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Sleep Whisperer

I went to visit Tony before work yesterday.  I normally leave my house around 8:10 in the morning and my 16 mile commute takes me about 30-35 minutes.  There usually isn’t too much of a back up because I take the back roads to work where the two lanes are 55 mph.  Nice.  Yesterday?  It took me 35 minutes to drive 5.5 miles to the hospital.  I left my house at 6:55 and didn’t get there until 7:30.  But I have commuter trains that time of day that back traffic up and it was a gloomy, rainy day.  (I was at a complete stop for the record) Open-mouthed smile

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Tony said he slept pretty well, but he still looked really tired.  I ended up staying for about 45 minutes before I had to head into work.  I ended up grabbing my breakfast at the hospital cafeteria – I had strawberries in my bag, but I picked up an English muffin, scrambled eggs and bacon to make a breakfast sammie when I got to work.  $2 – nice!

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I wanted to leave work at 4, so I worked through lunch.  The doctors normally start their rounds from 5:00 on, and I didn’t want to miss that.  I will post this recipe later because it was awesome.  Kind of like the lasagna soup you know I am crazeballs for, but this time I used potato gnocchi (my store sells a 1 pound package for ,99 cents) and Jennie-O turkey hot Italian sausage.  Wowza, is that stuff flavorful spicy!  I didn’t even have time to take a picture at work it was so busy, but I took a picture over the weekend when I made it.  Only 1/4 cup of heavy cream to make this soup seem so rich.  This was super filling too.

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I rushed to get all my work done and was out the door at 4:01.  When I got to the room, Tony had just gotten back from the x-ray of his esophagus, and while there didn’t seem to be any apparent blockage, his GI doctor said he was going to look at the video sometime today to see how the esophagus is working.  Later today he’ll get the scope that goes down his throat to see if there are any varices, and are running tests on his liver function.

Tony and I have been down this road so many times – I don’t think there has been a year he hasn’t been in the hospital for one reason or another since 2007.  I had forgotten that I am the sleep whisperer!  Typically he will fall asleep within minutes of me getting there.  I think he just feel safe with me being there and can just finally relax and let go.  Um, can you tell I had a bit of fun with picmonkey?!

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Around 5:45 he woke up and sent me downstairs to get dinner before the cafeteria closed.  All the cooked food looked like ass, and I didn’t feel like a greasy burger or grilled cheese and tater tots.  Yep, that was the special last night – for $4 you got a grilled cheese on choice of bread with tater tots – add bacon – just a dollar more!  I got a salad:  mixed greens, black beans, kidney beans, chick peas, carrots, banana peppers, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds – oh, and maybe just maybe a chicken tender was added to it at the last minute!  They had no low fat or fat free dressing, so I mixed in 1 part ranch to 2 parts balsamic vinegar – this was delicious actually!

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Tony ended up kicking me out last night at 8:00.  I could tell he was tired but felt like he had to stay awake for me.   As I left the hospital, it finally stopped raining – the clouds looked pretty cool though!

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So over the weekend I posted my picture of my homemade pitas.  I had a dozen people asking when I was going to post the recipe, and since I got home earlier than usual from the hospital last night, I decided to post it today.  My store normally sells pitas for $3.99 for 6.  But they are really thick and have between 35 and a whopping 50 grams of carbs each!   I used this recipe for inspiration, although I disagree with the second rising of the dough, and I cook mine on a non-stick skillet instead of baking them.  I also made mine thinner, so I got 16 pitas for this recipe – each one comes in at 105 calories, 2 fat, 18.9 carbs, .8 fiber and 2.6 protein.

Homemade Pita Bread

Ingredients

  • Pita Bread – Inspired from Time and Thyme
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons bulk yeast)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Mix the yeast with the flour, salt, and sugar.  Add in one tablespoon of the olive oil and 1.5 cups water.  Stir with a wooden spoon and stir until combined.  Once the dough is in a ball, put it on your counter and with some flour standing by, knead the dough for 10 minutes.  This is quite literally my favorite part.  I get lost in the dough and imagine myself in the back of my bakery making dozens of kinds of bread.  A girl can dream, can’t she?
  2. Put the dough in a bowl with a touch of olive oil, coat well, and let the dough rise 90 minutes.  Punch dough down, and divide the dough into 16 pieces.  No need for a second rise.  Heat a non-stick, six inch skillet over medium low heat.  Roll dough pretty thin until you get about a 5 inch pita.  Put the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl and using a pastry brush, lightly oil one side, put that side down in the skillet and cook for 1.5 minutes with a top on the pan.  Brush the top side lightly with olive oil and flip and put the lid on for another 1.5 minutes.  Repeat.  I probably could have done this faster with a bigger pan, but I didn’t mind spending the time.  I made these on Saturday while Tony was napping and I liked the solitude I had while making them.  And I could be quiet while cooking for once!
http://www.mybizzykitchen.com/2014/04/29/sleep-whisperer/

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No need to cover the dough either while these cooked – the dough didn’t dry out at all.

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Once the dough hits the hot pan, bubbles form on the top.  So when you flip the pita, the bubbles are the first thing to touch the heat on the flip side, so you get these gorgeous brown marks on the pita.

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I had a breakfast pita on Monday morning that I never posted because of Tony going to the hospital – and I had chicken gyros on my menu later this week that will have to be put on another day.  I ended up freezing these on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes, then putting them in a freezer bag.  They actually come right back to life just putting them in a toaster.

Alright, I am off to the hospital again before work.  Can you guys keep a secret?  Don’t tell Tony I left the basement light on all day yesterday, mkay?!

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  • Susan Calderon
    April 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I admire your calm cool and collectedness about your hubby being in the hospital. I am hoping the docs figure out the problem quickly and he gets to come back home to you soon. Hang in there this week. I’m rooting for both of you…

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Susan – I have my moments of freaking out, but I know if I do, Tony will sense it, so I like to stay cool as a cucumber. Thanks for commenting – hope everything is well with you!

  • Erica
    April 30, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Glad the tests look good so far. The soup looks delicious!! Homemade pita? DROOOOL!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      The soup was even better then next day – posting the recipe tomorrow 😀

  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    April 30, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I hate that Tony is in the hospital again. I was concerned the other day when you mentioned he wasn’t eating or feeling well 🙁 Good thoughts being sent your way! And some awesome photos in this post btw! *hugs*

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks Kim! 😀

  • Lynne
    April 30, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery for Tony. Those pitas look awesome and we’ll keep quiet about the light 😉 Cheers!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      I knew that’s why I liked you – you can keep a secret! 😀

  • Shelley B
    April 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

    The light in the basement was to scare away the goblins! I have been known to leave a light on when my Jeff is out of town…

    Hope today goes well for Tony (and you!).

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Shelley – it’s funny because in the dead of winter the only light I see when I walk in the door is the flicker of the t.v. in the living room – Tony prefers to have all the lights off. Me? I turn them all on!

  • sara
    April 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I am praying for you guys and I hope the doctors are able to figure everything out!

    Those pitas look awesome–definitely need to try them out!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Sara! 😀

  • elizabeth
    April 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Tony!

    Those homemade pita look fabulous–I might have to make them to go with some lamb burgers soon!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      They would be perfect for that – and they freeze so well. Thanks for the hugs!

  • Christina
    April 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

    At least there is no snow for you to sweep off of the air conditioning unit this time!

    Crossing fingers Tony’s tests bring some answers.

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Ha – I was telling Tony the same thing! Thanks Christina 😀

  • a life from scratch
    April 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Praying for super positive test results!! I don’t know how you do it all and manage to seem so calm and positive. it’s inspiring!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      I have my moments Courtney, but thanks! 😀

  • Sherry Werth
    April 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I have made it a habit to eat lunch before I read your blog. Seeing all your lovely food pics makes me not want to eat what I brought for my lunch! lol
    Sending get well wishes and hugs your way for a speedy recovery for Tony!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Ha – thanks Sherry – best compliment ever! Thanks for the virtual hugs!

  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    April 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Aww, poor Tony. I still think that sleep whisperer thing is so funny. And, umm, that hospital food didn’t sound very healthy!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Courtney, if you could see it, it would make your stomach turn. Tonights special? Bacon cheeseburger with tots!

  • Karli
    April 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I was thinking about you and Tony last night. Saying prayers for you both.

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Karli – I appreciate it!

  • Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene)
    April 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    🙁 I hope he feels better soon. Sleep is good! Heal!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks – me too 😀

  • Melissa
    April 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    My thoughts are with Tony!!
    Isn’t the food in hospital cafeterias crazy!?! I remember when my dad was sick, I had to eat there all the time. I kept thinking: “This is a hospital! If you eat here, you will end up in one of those beds for sure at some point!”. Makes no sense to me.

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Mel – I agree about the hospital food – and the sad part is that most of the people who eat it are the doctors and nurses!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    April 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Thinking of both of you!!! Hope today’s tests went well!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks for the hugs Andrea!

  • Kim
    April 30, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I hope that y’all can figure out what is making Tony feel sick!
    Your basement light secret is safe here!!!
    And, now I want some homemade pitas!

    • Biz319
      April 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Kim – and your niece is so fricken cute! Keep the Instagram pics coming. 😀

  • Fran
    May 1, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I remember you are the sleep whisperer from last time Tony was in the hospital.

    I sometimes leave the light on at the addict in winter and since there is a very small window that you can see from the street I usually notice it the next morning when I come back with my morning walk with Bella 🙂 my lips are sealed!

  • Nicole@HeatOvenTo350
    May 2, 2014 at 1:56 am

    You are so strong, Biz. I hope things go well with Tony.

    Also, isn’t it weird how unhealthy hospital cafeteria food is? Also also, I want to eat that whole stack of pitas. They look wonderful.