Friday, March 13, 2009

Top Three Worst Things About Sinus Surgery

I have my 2nd post-op appointment today (as well as my 3rd ortho of the week, but that's another entry!) and I'm feeling pretty good. So, as I look back and reflect on my recovery I thought it'd be fun to give a top three. And without further ado:

#3 My aching legs

Yep. you read right. If I had to complain about discomfort it would have to have been the discomfort in my legs. Oh they ached SO BAD! This was only for about two days (until I really started moving again) but it was horrible!

#2 My sneezing fits!

Beginning last Sunday evening I lapsed into these horrible sneezing fits! They have been driving me CRAZY! I swear when we were at the settlement table on Monday signing the re-finance papers the women must have thought I was terribly sick! They don't hurt my nose but it makes it really itchy. I guess the fact that it's healing doesn't help the itchy-ness factor, either.

#1 That horrible tape!

My cheeks are still trying to recover from the tape that invaded them last Tuesday and Wednesday. I had to change my dressings once every two hours which meant ripping the tape off and re-applying every two hours. Picture folded gauze under your nose with tape coming out of both sides and attaching to your cheek. Oh, that has got to be the worst thing about this whole surgery!!

Well, we're out for the weekend. We are headed here for some fun in the sun (tubing) and fun inside (waterpark). I'll try to post pictures.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Chicken Cheddar Spaghetti

While I was down recovering my girlfriend Kathi stopped by and gave me some magazines to peruse. One of them was one I had been eyeing in the checkout line for weeks! It is a new Taste of Home called: "Casserole's, Slow Cooker and Soups." I've been getting what I hope to be some great recipes out of it. I decided to try one of them last night called Chicken Cheddar Spaghetti. It sounded yummy AND easy. Perfect combination! The verdict: It was good but lacking flavor. The next time I make it I may add some bacon or something salty like that. We did sprinkle garlic salt on it last night as we were eating it. Either way, good sound recipe, especially if you like to play around with ingredients! Enjoy!

Chicken Cheddar Spaghetti

7 oz Spaghetti, broken
2 C Cubed Cooked Chicken
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Can Cream of Chicken
1 C Milk
Salt and Pepper

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine chicken, 1 cup of cheese, soup, milk and salt and pepper. Drain spaghetti, add to chicken mixture and toss to coat.

Transfer to a greased 9X13 dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Best Meatloaf Evah!

I made this up for our freezer meal swap and cooked some of it up tonight. That pic only shows HALF of the meat I used for these!

Anyway, they are really, really yummy!! I originally found this recipe in a Taste of Home Book. LOVE those!!


Meat Loaf Miniatures

2 1/4 C Ketchup
1/3 C Packed Brown Sugar
2 ½tsp Ground Mustard
2 Eggs, beaten
2tsp Worcestershire Sauce
3C Crispix cereal, crushed (I use store-brand!)
3tsp Onion Powder
3/4tsp Seasoned Salt
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Pepper
3 Pounds 85/15 Ground Beef (Do not use extra lean, they are dry!)

Combine Ketchup, Brown Sugar and Mustard in a large bowl. Remove ½ for topping and set aside. Add the rest of the ingredients but beef and mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well with hands.

Form about 1/3 C mixture into a ball and freeze individually on waxed paper. Each recipe makes about 18 of these.

To Cook: Place frozen balls in a muffin tin and thaw in refrigerator. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes. Drizzle with reserved topping and bake 10 more minutes or until meat thermometer reads 160.