Friday I had my post-discharge follow-up. We did anEKG and an abbreviated Echocardiogram and then the meeting with the doctor and his team. You can’t imagine how good it felt to have the doctor tell me that my reclining echo showed no obstruction at all, and the standing echo showed more than 50% reduction in my obstruction — just by using meds. Needless to say the doc was happy and I was ecstatic!
I’ll do one more follow-up visit on December 3 and then we should be good to leave town — though we probably won’t head south till the 15th.
We would have gone out Friday night to celebrate but I had fish defrosting on the drain board and the wind was howling so we snuggled up in the coach instead, knowing that Kathryn would be over on Saturday and we’d have a good time with her.
Saturday morning dawned with freezing temps and clear skies — and I was hungering for home made coffee cake. One of these days I’ll share the recipe for Muffin-Method Coffee Cake that I make (it’s out of the 1960’s version of Joy of Cooking).
It’s a recipe I’ve been making for us ever since Katy was young and as simple as it is, it’s always special for us. Of course Edna Rombauer wants you to have all the ingredients at 75º and I have never managed to do that — I don’t live in 75º temps. Besides, with the outside temp at 28º and the jars I keep my flour in sitting next to the wall of the coach the ingredient temps were definitely lower than they should be. It’s funny, the recipe says the cake will be done in 20 minutes @ 350º — I have never had this recipe cook in 20 minutes!!!! Usually it takes something closer to 35 minutes — but I know to expect a longer cooking time.
Anyway… I was looking at the new Micro/Convection over the other day and noticed that there are two settings I never saw or used on the old one. It’s a setting that combines the convection oven with partial power on the microwave — and I decided to try using that setting for my coffee cake. Given two options, one using 10% microwave power and one using 30% microwave power I decided to try the lower setting first. I’m not sure how much the 10% power level sped up the bake time but it ended up as a great way to start the day.
Breakfast done, it was a good day to go shopping with Katy. Mom and daughter haven’t had much together time so once I got them into a store they wanted to scope out I left them alone to shop together and I hung out in the mall.
After we emptied out the mall it was time for a quick bite and we ended up at Cafe Hollander — which is not our usual kind of joint. This place is always busy, which surprises me a little. Of course it’s one place you can get beer with breakfast — they have an enormous selection of beer — draught, bottles and even cans. Their beer selection is documented in a little book that arrives at your table like most restaurants would feature for their wine list! Anyway… the long note about the restaurant is all about a small feature found within the “Breakfast Mac & Cheese” that I ordered. I’ve never had sweet pickled red peppers before and they were really good — as in AMAZING! Not the spicy pickles — just red bell peppers in a pickling liquid and I’m in love. I have to learn how to make them — even if just as a quick pickle.
We had a wonderful rest of the day just being together. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.