Monday, March 31, 2014

12/52 {Skater Pug - 13 Week Old Baby Felix}


I think we are having too much fun with my weekly photo memes but to be honest Baby Felix is just in it for the treats.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Nathan's Upper GI Series

First thing this morning Nathan had an appointment for an upper GI series to be followed at some point by an endoscopy.

I wasn't worried about him complaining that he wanted to eat while fasting because, well, that never happens.  I fasted out of solidarity because how much does it stink to have someone eating right in front of your face when you are not allowed to eat?  In retrospect, I think he only would have complained if I had been eating something "gross" like bacon and eggs.  

I was most concerned about getting him to drink the barium solution, but he gulped it like a champ when directed to.  I am sure the strawberry syrup helped the cause.  He smiled and joked around all morning.  I especially appreciated him making loads of noise in the waiting room which drew attention to the fact that we were still waiting and it would probably only get louder with time.

The actual unofficial test results looked fine, with the exception of reflux (no surprise) and inflammation in the stomach.  Everything is anatomically correct and the liquid was going where it was supposed to go.  

I am not eager to have him go under anesthesia for an endoscopy so I will probably go for a follow up GI visit before scheduling that.  Ideally, I'd be able to have the endoscopy at the same time as his next PICC line placement.  I always love killing two or more birds with one stone. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Recipe - Sweet and Sour Chicken (Gluten Free)


I ate this dish at my father in law's house several times and he emailed me the recipe.  This is currently my favorite meal to cook and eat.  I make it once a week and besides being extremely easy, it is so tasty.  My father in law makes it better than I do but each time I try it gets better.

I don't know the original source of the recipe but please try making it,  because it really is delicious and is a good alternative to Chinese take out.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup conr starch
2 eggs beaten
Oil
Salt
Pepper

Sweet and Sour Sauce (double or triple the amounts)
3/4  cup sugar
4 Tbsp. ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce (**update - for gluten free recipe make sure you use a gluten free variety**)
1 tsp. garlic salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Rinse chicken breasts, pat dry, and cut into cubes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Dip into cornstarch to coat and then dip into eggs.  Heat oil in a large skillet and cook chicken until browned but not cooked through.  Place the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish.  You can grease it but I have always skipped the grease.

Mix the sauce ingredients with a whisk.  I double or triple the measurements because I don't like the chicken to get dried out and I also like extra sauce for rice and broccoli.  Pour mixture evenly over the chicken and bake for one hour.  I set the timer to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

After I get the chicken in the oven, I set the rice cooker up with some brown rice and then add the broccoli toward the end of the steaming cycle.

10/52 {The Pug Princess and the Pea}

I made it 58 days into my personal challenge of documenting a photo each day for 365 days and I am proud of that accomplishment.  But ain't nobody got time for that so I am adjusting my goal to be one photo per week, a 52 week photo challenge, less stressful, more fun.

I am also going to be doing a series of Baby Felix themed photos that may or may not coincide with my weekly photo project.  For week 10 - The Pug Princess and the Pea, the pea is under those layers, I promise.  I have so much fun planning my sessions.