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Arts and Crafts Tuesday! (Jan. 8, 2013)

14 Jan

Wow, I have been slacking. Shamefully so! So here’s a re-cap of the past week. Tuesday, January 8 (Elvis’ birthday btw, thanks years of working at Chuy’s for that useless trivia forever stored in my brain) I dedicated to organizing and simplifying the new day-to-day responsibilities of a family fighting cancer. So seeing as cancer is a complete drag, I figured this was an opportunity to take pleasure in the little things and in this case it was a trip to Hobby Lobby and an afternoon of crafting.

The most important things on the agenda were improving the system for documenting Abha’s meds and treatment related notes and creating a way to track her daily liquid intake. So after a few clicks around my favorite website, Pinterest, I found an idea for a medicine chart that inspired me into creating a “care binder” and a to-do list I modified to be a liquid-intake… tracker? That’s a working title.

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Hobby Lobby was fraught with bright colors, glitter and shine, arts and crafts, semi-useless gadgets and lots of tacky decor… Heaven? Close enough.


Lee made a guest appearance and joined me on my crafty splurge and as per usual, we enjoyed our surroundings thoroughly.


So after that eventful shopping trip, I went home to spend the afternoon drawing, cutting, gluing, laminating, hole-punching, etc. The first project was a cutesy water pitcher magnet with individual water glass magnets that Velcro to the pitcher as well as stick to the fridge. I used a foam board and drew a water pitcher that I cut out and outlined with a Sharpie. I stuck a few craft magnets on the back and eight Velcro-stratchy pieces (of the two kinds) on the front of the pitcher. Then, I cut out eight identical water-glasses on blue card stock and also outlined those with a Sharpie and wrote “8 oz.” on the front. I laminated these and stuck the other side of the Velcro piece on the back of each glass, along with a small craft magnet. Ta – Da! What a cute and easy way for everyone to keep track of Abha’s daily liquid intake.


The docs recommend she drink 64 oz. of “acceptable” liquids (no caffeine – sodas, tea, coffee, etc.) every day. It’s hard enough for me to keep track of what I’ve been drinking all day, let alone what someone else has been drinking. That being said, I didn’t want to leave it to Abha, who sometimes exists in a dopey stupor for periods of the day. Speaking of, we had a good laugh while constructing this when Abha put the foam board through the laminator and it melted and ate the handle. Luckily, we managed to recover it fairly unscathed.


The next project was started as a way to organize Abha’s meds in-take, as she has a handful of pills and mouthwashes to take multiple times throughout the day as part of her radiation and chemotherapy treatment. I used a large piece of card stock to create a chart with the times, medicine, dosage and notes for Abha’s daily medications. An hour every line starting at 8AM going all the way down to 7AM as the last line.

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I used paint pens and stickers to write with, and a sharpie and ruler to draw lines. After I let it dry out, I put it through the scanner, saved it on the desktop and printed a month’s supply of black and white copies. I hole-punched these and threw them in a binder I labeled, “Abha’s Medicine Binder.”


I laminated the original copy, put some craft magnets on the back, and stuck a piece of Velcro at the top with a fine-tipped dry-erase marker attached to the other side. With a space cleared on the fridge, I stuck the crafts up there and called it a day.


1/15/2013 UPDATE** – The system works well! Everyone is able to write down any appointments/notes about how Abha feels (ex. nausea, dizziness, pain, etc.) on the fridge as they happen, stay on top of the medications she needs to take every day at certain times and easily keep track of the pain medication schedule. At the beginning of the next day, I transcribe the fridge notes onto a copy in the binder and keep them in chronological order. It’s been much easier to keep track of for sure!

The Eye Of The Storm

7 Jan

Hi friends! It’s late Sunday night and I’m coming to you from the comforts of bed. Today was largely uneventful for everyone, which was actually incredibly pleasant. I spent most of the day snoozing, lounging in bed and doing an occasional chore around my house. Abha did the same thing at their house and Mark scuttered about doing various chores and hanging around the house. Last night was especially rough on Abha, although I’m not sure she was lucid enough to realize/remember it. We, along with the doctors, are still figuring out the balance of painkillers to anti-nasuea to “dailies” to anti-anxiety pills and yesterday proved we haven’t got it down quite yet. Yesterday evening she was super dopey and kept getting out of bed and wandering around asking the cat why he had so many pockets and telling the dogs she would pop their balloons. It was humorous but verged on scary as she was so out of it she was totally in her own world and dozed in and out of sleep/consciousness for hours. I went back to my house later that night but my dad said it continued through the night and at one point or another, while still dopey, she was feeling short of breath and uncomfortable. So, back to my original point -Today felt like the eye of the storm, calm and seemingly still, with a lucid Abha living in the same reality as the rest of us.

So that’s the update on the family and the Big C. Now, onto today’s Pinspired creation! Decided to go with food again because *here’s a teaser for tomorrow project* Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays. Dinner, to be more precise. What’s on the menu you ask? Meat spaghetti pulled from this pin, garlic knots discovered on this pin, and my own personal spinach salad. As per usual, I adjusted the recipes slightly to our liking and everything turned out pretty bomb-diggity! OH – it is important to note that I halved the spaghetti recipe and it still yielded a ridiculous amount of food!


Fire-roasted tomato and red pepper meat spaghetti:

1 lb (roughly) ground beef *at least 85% lean!

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 red pepper, coarsely chopped

5 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press – yum!

1 8 oz. can tomato paste/puree

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil

3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 14 oz. can Italian-style diced tomatoes

1 28 oz. can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

1/2 carton fresh mushrooms

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar



Chop all of your veggies and press your garlic first and just leave them on the cutting board for when you are ready to use them.



Go ahead and put the chopped red pepper along with half of the chopped onions in the food processor and blend until smooth.


Heat olive oil over medium  high heat. Add the rest of the onions and saute until translucent and slightly browned. Add garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute. Break up beef and add to pan, cook until no red is showing. Drain most of the grease from the beef. Add the red pepper/onion puree to the beef mixture and stir until combined. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper and all of the spices, stir until combined and cook for a minute or two. Add both cans of diced and crushed tomatoes, the brown sugar and mushrooms and stir until everything is combined. Add the bay leaves, bring sauce to a boil and then reduce to low and simmer with a lid for one hour, stirring occasionally. Fifteen minutes before serving, stir in the balsamic vinegar.


Ta da!

Now, onto the garlic knots. I looked at a couple of different recipes and ended up doing this:


1 tube Pillsbury Grand buttermilk flaky biscuits (8 count) – although next time I may not use the flaky kind.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press

1 teaspoon italian seasoning

1 tablespoon butter


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add the garlic and italian seasoning to the olive oil and stir until blended. Break up the biscuits and roll them into 12-inch tubes. I put a little bit of the oil mixture on my hands to keep the dough from sticking and keep it easy to work with. Tie the tubes into a knot and tuck the ends under. Place the knots on a greased cooking pan about 2 inches apart. Spoon oil mixture over the knots and use a brush to spread over entire knot. Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes. Melt butter in small dish and brush over knots directly after pulling them out of the oven.


Spinach Salad:


2 handfulls fresh washed organic baby spinach

2 small tomatoes (fresh from the garden)

1 slice from a white onion, quartered

1 avocado, sliced

1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced

as much fresh grated parmesan on top as you’d like!


Add all of the ingredients together, toss, and add dressing of your choice! I use raspberry vinaigrette and think it pairs nicely with everything in the salad.

So, here you have our recreation of the Pinterest-inspired dinner we had tonight. And the critics agree, it was delicious! And better still – we have so much left over, it will make a quick easy-to-make meal for future lunch and dinners.


I’ll be in touch tomorrow, friends! Goodnight.


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