Thursday, April 28, 2011
Posted by rae at 10:58 AM
Friday, March 18, 2011
So last fall at a silent auction Patrick and I won this ... a bike trailer from WeeHoo! Love it!
Posted by rae at 8:58 AM
Friday, March 4, 2011
Please excuse the fact that there are no pictures with this post... considering the subject matter I am sure you understand :)
Posted by rae at 10:22 AM
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Failed attempts at taking the 2010 Christmas picture...
|yes, Sam is asleep|
|then all hell breaks loose|
|seriously... I just need one picture... without weapons. Is that too much to ask?|
and the keeper...
Posted by rae at 12:35 PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
So after much discussion and hand wringing and contemplation, we a started Sam on Guanfacine (or Tenex)
Guanfacine (Tenex) was originally developed as, and is still used as, a mild antihypertensive. Like some other antihypertensive drugs, Guanfacine (Tenex) regulates levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine; in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, it decreases sensitivity to distracting stimuli, and it therefore may help with focus. For this reason, it can be helpful in reducing ADHD symptoms, either alone or in combination with stimulants.
I have mixed feelings about this. This topic has been discussed and brought up a lot over the past several years... a topic that has never left a good taste in my mouth but one that I knew I would one day have to swallow. On one hand I feel that Infantile Spasms (not to mention everything else) has robbed Sam of so much and if this will help him make those connections faster and help him to be less frustrated and more focused... fabulous. On the other hand I hate adding another med to Sam's daily routine. On the upside... the side effects are very minimal (virtually none) so there really is no down side in trying. Sam is on the cusp of really grasping so many new things and I can't help but wonder... if he had just a wee bit of help could he finally complete some of those loose connections in in brain and unlock a few more doors???
Am I wrong to ask for more? Considering the gift we have already been given... is it wrong for me to say "Thank you God for the miracle... now may I have another?" Is it too much for me to hope for that one day Sam might learn to read, or be potty trained, or have a conversation with me about the weather ??? Am I selfish for wanting more than I was ever promised?
Look at those faces and tell me that I am wrong for wanting so much for them.
So we will see how it goes....
Posted by rae at 1:09 PM
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Posted by rae at 8:48 AM
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
And the answer is... Seriously the best meatloaf recipe ever!
Rae's Fabulously Delicious Meatloaf
Combine at least 2 of the following meats to = 3lbs (ground turkey, lean ground beef, ground venison, jimmy dean sausage (any variety))
*** my favorite combo is 2lbs lean ground beef and 1lb jimmy dean sausage (sage, low-fat, spicy... you choose)
1 cup tomato ketchup (have used salsa in a pinch)
2/3 cup V8 juice (can you spicy if you choose)
1 1/2- 1 3/4 cup bread crumbs (ok to add a bit more if mixture seems a bit to "wet")
4 tsp prepared mustard
1 packet Good Seasons Italian dressing mix *dry mix
Mix everything thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. Seriously, I am pretty sure that you are supposed to beat the eggs first and add all the ingredients slowly... but I just toss them all in and in no particular order and use my hands to mix it all together. Turns out great every time.
Press meat mixture into 2 loaf pans (yes... that is one for dinner and one for sandwiches tomorrow!)
mix 1/2 cup ketchup OR chunky salsa
1 tsp prepared mustard
4 TBS brown sugar
Mix it all together and spread on top of meat loaf.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour (check at about 45-50 minutes and drain if needed... my oven sucks so please note that your cooking times may vary... I usually end up cooking it for about 1 hour 10 minutes or so). The meatloaf will start to pull away from the sides. The sides and the topping will probably look a bit burnt... but it is not... it is just the sugar carmelizing... YUM! Drain as needed and let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
Posted by rae at 4:16 PM