Indio, California: We learned today Lisa
and Leo have strep throat, so are heading over to Los Angeles in the morning...
just past their 24-hour-no-longer-contagious-after-starting-antibiotics window.
Lisa is not happy about taking antibiotics while 5 months pregnant, but her
doctor(s) have warned her how dangerous strep can be and how important it is
that she and Leo be treated immediately... so there you go.
In his spare time, Leo also has an ear infection.
Lenny no longer has spare time.
The 24-hour window gave me 24 hours to cook ahead for Lisa's family. Lisa is
still not feeling well during this pregnancy (completely the opposite of when
she carried Leo), so (lately) we bring a few meals for Lenny to heat and eat
every time we visit.
I have planned a simple Chicken Caesar
Salad for dinner Sunday in Los Angeles. The temperatures
are supposed to climb into the 80's and who wants to cook or heat an oven in
those temperatures? Not Lisa.
I baked a few buttermilk-oatmeal-whole
wheat rolls to accompany the Caesar salad. Lenny just loves homemade bread. Organic, of
Though why I go to the trouble of choosing organic foods is of some comedic concern for
me lately. Our Girl, who won't eat a thing that isn't
grass-fed, organic or locally-raised ate this
Pregnancy is a strange situation.
Will they name the baby Loops?
I did more baking today.
Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Sea Salt (from
Two Peas and
Their Pod) for Lisa. I used Oregon Hazelnuts and Oregon sea
salt from Jacobsen Salt Company.
The cookies are very good, but... just sayin'... the batter
needs a stand mixer. My little hand mixer was taxed to the max and I had to
mix-in the chocolate chips and nuts by hand.
And for Leo?
The third time is a charm? The chocolate banana cake recipe is a work in
progress, but maybe today I have nailed it and will share the recipe soon. Any
monkey would know the missing ingredient, and this stoopid monkey finally figured it out.
Will Leo approve?
The rest of my cooking involved chicken. Lots of chicken. Lots
and lots and lots of chicken. Chicken here, Chicken there.
Marinated in lemon juice (thank you Joann), garlic, olive oil and herbs from our
garden... DT grilled this chicken for the Chicken Caesar Salad tomorrow night in
Orange Chicken (have you tried this recipe yet - it is really good, super
easy, economical and make-ahead) was prepared for Lenn & Lisa's freezer... for a night she
doesn't feel like cooking... which is pretty-much any night lately. Poor Thing.
Before knowing we were going to LA in the morning, I had planned an evening
of college hoops and
Chicken Tacos - using organic tenders instead of thighs... because they were
in the freezer.
So much poultry - I am sprouting feathers!
Dave grilled the chicken for tacos
Delicious and so healthy!
Our next update will be from Los
Angeles. Think good thoughts for Lisa and Leo (and poor
Lenny as well).
The April Madness finale is like nothing no one could have imagined. Our friend,
Shekhar, was at the game in Dallas tonight - cheering for his Huskies. He sent
me several text messages from the stadium and it was so much fun for this old
gal, to hear about the game "real time". I am completely out of the running,
choosing Michigan State and Florida to win in my two pools. I am such a loser.
How many people chose a 7- and 8-seed to be playing in the NCAA final?
Until my next update, I remain, your sleepy correspondent.
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