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Surgery was postponed. The first doctor who read the MRI thought Nora needed surgery. The spine doctor wanted to try treating it with a steroid epidural and very strong pain meds first. She had the epidural this morning and is now resting. She may need to go back Monday for another. She was somewhat disappointed because she wanted the pain to be gone right away, but we are taking this step from the Lord and praying that it might be enough without the surgery. Thanks so much for all your prayers and well wishes.

Becka


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Prayer Request


Would you please pray for my DD, Nora? She has been in quite a bit of pain with her back and leg for the last week. She had an MRI this morning and they have her scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning.


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Radishes


Do you like radishes? I have to admit that I'm generally not overly fond of them. They are bright and colorful and do help to perk up a salad in the winter when you can't find nice tomatoes.

picture of Radishes

In France we were once served a cream soup made from cooked radish leaves that was actually quite tasty. I had never thought to cook radish leaves, but I learned that French women are quite adept at turning vegetable trimmings and pieces that are a bit wilted into nutritious and filling pureed soups.

I once read a Mrs. Pigglewiggle story in which a little girl would not take a bath. Mrs. Pigglewiggle advised the mother to plant radish seeds (which grow quickly) on her daughter. When they sprouted this encouraged her to bathe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, here is a delicious sandwich filling that contains radishes, among other things. It may sound like an unusual combination, but, as my DH would say, it really is. My friend Joyce first served us these sandwiches when DD, Megan had her first interview in the school she taught at in Michigan. This is a good way to perk up your tuna salad.

Tuna Cottage Cheese Sandwiches

1 cup cottage cheese
1 can tuna, drained
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green onion
6 sliced radishes
1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds
4 English muffins, split and toasted

Combine the cottage cheese, tuna, mayonnaise, celery, green onion, radishes, and almonds. Spread on English muffins.

picture of Tuna Radish

Becka


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Angel Food Dessert


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Sometimes in the summer you want a nice cool dessert that doesn't involve baking. This dessert fills the bill and you can also make it with very little sugar if you desire. I know some of my readers are diabetic or pre-diabetic and one dear reader has gestational diabetes. This dessert might be one that will fit into your diet plan.

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Angel Food Dessert

1/2 of a prepared angel food cake
1 3 oz. package sugar free raspberry gelatin
1 cup boiling water
10 oz. frozen raspberries (reserve a few for garnishing)
8 oz. low-fat raspberry yogurt

Tear the cake into small pieces about 3/4 inch in size. Set aside. Pour boiling water on the gelatin and stir to dissolve. Add the frozen berries and stir. Sometimes this will be enough to thicken the gelatin, if not, refrigerate for a few minutes until the gelatin is slightly thickened--about the consistency of an egg white.
Place half of the cake cubes in a large bowl. Top with half of the yogurt, and then half of the gelatin mixture. Repeat the layers and then chill at least two hours before serving. Garnish with whipped topping and reserved berries.

picture of Raspberry Angel Dessert

Variations: You can also make this with strawberries, strawberry gelatin, and strawberry yogurt or peaches, etc. You could substitute vanilla or lemon yogurt or pudding or whipped topping.

Becka


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Why we’re tired


Today at work someone asked me if I was feeling all right--she said "You look really tired." I had to reply that I was pretty tired--we've had a busy week. We helped DD, Nora, move one evening (she's becoming a live-in nanny) and we've been finishing up the final phase of the kitchen project this week. We had new counter tops and a new kitchen sink installed.

Here are the before and after pictures:

Old Sink (rather shallow stainless steel):

picture of Old Sink

New Sink (deeper, almond-colored Kohler smart divide porcelain) :

picture of New Sink

Old Counter (beige laminate):

picture of Old Counter

New Counter (granite patterned laminate):

picture of New Counter

We had first seen this counter top material earlier this summer when we were up in Ohio visiting DSIL and DBIL, Deb and Dan in Ohio. They are re-doing their kitchen and had chosen this exact same material. We really liked it and decided to put it in our kitchen if it was available down here.

picture of New Counter 2

This was the first time I have ever chosen a new sink or new counter tops. I had seen a smart divide sink when we visited our friends Cathy and David in North Carolina. I debated whether to get a two compartment sink or one large one and this option (the smart divide has a lower center partition) seemed like the best of both options.

We still have a bit of touch-up work to finish up and a few things to put away, but hopefully we are finished with big projects for the summer. We are thankful that the Lord provided this opportunity to redo the kitchen and look forward to using it for many years to come.

Becka


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