Friday, November 26, 2010
I got up early so I could make my asparagus to take to Mama and Daddy's for dinner along with some green beans, Brussels sprouts and an apple cheese pie. I wrapped my asparagus spears in the bacon and put them on a cookie sheet (a FLAT cookie sheet), put them in the oven on 400 degrees and went to take my shower. When I came back into the kitchen, white smoke was rolling out of my oven! I opened the oven door and bacon grease was ALL OVER THE BOTTOM OF THE OVEN and I freaked out. The FIRST thing I did was go and Google "bacon grease oven fires" and guess what? They happen. A lot. Seems bacon fat is highly flammable (who knew?) and if it gets anywhere near the oven's element, it could very easily start a fire. Duh. I turned the temp down on the oven and took the cookie sheet out, trying to be careful not to spill even more grease onto the oven's floor. By this time, the fire alarm in the hallway was screaming YOU IDIOT YOU IDIOT over and over at me and I was scared to death. The oven was too hot to try to get the grease up so I moved the asparagus over to a cookie sheet WITH SIDES LIKE THE RECIPE SAID and prayed while they finished cooking. It all turned out beautifully. The asparagus was awesome and my oven didn't catch on fire. Lesson learned. That won't happen again. But, see, it takes things like that to get my attention. Drives my sister nuts.
I waited until my oven was ice cold before I left to go home to Mama's. While I waited, I fanned the fire alarm with towels and it finally shut up. God, that thing could wake the dead. And that ain't no bad thing since I'm the one it would be waking.
SO. I come home last night and start working to clean the oven. NO WAY could I go to bed with that thing all nasty like that. I wouldn't sleep a wink. I had some Easy Off way back in the cabinet under the sink and although I hate using it 'cause it makes me cough and gag and sneeze and it's terrible for the environment, I knew a mess like that called for Easy Off. I followed the directions and sprayed it in my oven, left it for the 20 minutes and came back. Most of the gunk came off but there was this one spot about the size of my hand that was still there. I tried scraping it with my fingernail. Nothing. I sprayed it with some more Easy Off and even though I turned my head away from it, I still coughed up half a kidney. I waited and still, that patch would not budge. I gave up on it, grabbed my bottle of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Countertop Spray (in yummy Lemon Verbena, my favorite!!) and I cleaned up the door and any residue left behind by the Easy Off and was about to call it a night when I thought "what the heck?" and I sprayed that spot with Clean Day, too.
Guess what again??? When I wiped it lightly with my sponge, that crusty, dried, baked-on bacon grease spot came right up!!! I knew this stuff was awesome. I use it every day cleaning stuff and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. All of the Mrs. Meyer's products are made with natural essential oils, are biodegradable, phosphate-free and are never tested on animals. I use the whole line and I love every single thing. I like the Lemon Verbena the best and it makes my house smell so good and clean and fresh. I never dreamed my little bottle of Countertop Spray would cut baked-on grease, though.
Go ahead, little bottle of Countertop Spray.
Take a bow.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Giblet gravy and fried sweet corn
Bacon wrapped asparagus that I made
(and 'bout burned my house down making but that's another story!)
I am so thankful for so many things. My family, my parents who have been married 45 years and are so in love with each other, me, my brother and my sister; my brother and my sister-in-law who gave me my niece and nephew, the children that have filled in for my missing babies over the years; my sweet sister and brother-in-law, who I honestly would be lost without. I'm thankful for Maw, my 87-year-old grandma, who I have to go visit in a nursing home now but I thank Jesus every day that I can still go see her and tell her I love her. I'm thankful for my precious husband, who is my biggest supporter and greatest love. I'm also thankful for stretchy pajama pants after a day like this one!! Gobble gobble!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
A chocolate chip cheese ball.
This is how you make it!
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 c confectioner's sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 c chopped pecans
In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in confectioner's sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
Shape chilled cream cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap with plastic and chill in the refrigerator another hour.
Roll the cheese ball in chopped pecans and serve.
I'm serving mine with chocolate Teddy Grahams. :)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Y'all all know I love my Forrest. The first time I saw this movie was on VHS with Ami and Brian at Mama and Daddy's house, I guess it was 1995 or 1996. I've seen it a hundred times since then. I love it, love it, love it. In my humble opinion, Forrest Gump is THE greatest movie ever made. It has everything. Drama, comedy, heart-wrenching sadness, a lot of history and some really great music. It's perfect! I could watch it every day. It's almost impossible for me to pick my favorite quote because there are so many that I love but I think I'll say it's Forrest saying, "My mama always said you gotta put the past behind you before you can move on and I think that's what my running was all about."
I dare anybody to get through Steel Magnolias without squalling. I dare ya!! Who can get through Shelby's funeral at all?? Not me. M'Lynn's grief-stricken "I can jog all the way to Texas and back but my daughter can't! She never could!" just kills me. Again, so many favorite quotes but my very favorite is Shelby, bless her heart, saying, "I'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Yeah, me, too, Shelby. Me, too.
Oh, this little movie right here. Fried Green Tomatoes. Idgie with her wild little self and Ruth, sweet gentle little thing she was, along with Evelyn and Mrs. Threadgoode (who I swore for years was Idgie!), tell the perfect story of love, friendship and tragedy. I love to go to Juliette to the Whistlestop Cafe where this movie was filmed and get a plate of yummy tomatoes and a barbecue sammich (the secret's in the sauce!) and just walk around and feel the presence of these girls and their story. I'm telling you, Idgie and Ruth are there.
I accidentally stumbled upon Almost Famous. I rented it one weekend at Blockbuster and I was hooked from the very first scene! Now it is one of my very favorites. It's about a teenage boy who goes on the road with a 70's rock band called Stillwater (great name!) to do a story for Rolling Stone magazine. Kate Hudson absolutely steals this movie (more about that in my #5 movie choice! Ha!) as Penny Lane, a band groupie, or Band-Aid, as they call her. She is incredible in this movie. My favorite part is the plane scene. There's nothing like bad turbulance to make you tell everything you know. Super cool movie!
The Stand. Stephen King's greatest work as far as this girl is concerned. Ooooo woooo, this is an awesome movie!! It'll take you all of one Sunday to watch it but it is so worth it. A superflu kills off millions of people, leaving only a handful alive. And cute li'l Gary Sinise be one of them! :) The few survivors are pulled between strong forces of good and evil, all of them driven by dreams to a central location. The good ones go to Mother Abagail out in Nebraska, the bad ones, to Randall Flagg (the dang DEBIL!!), out in Las Vegas. This movie is so incredible, I can't even begin to describe it here. You just have to see it if you haven't. My most favorite part is at the very end when Flagg's about to kill Ralph and Larry and the hand of God comes down and wraps around that nuclear missile. Man, I LOVE that!!! Mother Abagail says from heaven, "You done good, boys. Come on home."
This mess right here. Raising Arizona. It is hilarious!! I watch this movie when I've had a bad day or just feel bad. I'll put this movie on and it always, always, always makes me feel better and laugh my butt off. It's about a couple who can't have a baby and, well, you know the rest. My favorite part is when H. I. goes into the store to get some Huggies and "whatever cash you got" and Ed's out in the car with baby Nathan, sees him in there robbing the place, gets out of the car, calls him a few choice SOBs and then leaves his butt there! LOVE this movie!!!
So there are seven of mine. Your turn!!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Doc said one of two things happened. Either my immune system attacked the virus, stomped on it and killed it and then overcompensated and attacked the nerve thinking it was still damaged OR the nerve is still trying to heal. I'm going with the nerve is still trying to heal 'cause that other thing is just retarded.
So what do we do now? We wait until the nerve heals and my numbness goes away. About six weeks after my symptoms cease, I'll have another MRI (joy) and we'll see how things look in there then.
In the meantime, I'm going to read everything I can get my hands on that has anything to do with nerve damage and regeneration. Whatever it takes, more rest, less stress, more chocolate, whatever it takes.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Since I laid there in that poster tube for an hour and a half, my brain is magnetic! I better stay out of Target for a couple of days, huh?
I didn't love the MRI. I didn't even like it enough to become friends. It was horrible.
It looked just like dis right heah. My head was in a cage just like this one and me, my head and the cage all went into that little bitty hole, deep into that tunnel until just my knees were sticking out. I had two foam wedges on either side of my head to hold it in place but I still managed to move it during the process and that caused me to need another FOUR sets of images. 'Cause I "lifted my fanny", he said. Well, golleeeee, my fanny gets a little fidgety when it lays still for an hour!! Don't yours?? After about 45 minutes, he pulled me out and injected the dye in my arm and actually fussed at me for moving my head WHEN HE WAS TALKING TO ME. I don't know about you but my mama and daddy raised me right and when somebody's talking to me, I LOOK AT THEM.
So, anyway, after another 45 minutes, it was over and he told me "everything looked fine and he was giving me an A-" because I messed his pictures up with my fanny. Whatever. I sat up on the table and felt a little dizzy but once I was up and walking around, I was okay. Since I've been home, though, I've been nauseated and shaking. Dr. Google says that's normal and will pass.
I should have the results by the end of the week. I'll let y'all know!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I have numbness, tingling, twitching and ear pain on that side. All of my teeth on that side, top and bottom, feel like they need root canals. This ain't been fun.
Last Monday, I went to a neurologist who performed a very thorough examination on me that included watching me walk and testing my balance, tapping on every bone in my body and having me make faces at him. He said everything looked good but that I absolutely had a little asymmetry to my face. I think I can see it. Larry spent the better part of this weekend staring at my face trying to see what I was talking about but he couldn't see any change. Nobody knows the details of my face better than Larry does but he thinks I'm the most beautiful thing he's ever seen so he's a little blind to my flaws.
We did a bunch of bloodwork last week and it all came back normal. I'm scheduled to have an MRI of my brain next Monday just to rule out a tumor. Since I don't have the main Bell's Palsy symptom of muscle weakness in the face, we've got to rule out the bad stuff and then figure out where to go from there.
I know it's Bell's. Just a milder version of it. And for that I am SO thankful! Gobble gobble!!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
So by golly, I made me some today! Just three 'cause I'm really not supposed to eat cornmeal but I didn't think this little bit would hurt.
I used Paula Deen's recipe and they turned out great!!
1 cup cornmeal mix
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup hot water
A tbsp bacon grease (but I used canola oil)
Oil for frying
Mix everything together and pour into a hot skillet (I used my cast iron!) with just enough oil on the bottom for frying. Fry until crispy around the edges and soft in the middle. Yum yum!!