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Grilling is GOOD

Monday, March 04, 2013

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
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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.
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  • CANNIE50
    The grilled food sounds delicious, Pam. I am wimpy about grilling so I let my husband handle it. I need to get over my silliness and get into grilling. I LOVE your idea of planning trips to enjoy after you endure this tough stretch. I am a firm believer in ALWAYS having something to look forward to, big or small. I am also a big believer in travel. Washington DC is fascinating, Yellowstone is amazing, and, like you, New England is high on my list of places to visit. Take care, doll.
    1747 days ago
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    I love grilled food too!
    1748 days ago
    DH is just as devoted to grilling, except when the weather
    is bad. Then he is perfectly content to let me stand outside
    LOL! I think having travel plans in mind is a good idea.
    At least you have a goal in mind for when treatment is
    done-something exciting to looki forward to. Hope all
    goes well Thursday. HUGS!
    1749 days ago
    My husband isn't a griller. He won't even cook, which is a good thing since everything he tries to make is inedible. I still have a charcoal grill which doesn't work well in winter; too much heat gets pulled off the coals too fast.

    Whenever I cut myself with a knife when I was a kid, my father used to tell me to bleed into the food to "add protein". His way of lightening a mood.
    1749 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Your grilling sounds yummy. I like grilled food also. Hugs to you and your husband with the scan. Good idea to have a trip to look forward to.

    1749 days ago
  • MARTY728
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  • KERRYG155
    Hope the test goes well along with treatment. The grilling sounds great but my husband has kind of quit doing it-he decided he doesn't like cooking his own meal and has never gotten the tanks refilled. My daughter introduced me to grilled fruit after one of my surgeries and that was great. She did pineapple and mango with salmon. yum Planning a vacation would be a great distraction and fun to do. We took the grandkids one summer driving from Florida to Lincoln to see family and then took off for the Black Hills where we stayed several days travelling to Wyoming to see Devil's Tower but didn't make it to Yellowstone that trip. Hubby and I did see a bit of Yellowstone when we went to Jackson Hole for my niece's wedding years ago. You'll love it! DC with family would be fun, too. Lots of stuff we didn't get a chance to see there when we went for a Memorial Service at Arlington.
    1749 days ago
    You sound good, considering everything going on, so I am happy about that. But watch out for that mandoline!!!! I once cut myself on one, too!
    1749 days ago
    emoticon for sharing this wonderful blog....will keep you and your husband in my prayers....
    1749 days ago
    Sounds delicious!! I live in an apartment so I don't get to grill out at all! :( Good luck with the treatments...I'll be saying a prayer for all of you! emoticon
    1749 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    We can grill year round here, but it really is too hot in the summer! I love to grill veggies, too. Sorry about your jacket, how frustrating. I hate when I do stuff like that!

    Having something to look forward to sounds lovely. You're both in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck Thursday morning.
    1749 days ago
    emoticon The Grilled Dinner sounds Terrific, I am glad that the weather co-operated. Many, Many Prayers are being said for you both. Thank You for keeping us 'In The Loop'.
    emoticon Planning a Trip sounds like Huge Fun!! And a Great Distraction for both of you!!
    1749 days ago
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