I went to the vascular surgeon on Friday. He said he wants to go in with an angiogram and use a stent to open the artery and close off the aneurysm. So, I’ll be scheduling that soon.
Saturday morning Grace, Hannah and I went to the library for a cereal bar movie, the Incredibles 2. I saw some of it on the cruise, but not the whole thing. It was pretty funny. Bethany was in town and went with her friend to a tea shop in the Springs. I went shopping, the girls went out for dinner and to the mall while James and I went to Night at the Museums. I had high hopes for doing the Botanic gardens too, but the small amount of walking we did at 2 museums did me in. We did the Clyfford Still museum first.
Then we went to the Kirkland museum, I’m going to have to come back to show the girls and to see the rest of it.
Sunday I went to church – Bad theology leads to bad practices. I do things for God because I am accepted, not to be accepted. Being precedes doing. I am a representative of Jesus, I am acting on behalf of Jesus, I am living for the honor of Jesus.
He is not “part” of my life, He “is” my life.
Colossians 3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. 3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.
A short library run.
Then a bunch of Moms met up at Whole Foods, kind of like a TNO. It was fun, especially when I said my meds, then (because I’m wrong) my nurse friend supplied the actual name. I think this should be a party game!
Carvadodol? Carvedilol (LOL!)
Furrysomething? Furosemide (sounds like furious.)
Spurlactony? Spironolactone (I don’t have any comment for that one)
Demexathisasodone? Dexamethasone (Meth?! I swear, it’s only 2 I can stop after that.)
Lisinopril – I can say that one.
Our week – school, kidsitting (G), dance (H), fireplace guy, poet-tea, 3-D jewelry @ library, Jazz nite Englewood Grand, TDO (papermaking), youth group, blood draw(s), doc scheduling, Creativity club, Davinci machines co-op, Ladies night @ Festive cup, Bad art date night with my Schnooke, church.
Dinners this week (I’m cooking again) – Turkey burgers, pizza and soups, Taco Tuesday!, basil chicken in coconut curry sauce, butternut mac, Ladies night (so I don’t know what everyone else is having), beef stroganoff (for the girls, that’s my date night.)
I am omitting salt from my recipes, but you can add it to taste.
Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce
6-8 boneless chicken thighs, skin removed
1 teaspoon oil
2 (13.5 ounce) cans coconut milk
2 tablespoons dried basil leaves
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 and 1/2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 large red onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon COLD water
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or minced
1/3 to 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Remove the skin from the chicken using your fingers and a serrated knife. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil (or you can use nonstick spray).
When the oil is hot, add chicken thighs. Don’t put them too close together, you want to avoid steaming.
Cook for about 2 minutes, until nicely browned on the bottom. Then flip the chicken over to brown the other side for about 1-2 minutes.
Remove the chicken to a plate.
Meanwhile, in a crock pot combine coconut milk, basil, 2 teaspoons salt, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, yellow curry, and chili powder (to taste). Stir to combine.
Add the chopped red onions, and garlic.
Add the browned chicken and stir to combine.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.
Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and transfer to a plate or cutting board. Let cool for a couple minutes.
Add the ginger to the slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon COLD water. Stir until it’s not lumpy. Add this to the crock pot and stir.
Shred chicken.Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir. Return the lid and cook for another 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cilantro.
Serve with rice, cauliflower rice, or naan.
Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Mac
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 medium white onion, quartered
½ cup raw cashews
¼ cup nutritional yeast (I am omitting this)
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon mustard
2 cups vegetable stock
1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked according to package
fresh parsley, for garnish
Cut off both ends of the butternut squash and poke all over with a fork. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
Peel the skin off of the squash. The skin should peel right off! Once peeled, slice the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, and cut into 1-inch cubes. You should have about 5 cups.
In a slow cooker, combine the squash, onion, cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic, rosemary, nutmeg, olive oil, mustard, salt, and vegetable stock. Stir to combine.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, until the vegetables are soft enough to be easily mashed with a fork.
Transfer the squash mixture to a blender, or use an immersion blender, and puree for 5 minutes, until there are no chunks and the sauce develops a creamy texture.
Pour the sauce over the macaroni and stir well.
Serve garnished with parsley.