friends

Tips & Things.

When I got the cancer/brca1 diagnosis, I of course searched the web endlessly looking for “tips and tricks,” as I’ve always done for anything. (Tips and Tricks, remember that gaming magazine?!?) Hoping to find a handbook on how to get through this whole cancer “thing” or “prepare for death” (though my husband hates that I even thought that, its true, when I got diagnosed, I didn’t know,) ****cancer and its mysterious ****ing ways,” I didn’t know and kinda still don’t know what to expect. What I did find out was, there actually was a handbook, and an enormous amount of useful tips and tricks. I also noticed that there were way too many people with cancer, but comforted to know that many people have been “surviving” this horrible disease.

I asked a couple of friends who I’ve met through treatment to send me over some of their “quick tips” they found useful. One of them is still in treatment, the other is not, both diagnosed with ****ing breast cancer and have been very kind, lovely new friends throughout….I asked a couple of other people, but they took forever to get back to me, so if you all out there in the internet world, have any tips/advice for other people going through this, or for their loved ones, please share.

Yes, I’m actually asking for any useful tips/advice only, but not for people to tell me that chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, radiation, etc. are awful/horrible treatments. I understand that people, generally, have good intentions, but its strange how only those whom are not cancer patients are the ones quick to give definite treatment orders, i.e. YOU HAVE TO GO RAW, YOU HAVE TO EAT GARLIC ALL DAY, YOU NEED TO HAVE PEROXIDE INJECTIONS, YOU HAVE TO MOVE TO MEXICO, etc. There is definitely a balance between modern and natural medicine. Lecturing me on what I need to do, because the decisions “I already made were wrong,” is only going to make me run away from you, or blog about you to warn others. Its all so overwhelming, and I have to admit, the really good advice I’ve received were from people actually going and have gone through it. That’s not to say that other people haven’t been useful, but you know what I mean.

Hope you guys find this useful, I wanted to contribute some information that helped me, and give back the support that I have been given. We’re constantly taking from “the universe” but what are we giving back, what am I giving back? Hopefully I can give love, support and positivity..keeping the good energy ever flowing. 😉

Visit her blog here: http://dameazon.blogspot.com

Visit her blog here: http://dameazon.blogspot.com

 

Visit Sarah's Blog: http://sarboobs.wordpress.com

Visit Sarah’s Blog: http://sarboobs.wordpress.com

 

(Find her blog here: http://sarboobs.wordpress.com )

(Find her blog here: http://sarboobs.wordpress.com )

 

…here is what I came up with:

Rodene's Short List.(yes, I know its messy, if you have any questions, ask away)

Well, that’s entry two on this whole “cancer thing,” I don’t even know what to call it…but thing will do for now I guess. Hopefully someone out there has found this to be useful. Not sure what I’ll blog about next, maybe on something non-cancery.

Thank you again you guys/gals for being supportive and kind…I’m continually trying to do the same. 😉

Peace & Positivity,

Rodene Jones

P.S. Here are some images from the “handbook” that a nice someone had given to me before I started treatment. I haven’t gone through many of these kind of books, but this one was simple and not overwhelming.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

We Don’t Like Chocolate, We LOVE it.

Our puppy has mastered the fine art of begging.

We always have bags and bars of chocolate in our home. I say home, because its every where, no, not where the dog can steal a bite, but in drawers, purses, the fridge, cabinets, every dang where, in all forms. Basically, always within arms reach…you just never know when your chocolate blood sugar levels are going to drop. 🙂 Its important to try out all sorts of chocolate, so you know which is right when you have a specific craving. Sometimes that cheap, dirty, kind of like Easter Chocolate barely chocolate chocolate is fun, then you can be daring n’ go for that lavender or bacon chocolate, but you can’t replace a thick, high quality dark chocolate bar. When we were in Montreal, Canada, (click here to see what I’m talking about) they had pretty amazing bars at their every day markets, they even had a hot chocolate cafe. Here in Los Angeles, Whole Foods, Cost Plus and Bristol Farms have a decent selection, but could be better.

So, you know we love chocolate in our house, in all shapes, forms, percentages…sometimes in milkshakes, cakes, brownies, fudge, ravioli, pastas, smoothies, coffee, oh and those chocolate covered gummi bears, do they count as chocolate? My favorite: those spiced hot chocolate pieces imported from somewhere Spanish, that you melt into a big ol’ mug with an extra side of warm chocolate saucey goodness..that’s what I’m after and am always a little upset when I have to share. 🙂 Anyway, we had a bunch of chocolate chips, cocoa, and squares that were dying to fulfill their destiny. Mixed them up with cups of powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, pecans & some salt, baked ’em and magic = easy flourless chocolate chocolate CHOCOLATE cookies.

Happy baking!

xo,

Rodene

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Keep Your Carbs Colorful.

We eat colorful veggies too…we don’t discriminate here in our home. My healthy friends don’t believe us when we say we know what cous cous and vegetables are. Hopefully these dishes will encourage my family, yes my own family to eat healthier.

Its just as easy to eat healthy as it is the latter, so don’t make any excuses for yourself and that belly. I know I could be better at health, but would rather be better at cake – kidding kidding. We try to keep things balanced in our home and bellies.

Though it can get pricey eating organic/healthy foods, you really shouldn’t put a price on health. Choosing health over a new pair of shoes, salon hair, nails, makeup, dresses, etc.etc. is tough sometimes. But, being that I don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke, am 100% drug free…I mean, what else am I supposed to spend money on? 🙂 So, I choose food. Like anything else you know, it takes work to be healthy, there’s a certain respect I have for people with that kind of discipline…its a discipline I strive for, slowly.

Yaaaaddi yaddda, back to food, green foods..I was too lazy to throw everything on our grill because it takes a bit more work…the thing is just not big enough to cook everything, AAAAAND everything needed to be cooked at different temperatures. Easier to cook things on the stove in separate pans, so I did and so can YOU.

Useful ingredients: cous cous, soba noodles, veges, olive oil, vinegar, lemon/lime juice, and herbs. And, I love tilapia, we always have it in our freezer, filleted tilapia is easy to cook and tasty…but I’m hoping that its not the endangered tilapia because I’m just guiltlessly slaying away at ’em weekly.. 😦 *gulp.

xo,

Rodene

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

HUNTER STYLE.

“Cacciatore!” A hunter style prepared meal, just for my hunter and gatherer. Totally made him feel all MANLY…can’t beat that feeling now can we.

Cooking red meat is tricky sometimes and isn’t the best for your health, so we opt for chicken. When I did eat meat, chicken wasn’t my favorite, and I rarely ordered it when I went out. I always felt chicken tasted the same, no matter how I ordered it…unfortunately, its a bit healthier. SO, it forces me to be creative in the kitchen. Problem with chicken that I find, is it can easily dry out and lose any flavor you have tried to marinate it in. Thankfully I’ve been slow cooking and excitedly using my skillet….definitely helped me rescue flavor & texture.

This particular recipe was super duper easy, but a little bit more time consuming. Had to brown the chicken first, then veges, then everything back in the oven, then cook the pasta….very basic, another fool proof recipe. Don’t leave anything over the heat without keeping an eye on ’em or they’ll burn, the veges soften quickly. Easy easy fricken’ recipe, if you love chicken, and love it fried, then seriously, just stop at step one. The bf was into it, he finished the whole thing, four thighs! That’s my growin’ sweetheart, love him so.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

So, come on, eat and cook as the hunters do. 🙂

xo,

Rodene

Cake Pops For The People.

…the hardworking people I work with sometimes. Its fun feeding people.

I love making cake pops, but can I just share that I hate melting white chocolate. I can only remember melting white chocolate successfully maybe…twice or something? The time before this was when I was trying to melt white chocolate chips for cake batter popcorn. Not SO sure what I did wrong, but microwaving them did NOT work, nor did double broiling. Maybe it was because the girls were here and we were too busy catching up, not paying attention to anything else? But melting chocolate, does it REALLY need THAT much attention? The answer is yes, when I do it, it does.

Vowing now not to make the same mistake twice…I did learn that if the white chocolate melting chips are overheated and are not smoothing out, add some vegetable shortening. Worked like a charm.

SO, I made chocolate cake pops with a white chocolate candy shell. Originally they were supposed to be happy, fat bear heads, but over the course of dipping and dripping, they morphed into scared and anxious bears.

xo,

Rodene