Karen, my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in December, has been feeling fantastic since she finished her chemo in early June.
In fact, she has been MIA because she was on a 10-day bike trip in Tuscany last week!!!
Her post-chemo scan in September came back all clear (yay!)… except for one small unrelated thing: an inflamed biliary duct. As a result, she had to have an endoscopy yesterday, which left her with swelling, pain and a case of pancreatitis*. Thus, she was admitted to the hospital for monitoring and pain management.
Matt and I went to visit her this afternoon to take over some magazines and provide some company. She’s in good spirits (as she almost always is!) but says she’s the sickest she’s ever felt. Pancreatitis is often a side effect of the type of procedure she had yesterday, so this is unfortunately common.
*Karen gave me full encouragement to blog about these events
After our visit and a trip to the bakery to close down for the day, we came home to make a Tuscan dinner in Karen’s honor – using the Italian Siamesi pasta she brought us!
No idea of bison meatballs are ever made in Tuscany, but we can just pretend : )
Matt made these with a combination of half a pound of ground local bison, 1 egg, 1/2 cup Cville Crunch bread crumbs (fresh), salt and pepper, and Garlic Gold’s new Herbs de Province flavor – which is KILLER!
He seared them in a pan with lots of herby olive oil until they were nice and brown. Then he drained out most of the oil, added some Whole Foods Green Pepper tomato sauce and simmered it all back together for a bit.
I was in charge of the pasta and salads!
Simple lettuce with olive oil (from Italy!), more Garlic Gold herbs and parmesan cheese
Absolutely delicious! Wish Karen could have been here for a taste.
Want to know a big blogging secret?
I’ve been using these amazing umbrella photography lights for over a year. I could not winter-blog without them!!! They are big and bulky, but worth every second of assembly time each night. I store them in our hall closet and bring them out as I set the table. I just love the shade of natural light hue they provide.
Tonight our dining room overhead light burned out, so you can see how dark it was above. The lights worked all of their magic – pretty good for a room with no light at night, don’t you think?
Look closely – there’s a ghost bulb trying to eat my salad in this photograph!