Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sunday Dinner, November 22, 2009 & Other Shtuff

Lawsy me, what a week it's been! I've been saying that a lot lately, haven't I?

I watched Emmy for Jessica today while Jessica attended a funeral and did a few other things, so Jessica is springing for my Sunday Dinner tomorrow, which will be eaten somewhere yet to be determined. That suits me just dandy 'cause after keeping Emmy so much over the last 2 weeks, I'm about worn to a frazzle.

I had Emmy every day this week except Thursday. Lamar spent Thursday night with his Mom because his step-Dad was gone deer hunting, which meant I had the place to myself.

I had grand plans to get all my laundry done Thursday night while Lamar and Emmy weren't underfoot, but other than cooking myself some supper, I ended up just sitting on my prodigious rump, most of that time being spent here in front of the computer. And most of that computer time was spent on Facebook, commenting back and forth with friends and playing a few games.

All in all, a good evening, even if I didn't get a lot done. I did, however, finally get around to butchering the butternut squash I bought a few weeks ago, and made my own version of BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP. It was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. I made enough to eat that night plus 3 more bowls to go in the freezer for quick meals later on.

I also made FRIED GREEN TOMATOES for supper Wednesday night and posted the recipe on MY RECIPE BLOG along with the recipe for the BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP.

I've posted several new recipes lately on MY RECIPE BLOG. If you haven't visited there lately, or well, EVER, feel free to check it out. You might find something you like. My recipes are nothing fancy, just tried and true family favorites, Southern home cooking and some of my own concoctions.For my supper tonight I have Chicken Spaghetti in the oven and boy, does it smell good right now! I made a double batch last time I made the chicken spaghetti so I could cook one then and put one in the freezer for later.

Well, later has arrived and I sure am glad I had that in the freezer so I don't have to cook tonight.

I make my Chicken Spaghetti just like I make my MEXICAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE, except I add a can of whole kernel corn, prepared spaghetti, linguine or other thin pasta, and leave out the nacho chips. Yummy!Besides cooking and watching Emmy on Friday, I pulled out some of my stored Winter clothing and comforters to wash, along with my usual weekly laundry. By the time I washed, dried, folded, hung and put away the last of 9 loads of laundry Friday night, Diane was a TARD girl. It was midnight by the time I got out of the shower and ready for bed.

As I said, I've had Emmy every day this week except Thursday. Friday when Jessica dropped Emmy off I noticed that she had a stuffy nose. Hmmm...Okay, so far so good.

Jessica had bought Emmy a cheeseburger meal from Wendy's for lunch, but Emmy just nibbled on it, so Jessica brought it in case Emmy got hungry later in the afternoon, which she did. Emmy ate almost all the burger and all but a couple of French fries and drank her milk with no problems, no complaining of a tummy ache or anything of that nature.

You see where this is headed, don't you?


I put Emmy down for her nap and almost immediately she started coughing, which she hadn't been doing at all before that. She was doing her best to go to sleep, because she was sleepy when I put her to bed, but the coughing was keeping her from resting.

I called Jessica to ask if Emmy had any cough medicine in her diaper bag, and just as I hung up the phone Emmy called out, "Grammaw, I'm sick!" And boy, was she ever! And I discovered that along with her runny nose she also had a low grade fever.

I'll spare you the gory details, but I had to change Emmy and change her bedclothes, which made for yet another load of laundry.

After I got Emmy cleaned up and in clean clothes, I gave her a dose of cough medicine and put her back down to take a nap. Unfortunately, apparently Emmy is one of those kids that instead of the cough medicine making her sleepy, it revs her up and makes her hyper.

I never got around to reading the label on the cough and cold medicine, but I suspect it has *Benadryl* in it, and although it makes most people sleepy, it has the opposite affect on some. It doesn't affect me at all, so it figures that Emmy would be one of the ones who vibrate in place when she takes it.

Emmy dozed a little over the next hour or so, but never really slept any more, so I got her up and tried to keep up with her runny nose.

She still has a runny nose today, but isn't coughing much and so far hasn't had any more fever, praise the Lord!

I'm hoping and praying that it's just a cold and not the flu, either the piggy variety or the seasonal type. A cold would be bad enough, but a little thing like Emmy really doesn't need either type of flu and neither do I or Lamar.Another week done and closer to the holidays. Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday! And only a few weeks after that and Christmas will be upon us.

My Chicken Spaghetti is probably hot now, so I'm going to wrap this up and go eat my supper. I still have to study my Sunday School lesson and do a few more things before bedtime, so I'll close this by wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

May God richly bless you by meeting all your needs, and may you have enough to share, dear family and friends.


Mary said...


I'm so sorry that Emmy isn't feeling well. It's difficult enough for adults to be sick, but when little ones fall ill, we feel so helpless and they don't know what to do. I'll keep Emmy in my prayers.

I'm wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. We really should celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in October and then American Thanksgiving in November. It is my favourite holiday after Christmas and that will be here soon enough.

Wishing you a great evening.

Gigi said...

Yikes, what a week you've had!

My wish for you this week is only 3 loads of laundry - none of which requires ironing, a healthy and happy Princess Emmy, a healed hubby and a week of meals that cook and clean up after themselves!!

Gigi said...

Oh ~ and a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend!

Dawn said...

I can relate. It has taken me all week to get the laundry done, the mail taken care of, and everything in order after two weeks of traveling. With the babies every day but one. Oh, my I was tard, too! I hope we both have less hectic child-filled weeks coming up!

I can't believe it - I haven't given a single thought to Christmas shopping - I really don't want to. I just want to sing, enjoy the beauty and meaning of Christmas - but I don't think that's gonna fly with the kiddoes!

Have a great Sunday - come on over and see where all I have been and who I've seen!

Dawn said...

You're right - they're all sleeping soundly in their little beds, and I'll get them ready for church in the morning. But, if nothing goes wrong, I'll have Monday off.

Dawn said...

Me again - I just finished Part II!

coreymom40 said...

Hope miss Emmy is feeling better today and you and Lamar don't get ill yourselves.
You made me laugh with the "vibrate in place" comment. Cause I can totally understand that one!! Too Funny. As always it was a pleasure to read your post and I hope you and yours has a Wonderfull Thanksgiving as well.

Linda said...

Hi Diane,
It's always good to visit. I keep bouncing back between blogs and FB and I think I'm keeping up fairly well.
Praying Emmy is feeling better. All of the food looks absolutely wonderful.
Have a blessed day dear one.

Greeneyes said...

Poor little mite ! I hope princess Emmy is feeling better and did not pass on any of her germy friends to you or lamar !LOL
Let me know how she is feeling when you can ,like you say she is so teeny XOOXOXOXOXOXsugar and more sugar , wait !nope she doesnt need that she is hyper enough LOL.
Cuddles SSH just her size , BSH for me and you with ner bone in sight LOL. Enjoy the chicken Speggetti , sounds yummy ,I can almost smell it , yep must be getting hungry .
love you sister friend xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Miss G

Rachel said...

I sure hope Emmy is better by now.

I'm going to have to check out more of your recipes. I KNOW you are a wonderful cook! :) Fried green tomatoes! Yummy!!!

It's hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here, and Christmas, and a new year!! Where does the time go??

My Sunday dinner was baked spaghetti and it was very good!

Have a great week!

Hootin' Anni said...

Hi Diane...hope Emmy feels better soon.

Hey? Just wanted to stop by today to send along my best wishes for you and yours on this Thanksgiving week.

Mother Mayhem said...

Poor Emmy. Hope that she's feeling better. HUGS.

Mother Mayhem said...

And if I don't get another opportunity to tell you...


PEA said...

Taking care of a toddler is not for the faint of heart! lol I know how much you love Emmy but I can also appreciate how exhausted you are at the end of the day after taking care of her. I do hope she's feeling much better today, there's so much of that flu/cold going around. Steve's son had to go to emergency on Saturday, he had a fever of 104.9 and was sick like a dog. He was checked out and thank goodness it's not the swine flu but the seasonal flu.

The food you cook always sounds so delicious and one day soon I'm going to print out all your recipes:-)

Take good care of YOU and have a wonderful week my friend. xoxox

kkryno said...

Wow; and I thought I was the only one who reacted that way to *Benedryl*! Judy has had the cough and nose thing, but thankfully no stomach issues.

My youngest daughter teaches third grade and she has had one cold after another since the middle of October. I feel so bad for her.


I'm going to have to make a mess of fried green tomatoes. It sounds so good. I think the last time that I had them was before my Mom's mother passed. She made them all the time, and I miss them! I'll certainly be trying your recipe.

I hope that your Thanksgiving is a great one, and that Emmy is over her tummy/nose issues are done. I also hope that Lamar's eye is on the mend.

the voice of melody said...

Diane, I'm sorry to hear about poor little Emmy. I hope she feels better real soon. Give her a {hug} from me!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Mountain Mama said...

The way you wrote about your day with Emmy being sick reminded me af some times like that in my own life. I'm glad she is well now and pray no one else gets whatever she had.
Your picture of fried green tomatoes made my mouth water as I remembered my mom's sizzling in her old black cast iron skillet. The aroma made my tummy growl like a starving Lion!I have to go look at your recipe blog and see if you made them like she did. First in beaten egg then flour, salt and pepper and fry them sometimes in bacon grease. YUM!
Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving Diane.
Love you

Anonymous said...

Just stopping by to wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. v from Idaho

RennyBA's Terella said...

What a nice top TG picture!

I know I am late, so let me just say that I wanted to tell you Happy Thanks giving dear blog friend. I hope you have a good one and a wonderful weekend with your friends and family!

Love and hugs from your Norwegian Viking blog friend :-)

Isabelle said...

Hi from Scotland! Hope your little granddaughter is better soon.

I'm 59 and not a granny yet, alas...