family, life

McDonald’s has its pink slime, I have purple.

I was just awakening from sleep when I heard a whisper.

“Follow the diet and exercise and you will beat cancer.”

I didn’t have cancer, my sister did.

Aware that I had no control over my sister’s diet and exercise, and aware that God often whispers things well in advance, I made a pot of my nutritious, delicious chicken, kale, carrot, onion and white bean soup – garnished with really good parmigiano reggianno – and took it over to her.

I suggested we walk the two or three blocks from her beautiful house into her darling down town.

Just in case.

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you know that my sister did not beat cancer.

Actually, she did, because she didn’t let it wreck her life.

Then Bebe was diagnosed with cancer in October and I thought maybe the whisper was for her.  I could control her diet and exercise so I took her for long walks, cooked balanced meals and carefully administered Chinese herb blends and supplements.

She died, as you know, in January.

So we adopted Dixie.

And almost immediately upon her adoption she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Unusual in dogs.

So now I’m cooking like her little life depends on it.

Because it just might.

She had her first chemo treatment yesterday – an injection of Carboplatin.

She seemed to handle it just fine until nausea kept interrupting her sleep and mine.

When she turned her nose up at her usual breakfast this morning, I made her some healthy snacks.

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I love the color combo.

1 cup organic wild blueberries
2 tsp. turmeric
2 Tbsp. dried basil – 4 Tbs. fresh basil is better but I’m out
2 Tbsp. coconut flour

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all whirled together

Add a pound of organic ground turkey.

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McDonald’s has its pink slime, I have purple.

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Plop the purple slime on a cookie sheet.

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Flatten it with a fork.

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Bake for 25 minutes at 350.

Normally she’ll gobble down as many of these as I’m willing to give her. Today she stopped at 2.

So I gave the food processor a quick wipe and made a batch of her other favorite.

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Whirl together a can of sardines,  1/2 tsp. turmeric, 1 egg, 3 Tbsp. almond flour and 3 Tbsp. hemp protein powder and plop it on the same cookie sheet. Why dirty another one?

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Flatten them with a fork and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Oh, yes, she was interested in these – ate 3 of them, I think.

Next up I made meatloaf: 2 pounds ground turkey, 6 Tbsp. ground hemp seeds, 4 oz. can of sardines, 1 tsp. ground ginger, 2 eggs, 2 ounces beef liver, 2 ounces fresh broccoli, 2 ounces fresh baby spinach, 2 ounces fresh red bell pepper.

Whirl it all together, spread it in a 13×9 pan and bake at 325 for an hour.

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The juices soak back in as it cools.

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Portioned out for dinner – Dixie gets 6 ounces, Maxy gets 12.

She gobbled a good bit of the meatloaf down.

I hope Dixie is the one who beats cancer.

But of course the whisper could have been for me.

This week I had two more pre-cancerous lesions removed from my legs – from my shins, which were flung over the edge of an inner tube exposed to the hot sun all day as I floated down the Verde River in Arizona while visiting my cousins in my youth. Sans sunscreen.

I don’t think they even had sunscreen way back then. Just tanning oils – shudder to think.

I remember putting cool washcloths on my badly burnt flesh that night. And I remember the steam rising from my legs as I did.

So if the whisper was for my future, what diet?

I trust I’ll know when the time comes.

Corrie ten Boom’s father didn’t give her the ticket until the train pulled into the station.

That’s probably when my Father will give me mine.

#symptom

P.S. No one wants to see a photo of a pile of dishes, but after all that cooking this morning, I’ve got a big one. Plus a million other things to do.

Serving God one beagle at a time.

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Food, the friends

May Snow & Lentil Stew

It snowed yesterday, MAY 15, off and on all day.  So I skipped the church picnic and made lentil stew for my friends.

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My extraordinarily healthy little friends.

Here’s what you do:

Find a local farmer who raises pastured grass fed and finished beef. Buy an eighth of one of his cows. You’ll get a box full of steaks, roasts, ground beef, stew meat and some nice big soup bones.

Lovingly place one of the soup bones in your crock pot, cover it with water, turn it on low and let it stew for 24 hours, or 26 as the case may be.

By now the bone has come apart into three or four large pieces. Fish them out with your tongs and throw them away.  Pull out the big lumps of nothing but fat and throw them away. Pull out the little hunks of meat and put them in a small bowl, there won’t be a lot. Separate any morsels of meat that are still clinging to any unrendered fat, put the meat in the bowl, throw the fat away. You might be tempted to use the fat, I don’t. One of my friends suffered a bout of pancreatitis so fat is not his friend.  Plus he is thirteen – nice and lean is easier on thirteen-year-old joints.

Bone broth brings healing to old joints.

Pour the bone broth through a sieve into a mason jar or two.  Stick the jars in the fridge overnight.

This is where I picked up the process yesterday.

Remove the layer of hard, white rendered fat from the top of the jars and toss it – unless you want to use it for YOUR refried beans, roasted potatoes, etc…..

Dump the glorious beef gelatin into a large pot.

Once the gelatin is melted and hot, add some dried lentils.  While the lentils are simmering dice a few carrots and potatoes and add them to the pot.  Finely chop that little bit of meat and add it, too.

When the lentils are soft and the stew is thick, add some frozen peas. Simmer for about eight minutes more.

Let it cool, feed your friends.

And smile.

Because you are a good, good mom.

#buddies

 

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