I decided I wanted a partial instead of the bridge I had and so I had some teeth pulled to make room for it. They had been filed down too close to the nerve anyway and gave me problems. I guess it was the numerous injections of Novocaine or maybe the stitches that caused a lot of pain this trip to the dentist but having my mouth opened for so long didn’t help matters either. Either way, my mouth was aching when the numbness wore off and it still hurt 7 days later because the partial was rubbing on my gums.
Since I didn’t have any luck chewing the first few days, I ate soup and drank breakfast smoothies
My breakfast smoothies usually consisted of frozen blueberries, half a banana, ½ cup of cottage cheese or yogurt, a scoop of whey protein, 4-6 ounces of 1% milk and a packet of Splenda. The lemon is for hot lemon water with 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric.
My breakfast smoothie.
And then one day I wanted a salad, but still could not chew much of anything so I got inventive and blended my entire salad in my Osterizer.
It consisted of romaine, tomatoes, part of a pepper, parsley, celery, canned beets, lemon juice, a tablespoon of olive oil, a little water and some salt. It was tasty but the next time I made it, I added some lentil salad I had made simply because I was hungry for lentils. Without thinking about whether I could eat the vegetables, I chopped up celery, red onion, and a red pepper and tossed it with the cooked lentils. I dressed it with fresh lemon juice and olive oil and when it chilled, I could only eat the lentils.
Fortunately, all of it blended nicely with my romaine salad and added a nice taste I really liked. It was quite thick though with the lentils in the mix but I just added more water and lemon juice. I LOVE fresh lemons. The smoothie looks a little like chocolate but it's romaine salad with lentils and more of the celery, peppers and lemon. Yum!
Before my trip to the dentist I came across a familiar recipe on Facebook that I hadn’t eaten in quite some time and another one I just wanted to try.
The first was this Tomato, Cucumber and Onion salad with Apple Cider Vinegar. The ingredients are 3 tomatoes, 3 cucumbers, one onion thinly sliced, ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of olive oil. Mix, chill and serve. I was low on tomatoes and cucumbers so mine came out a little watery. Still good though.
I also wanted to use my rarely used muffin/cupcake pan so when I saw an egg recipe cooked in a muffin pan, I made it.
I didn’t use the onion shown in this picture, but I did use chopped tomatoes in three of the compartments and a chopped yellow pepper in the other three. The top is covered with Parmesan Cheese and the recipe calls for 5 beaten eggs. Put the vegetables in first and then pour in the egg mixture just below the top. I used my toaster oven at 375 degrees for about 18 minutes. You can of course add cooked bacon, ham or whatever you have on hand. Some people use fresh spinach or other greens as well as cheese in the center.
I ate 2 and stored the rest which heated up nicely in the microwave.
Unrelated but here is a picture I took one day of some Banyan trees along this road. Most of them were trimmed except for a few you see on the immediate left. There are about 100 in all but of course I couldn’t get them all in one shot. I just held my phone in the air and continued shooting. It’s a hit and miss without taking my eyes off the road.
And this is where we used to live in Michigan before we moved to Florida. I found this on Google. We were the only house with a garage door covering up our carport. I see it’s still there and the lawn still looks good but it could be new grass by now. I don’t know if the in-ground pool is still in the back yard but the tree in front of the house is new…we had one in the swale. I feel nostalgic!
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