In the past, we have grilled all winter. In the early darkness of January and February, my husband would stand outside, bundled up, grilling steak, chicken, pork chops, fish, brisket, ribs, hamburgers. Then last summer I found a grilling basket and we started grilling veggies. I LOVE THEM!
But this winter, hubby hasn't been feeling the greatest and I hate to ask him to grill. I know the thought of me doing the grilling is not something he would entertain, and he would insist on being out there himself. So I have been trying to do all the cooking INSIDE. It's amazing how much that limits our menus, because we all love grilled food so much.
But this weekend, we heard the forecast for Sunday was 51 degrees. That seemed like weather that hubby could tolerate to grill outside in. So grill he did. We had New York Strip steaks. They were delicious. I marinated them all afternoon in Montreal seasoning. My son had it at his aunt's house and said it was the best steak he ever had. It was really good. Then I started thinking about all the good veggies in my fridge: Brussels sprouts, asparagus, red and green bell peppers, red onions and mushrooms. These are some of my favorites. Plus I bought a new Oxo mandoline yesterday, so we sliced the onions ultra thin (turns out a little TOO thin--they sort of clumped together--live and learn), as well as using it to slice the mushrooms (but we sliced those a little thicker). Of course I got pushy, and was slicing the mushrooms without using the attachment to hold on to them as you slice, and slit the tip of my finger open. Those are very sharp blades!
(Hubby grilled last summer--ah summer!)
So for lunch today, I had browned some chicken breasts in my new grill pan last weekend, and I sliced some of that and added it to my leftover veggies. Hubby took the rest of my steak and some veggies, along with some smashed potatoes (Pioneer Women's recipe--OMG--they were delicious too http://thepioneerwoman.com/coo
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I wore a pretty little black thin unstructured jacket to our friend's funeral last week, and when I took it off, I noticed it needed laundering. It just looked like a polyester/cotton blend and I never gave it a thought, until I pulled it out of the dryer, and it looked like it could probably now fit my 3-year old granddaughter. When I checked the care label, sure enough, it said, "Dry Clean Only." Oops. So today I bought a beautiful black casual blazer while shopping at the Mall. I should be able to wear it with most everything I wore the thinner, unstructured black jacket, except perhaps the dress I wore it with. That dress needs something frillier and less formal than my new jacket. I will worry about that later. I can't wear the dress without a long-sleeved jacket, because it's sleeveless, and nobody is ever going to see my upper arm batwings!
Hubby's scan is Thursday morning now. (They re-scheduled it from Tuesday afternoon.) I called to make sure the scan place has his labs from the doctor's office from last week (they do), and that the insurance company has approved the scans (they have). The scans will take several hours, as he has to drink this purple contrast stuff, and then we have to wait around a while. I am so worried what the results will show, I am afraid the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, even though we discovered it early and prostate cancer is slow growing. His is an 8 on a scale of 2-10, so as they told us, it's fairly aggressive. And with all the problems he has had (he still has his catheter in, that they had to insert surgically through his lower abdomen), I just fear the worst. We are both anxious to find out what we are dealing with, what avenue of treatment we will pursue, and want to get this fixed so we can get on with our normal lives. Normalcy is a wonderful thing!
I mentioned yesterday to him that perhaps we should plan some trip after we are done with all this. (I use the word, "done" very hopefully.) We have always wanted to go to Washington, D.C. Hubby's brother lives near there, we could stay with him and his wife. We proved in NYC, that we are up for lots of walking, so we could see all the wonderful sights in D.C.! I mentioned possibly going to the New England area this Fall. That has long been a dream of mine, but I don't think it's high on his priority list. I also suggested a trip to Yellowstone. He has always wanted to go there, and perhaps we could include the Rocky's and Black Hills as part of that trip. We both love the mountains. We need something to look forward to in our lives right now. A return to normalcy is what we both want and a trip would be symbolic that we are indeed once again back to doing normal activities.