Shoulder surgery has been rescheduled (say THAT three times!)
Due to last week’s snow storm, Pepper’s surgery has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 5:30 a.m. WHEW! That’s early!
Sandra will take Pep tomorrow to surgery and dad is taking me to chemo! It takes a village, and tomorrow, we are taking some of our “villagers” to Starkville! 😂🤣
We are doing the “good” shoulder first, because if there is no intense pain, he may not return to do the other shoulder!!! I know him!
Please say a little prayer for Pepper tomorrow. He will do the next shoulder in about two months. And then all that physical therapy! It is going to be a LONG year! I’m afraid there will not be very much singing and dancing going on here for a while! 😜
Apparently, Pepper Sisson’s wife hasn’t meatloaf and mashed potatoes in a while, so she may need to work on that! 🤣😂
I LOVE this meatloaf recipe from the Bell’s Best Cookbook. (My Bell’s Best has been used so much it is in about 10 pieces but I manage to keep it together with a rubber band! HA!) Just about everything I have ever tried out of that cookbook has been great! I have altered this original recipe to account for our personal preferences, mainly because I do not like sage!
Gwen’s Meatloaf that Pepper LOVES
1 sleeve of crackers, crumbled (the original recipe says 2/3 c. of day old bread crumbs or 2 slices of toasted bread, crumbled)
1 cup of milk
½ cup or more of onions, chopped
1 ½ lb. of ground beef
½ cup of bell pepper, chopped (I don’t always use bell pepper.)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper (the original recipe says pepper, thyme or oregano – we like pepper)
(The original recipe said ½ tsp. of sage or poultry seasoning – but I do not add that)
(The original recipe also adds 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings – I do not have a “drippings jar”)
For the sauce:
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
¼ cup ketchup
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp dry mustard
Soak the crackers or bread crumbs in the milk; add meat, eggs, onions and other seasonings. Mix well. Grease the loaf pan with bacon drippings. I use a glad pie pan or make the “loaf” into thick patties and use them on a pan with a built in rack. Form a loaf and cover with the sauce. For the sauce, combine three tablespoons (or more) of brown sugar, the ketchup, nutmeg and dry mustard. Mix well and spread over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Then, I will cut up the potatoes (I LOVE Yukon Gold potatoes when I can find them!) so that all they will require is placing in the pan of water to boil for 30 minutes. We add four large pats of butter and a splash of milk to our mashed boiled potato cubes. I like firm mashed potatoes and Pepper likes them a little more “liquidy,” so if he is in charge of mashing the potato’s, he gives them two or three splashes of cold milk while I object loudly! (But I am grateful he is taking an interest in cooking these days!!!)
We love it! Usually, I prep this as part of my weekend meal prep adventures. I will mix the meatloaf ingredients together in a glass bowl with a lid. I will mix the sauce and store it separately. I also cut up the potatoes on meal prep day, just to make it all a little easier to deal with on the day we plan to have it for supper, which would typically be the next day, because I want my hamburger meat to be as fresh as possible. If I plan to have this meal later in the week, I will put the meatloaf in a ziploc bag and put it in the freezer. I make sure to remember to set the frozen meatloaf out of the freezer the night before we plan to eat it, so it will be easy to mold into a loaf, the pie plate or patties — whatever I plan to cook them in that night.
I am so paranoid about meatloaf not cooking all the way through, I prefer the pie plate or patty cooking method and kick it up to 400 degrees for an hour if need be. I like the pie plate, so the meatloaf can soak up the grease a little, because it gives it such a great flavor. I use the patties a lot more these days to reduce the grease a little. It is also a little easier to make patties if I froze the meatloaf.
So, do y’all make meatloaf and mashed potatoes on a regular basis? I would love for you to share your recipe below!
I suspected sympathy pain. But the orthopedic doctor said his shoulders are quite messed up and both will require surgery.
Someone is not happy about it, but on Monday, Pepper will have the first of two shoulder surgeries. He is starting with the left shoulder, which has the least amount of damage. My thought was if we do this one first, he will have to do the other one. This one has a tear and a small cyst. If we did the bad one first, he would NEVER go back for the second surgery!!! I know this man!
It will take about eight weeks to recover from this surgery, which will work well with my last chemo embolism procedure on March 30. We will schedule the second surgery after my two week hybernation.
His right shoulder has three major tears and the surgeon will fix something in the neck region if I understood correctly.
The second surgery will require at least three months for recovery and Pepper will likely be in physical therapy for most of the year.
Please say a little prayer for my singer and dancer, who is going to be dealing with a lot in the next few weeks. I am thinking this will reduce the dancing, but his bellering, I mean, singing, will not be altered unless he is feeling REALLY bad. I hope we don’t get to that point, not that I couldn’t use a bellering break! Lord help us!
We are in Tupelo at North Mississippi Medical Center…WAITING!
There was some problem with scheduling. I knew Dr. Howard was going to fit me in to his surgery schedule, but now, it will be interesting! They are going to get me ready to have my chemo embolism procedure around noon. We are attacking the left lobe, and I am SO READY!!!!
#GODISGOOD and this amazing procedure is saving my life! This is a liver tumor KILLER! And what a #blessing that is!
I am disappointed about the scheduling situation, but what can a girl do!?! No singing and dancing today. Waiting drains the life out of you! Or at least it drains the Sissons! Pepper is pretty sassy this morning, though! 🤣😂
It’s cold in Mississippi — I realize my friends in more northern states would laugh their heads off at our definition of cold, but I’m cold! 🥶
This is one of my FAVORITE soups! I could eat this year-round, but it is particularly wonderful in the winter.❄️
HAMBURGER VEGGIE SOUP 🍲
*1 jar of tomatoes (my mom cans fresh tomatoes from the garden each summer and I receive all of the benefits – for this recipe, I use one jar.)
*1 small package of ground round, browned and the grease drained
*1 pint frozen fresh lima beans (butterbeans – again my mom freezes fresh limas in the summer)
*1 pint frozen fresh corn
*1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
When my mom makes this, she adds a lot of extras, like okra and hot sauce. She likes it spicy. I like it a little more plain. I brown the ground round hamburger meat in a cast iron skillet and drain any excess grease. On top of the cooked hamburger meat, I pour in the tomatoes and limas and let them cook on the stove for about 20 minutes. The limas should be defrosted and cooked by this point. Usually, I add a little sugar to take away the tartness of the tomatoes. Then I add the frozen corn kernels and cook an additional 10 minutes on the stove.
It is a quick and easy – reasonably healthy – meal. It is also GREAT with a few grilled cheese sandwiches if you are so inclined!