Hats off to medical people everywhere!
I have been taking care of convalescing Mothers and Mother in Laws. Some of the medical aspects of what I have to do make my head spin.
Things have settled into a routine and I am coming to terms with the fact that I have a 20 hour a week part time job. I am also always on 24 hour call/ 7 days a week.
I did eventually get the Christmas decor put away. A week later I got out my regular “pretty stuff”. I did make a quick trip to Ikea before my Mother in Law was released from the Rehab center (for stroke recovery). I had decided to make new curtains for the kitchen window. The least expensive way was kitchen towels from Ikea :- } Next post I will add photos of my “pretty stuff.”
The good news is for now, everyone seems to be stable. Things are not rosy and Christmas will be bittersweet, but we will deal with it.
On my son’s 24th birthday my Mother in law had a stroke. I took her to the ER where she had been several years earlier for a trip and fall while walking her dog. She is now in a rehab center where she used to work and has a steady stream of employees coming to visit and catch up.
The next morning my Mother, who had been vomiting all night was taken by ambulance to the ER at big northern California medical center and teaching hospital. She in currently in the Oncology floor.
Two Grandma’s fell ill with in 15 hours of each other. Our two families have been doing a lot of miles visiting. My children have double travel miles.
Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 C Jiffy Baking Mix
1/2 C Sugar
3/4 C Milk
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 bag Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Heat oven to 400 degrees Mix ingredients by hand or in a stand-up mixer. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 -20 min. or until skewer come out clean. Makes about 14
Who would have thought my daughter would be such a resource for recipes. Sure on the internet she finds cool make-up, which nail polish brands to skip and lots of “feels”, but lately she has been finding the yummiest sweets and dishes to try out. The latest is Pumpkin Ginger Spice Cupcakes from Julia Graf. These are awesome! We had a good time baking for hours. Yes, baking pumpkin puree from scratch can take awhile. We are in California and opted for baking the pumpkin in the oven like a acorn squash. I put water in the pan in an effort to “steam” it. It worked pretty well. We cooked them at 400 degrees for 50 min, turning them half way through and keeping an eye on them towards the end.
Mashed up with a fork
Cutting up crystallized ginger. We did not have the fresh and I was not going to buy it in addition to the crystallized.
This batter was very yummy!
Filling the liners 3/4 full. We made a double batch. 28 cupcakes.
All done and a quick photo before eating!