Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The next step of course is finding out what to do with these products.
For instance, what do I do with this young garlic? Can I use the greens like onions? Can you tell I like garlic?
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
My name is Dawn and I was born in southern California where I still reside.
A former restaurant manager about to marry an amazing cook I spend a great deal of time eating, or thinking about eating, or planning what we will eat next. Then I wonder why my clothes are shrinking.
I will someday own a home that will include our library. Since its always good to be prepared I started purchasing books faster than I am able to read them. This is a sickness I know and I must stop. And I will as soon as I fill the shelves of my library...the one that exists in the house of my dreams.
Wedding planning is in full effect, love is in the air, breast cancer is a battle fought and won and the future looks brighter than ever.
Why spontaeous clapping? Its something I do. I clap when I get excited, when I hear good news, when a great song comes on the radio and when I read a great book or blog. I clap when a fantastic meal hits the table. I clap in the car when I think about how lucky I am.
So, hear I am. I want to remember every moment. So I thought I'd start this blog. I'll be blogging about the places we go, the things we do, the food we eat and my experience with breast cancer.
Besides, if rambling to the great interwebs relieves my patient fiance of any listening duties... well, then you may be the reason he survives our marriage.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Early that year I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. It was a very big deal and life-changing to say the least. But if I started to tell it from start to finish you would still be reading this next year. So I'll tell you bits that come to mind, as they arrive.. sometimes in violent sneezes.
Now something that the doctor doesn't cover during the pre-chemo talks are the random and less dramatic side effects. They did tell me that I would lose my hair. What I want to know is how chemo and your body decide which area will lose the hair?
No my friends, don't think you lose the hair everywhere. Its one of the great unjustices of chemo/cancer but that is a different story for a different day.
Nobody said to me "Hey Dawn, did you know that all your nose hairs will fall out and you will lose the ability to go anywhere without a tissue in you hand?"
I want you all to take a moment to appreciate your nose hairs. THANK YOU NOSE HAIRS! I vowed to always appreciate you and I have been negligent in doing so. Forgive me.
Those of you shaking your head have clearly always had your nose hairs. Those of you nodding emphatically must have lost them a time or two. Mine were gone for months. That meant months of a runny nose. Not your typical, I-have-a-cold type of runny. We are talking about the type of runny that occurs when even the normal amount of moisture required to have a working nostril just falls onto your upper lip. The type of runny that forced me to stick pieces of tampon up my nose. (This was done in the privacy of my own home, of course) Lets not even think about the fact those nose hairs also act as filters. Does this mean that smell is really particles of ________ heading straight down my throat?
I atually gave up on wearing lipstick for a while. There just wasn't any point in reapplying every time I wiped my nose.
And now, in memory of a time gone by and in hopes of a future filled with nose hairs, I stand before you. My lipstick is on and my head bowed in silent appreciation.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
After much searching around and internet education I bought......... a camera!
It came in the mail and I opened it like a kid on Christmas morning. It is so beautiful! My new toy is so nice that it takes clear pictures even though I don't know what I'm doing.
So here are 2 of my fantastic photos from that first day.
Now all I have to do is figure out what these buttons and switches do. And what all these numbers mean. And why that little dot is flashing. And what aperture and composition and color and clarity and carat mean. Wait a minute, I'm pretty sure some of those words don't belong in that sentence. But I should know about those too.
See what you have to look forward to when you read this blog?! Fantastic, breathtaking photos of my nutritious breakfast! What, no applause?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Dawniver's Creamed Corn
Proscuitto, Manchego & Strawberry Crostini
Pumpkin Corn Bread
Almond Orange Bites
Banana Muffins with Brown Sugar Topping
Chocolate Chip Bars
Chocolately Chocolate and Mint Chip Cookies
Chocolate-covered Cherry Cookies
Cranberry Orange Chews
Easy Peasy Macaroons
Lemon Bars Deluxe
Marbelous Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze
Meyer Lemon Curd
Meyer Lemon & Strawberry Ice Cream
Pumpkin Caramel Bars with Bacon
Pumpkin Pecan Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting
Salted Butterscotch Shortbread Bars