"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Nature's goodness

I love blueberries! After picking two containers full last weekend, I froze four bags of them but decided I really wanted to keep some fresh in a bowl to munch on. They are like Mother Nature's M&Ms. *grins*

Just looking at them is a delight but I loved being able to put them in my blue bowl. They are almost gone now and partly because I did bake something with them which I will get to in a moment.
It has been a warm week here in Holland and even Dagi has had little desire to do more than sleep. I just folded some clothes and he decided they made the perfect place to rest up against. My sweet little kitty is becoming an old man...

This summer we seem to have to favorite on our menu...salads and pasta dishes. I keep trying out new combinations with various kinds of pasta. I love trying out new combinations. This is cortecce pasta. It is a temporary product at our supermarket. I simply chopped up 4 spring onions and sauteed them in olive oil with sliced mushrooms. I then added half of a head of andive chopped until the andive had wilted. Pour in a little coffee cream or half-and-half. Season with salt, pepper, about four to five chopped sun dried tomatoes and thyme. Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano and grilled raw ham that has been broken up over the dish. Every ingredient is very fresh and it makes a simple and tasty dish for a summer's evening.

And for dessert? Well, my blogging friend Karen helped me out with that when she put an old favorite recipe on a recent blog entry. This is Blueberry Tea Cake and I can tell you that it is fabulous. We had it the first night with vanilla ice cream. The streusel topping is so delicious.

My photos have been very bad lately as my camera has a major defect. We just found out that Canon had recalled this camera but we never heard about it until my own camera started to show signs of the problem due to the warm weather. Jos bought me a new camera as it will be a good six weeks before the other is repaired.

Many have been asking how I have been. I am slowly improving as the dosage of my thyroid medicine is increased. I had to go to the hospital for my second biopsy this week. The technician did the ultrasound and went to get the doctor. To my surprise, the doctor that administered the radioactive therapy in March came in the room. He works in this department too he told me. He redid the ultrasound and another doctor also came in to look and he also redid it. They decided that they would wait to do the biopsy. They told me that my gland is very irregular and asymmetrical at the moment. There is still a nodule they are keeping an eye on but they are convinced that the radioactive material should take care of it with time. This kind of treatment takes a good year to show results. The doctor told me he could not see the point of putting me through the discomfort of the biopsy as he believes it will be okay. He does want to repeat it in three months at which time, if it is not improving, the biopsy could then be done. Needless to say, he did not have to convince me and I was ready to jump off the table. Next week, I see my other specialist and hope she will be in agreement since she was the one who wanted the biopsy done.


Sonja said...

Wat een meevaller dat de biopsie niet hoefde. En goed bericht dat het toch lijkt dat de radiotherapie wat voor je doet. En zijn de schildklier medicijnen inmiddels al op peil?Fijn om weer een beetje op de hoogte te zijn. (thank you for sharing)
Die blauwe bessen zien er yummie uit. En de taart(het toetje denk ik) lijkt me ook een aanrader.

Judy said...

I'm so happy for you Heidi. I hope everything will be Ok. Your dinner and the tea cake look wonderful.

Roberta said...

Hi Heidi, It is blueberry season and peach season here in middle Georgia. Blueberry/Peach pie is a favorite here in our house.

Hope all continues to go in a good direction for you.

Have been gone for a bit and finally getting back into reading and catching up with messages and blogs.

Take care - Roberta

Tammy said...

What a handsome kitty!
The pasta and tea cake look very yummy!

Brigitta said...

Don't you just love those blueberries??!!
So good to read about your results, keep it up girl!!

Cindy at her Country Home said...

Hallo lieve Heidi, na een blogpauze en weer net terug van een heerlijke vakantie in Italie en Kroatiƫ lekker je blog bijgelezen. Wat een goed en top bericht over je gezondheid Heidi, hou het maar goed vast! Enne wanneer kan ik lekker bij je aan tafel bijschuiven, meid het water loopt me hier in de mond. Leuk ben jij hoor, zit met m'n neus al op die lekkere taart en dan schrijf je ook nog over een delicious vanille saus. JAMMIE!!! Liefs van Cin xxx

Tracy said...

Hi, Heidi...a most delicious post day...mmm! "Mother Nature's M&Ms"--that is a great way to think of blueberies--I just love them too. Hello there, Dagi...so happy to see him. Our Charlie says hello too :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Brad said...

Blueberries are the sweetest berry.
I'm glad the birds aren't eating them all up. :)

Sassy J said...

Heidi, the blueberries look fabulous.....what a favorite of mine! What a sweet kitty...Jennier

Linda said...

Heidi...you've made me hungry:)....we've been having lots of salads too and your pasta creation sounds so good. I need to get some sun dried tomatoes and a small pasta and do something like this for us...yummy. Oh, the crumb cake sounds so good...I went to Karen's blog and got the recipe, thank you for the share. I want to go back and visit her blog...love all the quilting I saw...a happy day to you...hugs, Linda

p.s....Cute picture of Dagi....he looks very content...L

Andylynne said...

Bluberries are wonderful, and that bowl is perfect for them. Glad you feeling better, and that your enjoying all the blueberry bliss.
I have an elderly dog, and moderatly ancient cats. My last oldents kitty passed on at 17. Dagi is a handsome older gentleman. Enjoy the rest of the summer. It's zipping by way to fast here.

Nancy said...

Ohhhhh Heidi, I can see a huge change in Dagi. Wow.
That cake you made looks yummy.
I know you two love blueberries.
I will be home tomorrow to talk to you on skype again.
Love you, Mom

DonnaTN said...

Hopefully, you are truly on the road to recovery! Your dinner sounds and looks delicious. You can cook for me any time!

Karen said...

Hello Heidi - glad to see you enjoyed the Blueberry Tea Cake, it's a favorite at our house. Your pasta looks yummy and so full of wonderful fresh ingredients. I think Dagi looks very comfortable holding up your clothing, lol. Glad to hear your results are improving.

Hugs - Karen

Rhondi said...

Isn't that perfect that the doctor was there. What great news! I hope by this time next year you are full of energy and totoally healed from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!
I love blueberries too..mother natures' M&Ms. I like that!