A call from the Dr…..

IVF #2 Followup

Dr. V left a message this morning to let us know she saw the results of this weekend.  She said she saw the embryo we transferred which was perfect so she wants us to do a karyotype test which is a blood test for both of us for chromosomal abnormalities.  It takes about 3 weeks to get the results.  I don’t think she was aware that I had already made my WTF appointment for Wednesday but I am happy she is starting to look into further testing.  I am hoping we can get the blood work done this week so we are not extending our next round whatever it may be.  At the end of the call she said “I am thinking of you both” which was enough to bring on the water works.  I really like our doctor and she is very caring.  I really hope this next round works and we don’t have to move on to another clinic.

Vacation Day
Today was totally a “me” day.  We didn’t get home from the concert till real late so I have been a zombie all day.  I have been researching this karyotype testing and other testing that can be done.  I have also been reading, prepping my meals for the week, whipping up some salsa and pretty much avoiding doing anything that takes an effort.  I made some of my homemade salsa and made some Papaya and Mango Salsa as well.  I have yet to try it so I don’t want to post any recipes yet.  I usually do some taste testing while I am preparing but after the Fried Dough last night (that I failed to mention) we inhaled, I was feeling a bit sick this morning.  This is just a shot of the homemade salsa.  It takes a long time to make and now that our tomatoes in our garden have gone bye bye I think it will be the last time I make it for awhile

Cooking up a storm…..


Sundays are always meal prep days for me.  This week I spent a good half the day cooking.  I made homemade salsa, marinara, turkey taco meat, spaghetti squash, mashed cauliflower and my lunches for the week.   I am really boring for lunches.  They usually include chicken, steamed spinach or broccoli and either quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato.  I measure everything out because I am that anal.

I was quite impressed with my salsa and it was the first time making it.  I bought Margarita’s brand salsa the week before and it was absolutely awful.  We have some crazy huge tomatoes growing  in our garden and I have been dying to make a recipe with them.  They may not be the prettiest things but they are extremely tasty.  I forgot how much of a difference between store bought and ones straight from the garden!

I didn’t follow a recipe it was kind of a free for all.  I grabbed some pepper from the market that was pretty hot.  I like everything extra spicy.

Recipes like salsa can vary so much and a lot depends on taste.

Homemade Salsa

3 very large tomatoes

1 red onion

2 handfuls of cilantro

3-4 garlic cloves

1 hot pepper

a little lime juice

I also made marinara sauce which I will not share because I am not too impressed with it.  I do not have a food processor so I had to cut up the tomatoes and it ended up being way too watery.

The cauliflower mashed was just OK.  I added cauliflower, a few tablespoons of cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and milk, lots of garlic and Parmesan cheese.  It was pretty good but too thin.

While cooking I decided to make some oatmeal for breakfast.  As I said in the last post, I had to go to Reading real early in the morning so we ended up doing our grocery shopping on the way home.  I was in a bit of a rush and starved so I ended up making this chocolate lovers oatmeal by accident.  The cocoa powder ended up coming out pretty fast.  I can usually just sprinkle a little out from the can but sometimes way too much comes out.

Chocolate Lover’s Oatmeal

1/2 cup of Oats

1 cup of water or milk

1/2-1 T Cocoa Powder

1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder

1/2-1 T sunflower seed butter or your favorite nut butter

Stevia to taste

It doesn’t look so good but if you love chocolate this one is for you.  I added all ingredients besides the sun butter before cooking and then added it on after.