Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

What the Beck???

Recipe Review
Today’s Recipe and Location: Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French                                                       Toast
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
Pages:  12 - 14    Copyright:  2013 Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 300 calories,  if 15 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I loved this dish the first time I made it, so I decided that this is what I would make for the fire department that serves my neighborhood. I am trying to make a conscientious effort to do one simple act of kindness a week. I brought this dish, the dip that follows, some amazing small toasts, crackers, orange juice, and syrup. The firemen were so sweet and thankful. My brother-in-law is a fireman in St. Charles, and I know they have to provide their own meals, so I thought this might be something nice to do for them. I love firemen!  Anyone who will run into a burning building to save me deserves my gratitude!

My ingredients

I just wrapped it in foil so it was ready
for the firemen to cook in the oven.

Clean out the refrigerator dip

         Since I was cooking, I decided to see what else I had in the fridge. I had one leftover red bell pepper and some cream cheese approaching the expiration date. I love cream cheese!  I thought I would try to make a dip. I also added some pesto that was leftover from a previous recipe to the cream cheese and pepper. There was about a fourth of a cup f pesto in the jar. I mixed it all together and tasted it. I thought it was pretty good. I also added some fresh basil and a few sprigs of parsley from my herb garden on my deck. That was the key, I decided.  This dip was also given to the firemen to enjoy.

Stress test
         I had a discussion with my physician about having another stress test. It has been a long time since I had one, actually since we found out that I was in A-fib.  I felt the need to go into retirement with the knowledge that I am fit as a fiddle.  He agreed that it was time to recheck my heart with a stress test. 
         I had my test at Delnor where the staff was wonderful and very professional. They laughed when asked if I could take their photo for my blog. I have always had great experiences at Delnor Hospital now Northwestern.

This was a cardio stress test, so I had to
dive onto the bed quickly, so they
could watch my heart at the faster beat

The machinery for my stress test

These are the wonderful ladies
who performed the test

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