Thursday, August 30, 2007

Yesterday's News

Yesterday I had a abdominal CT to see what is going on where my gall bladder used to be. This was my Breakfast of Champions before I went to be scanned. I gotta tell doesn't matter how pretty you try to make it look in a picture, that contrast is pretty nasty stuff to drink.

As I was trying to chug half of the first bottle down at 7:00 in the morning, my 14 year old daughter suggested that I try drinking it with a straw.

Ya, right! This girl is a self described blond. What does she know?!

Well, the awful taste and texture in my mouth made me start to rethink her suggestion. Maybe it just might work. Ya know what? She was right. My daughter, who earlier this week was confused by a bicyclist's turn signal, was right!

Blondie: "Look, he made a "L" shape with his arm which means he's turning
Me: "Uh, sweetie, that was a right turn."
Blondie: "Oh [pause as the wheels in her brain start turning], yeah." Giggle, giggle, giggle.

Anyway, drinking the stuff with a straw sends it right over your tongue and straight to the back of your mouth. Great idea, Blondie!

The guy in radiology told me that my doctor should have the results back from my test by the first part of next week, so it's just wait and see till then. May I just say, without getting too graphic, that the contrast is just as nasty coming out as it is going in. Sorry! LOL!

The day did get better, though...

On the way home I made a stop at Tai Pan Trading. This place is a mega store that carries all sorts of decorating do-dads. With a can of paint and a trip to Tai Pan, your house could look like a show home. Mine doesn't...but it could. I guess I need that can of paint first! I've stop at Tai Pan at least once during each decorating season. I resisted the temptation to buy anything until I pull out all of my fall decorations and take inventory of what I already have and what I might need. Of course, I've already got my eye on a few things! Stay tuned...

I made a delicious pesto for dinner, which I served over fettuccine. I've got both sweet and purple basil in my garden, so I used both. I've made this dish once before and it was a real hit.

Pretty cinchy if you've got all of the ingredients on hand. I really prefer freshly grated Parmesan cheese, but I only had the Kraft variety in the fridge, so that's what I used. Note: If you use the pesto recipe on the back of the Kirkland Signature bag of pine nuts, cut WAY back on the salt!

Now this is where you really wish you were able to smell through your monitor! Just imagine the smell of fresh basil, toated pine nuts, garlic, cheese and olive oil. I'm starting to slobber just thinking about it!

I didn't get a picture of the finished dish, but I just tossed the pasta with the pesto and served a green salad (with LOTS of tomatoes!) on the side.

Now, I've never claimed to be a genius, but check this out...

I bought this bag of pine nuts at Costco.

Take a look at the allergy warning on the back. who would have though that you'd have to be warned that the bag contains pine nuts when it's already clearly printed on the front of the package? Honestly, do they really think that if some lame brain can't read "PINE NUTS" on the front that they're going so search to find it in the small print on the back?


  1. I have such a good imagination...I'm sure I can smell the pesto from here. It looks so good. Funny about the packaging. Somewhere on the net there is a list of silly packaging such as a cake with the instructions on the bottom that says "keep upright" LOL

  2. I may have just shorted out my keyboard from drooling...that looks wonderful...I think I can smell it.

  3. Mmmm - that pesto looks yummy. I got my basil in some 'dirt' this week. Maybe I'll be whipping up a batch soon.
    Gotta love the absurdity of the nut warning. Poor companies. They have to look for every legal loophole.

  4. Good luck with the tests Kairle. Look after yourself.

  5. I hope you get favorable results from your test - that stuff is nasty. ICKY!!!!

    I could smell dinner. Yum. :-)

  6. *Big Sigh*...I loved when you you introduced me to Tai Pan this summer. I think I will copy your picture for my own memories....although I live 700 miles from that heavenly store.
    oh, and K rox.

  7. That is SO funny about the pine nuts!

  8. I've been reading your old posts, and just had to comment on your pine nus warning label on the pine nuts package. I just found a potato peeler, still in the package. The package says not to use as a toy.