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I don't have a new recipe today, so I'm going to do something I hardly ever do here on Spunky, and just talk a little :-)
Last night it began to snow, and it's been lightly snowing all day. I know some of you are probably really tired of snow right about now, but despite Colorado's reputation, we don't get much snow here in the Front Range. It snows tons up in the mountains at places like Vail, Aspen, and Breckenridge, but down here... not so much. Just one myth about Colorado. (Another is that the summers are mild, like Maine. Wrong again. It's mid 90's for two months—ugh.)
This morning I came downstairs and opened all the shades so I could enjoy watching the snow fall. I cooked up the second half of the batter (leftover from dinner last night), and we had Lexie's crepes for breakfast. So good. Then Zoe and Ashley played for a while before enjoying a nice hot bath. They pretended to be baristas in the tub, with toy cups and teapots, before getting out and (since we weren't planning on going anywhere today) putting on fresh pajamas.
One of our favorite things to do on snow days is read really great winter chapters from our favorite books. Today we cuddled up on the couch and read the last few chapters of On the Banks of Plum Creek. We started at the part when Pa goes to town even though Ma has a bad feeling about it. He gets stuck in a snow storm coming home. Ma and the girls try to be brave and stay warm for three days while Pa is missing in the crazy blizzard. The end always makes me cry, even though I know what's going to happen. It's so good.
After lunch Ashley and I made gingerbread cookies and frosting, while Zoe wanted to do some more reading on her own. With my help Ashley added all the ingredients and mixed the dough with the electric mixer. I'm so proud of how well she's doing. And speaking of how well she's doing, her doctor called this afternoon with some test results. As you may know from the first time I talked about recovering Ashley, we are working with our DAN! doctor to pull toxins from Ashley's body. She is incapable of excreting them herself because she has a mutated enzyme.
Ashley's lab tests show that she is continuing to detox things like mercury, aluminum, and lead, just to name a few. This is a real blessing and a very big deal because, as her doctor said when we got one heavy metal test back, "I've never seen so much mercury [in a patient/child] before." And her tests for two years leading up to chelating (detoxing) showed no toxins were being excreted at all. So thank God it's coming out with chelation.
On a much lighter note, I'm also grateful not to be nauseous anymore :-) I didn't realize so many of you were pregnant or had babies and grand-babies until you left comments on my last post (when I told you I'm pregnant). Some of you asked how I was feeling and said you were interested in my pregnancy diet, so here's what I have to say so far. Being nauseous stinks, but four things I found really helped: Candied ginger, apple cider vinegar mixed in water (well, that one's more for acid reflux than nauseousness), eating mini meals all day, and drinking mineral water. I really don't like mineral water though, so I added juice, like R. W. Knudsen organic Just Concord grape juice. Something about the bubbles makes me feel better.
Now that I'm not really nauseous anymore I've been craving things non-stop, mainly meat. I don't normally eat a lot of meat, and I almost never crave it. So it's unusual for me, but I'm listening to my body. I've also been craving pickles, which my husband thinks is hilarious. The problem with most of my cravings is that they hit me so fast. All the sudden I just have to have pancakes, usually at night, or grilled chicken, usually at breakfast. :-)
So as the sun begins to go down, and the snow continues to fall, I'm off to make dinner. I don't know what it will be—I have to search around the fridge and pantry. I think I have some sweet potatoes I can bake and some spinach I can wilt. Sounds like it's going to be a hodgepodge of what's left. Maybe I'll throw it all into a soup. Mmm... I love food.