Monday, May 31, 2010

Goodbye to.... Office-Wear!

I have officially finished the part of my career where I wear boring, old, saggy office pants! Sorry to say - but I much prefer the nice teals and aquas that are my scrubs! I have ER next month (scrubs every day) and then...tada... anesthesia from here on out!

So Jimmy and I took a nice trip to Target to buy more plastic containers for storage considering that about 1/2 of my closet is full of this dull stuff. Now I have more room to shop for fun clothes!

p.s. no more medicine call... ever again, either!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Amelie's Photos

Amelie Yonge -
one of my mother's best friends and a second mother to me growing up... has found a new love for her camera! I have here a smattering of her favorites. The birds are from her backyard. Below is her daughter, my best friend Amelie, and her fiance Kent.

I forget the name of this little bird but he is just adorable. Like a little penguin. {the tufted titmouse... see here} He comes right up to her hand on the back porch and eats little mealworms! Buckwheat, their golden-lab mix, looks jealous from behind...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Potato and Pepper Curry

I've been working with another resident at my program for the last two months, both for night float and this month while on nephrology... Her name is Saritha and she is from India originally and she inspired me to cook this yummy dish by simply mixing up some of my favorite ingredients! So easy and healthy!

1 white or yellow onion, chopped
1-2 Tbs olive oil
4 or 5 small red or white potatoes, in big chunks
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
water, approximately 1/3 - 1/2 cup
1 red and 1 green bell pepper, in small slices
5-6 basil leaves, coarsely chopped
2-3 chicken breasts, in big chunks
ground coriander seed
curry powder
garam masala (optional)
chili powder
ginger, ground or fresh
red pepper - flakes or ground
salt and pepper
tamarind chutney (optional)
white or jasmine rice, amount dependent on how much you want to eat!!

Saute the onions in olive oil in a dutch-oven type pan or any pan with a lid. Add the potatoes, garlic, and water. Add some of the seasoning and salt and let water come to a simmer with lid on. Let cook until potatoes have softened, approximately 20 minutes... but check often because you do not want them too soft.

While the potatoes are cooking, put the chicken pieces in another saute pan and saute with some olive oil and the seasonings and salt until brown on all sides and just cooked through.

At this time also cook some white rice, I typically make approximately 6 cups of prepared rice because Jimmy loves rice!

Add the peppers and the basil to the potatoes and stir. Add more seasoning and salt if needed. Saute for 5 minutes, then add chicken to the mixture and stir.

Put the pepper/potato/chicken mixture on top of cooked white or jasmine rice. One thing I learned when I made this is that we enjoyed it much more when we had mixed a pad of butter in with the mixture and did NOT put much of the water from the pan in... add extra red pepper flakes or cumin for a kick!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cover and Jeff's Wedding!

Bridesmaid's Luncheon at Fish House

Rehearsal Dinner at Turner Camp

Wedding Day at Christ Church and DeLuna's Landing

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pipes Swagger

Little PD (short for Pipe-Dog) was swaggering around the yard today with her bone. I tried to capture the sparkle in her eye but she was having nothing to do with the unpredictability of my iPhone camera. A little bit of dodgeball, but you can imagine her happiness.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tomato Pie Taste-off

YUMMMY roma tomatoes + onions + our own basil + mozz + pillsbury pie crust = Tomato Pie!
I wasn't exactly sure how to make this, and don't have a pie pan, nor a deep dish pie pan, so I was forced to try a casserole dish ... ended up that I thought it may be too deep to make a crunchy tasty dish, so I grabbed another shaped dish and did a cooking comparison!

I wish I had remembered to take an 'after' picture... but we quickly devoured our pies, with little discerning about which one tasted better! A must-try!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Goodbye to Night float!

Yay! I have my life back and have ZERO more calls at Trinity Hospital! After four long weeks, I am officially done with night float. I no longer have to meander in by myself, lonely late at night, superstitious and paranoid about how many admissions I may or may not have to do, sleeping on a cot with gross patient sheets (I did bring my own pillow and blanket), with pagers going off and code blues overhead...

Say goodbye to these stairs and running up and down! Say goodbye to the crazy overdose patients who teem in the ER at 3 am!

Now I'm on to renal rotation, a much more stable Jimmy who now has his wife back, and the ability to have a glass of wine with dinner again!!! Phew!