it in our eyes that we were on the edge of insanity.  She informed us that his potassium, which should be a 5 or under, was a 5.9...too high to go home.  Immediately, dad's blood pressure went through the roof.  I asked if we could recheck it because it was not very high.  She said they could give him some fluids and recheck it in the afternoon.  Still hope of going home.

In the meantime, mom and I realized that all he had wanted to eat was bananas, prunes, cantaloupe and chocolate Ensure.  All loaded with potassium.  I knew that it would be normal in the retest.  Sure enough, after waiting 6 more hours, it was a 4.1...perfect!  The papers were signed and we were on our way.  

I am writing this 5 days later.  Dad is still very very weak but a bit better each day.  I feel that any improvement is good thing.   We enjoyed each others company in the hospital, and hospital visits are inevitable, but I feel for the families and patients that are enduring it at this time.  May your stay be short and your recovery be shorter!

To health and happiness!  
Something that is so easy to take for granted.   

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bacon wrapped fresh corn....

So the saying is...
Everything is better with bacon...
I decided that I would
try the bacon wrapped around
some....fresh sweet CORN!




First...what you need is some
homegrown sweet corn.
Shuck it and wash it. will need some aluminum foil, bacon and season salt...

Wrap each cob in bacon.  It really takes 2 thin slices to wrap each one.

After wrapping, sprinkle with season salt on all sides and 
wrap tightly with the 

These will need to cook about 15-20 minutes, depending on the
doneness that you prefer.

I took the corn out of 
the foil at about
10 minutes and cooked
it on the flame for about 5 minutes so that the bacon would be crispy.  
You can use your judgement.

As usual.  I loved this!   

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The bacon cheeseburger...grilled is just plain better.

This past weekend was the last
week in June.  
Perfect grilling weather.  

I decided I wanted to make bacon
cheeseburgers on my charcoal 
grill.  I even decided to 
grill the bacon.  
It turned out great!

I tend to buy the in-between
meat for my burgers.
Too fat and they really shrink and 
make alot of smoke.  
Too lean and they are dry and 
don't have alot of flavor.

I topped them with the grilled bacon, white and yellow American cheese, lettuce, tomato, Miracle Whip, ketchup and pickles. 

You really can't go wrong with a 
grilled burger.  The only bad
thing about charcoal is
that it seems to be
ready to cook more stuff, just when 
all my food is done.
I try to keep a pack of
hot dogs ready for that situation.
After everything is cooked, throw 
them on the grill and you only 
have to turn them once.  They will
make a great lunch the next day!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bacon wrapped cheese stuffed jalapenos on the grill!

Hot peppers are really not my
I can't handle the heat.  
Don't like it, don't want it.  
That being said, if these are done
right, I absolutely love them!
The problem is that some peppers
are just hotter than
others.  I have read that 
even the weather can
affect the heat level of a pepper.

I have found the easiest way to make these is to cut the cap off
of the pepper and remove the 
gill and seeds with a skinny knife by
sticking it carefully inside the 
I tried to make sure I got as much
of the gill and seeds out of
these as possible.
It still came out to be a 
game of pepper roulette...some were hot...some were not.
But they were still super yummy!

Once you cut the lids off
and get the core out, stuff them with
your favorite cheese.  I used
super sharp cheddar. 
 Then wrap each with a slice of bacon
and use a skewer to stick through
 the cap to hold it in place
and hold the bacon on.
It helps to freeze them for about 15-20 minutes.  This keeps the cheese
from melting out 
while they are grilling.
Just grill them until the bacon is cooked.  I usually turn them a couple of times carefully while they are 
grilling.  I have done them over
charcoal and gas.  Both work 

Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)

Summer delights...

I always look forward to all the 
fresh summer fruits and 
vegetables that we have here
 in the south.  From cucumbers and
tomatoes that taste so much 
better than store bought, to the
wild patch of blackberries in
 my field that
are just about ready for me to pick
and make a cobbler.

Hand picked food just makes every meal better.

My mom and dad have cucumbers 
that are growing so fast, they
can hardly pick them fast enough.  

Two of them got overlooked and were
about the size of my arm.  I decided to 
slice them up and try to make
some pickles!

I am writing this post before I have tried them, but I wanted to get the recipe out of my head before I forgot it.
I will be trying them after 
a few days in the refrigerator,
 so if they are bad,
 I will let you know!   

I made 2 half gallon jars from the 2 huge cucumbers that I had.  They didn't completely fill the jars, but came pretty close.

Quickie pickles 
(because they were super easy)  

Cucumbers thinly sliced (about 6-8)
6 tsp minced garlic
1 large onion thinly sliced

Put the cucumbers, onion 
and garlic in a bowl and lightly toss them.

Bring the following mixture to a boil and pour over the cucumbers.   

2 quarts of white vinegar
2 quarts water
1/8 cup dill weed
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
(I added 2 sliced fresh jalapenos to one just for a little heat)

Cover and let cool, then put in the refrigerator.  I actually put my lids on and they sealed, but according the  recipes I looked at, they don't have to seal.  I am going to try not to eat one for at least 4-5 days so that the flavors will be ready.  I will let you know the results! 

Waited 3 days
 (that is as long as I could wait)
The pickles are yummy!
The hot ones are the best!
You will have garlic onion breath, but it will be worth it!    

Love what you eat and eat what you love!