Thursday, April 28, 2011

another day

Please bear with me my dear friends and followers, one more day I beg from you as today is not a good day.  Yesterday I went to the rheumatologist for the first time to see if there was anything that they could do to treat the rest of my problems that are unassociated with my spinal reconstruction.  Well everyone and their dogs has been telling me what is wrong now is mainly RA..(rheumatoid arthritis, for those of you who may not know what RA is).  Anyway, I got bad vibes the minute the dr set foot into the door of the tiny exam room.  She blatantly told me I couldnt possibly have RA in my spine because it was impossible for there to be ra in my spine...RA just does not hit the spine, which i knew was BS from the start because i know people who do have it and i know that my former doctors, the people that were in imaging for my two MRI's, and even my surgeon and his staff all told me i have RA in my spine...i just wanted to walk out at that point, i kept arguing with her i felt my blood pressure rising and my blood boiling at that point and anyone that knows me, knows you dont call me a liar or tell me i dont know what i am talking about, i have spent my life studying this stuff and suffering from it.  So she is ordering a whole gamut of tests from bone density to every form of arthritis known to mankind and even running possible tests for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue....something my present dr said that there was no way of testing for, well after having 8 full blown full size vial of blood drawn yesterday, they better find something.   and as much as i dont want to say it this way, i hope they find my spine is riddled with ra just so i can shove the results in her face....i just want to lead a nomal life, or at least a life where i can function, not in pain 24/7 to the point of being flat on my back which is where i basically am today...but i am forcing myself to get up and do housework since i have been so busy this week i havent been able to get much housework done. 
Tuesday was pictureday at school so i agreed to help volunteer with that, which ended up being pretty good, i didnt hurt too much which was amazing since i was on my feet from 830am till about 1pm...

Monday i was busy moving furniture around in our bedroom and putting things away and going thru old clothes and things, and getting jrs side of the room decorated and organized.   yes i said organized, because that was my only resolution was to get this house completely organized ....and no matter how i feel by god i am going to get it done even if it kills me.  and I havent given up that resolution yet...it is slow going but i am getting it done.. 

yesterday was supposed to be out transportation task force meeting but the dr took too long with all the tests, hubby's xrays and all, we just blew it off, went over and had dinner together and then went home, hubby and i were just not feeling real well by the time the dr was done and his xrays were done...he could baely walk because of the positions they had to put him in for the xrays (i totally understand because i have been thru it)...and this rheumatologist must think shes using me as a practice dummy to become a chiropractor the way she was moving me around, so i could barely move by the time she was done....

today im down for the count...yes she gave me new medication, which about kicked my ass last night, but thats ok, as long as it gets working in my system and starts taking down the symptoms of whatever is wrong with me.  tho it kind of made me moody today and a little depressed...and jr didnt help matters. today is his field trip and he begged me last night to wake him up early, well i let him sleep to his normal time and then tried to wake him and get him going and he just did nothing but cop an attitude with me, which set me off to no ends....i ended up falling asleep on the sofa before he and daddy went to school, and woke up shortly after they left, i feel bad because not a day goes by that i dont say goodbye and i love you to them both...so it had me a little moody and depressed at that thought...but im trying to work thru it...i have a meeting at the school today regarding the problems we have been having with jr and his melt downs ....hes getting better but we want to make sure that we keep the melt downs under control...and find tactics to deal with them if we see them starting..   you just would not even recognize jr if you saw how he acts during one of these meltdowns.  i know part of the problems but i really want to get him into a psychologist to find out the underlying problems that he cant bring out on his own...

well after all this has been said and done, i have a bit of good news, well good news for me at least....i am going back to volunteering on campus at the school in the classrooms and in the cafeteria....i realized on tuesday how much everyone missed me, appreciated me and wanted me back...they were all so concerned about me, it kinda made me teary eyed to know that i made such a difference in some people's lives....so i am going back...im not going to work for sodexo as an employee, but i will go back to help them out because they are my friends and i know they need me, because the crew they have now, are mainly subs and are useless they have no knowledge of how to prepare foods properly or clean up properly, etc...and when i talked to my old boss, she embraced the idea of me coming back as long as i protected my back and let the rest of them do the hard  stuff, i could do the thing i love most, food prep, serving and salad bar...which is cool with me, and beyond that, i can help be secretary in the office, and i can help be a teachers assistant in different classrooms...i already do homework packets,, and grade papers from home so why not?  it will get me out of the house and away from my mother who is about to drive me insane.

oh well...i will be putting some product reviews up and some recipes that have been tried and also some that have been requested...but i will do that sometime this weekend most likely, when things start to settle down...

have you signed up to follow me here yet?  give me suggestions?  ideas?  are you looking for recipes ? just let me know what you want to see and we will see what we can do....

love you all and will talk atcha again soon....god speed and god bless

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Today...

Well, sorry you all haven't heard from me for a bit, I took an accidental fall a few days ago and am still recovering, hurts to sit stand etc for any length of time.  So havent been spending all that much time on the puter at all. 
I am feeling a little better, slowly but surely, but had to miss a friends quinceneara (sp) because I couldnt even bear the thought of standing or sitting at a party for any length of time, and i was supposed to do some baking for the party...my choice not because i was asked to do so... but i told them that it would be a day or two late, and they are very cool with that, as they dont want to see me in pain.
I have made the determination that i am going to go back to volunteering at school a few days per week, to get me out of the house and away from my mother before she drives me totally insane or gives me a heart attack whichever comes first.  This will make my son ,and his teacher very happy lol.  Not to mention the rest of the school...
Now I need to ask you all...i know i have asked you this several times but am not getting much response from you all....do you want to see more recipes, more product/business reviews, ?????  Give me some feedback here folks, I can also put home remedies on here, gift ideas, personal experiences, just tell me what you want to see and i will make it happen.  I will happily do reviews of products if you want to send them to me for review and I will happily blog about it, I do it for several major companies already.  Would love to do it for even more...and I even will give certain businesses advertising space here on my blog frontpage, if i believe strongly enough in the company...
I am an artist, if someone wants me to design a tattoo for them, I have been known to do that as well, as i have designed most all of my own tattoos.  If you live close to me, I also do my own nail art designs, not professionally, but we can talk...will take pics of some of the things i do if you are interested...you have also seen pics of my crafts, if you are looking for hand knit scarves, throws, hand done pillows, etc, anything can be negotiated....need ideas for dinner, parties, etc?  Just ask....

I look forward to hearing from you all.....

Monday, April 11, 2011

A new quick family favourite

This is a great, easy to make, easy to clean up dinner...great for busy nights when everyone is going their own directions, but still sit down to dinner with the family.  It is also cheap and it tastes fantastic!

Greek-Style Skillet Supper

1lb ground beef (I use italian spiced ground turkey)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp oregano
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp garlic powder
2cups beef broth
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tbsp tomato paste (I left this out because I didnt have any)
1 box shell pasta or penne pasta
1 1/2 cups chopped spinach
3/4 cup crumbled feta (I left this out as well, it still tasted fantastic...you could substitute grated parm just as easily)

Cook ground beef/turkey and onion in a large skillet until meat is no longer pink. Drain fat.  Add oregano, cinnamon and garlic powder and mix well.

Stir in broth, tomatoes and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil.  Stir in pasta.  Reduce heat to med/low, over and cook for 15 minutes until pasta is tender.  Stir in spinach and 1/2 the cheese.  Cover. Cook 5 minutes longer.

Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cheese. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.  Enjoy!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A very unique cookie...will keep them coming back for more

I mean let's face it, who doesnt like bacon and chocolate chips? But together in a cookie? Weird, right? Of course it is, but the flavour combination is fantastic! Give these cookies at least one try before you turn up your nose in disgust...I did, and now they are highly requested!!

Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups all purpose flour                                                        2 eggs
1 tsp each, baking powder and baking soda                         1 tsp each, vanilla and maple extract
1 cup margarine at room temp.                                            1/3 cup chopped cooked bacon(or more)
3/4 cup each, packed brown sugar and white sugar              1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees f (175 degrees C).  Line two baking pans with parchment paper (or silpats, aluminum foil, etc)  Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and set aside.

Beat together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until smoothe.  Add one egg; beat until blended into the butter mixture. Add the remaining egg, vanilla and maple extract, beat until well blended and sightly fluffy.  Stir in the flour mixture a little at a time, mixing just until combined. Stir in the bacon and chocolate chips.  Scoop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake until edges turn golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

**Side note:  I found that if you want the bacon to be more evenly distributed, use kitchen shears and cut the bacon into tiny strips before frying it...it will cook more evenly and it will be more well distributed.

This recipe doubles well...if you double the recipe, use one package of bacon.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Please bear with me...

I have some new recipes for you all that i will be posting tomorrow, and i have some product reviews that i will be posting, but have been doing major housework and the back is hurting real bad right now, too much to sit here much longer...if I feel better I will post the reviews and recipes tonight, if not it will be first thing in the morning...I promise...I'm sorry for not being much of a host, maybe I will get better at it once i see the rheumatologist and they put me on some new treatment ....it can only get better, right?  And so far I have only heard from two of you..how about some comments or ideas ?  I'm doing this blog for all of you....if you have a business and you would like me to review a product of yours, please send it my way and i will happily do so, and yes, i have done this for several people so far, and i have sent lots of new business to these companies.  I am very convincing.  I dont turn anything down, and if you are real nice (lol) I might even let you advertise on my coverpage!  Im sure we can work a deal....I dont mind giving out a little advertising to the best companies out there!  Especially the little known ones who really need the help getting a push in the right direction!

Talk at ya soon!
Annamarie

Friday, April 1, 2011

just another day

Well yesterday was a productive day.  Spent most of the day baking, which meant a lot of bending and stooping so it had my back in knots, but it was worth it.  I tried out a new recipe...I wanted to make snack packs for my son, since he has testing for the next two weeks at school, and the snacks will give him that added boost of energy to get his mind engaged.  Anyway, i found this unique recipe, maple glazed bacon chocolate chip cookies.  yup sounds gross, right?  They are actually really very popular in certain restaurants in the south and midwest, so I decided to make them.   They turned out awesome.  Light, delicate and a very uniquely different flavour.  Everyone loved them.   For those who are interested,  I will post the recipe within the next couple of days. 

Had our Parent advisory council meeting last night, which was very informative, plus I also got to remind the parents that hubby and i are both in the transportation committee as well and that if anyone had questions, comments, ideas or whatever, that they can bring them up to me, and that went over very well with the other parents.  It was just a pity that so few parents showed up for the meeting, we really need to do something to get more parents involved to the point of actually showing up for these meetings.  I enjoy being involved and I get more involved with each passing meeting...and I like knowing I am making the effort and that I make a difference and in being involved, it helps benefit these kids.  The way I look at it, if you give these kids a positive experience in school, they will want to keep learning, they wont want to miss school, they will see that the school is really worthwhile.  And if you instill that idea into the kids, the tardy/absenteeism problem will be reduced....

We will just have to wait and see.  Lots of interesting things still planned for this school year.  Hard to believe the school year is almost over and Jr will be heading to 5th grade....treasure your children while they are small, they grow up so fast!  I used to hear that all the time but now I see how true that really is. 

I am just so glad that we are as close as we are and that hes not one of these kids who doesnt want to be seen with his mom or doesnt like his mom giving him a kiss in front of his friends, etc.  We have fun together, whether it is reading, or gardening or cooking....we love spending time together..and doing things together.  He has his daddy time and he has his mommy time and he has his parents time....and that is important in these formative years.

Ok well enough babbling for one day, today I am going to be busy shopping, taking the dog back to the shelter being as my mother cant take care of herself much less this dog, and i am sure someone else could give this dog a better home.  Have some housework to do, which we will have to see how much i can get done by the time i get home...never a dull moment lol