Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Thick ‘n Creamy Loaded Potato Soup and the Mexican Baked Beef Short Rib Soft Tacos!
Happy proper Sunday TKW Family! I’m just drained – physically, emotionally and whatever else “ally” word there is. So much has happened this past week, heck these past few weeks that I don’t even know where to begin. So as you recall we flew in super late last Sunday and Monday I ended up rushing Mr. Fantabulous to the ER as he became gravely ill. That ER doc was a complete joke and could have killed my husband. Thank God when I called the Infectious Disease doctor’s office in the morning the nurse told me to immediately rush him to another ER. I drove mock-speed to the that ER and he was admitted immediately. He had lost a good portion of his vision, he would break out into critically high fevers/sweats and then immediately start to shiver. His cognitive functions were extremely slow, his eyes were painful to the touch. His chest would seize upon any movement and he couldn’t take but a few steps without being completely winded. While not all of the cultures are back (this will take weeks to grow) the doctors are leaning towards it being Coccidioidomycosis or Valley Fever. He contracted it while we were in Arizona. It’s a fungal infection in the lungs that can, if not treated immediately, be deadly. Since we weren’t in the dessert or hiking, most likely they feel it was contracted by the construction that was taking place on site where we stayed.
He stayed in the hospital all week and I was finally allowed to bring him home on Friday night but with several restrictions – no exertion, short distances, breathing treatments, high antibiotics, and a few other items for the next 4 weeks. Thankfully his vision has started to return and his headaches have seemed to subside though he still gets the fevers/chills and winded. Since Monday is a holiday, I’ll have to wait until Tuesday to call all of his doctors to schedule follow-up appointments. So needless to say I didn’t sleep more than maybe 2 hours in 4 days. However Friday night, once I knew he was in his REM sleep, sleeping like a baby, I finally slept. I’m still not fully with it (i.e, I’m having dreams about Charlie Sheen. WTH?)
So yeah, this past week has been hell. But I did get some good news, my shoulder surgeon did release me to go back to work (limited duties and restricted driving). I have to have an EMG test though to see why I have weakness in my right arm/hand – like I can’t even pop bubble wrap with that hand. I’ve heard that that test is not pleasant and kind of hurts a tad but if I must, I must.
God, when in the hell did we get….old?
Mr. Fantabulous made that comment to me the other day. He was like “Honey, when did we become the middle-aged folks? It’s like everyone now is twenty-something and we’re, well, not.” I just chuckled and said “Honey we’re at the perfect age. We’re old enough to have lived (and survived our twenties), blessed enough to have careers and no debt, and young enough to do whatever the hell we want without assistance. I’m happy at the ages we are as long as I have you!”
Yesterday was my first day back in the kitchen all by myself. I haven’t baked or cooked by myself in so long I was wondered if I even remembered how. I had picked up some zucchini the other day and was craving zucchini bread in the worst way. Normally I make chocolate zucchini bread but this time I wanted something a bit more tropical. I had missed pretty much my entire summer with my surgery so I wasn’t ready to let summer go (even though it’s in the 50’s here!). I had some pineapple and fresh coconut flakes, grabbed my trusty Nordic Ware Heritage Loaf Pan and went to baking. I’ll be posting the recipe soon – I just have to take proper photos and write-up the recipe.
Here’s the pan I used:
Since I had a bit more zucchini left over I whipped up a small batch of my Sky High Tropical Zucchini Muffins with demerara sugar crust. Yes, I’ll post the recipe soon!
I HIGHLY recommend this sugar:
Sky High Tropical Zucchini Muffins w/demerara sugar crust ❤️ . Want to know the secrets on how to get ridiculous muffin tops (the good kind and not the kind that sticks over your jeans)? Check it out on my blog: https://www.thekitchenwhisperer.net/2012/07/22/bakery-style-high-domed-muffins-how-do-they-do-that/ or link in bio! . #bakingsecrets #muffins #zucchini #thekitchenwhisperer #foodblogfeed #yahoofood #bhgfood #foodblogfeed #cheflife #chef #instagood #forkyeah #baking #tropical #cheatday #muffintop
Anyways, it’s good to be back and more importantly, have my baby home. I’m off to make us some soup and just watch movies all day.
Have one fantabulous week! Love you!
♥ Monday – Tuscan White Bean & Sausage Spinach Soup
♥ Tuesday – Savory Summery Tomato & Zucchini Tart
♥ Wednesday – Mom’s Ground Beef Stroganoff
♥ Thursday – Thick ‘n Creamy Loaded Potato Soup
♥ Friday – Pizza Hand Pies (pizza poptarts)
♥ Saturday – Grandma’s Pittsburgh Fried Bologna Sandwich
♥ Sunday – Mexican Baked Beef Short Rib Soft Tacos
♥ Dessert of the week – Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Bourbon Glaze