Friday, July 23, 2010

Sharon has a compression fracture.

Hi Guys,
I just felt that I needed to share this fine lady's recipes, and it sounds so good that my mouth is watering....Ha! People like Mary Ann are the type of friends I love to 'hang out' with and read/ share blog sites and info. It also makes ME feel good inside to share something profitable and good.

On a sober note, the doctor visit yesterday and X-ray showed that Sharon indeed has a compression fracture in her lower back [L-2], and is in much pain again, but resting in her comfortable EZ chair watching TV, etc. She just happened to be correct this time in her own prognostication [analysis]. We believe this happened when she fell down AGAIN, a few days ago. Instead of fixing the 'blame' on herself or what ever, we just want her to rest and heal. A back surgeon called today and wanted to see her for possible surgery-- but Sharon still has a bad taste in her mouth of a back surgery gone wrong many years ago in Ohio that still gives he pain and grief. She emphatically told the surgeon NO! In this case, I have to respect Sharon's freedom and right to choose her own treatment, or lack, thereof.... If she doesn't want to go under the knife-- I will NOT force her.

Pastor George Schagel came over to our house yesterday to visit and offer his assistance [and pray for us-- or course], and I think that we all had a fruitful meeting with advice and help/ encouragement. He is the Senior Pastor of Union Grove Baptist church, not far from our humble hovel, and does a good job preaching and teaching in his Biblical, conservative, friendly church in the country-- and they have a Christian school, graded and high school that has a GREAT reputation for academic excellence, and biblical training! Sharon and I are both members of the church and have a good handful of friends... being there for a few years now.

Wow! It's all over the radio, TV and Inter-Net News about the floods and super rainfall in Central and S.E. Wisconsin last night and today!! Like 7 1/2 inches of rain last night, but our small country community was spared, from what I hear, even with a heavy rain storm, and my 100 year old house was build strong in the 'old days', when a 2 by 4 was actually a 2" by 4" ! Sunday is when my good son, Andy, says he can finish the paint and trim, and the only Sunny day that we will have in all this rain. Hey! I am NOT complaining about the rain... the farmers need it for the great stand of corn and Summer wheat, etc., crops, and my garden too.

I have a small cut one the sole of my left foot, and so I twisted my own ankle and hobble around, not being able to help my wife like I want to..... what a bummer. But I will heal soon enough. Soaked my foot in hot water and Epsom salt and it feel better already!

Bless all my friends and fellow servants of the Creator, God, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bless Robby Bohnen and his wife, Steve B and his wife, Barb, our pastor and extended church family, Carolyn, Penny and Robb Perez, etc.

Tom Schuckman
Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and Heaven is my Home.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

This dish will inspire compliments for its taste and colorful appearance. This is my favorite recipe from the book Quick Meals for Healthy Kids and Busy Parents. I serve this over egg noodles and my family loves it. I usually add more vegetables than the recipe calls for.... I just go by what looks good to me.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup broccoli - chopped
1/2 cup onion - chopped
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 carrot - thinly sliced
1 celery stalk - thinly sliced
2 cups cooked chicken - cut up
16-oz. can chopped tomatoes
4 cups cooked pasta (any shape)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon parsley - optional

In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Stir-fry broccoli, onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Add chicken and tomatoes. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta according to package directions.

Spoon chicken and vegetables over hot pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired.

Copyright: "1995 by Sandra K. Nissenberg, M.S., R.D., Margaret L. Bogle, Ph.D., R.D., and Audrey C. Wright, M.S., R.D."

Mexican Lasagna

The kids have always liked this one and it's freezer friendly. Just put it in the fridge to thaw overnight and bake as directed. I usually freeze this in the dish I bake in. Sometimes I'll line it with foil first so I can pop it out of the dish, wrap it, and seal in a zip-lock bag. Keeps my baking dishes free. Just remember... before thawing... be sure to unwrap and return to the original dish!

1 lb. ground turkey
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 pkg. (1 1/8 oz.) taco seasoning

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