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Food Fun!

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Hollow bell of Trombone cake
with removable large and small mouthpieces at far, right end
Hollow bell of trombone cake
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Trombone cake 2012
Front view of husband's 2012 birthday cake
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Strawberry Cake
Hope & Faith - celebrating birthdays together
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Easter Cross Cake 2011
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Creamy Parmesan Shrimp and Okra
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Orange Cream pastry, sliced open
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Chocolate “Lasagna” Cake
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Wedding Reception cake
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Easter Cross Cake 2010
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Side view of iPod Birthday cake 2010
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Steelhead Trout
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Corned Beef Brisket, Cabbage & Carrots
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Glazed Roasted Duck a l’Orange
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Coconut Macaroons
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Lemon Ginger Shrimp & Scallops over Wilted Spinach
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Post-infusion update, migraines and trombone birthday cake

Faith had a challenging weekend and has been feeling lightheaded also.  Her headache has remained severe since Tuesday evening of last week and stayed at that level through most of the weekend.  We were back and forth to the hospital most of the week with that as well as a medical test I had on Friday (results back today – normal).   On Sunday evening, her headache finally came down to about a 4, unless she bends over, then it is higher.  We suspect this is due to a medication she is taking… working on that.  Her blood pressure remains normal. Despite her history of migraines, these are NOT migraines she is having as the post-infusion side effects.  They are not at all sensitive to light or sound as her migraines are and they are in a different location.

She did not sleep well again last night and woke me for help with the insomnia… hopefully, she will wake feeling well today and we will see a reduction in symptoms this week, allowing her to re-start her school work.

I had a migraine on Friday that became severe by Saturday & possibly the worst I’ve ever had by that night.  Unfortunately, this was also the day I discovered my meds were expired.  Ugh… very rough day, but we got through it.

In other news, I was able to complete my husband’s trombone birthday cake for this year and surprise him last night.  He has been working a LOT of long hours in recent weeks/months and I love to do something special to honor him… besides, we were all due for a bit of happy distraction.  🙂

Cooking, baking and cake decorating help with my stress and I enjoy the distraction.  While our girls usually have some idea what they want for a birthday cake and Faith’s ideas are often challenging (which makes it more fun!), he rarely has suggestions as to what he wants and usually just asks for the choice of flavor.  This year, Faith suggested I make him a trombone cake as he is an accomplished player and often plays at our church.  I was thinking, “Great idea, kiddo, but a trombone?!  Made of cake?!!  Yikes!”  Too bad a nice, simple keyboard isn’t his instrument of choice.  😉

As I was mulling over that, next evening, I asked him what he wanted this year and he said he wanted a chocolate pound cake and a trombone with a working slide…. hands down, the most input I have ever gotten from the man, but ha!  Funny guy… working slide!  lol  Ok, ok… a trombone cake it is… the slide does not work, but there are some other neat features.  😉

Front view of husband's 2012 gluten free trombone & case birthday cake

Front view of husband's 2012 gluten free trombone & case birthday cake

It’s made of:

  • Gluten free chocolate pound cake
  • Dark and milk chocolate butter-cream icing
  • Peanut butter marshmallow fondant and a little shimmer dust.
  • The handle might have been chocolate fondant if I had more time, but I just added chocolate to the PB fondant instead.  😉
  • The lid of the case is propped up in the back… this was Faith’s idea, too & she made most of the prop for it!
    • … and yes, it is modeled after his trombone and case.
Hollow bell of trombone cake

Hollow bell of trombone cake

This year’s cake was more challenging since we went gluten free in November and well… hollow trombone bells (that don’t lie flat, nor support the weight of the rest of the trombone while drying, it turns out) need time to dry and harden and my schedule was rather demanding this past week, leaving minimal time for the prep of the decorations.  Still, it was a cool cake to make and I’m glad I did!

Large and small mouthpieces of trombone cake

Large and small mouthpieces of trombone cake

Baby back ribs, potato salad, cole slaw and Faith’s homemade lemonade completed this meal, which we barely completed due to interference of the pesky medical stuff.  I really wanted to add more to the case, but was trying to meet a deadline so we wouldn’t have to bump the birthday dinner to Wednesday evening when he has another commitment, so I left it at that so we would not have to adjust Wednesday’s plans.  🙂

Faith just woke up… she still has a headache this morning, but it is still around 4, like it was late last night.  PTL!!!!  Sounds like we are finally pushing past the post-infusion reaction that started on day 2 of her last high dose IVIG infusion for the PANDAS and immune deficiency last Tuesday!  She still has the nausea and increase in headache when she bends down and seems out of it this morning… so, still a way to go.

Please continue praying for Faith, who pushed through a very rough week with great tenacity.  We will meet with her Neuro-Immunologist soon to discuss how to proceed with the infusions, as well as other testing her medical team is discussing.  Please pray for wisdom for her medical team, also.  Thanks so much for reading our blog and supporting us… the support, emails, posts, and prayers sustain us!

Oh… and don’t forget to eat cake!  😉

Easter Sunday yesterday & an upcoming week of doctor appointments…

~♥~ † ~♥~ Easter blessings! ~♥~ † ~♥~

We rose yesterday morning to a glorious celebration that Jesus is ALIVE!!!  I love Easter Sunday!  One of my favorite songs, played in my mind most of the day:

♫ He is alive!
He is alive!  ♪
♪ He is alive and I’m forgiven!  ♪
♫ Heaven’s gates are open wide! 
HE IS ALIVE!!!  ♫

We joined Faith in the Student Ministries worship room for morning worship and one part from our Associate Pastor’s message remained in my mind… how Mary (who was looking for Jesus at the tomb; she had come to anoint his body with oils) initially did not recognize Jesus when He asked her “Why are you crying?”  She turned, then assuming he was the gardener, asked if he had moved the body and to please tell her where.

Jesus spoke to her again… this time, He called her by name, “Mary”.

This time, Mary turned TOWARD Jesus and in recognition, cried out, “Teacher!”

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How often do we look without really seeing what God is trying to show us?  How often do we call ourselves by names other than that which our Lord calls us?  Jesus never calls us by the negative names we sometimes call ourselves.  We are clothed in righteousness, forgiven because of Jesus’ sacrifice.  Such an amazing love … words cannot begin to do justice!

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Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?  No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3: 1-17

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Once home, our Easter dinner guests arrived; we had appetizers of shrimp & ‘angel’ eggs, followed by dinner of roasted lamb, wild rice pilaf and vegetable medley.  Seeking to create something to express this amazing event we were celebrating, I made a carrot-spice pound cake with cream cheese icing and decorated in my humble visual expression of Easter Sunday.

Easter Cake 2011

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This will be a very busy week for us.  We have several doctor appointments with specialists, two of which are out of town.  Today, we have one about an hour away with a Pediatric Infectious Disease doctor (who our Ped recommended and has an interest in PANDAS kids) about Faith’s labs for co-infections.

Tuesday, we hope to squeeze in a home-bound instruction appointment; Wednesday we will travel a couple of hours away for another appointment on Thursday … this time with a Neurologist who also has a focus working with PANDAS kids.

Friday morning, I (finally… way overdue) have an appointment with a new doc for myself.  I’m overdue for a physical and definitely need to discuss my high fasting lipid panel (it’s not that cake up there… lol… my diet is generally quite good, but genetic issues are sometimes tough to overcome) and develop a plan for getting that under control.  I’ve been exercising more the last several weeks and I am much stronger than a few years ago when my own health was in serious condition.  Friday afternoon, we meet with Faith’s Pediatrician again to evaluate the IV Rocephin, whether she has cleared the strep throat infection with that therapy and whether to continue anything via her PICC line or remove it.

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