31 July 2010

28 July 2010

Chilled cucumber and Potato Soup With Dill. Recipe taken from Martha Stewart Living August 2010 Tracie

27 July 2010

Lemon Cucumbers and Refridgerator Pickles

These cucumbers are so good and refreshing during the hot summer months.

Thin slice on madoline slicer 3 cucumbers, one lemon, and one small onion.

Layer in a glass dish. Add 1/2 white vinegar, 1/3 lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of sugar. optional 1 teaspoon of rosemary or dill. Refridgerate. They will be good in a couple of days and keep about a month

This was my first attempt at pickles and I hope they turn out. I just used a recipe for refridgerator pickles that I found online and of course add more garlic and some hot pepper flakes. I also did dilly beans. I am going to try real canning in a couple of weeks.

Summer Squash and Tomato Tart

Summer Squash and Tomato Tart

This was easy but time comsuming--so yummy and pretty.

line tart pan with cresent roll dough

spread on pesto

mix one cup of ricotta with one egg and spread that over pesto layer

layer 8 oz of Gruyer cheese sliced or shreadded

slice thin with a mandoline slicer one medium yellow squash (or zucchini, one medium onion, and two medium tomatos

saute squash, onions, and one clove of garlic in olive oil with one teaspoon of rosemary until slightly tender

alternately layer in a circular pattern squash and tomato

bake in 400 degree preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.

23 July 2010

CSA finally kicking in!!

Wow, we got a huge delivery this week. Cucumbers, pickles, green peppers, hot peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cabbage, green beans, wax beens and basil.

So last night I made a huge amount of pesto; cukes and onions marinated in lemon, vinegar, sugar and rosemary; cucumber tea sandwiches; and a mock lasange with zucchini, pesto and tomato!!

Last week we also go a lot of cukes so I made a cold soup I found in Martha Stewart Living. It called for buttermilk but I used heavy cream. In the past I haven't liked buttermilk, but I bought some yesterday and am going to make the soup again. It was sooo yummy.

All I want to do is cook!!!!! I will take more pics this weekend. I love summer harvests.

28 May 2010

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Italian set

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03 March 2010

Renee and her chix on their nest smelling a flower (she made them all)

Cool website for coupons, free samples, and reviews.


I joined this site about a 6 weeks ago and was kinda bumbed because I didn't receive anything, so apparently it takes awhile. Then finally last week, I got a free sample of Kashi cereal with 5 coupons, 1 for a free box and 4 for $1.50 off cereal and crackers. Meijer had them on sale last week also so I ended up getting 5 boxes of Kashi cereal for less than $1.50 each. I also got a buy 1 get one free for Starkist Tuna Sensations and a coupon for some Clever Kids Fruit snacks for cheap also but I can't remember exactly what the amount was. They just ask that you then so to the web site and review the products.

02 March 2010

Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. So, I thought I would share my story.

My periods were also bad. Very painful and heavy. During my teens and early 20's, I was told that I would just have to deal with it, and it was normal.

I went on Depo Provera at age 20. Luckily, this helped for years but it also delayed my diagnosis. Depo is often prescribed for endo. When I was 29, my Nurse Practioner (and employer) took me off Depo because I was having break-through bleeding every couple of weeks lasting for two weeks at a time. I went back on Oral Birth Control and ended up have recurrent yeast infections for 6 months and severe abdominal and low back pain with my peroids. So, we decided to go off everything. My peroids got extremely heavy, frequent (every 21 days) and painful. She suspected at that time, that I had endometriosis. I had health insurance but not great coverage. I was also living in the US Virgin Islands at that time and the healthcare there is not great. The only way to diagnose endometriosis is by a surgical procedure called a laporoscopy.

Well, not being on any birth control, I ended up getting pregnant. This bought me a couple years of being pain free. Pregnancy put endo in remission and I also nursed my daughter for 18 months. I was also back on Depo Provera.

When my marriage fell apart, I returned to the states and went off the Depo Provera again. (it is now known that Depro increases your chances of bone loss so they do not let you stay on it more than a few years now). I went back on the pill and all my symptoms came back. This time, I was having constant pain, not just when I was getting my peroids. My Primary Care doctor suspected endo. I told her that my old practioner had thought that also, so she refered me to a GYN. We scheduled a lap in Nov 2006 and the diagnosis was confirmed and the visible endo was lasered. Within a month, my pain was back. My GYN told me that he was suspecting that I also had a condition called Adenomysis which is similar to endo but the endometrial tissue grows inside the uterine muscle and cause the uterus to grow enlarged. He was suspecting that this was causing a lot of my pain. They only cure for Adenomyosis is a hysteretomy. I wanted to get this done but my empolyer would not give the time off. Because of the endo and adeno effecting my immune system, I was getting sick all the time and had be missing work. Because it was a small business, they did not have to follow the laws of the FMLA. In February, I contracted a virsus and had dime size lesions on my throat and I ended up missing a week of work which lead to me being terminated. Luckily, I documented everything was still able to get unemployment and get on Medicaid. So I ended up having a hysterectomy in April of 2007. My Gyn ended up having to do it abdominally so that they could do a bi-section of the uterus to confirm the diagnosis of Adenomyosis. Also, my uterus and cervix were adhered to my bladder and my ovaries had endo and adhesions which were removed. I did talk my doctor into letting my keep my ovaries on the condition that if I had further problems, we would remove them.

I was pain free for almost a year and the pain was back. Not a bad as before at first but then I ended up in the ER. They did a ultrasound and found a 3cm endometrioma(chocolate cyst) on the right ovary and a 3cm cyst on the left. We did not know for sure that this is what they were, just that there was a mass on my right so I had an ovarian cancer scare.

When I had surgery to remove my ovaries in April 2008. There were again adhesions.

The pain was gone but then I had to deal with surgical menopause. NOT FUN. Hot flashes all the time, weight gain with celulite, mood swings and no HRT because of the history of endo. I made 8 months and pain came back. In Dec of 2008, I had surgery to remove more adhesions. The surgeon did not see any endo, so we decided to try HRT. In Aug of 2009 the pain returned. It has progressed to the point that I am talking daily narcotics to control the pain. They are suspecting either more adhesions or recurrence of endo. They will not do surgery on me again unless I have a bowell obstruction because surgery causes adhesions. I went of the HRT to see if they pain will be reduced. That was over 2 months ago, and had not seemed to make a difference. So right now, it is pain management. I can function on the pain killers most days and am hoping that the pain doesn't get worse.

Endometriosis and Adenomyosis are not fatal but they do not know what causes them and there is not any known cure. These aweful diseases greatly diminish quality of life for many of the sufferers. I am lucky that I was able to have a child because that is not always the case. For many women, it causes infilitity issues.

I am thankful every day that my pain is managable and that I have great friends and family I can lean on.

I am participating in a study to to and isolate the gene that may make people more likely to develope endo. They this there might be some genetic predisposition but that it is probably causes by enviromental factors, such as dioxins and other chemicals. This is one of the reasons why I try to eat organic and non-processed foods as much as possible and use natural cleaners. Hopefully one day, there will be a cure.

16 February 2010

Green smoothie of the day

I made this one this morning.
Fresh pineapple, mango, and banana. Frozen Blueberries. Kale and spinach. Strawberry/banana V8.

Goals this year:

Daily green smoothie
Eat less than 3oz of meat every other day.
Quit smoking (10 days so far!)
Start using the treadmill

and blog more :)

01 February 2010

Green Smoothies

Ok, I have been on a smoothie kick for awhile but my friend Queen suggested I try green smoothies. So, I dropped the yogurt and tofu. Yesterday I made one with the the following.

Frozen Blueberries, mango, banana, orange, frozen watermelon, spinach, oriental kale, and mint.

Then my friend Betsy posted that she was drinking on and it had cinnamon and cayenne pepper. So today I made this one.

Frozen blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon, a banana, spinach, oriental kale, mint, cayenne, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

I am also starting some detox tea. I was going to to the Ulimate Cleanse from Garden of Eden but I have to have a colonoscopy next Tuesday so I am going to wait until after that.

26 January 2010

24 January 2010


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21 January 2010

Back on Track

Well the holidays really got me off track with eating more vegetarian meals. I am getting back on meat-free breaky and lunch and trying to limit meat dinners. Today I am having organic roasted pepper and tomato soup and 2 veggie patties. I went to Costco last night and stocked up. I am hoping that this might help with the abdominal pain and digestive issues I have been having that we suspect are secondary to adhesions or return of my endometriosis. I consitpation doesn't help. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist next week and am worried he is going to want to do a colonoscopy. If everything is ok with that, I will do a clense. In the past, I have used a Garden of Eden cleanse. I really like their products and take Primal Defense daily. Hope to get back on the smoothies tomorrow. I made one last week and tried to sneak carrots in without my daughter seeing because I always give her some. She saw and said,"eew". She drink it anyway and loved it. Spinach is also great and you can't taste it.

My heart goes out to the people of Haiti.

19 January 2010

Something to think about.

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.---Marcus Aurelius:

10 January 2010



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