Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Update and a Casserole

Tomorrow will be a week since my latest round of plastic surgery. I'm doing OK. Hell this is waaaayyyyy better than last time so I'm not going to bitch. I'm getting some random take your breath away knife-like pains in my nipples. Yeah not pleasant. Dr. Quiroz said it was normal (happened last time too) something about the nerves coming back. Well they are back and they are pissed.

Going to take my first post-op real shower today. Currently trying to psyche myself up. I've been sponge bathing it and it's just not cutting it for me any longer so wish me luck. I'm sure I will be wiped and requiring a happy pill afterwards so I experimented this morning with this casserole so dinner would be an easy reheat tonight. Hope you enjoy it!

Ready for the oven

Shelly's Creamy Chicken Florentine Casserole

1 cup Chicken, boneless, skinless breasts diced 1" cubes
1 yellow Onion, diced
3 green Onions, diced
4-5 fresh Mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves Garlic, diced
1/8 teaspoon Marjoram
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 - 13.75 oz can Artichoke Hearts, non marinated, diced
1 cup cooked Spinach, drained and chopped
1 cup Alfredo Sauce (I used jarred Bertolli)
1 - 14.5 oz can Italian diced Tomatoes
1 cup Shredded Italian 4 Cheese Blend
2 Tablespoons Italian Style Dry Breadcrumbs
Oil/butter for sauteing

Saute chicken till golden. Saute onions and mushrooms till golden. Add garlic and dry seasonings and cook 1 minute. Add spinach, basil and artichoke hearts. Add sauce, tomatoes, cheese and chicken stirring to combine. Pour into a Pyrex casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden.



Oh I also wanted to update everyone on my kitty Rose (Prescott's Mom) and my only remaining furbaby. My pal Tara asked me about her this morning. Thank you. Well it was a tough few weeks on her. She was pacing and looking for Pressy for a few days (broke my heart) and then I took off and went to Mexico for surgery for 4 days (My mom was with her but still).

She's doing OK. She is doing some odd things. She has become extremely talkative. Anyone speak kitty? She's rambling on about something. She's really cuddly way more than before. She was always a cat that would enjoy love for a few minutes then take off... like OK I'm through with this. She'll stay forever now. Oh and she carries around a stuffed gray kitty in her mouth and drops it at our feet. She did this every once and awhile through the years but now it's a every night thing. We say thank you and give her love. It's her new ritual before bed.

Highlights of the day:

* I'm less swollen today and the bruising is going away (purple is turning yellowish)

* When the pain meds kick in ;)

* It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.


Listening to: U2 "City of Blinding Lights" I love this song.

6 comments:

lindasteller said...

Glad to hear you're doing better. Good luck with the shower. I still occasionally get dizzy in the shower. Thank goodness it doesn't happen often. Give your furbaby some love from me, Vince and Junior (my orange tabbies).

Linda

Margo said...

Michelle,
I am so glad to hear that you are doing well and getting better each day. I looked online at some of the information about your Dr. and the place you went to have surgery. I'm barely 3 months post op so it will be a while before I am able to have PS...but I am interested in the costs...if you don't mind sharing. You can also email me at margolister@comcast.net.

Hope you continue to heal quickly! Thanks for sharing with all of us!
Margo

Michelle said...

Thank you Linda. I will :)

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Hi Margo,

The prices will depend on the degree of difficulty, how much skin, health issues, etc. but I'd be happy to email you what I paid.

Carissima17 said...

Hey! Glad to hear you are on the mend. If you ever figure out how to speak kitty, let me know. My new furbaby is QUITE the talker. He wakes me up sometimes, and I just don't know what to do; food, water, love, nothing helps. I wonder if he is lonely. He came from a house with two other cats. Anyhow, continue to get well and post picts soon!

Cynthia

Carla Cooper said...

one of the best recipes!! Would be good with leftover turkey too.

Shanda said...

Yes, I agree City of Blinding Lights is a good song. I <3 U2.

I just wanted to thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes. I have become quite obsessed and excited about your blog learning life after WLS doesn't have to be boring foods. There are so many things we can have (versus what we can't have). You are an inspiration. Thank you so much. My husband and I will definitely be trying out your recipes. :)