It’s been one of those absolutely insane weeks where time stands still and then suddenly rushes forward without warning. Sunday night my mom ended up in the ER and Tuesday morning she had to have surgery. She had a hernia and it needed to be repaired ASAP. The doctors promised that they did this surgery all the time and that she’d be fine…. but quite frankly this is MY MOMMA and I understand a bit too much of the medical terminology to be completely reassured.
My Aunt sat with me in the waiting room to distract me and keep me from wandering into the OR to “supervise.” Like I said… this is MY MOMMA… I don’t really trust anyone with her, but me…. Of course, I’m not a surgeon, so it was probably for the best that Aunt Sheila kept an eye on me. (I know that I am damn lucky to have family that knows me and loves me anyway!)
Mom’s surgery went well, but as with any surgery there are risks. We all watched her like a hawk…. or a pack of hawks… (flock?)… and finally on Friday I got to take her home. I might be just a bit more freaked out now because now she is up and wanting to go DO things. *sigh*
Aunt Sheila, Mom & me at Kimmswick Witches Night Out
Since this whole week has been filled with starts and stops and sudden jolts in time, imagine my surprise when I woke to discover that the week was nearly at an end and Brian and I were supposed to be leaving on our MINI Takes the States Road-Trip on Saturday. With a ton of trepidation… not so much because Mom looks bad…(because she doesn’t, she looks good…. and who know’s what she’ll get into while I’m gone?!) but because she’s MY MOMMA and MY BEST FRIEND… I mean, we grew up together… she was just a kid (25…. and from my vantage point now, that’s just a baby) when I met her…. Nobody knows her as well as I do…. and no one knows me like she does… OBVIOUSLY no one can look after her as well as I can….. But Mom said to go and promised to be safe and just sit around quietly. I don’t entirely believe her….. but Sheila has promised to do more of that Hawk-Watching thing (She has a daughter like me, so she gets it…) and Mom does hate it when I sit and stare at her….. So Brian and I packed up the car this morning and headed out on our MINI Adventure.
The best mommas are the ones that can give you wings to fly and yet manage to keep you grounded at the same time.
Every Tuesday night Brian and I host Family Dinner Night at our house. We could have anywhere from 7 to 15 people around the table. In-laws, Out-laws, Halfs, Steps, and sometimes a random friend shows up…. we take the “Family” part fairly loosely…. Blood relation isn’t really required.
Grandpa just turned 90 and since Grandma passed he has been doing much of his own cooking… he asked for one of my crock-pots (I did have seven…. so I could spare one.)… He seems to be enjoying his crockpot concoctions, but it does make me feel good to make a full, home cooked meal for him every week.
It is also nice to have the whole family together fairly often. I’ve never understood why some families only get together on holidays. I mean, I get it, if you live far away or something…. but if you live in the same general area? What is the big damn deal about getting together on a certain calendar date? I’m reasonably available most of the year…. if you want to see me…. call. Have you noticed how miserable those winter holidays are because you are “stuck” attending events with relatives that if they actually gave a damn, could see you most anytime of the year? It’s not special if it’s an obligation, people. I just don’t get it… If family is important to you… then you need to make the effort to see them.
Anyway…. this is the meatloaf I made for Family Dinner Night this week. It’s gluten-free (I don’t know why people add breadcrumbs anyway,) and filled with yummy veggies. If Mom got to choose, we’d never have meatloaf, but ever-so-often I like to make a “manly” meal. I cheated and didn’t make mashed potatoes…. since Brian and I are trying to stay low-carb I try to keep FDN’s low-carb and gluten-free too. I did make (GF) Corn Pudding though…. so they’ll get carbs…. And everyone’s favorite Autumn Salad.
- 2 lbs Ground Hamburger
- 1 lb Turkey Sausage
- 3 Carrots
- 4 Celery Stalks
- 1 Onion
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbs Garlic (More or less to taste)
- 1 tsp WildTree’s Garam Masala Blend (More or less to taste)
Clean carrots, celery and onion. Chop into big chunks and chop in food processor until diced fairly small (not a paste…. should still be slightly chunky). Combine veggie mix, hamburger, sausage and eggs. (I tossed everything in the Kitchen Aid mixer.) Next add your chopped garlic and the Garam Masala Blend. (I used a big glob of garlic and just sprinkled the spices in…. This a a more or less to your personal taste kind of thing.)
Dump the mixture into a 13×9 pan and shape into a loaf.
Bake at 375º for 90 minutes.