Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Monday morning at 8:30am I had my wisdom teeth surgically removed. David got permission to take the day off and drove me to and from the appointment. When we arrived I paid for my portion of the surgery ($477...much better than $800 I was quoted over 4 years ago). Then David sat in the waiting room and I was taken to the back. They sat me in the chair. Gave me something to sign that explained what they were going to be doing and the risks involved, ibuprofen, some water to swallow the ibuprofen, some mouth was to swish and spit out and then she put the nitrous oxide mask on my face. At first there was nothing coming out of the mask and then she turned it on but it was up way to high b/c it was blowing nitrous oxide at my nose, it was hard to breath! I told her about it and then she turned it down to a more comfortable level. I then started feeling a little whoozy. The doctor came in and said "You aren't pregnant or anything crazy like that are you?". Of course I said no. Then he left and the nurse asked me how I was...I told her a little whoozy and she was going to turn my mask down again but the other lady had already done so and I told her that the other lady had turned it down. She then told me she was going to put the IV in my arm. Asked me which arm they usually used and then handed me a ball to squeeze. Once I was done squeezing the ball she told me to hold a fist and then said I was going to feel a pinch. It really didn't hurt to get the IV in. That was (I think) the first time I ever had an IV. She then told meshe was going to inject some stuff into my IV at which point I felt a weird sensation in my arm and the next thing I knew I was out like a light. The next thing I remember is someone putting my glasses on my face and David helping me out to the car; with a towel on my head because it was raining. I then slipped in and out of consciousness from the office to post (David was trying to get my prescriptions for pain meds, anti nausea meds, and mouthwash filled), post didn't have one of them so he drove to Walmart and I stayed in the car and slept. Finally he came out with my prescriptions and we headed to Wendy's so David could get lunch and me some frosty's for later. We came home and I slept some more. I didn't really feel any pain the first day because of the IV meds still being in my system and taking the ibuprofen and vicodin prescribed. The second day was worse. I couldn't do anything because I was so dizzy from the vicodin and lack of food (had to eat mushy foods). David came home from work at around 1pm and took care of me. I then returned to work on Wednesday and stopped taking the vicodin the night before because I wouldn't be able to drive if I did and David had left that morning to start WLC so he couldn't take me either. So for the last 3 days I have been in pain, mostly when I sleep. I did take some ibuprofen for the pain and that helped. I also couldn't open my jaw wide enough to eat anything besides liquids and mushy stuff. Yesterday I was finally able to open my mouth enough and I used a syringe to squirt water into the holes in my lower jaw. That was the nastiest thing ever because food from Tuesday came out of the holes. No wonder my right side of my face hurt so much!!!, there was rotting food in there, sick! Today is Sunday and I feel much, much better! I go back tomorrow for my follow up. I'm just glad to finally have my wisdom teeth gone and to not have to worry about doing that anymore.

Homemade Mac and Cheese

Yesterday I made homemade macaroni and cheese from this recipe. It is my favorite mac and cheese recipe ever! The cheese can be a little expensive but trust me you won't be disappointed.

The Ingredients:

Cooking the elbow macaroni so that it's al dente (2-3 mins less than directions on box):
Shredded the Cheese and mixed it all together:

Cubed the bread and poured melted butter over top:

Flour ready and waiting, spices ready and waiting:

Heating up the butter:

Butter starting to bubble:

Adding flour to butter to make a roux:

Mixing the flour/butter with the heated up milk until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon:

Add the spices:
Add all but 1.5 cups of the cheese:

Mix until cheese melts and it becomes a cheesy sauce (Yummy!):

Add the cooked macaroni:

Voila the mac and cheese:
Butter pans, in this case I used mini loaf pans so I could freeze the leftovers for future eating:

Pour in the mac and cheese:

Now this is the fun part, you can lick the spoon and stick your finger in the cheese sauce left on the side :D :
Sprinkle the reserved cheese on top:

I decided to use my trusty hand blender to make finer bread crumbs since it's hard for me to chew at the moment (wisdom tooth extraction):

Sprinkle bread cubes or bread crumbs on top of cheese:

Now they are done I can put aluminum foil on top and stick all but one in the freezer:

Put one in the oven on 375 F for 20 mins or less:
Here is the finished product....delicious macaroni and cheese! Now that's what I call comfort food!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Chocolate Soufflé

I love Food Network! It is one of my favorite shows and websites. I decided to make chocolate soufflé the other day because someone on a tv show made it and I hadn't made it in a few years. I used this recipe to make the soufflé and it was soo good! The recipe made a total of six soufflé which was more than I needed for the two of us but I read somewhere that you could keep the soufflé unbaked in the fridge for up to 3 days! So for the past three nights we've (mostly me, cause David didn't eat his until last night) had Chocolate soufflé for dessert! The nice thing about this dessert is that a person with a gluten allergy; like my mom, nana, and sister; can eat it because there is no flour. I didn't take any picture of the soufflé :( that I made but I will the next time I make it. Just be sure that your ingredients are room temperature and that you follow the directions exactly otherwise the soufflé won't puff.

PS: And speaking of Food Network...David and I are going to see Alton Brown in Atlanta for his 10th Anniversary show!!! I can't wait! (And hopefully David can go, he might be in training, otherwise I'll have to bring someone else along).

Crock Pot dinners

I generally work the late shift at the Pharmacy so I don't get home until a little after 9pm. When I do have work I try to put something in the crock pot for dinner so I won't have to come home and cook, plus 9pm is really late to be eating dinner as is. This is what I did last time I had dinner in the crock pot.

First I sliced the assortment of left over veggies that I had in the fridge (red pepper, green pepper, tomato, onion, garlic, carrots). I placed them on a piece of foil and sprinkled with some salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, oregano, and thyme (I think next time I will leave out the thyme and oregano ;)

I know some people hate cooking in the crockpot because they are hard to clean. That's why I buy reynolds slow cooker bags. You can find them in the grocery store near the ziploc bags and oven bags. They have come in so handy and I'm glad I discovered them!

Next I washed and sliced some potatoes, sprinkled them with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, and added about 1 tbsp of butter.

Then I folded up my pouches of veggies and potatoes so that they couldn't leak.

In the bottom of the crock pot I put in a little bit of water (1/4 cup), red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce (probably about 1 tbsp each), I added some salt, pepper, peppercorns, garlic and onion powder, fresh sliced onions and garlic. Then I put the meat on top. and sprinkled some more salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
I covered the meat with foil

Placed the veggie and potato packet on top with the seams up so they don't leak

Placed the lid on

And set to cook for 6-8hours on low (it was a little more than 8 hours for me)

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product but all in all it wasn't too bad. The meat was a little dry for my taste but the potatoes were cooked and so were the veggies. I suggest for best results cook this on high for 4 hours. It was nice being able to come home to dinner already cooked.

Yummy Food

I went to Panera Bread recently for lunch and decided to try the Mediterranean Veggie. It was so good! I'm in no way a vegetarian but I do like to eat fruits and veggies. Since I like to cook and don't like to spend oodles of money eating out I decided to try and make the sandwich myself. I went over to Panera Bread and bought a loaf of their bread (unfortunately they were out of the Tomato Basil bread that they use so I bought their three cheese which is also a sourdough). Sure it seems crazy to buy their bread but trust me I can't make this bread myself and their loaves are huge!

These are the ingredients I used to make the sandwich (Tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, red onion, feta cheese, hummus, basil, sweet peppers in a jar)

Put 2 slice on a plate (like I said huge loaf!)

Then I placed some of the basil from the tube into a glass dish

I stirred the two together and placed it on the bread. Panera uses a cilantro humus but I'm not too fond of cilantro.

Then I placed the crumbled Feta Cheese on one slice

Washed and sliced a tomato and placed them on top of the feta

Washed and sliced a cucumber and placed those on bread

Sliced some red onion, placed on bread.

Took some of the sweet peppers from the jar and arranged on bread.

Washed and dried some lettuce and placed on bread

Place other slice on top and volia a beautiful, delicious sandwich!

It was really good!