|Zucchini Cashew Bread|
Yesterday (Thursday) was another good day! I spent most of the morning blogging and reading blogs and most of the afternoon and early evening repairing the quilt.
I also managed a short walk around the garden in the evening. The peach tree top seems to have broken off, again! M will be here, later today (Friday) and he can take another look at it and see if it can be taped, again. If not, we will probably cut it off and hope that the tree will recover and the side branches will continue to grow. Otherwise, we'll try again with a new peach tree, next year!
I also tried making a version of zucchini lasagna using about a third of the huge zucchini we had harvested on Wednesday and stuff I had on hand. I didn't take any photos, but, I layered an 8 inch by 8 inch glass (Pyrex) baking dish with slices of zucchini topped with some spaghetti sauce I had in the freezer and thawed, topped with another layer of zucchini slices and a layer of mozzarella cheese on top of that; daughter finished topping the dish with the cheese for me and put the dish in the oven (we baked it at 350F for 30 minutes). I rather liked how it turned out although the zucchini had a lot of moisture which oozed out and made the sauce rather watery. If I make this dish again, I will salt the zucchini and leave it for 30 minutes or so to remove some of the excess moisture. Since this was the first time I had prepared most of a meal since last month, I was thrilled to bits!
Afterwards, I grated the rest of that zucchini and daughter baked two loaves of zucchini bread! My zucchini bread recipe called for walnuts. We didn't have any walnuts, so daughter substituted cashews. It turned out really well (we sampled it, last night!) Daughter doubled the recipe and used two cups of the grated zucchini for the bread; she froze the remaining 2 1/2 cups of grated zucchini. Yes, that was a big zucchini, indeed! Since daughter had already run the dishwasher before the baking was done, I washed the bowls, etc. that were used in making the zucchini bread by hand. When daughter asked me what I was doing, I replied, "Nothing"! LOL. I was happy that I could do the washing up!
In other news, my doctor had emailed me the authorization for the MRI! Oh, I am so grateful to have received the authorization! No doubt I'll receive the official letter of authorization from the insurance in the mail in the next few days. I now need to call and make the appointment.
Yesterday, I was grateful for:
- Another pain free day
- Being able to stand for longer periods of time without pain
- Being able to help a bit in the kitchen, with the meal preparations and washing up
- The insurance approved the MRI referral
- My doctor emailed me the authorization
My joyful activities, yesterday, included a walk in the garden and helping in the kitchen!
Today (Friday) seems like it will be another good day! So far (I'm writing this in the early afternoon), I've had a pain free morning! I was able to make my own tea and put coffee to brew for my daughter. Small accomplishments, but, I am rejoicing in being able to do them! The fact that I can do them without pain is an answer to my prayers! I am still taking things one step at a time and one day at a time, but, I am hopeful that I have turned a corner in my recovery.
Plans for the rest of the day include M's visit to tend to the garden this evening and more quilt repairs.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Another pain free morning
- A working printer (I printed out the authorization my doctor forwarded to me)
- Answered prayers
- M tending to the garden
- My daughter being there for me
Today's planned joyful activity is another walk in the garden when M is here.
I don't have anything planned for the weekend, other than continuing to repair the quilt. I believe my daughter's friend A will be over for a visit, tomorrow, and there is a possibility that aunt C and cousin N will visit on Sunday.
How is your Friday coming along? What are your plans for the weekend?