Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Make Some Noise....

Things went well at the doctors..I had a test done and have to go back for the results next week.  Meanwhile..its Teal Tuesday- time to make some loud noise  around something that likes to stay silent
Many Ovarian cancer warriors and survivors will tell you that we checked the boxes for symptoms ..but for some reason it was missed. I ignored mine because for years I had had stress, weight problems and tummy troubles...all symptoms. Eventually when I sought help.. my doctor missed it and was treating me for diverticulitis... until the pain was too much to handle and the bleeding began. A couple of ladies I had treatment with told me they wernt diagnosed til later stages because they didn't fit the mould or their doctors were treating them for something else. For one of those ladies it was too late.
Its the Silent Killer because we are not told the signs and symptoms to look for. Ovarian Cancer mimics so many illnesses. We accept what doctors tell us and then we remain silent even though we kinda know "that's not whats happening to my body...its different". We assumed that smear tests or preventative measures were covered by our yearly test. Its not!! Why didn't someone tell us!!
There is no preventative screening measure in place for ovarian cancer. Look for its symptoms.. listen to your body.. and push your doctor

Your life may depend on it

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, September 16, 2019

Whats For Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I love them cos I get to spend time with my MrD. With him working seventy hours a week.. we only see each other for a couple of hours in the evening. Which is why I get up with him at 1.30 in the morning and see him off with his hot soup, packed lunch...and of course his banana bread. Maybe that's why we have never had an argument... lol

This afternoon I have an appointment with Dr Kim. It marks the start of the three monthly routine of blood tests and examinations with three different doctors to make sure the dreaded cancer is staying away. On my last visit they were hoping to extend the visits to six month intervals...but decided against it. I'm not complaining. I've always put my trust and faith in my doctors. After all... they have brought me this far.. with the Grace of God

So this week..I have no food preservation planned.( but you never know!) so I'm going to get a lot of stitching done. On Thursday morning our Ladies Bible Study begins again. We will be working our way through the Book of Hebrews. I'm looking forward to it.

The meal plan is done... As usual its not set in stone and it can be interchanged. We usually have Mexican food on a Tuesday.. but as its a slow cooker meal it makes sense to have it today...when we get back from the doctor. And hopefully we can get to the LA Fair this Saturday. Time is flying.. and I really dont want to miss it.

Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Plan - 16th September 2019
Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

Tuesday              Chicken Teriyaki and Vegetable Stir Fry

Wednesday         Breakfast for Dinner

Thursday            Skillet Sausage and Potatoes

Garlic and Lemon Baked Tilapia, Oven Roasted Vegetables

Saturday             LA Fair

Sunday                Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Apple

Saturday, September 14, 2019

New 'Do....

Bit of a change of plan... No LA Fair today... MrD went into work at 1.30am. It would be too much with all the walking we are doing tomorrow at the Long Beach Antique Market. So all being well we will go next week

So instead I went for a haircut... if my grand babies can...so can I. My hair was very dry and out of shape.... it has been like that since it grew back. New growth I suppose. My hairdresser is very good. The majority of her clients are cancer survivors so hopefully so she had some good advice.
The hairdresser gave my hair a really good conditioner.. and put lots of shape into it. She also decided to give it a bit of a curl...quite a feat considering my hair is as straight as a die. I like it.. and it may be an option for my daughters wedding next year. But.... I doubt I will be able to do it myself. Im hopeless
Its a shame she couldnt do anything about the 'laughter lines' around the eyes.....

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Friday, September 13, 2019

Curls No More....

Last week... Little Pickle... now known as Little Mr cos hes growing so fast... 
had his first haircut

This week it was Little Miss's turn to have her curls cut off
Seriously Mummy.....
are you kidding me??
Although she was really good and sat still..
the pout kinda said it all
And she was happy... 
and so pretty when it was all done

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Thursday, September 12, 2019

In The Kitchen...

Its been another busy time in the Kitchen
Dehydrating for the week is done.. 
Can you believe there is nearly 15lb of potatoes in those jars. We will get lots of meals out of them.
The 3lb of carrots dehydrated down to just that small amount in that jar. They look so pretty. 
Taking that optional extra step of blanching them before dehydrating was well worth it as it meant they kept their beautiful orange colour
I was given a small bag of apples... it weighed just over 5lb.. I planned to make apple sauce.
It was a great opportunity to use my new gadget.. which peels, cores and slices. 
Oh my gosh...how did I manage before?? 
So fast.. and it peels wafer thin skin and takes off every bit of edible apple leaving the core
I made and canned Unsweetened Apple Sauce. Ideal to have with chicken( a must in the UK)..use in apple sauce cake... boy! there are so many different recipes
Not wanting to waste anything I made some beautiful apple jelly...
by boiling the skin and cores for an hour..straining the juice.. 
adding some sugar and boiling again til setting point. (220 F)
It tastes just like Toffee Apples!
And finally... my thoughtful MrD has brought me a KitchenAid Food Processor.to make all that veggie chopping so easy. He's definitely a keeper..and Im very spoilt

To make this girl happy...you can keep your flowers and chocolates.....

Who else loves gadgets??

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Fall/Autumn is definitely in the air. It was a much cooler morning as I set out on my walk.. 
The sky was dark and overcast. There was even a cool breeze! 
Still wore my shorts tho..sorry America.
There was no fabulous sunrise to gawp at today... 
but when the blue skies pushed its way through the grey clouds...it was ever so pretty
Im making the most of the summer flowers too.. 
but Im looking forward to the Fall ones appearing...
Its been quite a productive day... The Fall decorating is done... 
Two Chocolate Chip Banana Breads are baked for MrD... 
a little overdone cos I had the oven on the wrong temperature
 and a whole load of carrots, peeled, chopped, blanched, and ready to dehydrate overnight.
Arent they pretty!?

Tomorrow Im canning apple sauce

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, September 9, 2019

Whats For Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday

Another week with no major plans til the weekend..so I think I'm going to get my Fall decor out. I think I'm ready for it. In the kitchen, I have a load of potatoes that I want to dehydrate so they don't go to waste. I have also been given a recipe for Pizza dough that I want to try. If it turns out ok..I will share it with you next Cooking Thursday...if not...I will share it with the bin! At the same timeIm going to make some No Knead Artisan bread. With a few stitching projects I want to finish...this will be a full week.

MrD has to take the truck to be repaired on Tuesday so we will be getting a courtesy car. The other driver has accepted responsibility for the accident the other week (they couldn't do anything but really...as we have it on Dash Cam)..so anything that needs doing will be covered.

We still haven't been given a date for his surgery... and seriously...it needs to be done soon. At least his old company has agreed to pay the workers comp and insurance.. but we have to wait for their doctor and their surgeon.. and they are no rush

Hopefully at the weekend we will be going to the LA Fair... and on Sunday..after church.. we will be going to the huge Long Beach Antique Market. We haven't been to a market for ages. Its a lot of walking over those two days but I cant wait

Have a great week everyone

Weekly Plan - 9th September 2019
Beef and Green Pepper Stir Fry 

Tuesday              Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday         Breakfast for Dinner

Thursday            Broccoli Cheese and Bacon, Baked Potato

Garlic Chicken, Mushroom and Spinach Pizza

Saturday             LA Fair

Sunday                Butternut Squash Soup.. and Homemade Artisan Bread

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Seaside Stitching...

The first Saturday in September.. the time when temperatures are starting to drop as we look forward to the approaching Autumn.. So where were Hubby and I at 9am this morning??
At the beach of course
The sea was a bit rough today...
so lots of life guards on patrol
(not exactly David Hasslehoff)
and temperatures got to the 90s again... so lots of people.
So with blue skies and palm trees...
I brought my own bit of Fall with me..and finished my seasonal apron...
Though Hubby says the buttons make it look like an owl!!

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x