Back to that update…

Ok.. In my previous post I mentioned that I would catch you up on everything
that been happening in my little section of the world.

Wednesday – May 24 – I finally had my appointment to see the gastro’ doctor
concerning the pain and cramps I’ve been dealing with since February/March.
Well…do you know if you pick the right brand of Soy Milk it’s not so bad?
Yep, he has put me on a “Lactose-Free” diet for three weeks to see if my
problems go away. Well it’s a week later and I do feel a little better, so
maybe my problem is milk products. Do you know how hard it is not to have
milk? No milk, no chocolate, no cheese, no breaded fried veggies, no
processed chips (aka Pringles, etc), no cake, no cookies, no bread (Italian
is ok, it’s not made with milk)…the list goes on. It’s a good thing we’re
stocking up on cucumbers, since I can actually eat those!
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Week of Updates

Ok.. In my previous post I mentioned that I would catch you up on everything that been happening in my little section of the world.

Wednesday – May 24 – I finally had my appointment to see the gastro’ doctor concerning the pain and cramps I’ve been dealing with since February/March.
Well…do you know if you pick the right brand of Soy Milk it’s not so bad?
Yep, he has put me on a “Lactose-Free” diet for three weeks to see if my problems go away. Well it’s a week later and I do feel a little better, so maybe my problem is milk products. Do you know how hard it is not to have milk? No milk, no chocolate, no cheese, no breaded fried veggies, no processed chips (aka Pringles, etc), no cake, no cookies, no bread (Italian is ok, it’s not made with milk)…the list goes on. It’s a good thing we’re stocking up on cucumbers, since I can actually eat those!

Thursday – May 25 – J had his pre-op appointment with the Lasix doctor.
There’s nothing like going into the office on a bright sunny day, only to be dilated until you can’t see your way back to the car! Plus, I realized I’m not very good in helping the ‘visually challenged’…considering I ran J into the backend of my car! Sorry J.

Friday – May 26 – Around 7:30am I head off to Chattanooga to pick up G after he gets out of school for summer. After picking him up we stop off for a late lunch then head back to Wetumpka. Traffic wasn’t bad at all until we hit a traffic jam on the interstate that put us 45 minutes behind schedule (not like we had a schedule). This was a time were I’m glad to have a vehicle with air conditioning. Nothing like sitting in a car in 95 degree weather and not going anywhere fast. After we finally got through the jam
(3 miles/ 45 minutes = Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Jam) it’s now time to get to Clanton and pick up J. He’d dropped his bike off for a few repairs, and since we’d be coming back through it made for a easy drop-off.

Saturday – May 27 – Up early and to the doctors office for J’s lasix procedure at 9am. He said he wasn’t nervous… I think I was more nervous myself! See.. I had the same procedure back in 1991, but then they didn’t use lasers, but it’s still something I’ll never forget. At 9:30 it’s over and everything went just great (pictures are up over on my Flickr). By
10:45 we’re heading home… His Valium is kicking in, and after one more he gets a good rest until about 4pm. His eyes were still a bit sore, scratchy and watery, but the redness is finally going away.

Sunday – May 28 – Everyone slept in, then it’s off to church. J’s eyes are doing really well, still a little light sensitive, but seeing everything better than before.
After church it’s off to the doctors office for a check up. Everything is AOK except for a small bruise on one eye, but his vision is 20/20! Yeah J!

Monday – May 29 – For Memorial Day we stayed home.. Watch tv..and for lunch we went out for BBQ. (Ok… I did cook dinner, but gee… It’s too hot to
grill!!!)

Tuesday – May 30 – My last free day before classes begin. For fun I decide to get some paint and finish up around the new windows on the front of the house. After taking a piece of molding off the garage (small one inch block that was already loose) I realize that the reason the molding was loose was because the wood underneath it had water damage. So… G helped me remove the other boards, then it’s off to Home Depot to get some paint and wood to repair the siding. In the mean time it’s already lunch, so we meet J at the Chinese Buffet place. After lunch it’s time to get our supplies then head home. It takes no time to replace the boards, caulk all the corners, and make it look brand new (minus the paint). So… While the caulk dries I start painting around the front windows. Five hours later and a gallon of sweat less I’m finally finished. I will say it does look very good, and we’re finally rid of that bright white trim that the window people installed around the new windows.

Wednesday – May 31 – First day of school… What more can I say.
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Ok.. In my previous post I mentioned that I would catch you up on everything that been happening in my little section of the world.

Wednesday – May 24 – I finally had my appointment to see the gastro’ doctor concerning the pain and cramps I’ve been dealing with since February/March.
Well…do you know if you pick the right brand of Soy Milk it’s not so bad?
Yep, he has put me on a “Lactose-Free” diet for three weeks to see if my problems go away. Well it’s a week later and I do feel a little better, so maybe my problem is milk products. Do you know how hard it is not to have milk? No milk, no chocolate, no cheese, no breaded fried veggies, no processed chips (aka Pringles, etc), no cake, no cookies, no bread (Italian is ok, it’s not made with milk)…the list goes on. It’s a good thing we’re stocking up on cucumbers, since I can actually eat those!

Thursday – May 25 – J had his pre-op appointment with the Lasix doctor.
There’s nothing like going into the office on a bright sunny day, only to be dilated until you can’t see your way back to the car! Plus, I realized I’m not very good in helping the ‘visually challenged’…considering I ran J into the backend of my car! Sorry J.

Friday – May 26 – Around 7:30am I head off to Chattanooga to pick up G after he gets out of school for summer. After picking him up we stop off for a late lunch then head back to Wetumpka. Traffic wasn’t bad at all until we hit a traffic jam on the interstate that put us 45 minutes behind schedule (not like we had a schedule). This was a time were I’m glad to have a vehicle with air conditioning. Nothing like sitting in a car in 95 degree weather and not going anywhere fast. After we finally got through the jam
(3 miles/ 45 minutes = Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Jam) it’s now time to get to Clanton and pick up J. He’d dropped his bike off for a few repairs, and since we’d be coming back through it made for a easy drop-off.

Saturday – May 27 – Up early and to the doctors office for J’s lasix procedure at 9am. He said he wasn’t nervous… I think I was more nervous myself! See.. I had the same procedure back in 1991, but then they didn’t use lasers, but it’s still something I’ll never forget. At 9:30 it’s over and everything went just great (pictures are up over on my Flickr). By
10:45 we’re heading home… His Valium is kicking in, and after one more he gets a good rest until about 4pm. His eyes were still a bit sore, scratchy and watery, but the redness is finally going away.

Sunday – May 28 – Everyone slept in, then it’s off to church. J’s eyes are doing really well, still a little light sensitive, but seeing everything better than before.
After church it’s off to the doctors office for a check up. Everything is AOK except for a small bruise on one eye, but his vision is 20/20! Yeah J!

Monday – May 29 – For Memorial Day we stayed home.. Watch tv..and for lunch we went out for BBQ. (Ok… I did cook dinner, but gee… It’s too hot to
grill!!!)

Tuesday – May 30 – My last free day before classes begin. For fun I decide to get some paint and finish up around the new windows on the front of the house. After taking a piece of molding off the garage (small one inch block that was already loose) I realize that the reason the molding was loose was because the wood underneath it had water damage. So… G helped me remove the other boards, then it’s off to Home Depot to get some paint and wood to repair the siding. In the mean time it’s already lunch, so we meet J at the Chinese Buffet place. After lunch it’s time to get our supplies then head home. It takes no time to replace the boards, caulk all the corners, and make it look brand new (minus the paint). So… While the caulk dries I start painting around the front windows. Five hours later and a gallon of sweat less I’m finally finished. I will say it does look very good, and we’re finally rid of that bright white trim that the window people installed around the new windows.

Wednesday – May 31 – First day of school… What more can I say.

Mmmmm

Bread N Butter Pickles
Originally uploaded by PamB.

What do you do when your veggies are getting ripe? Well if it’s cucumbers, you either eat a lot of salads, or make pickles. Ok.. let me rephrase that… “you make pickled cucumbers”. Yesterday I finally picked a few of the white cucumbers that were ready, and then again today I found several more. After having a couple with our salads for dinner I decided to pickle the rest and see how they turn out. I’m not fond of sour pickles, so I got out mom’s bread and butter pickle recipe and gave it a try. I will say that the white cucumbers are a lot prettier, and hopefully in a few days or so we’ll see if they taste just as good.
I hope they do turn out to be good… considering we’ll have 30 or more once they are all ready.
What else have we been up to around here? I’ll go into that in my next post.

Bread N Butter Pickles…

Bread N Butter Pickles
Originally uploaded by PamB.

What do you do when your veggies are getting ripe? Well if it’s cucumbers, you either eat a lot of salads, or make pickles. Ok.. let me rephrase that… “you make pickled cucumbers”. Yesterday I finally picked a few of the white cucumbers that were ready, and then again today I found several more. After having a couple with our salads for dinner I decided to pickle the rest and see how they turn out. I’m not fond of sour pickles, so I got out mom’s bread and butter pickle recipe and gave it a try. I will say that the white cucumbers are a lot prettier, and hopefully in a few days or so we’ll see if they taste just as good.
I hope they do turn out to be good… considering we’ll have 30 or more once they are all ready.
What else have we been up to around here? I’ll go into that in my next post. 🙂

Digging into the past…

I’ve always been interested in the past… family tree research, old books, television shows about historical event, and antiques. Then over the weekend I found some old recipe books from 1700’s and early 1800’s. I’ve found it interesting to look through the pages and see just what the early American settlers were ‘fixin’ in the kitchen. Rice Pudding - 1798 - American Cookery book Keeping in mind that they were most likely cooking over an open fire or wood burning stove.

Have you ever heard of a syllabub? Not to be confused with a syllabus.

How much milk do you add when the recipe calls for a ‘gill of sweet milk’? Mmmmm… reminds me of sweet milk and cornbread in a glass and you eat it with a spoon!

Do you know why a Pound Cake is called a Pound Cake?
Pound Cake recipe - 1798

If a recipe calls for “one wine glass of sugar”… just how big a glass are they using? The same goes with a “tea cup” measure of flour… how big or small a cup were they using. Then again.. if you use the same size cup to measure each time it shouldn’t really matter right? Plus now I know that a ‘gill’ of fine wine is just a 1/2 cup of wine.

I thought I’d share a few of the recipes that I’d found… some that sound familiar with recipes my grandmother used to make. I still didn’t find a recipe for ‘pokeweed (we called it poke salad) and eggs’ but I’m sure that one came about a bit later.

Here’s a little recipe I thought I’d share for the guys… seems like the folks up in Virginia were enjoying a good old Ginger Beer around 1838 too…Ginger Beer Recipe - 1838 Virginia
Heck.. we might just give it a try!

What have I discovered on this little adventure?
1. The proper way to clean and cook turtle.
2. How to make catsup if Heinz goes out of business.
3. How to make a cough syrup from rum and benzoin.
4. That there is such a thing as “nice sweet lard”.
5. How to pickle asparagus.
6. Cooked salsify root tastes like oyster.
7. That people used to pickle oysters???
8. That none of the recipes say “Preheat your oven to XXX degrees”… you oven was just on.. hot was hot.

PS… in the recipe photos, some words with “s” in them look like a “f”… this should make things read a little better.

Free Skype Calls

Until the end of the year, Skype users can make free VoIP calls to landline telephones anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. Check it out! I’ve had an account for a while, and tried it myself. It’s a pretty good deal since all you need is a computer, Skype program, a microphone or headset. Free is always good, right? They’ve always offered free PC to PC calls… so take them up on their offer. You might just get hooked!