Monthly Archives: November 2016

Homemade Oreo Balls

These delicious treats are sure to be a hit this holiday season with guests and family. They’re very simple to make and only require three ingredients. We’ve yet to hear a complaint about them, lol. A definite winner here! Not only are these a great treat for guests and family they make great gifts as well and pretty much everyone we know loves Christmas goodies and baked goods.

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What you’ll need:

• 1 package of Oreo cookies (or a cookie of your choice)

• 1 package of cream cheese

• white chocolate for dipping
Directions:
Blend cookies. Add cream cheese and blend together. Roll into balls, place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Freeze until hard.
Melt the white chocolate and dip the top of each ball placing them back onto the cookie sheet. Sprinkle with crumbled Oreo cookies and refreeze until serving time.

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One Pot Creamy Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

​This one pot creamy gluten free mac and cheese is simple to make and clean up is effortless. It’s seriously delicious, very creamy and the whole family will love it. Promise! The first time that I (J) made this I omitted the cream cheese as it’s a dairy product that’s too rich for my renal diet. I also used Gouda cheese instead of cheddar which turned out more like a feta type texture. I recommend following the recipe, lol.

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What you’ll need:
• ¼ cup water

• 1¼ cups milk

• 1 Tbsp butter

• Pepper & garlic powder to taste

• 1 cup macaroni (gluten-free)

• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

• 1-2 Tbsp. cream cheese

Directions:

Bring milk, water, butter and spices to a boil. Add macaroni, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. You may have to add a bit more milk depending on how quickly it evaporates but do so sparingly so you don’t add too much. Remove from heat, add cheeses, stir and cover for approximately 3 minutes.

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As you can see, the above picture where I actually followed the recipe looks much tastier and creamier than my previous attempt. I hope that you’ll give this recipe a try and let us know what you think of it.

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Talking Antidepressants

​Today I feel like talking antidepressants. Why? Well, I (J) have struggled all my life with depression and anxiety. With all the stress involved with my transplants I’ve been overly anxious, depressed and plain old stressed out lately. The later sunrises and the earlier darkness doesn’t exactly help the situation either! I was a hyper-ish person. I would find myself with a heavy chest due to the worrying over things that hadn’t happened as well as the anxiety of life in general. Being on dialysis actually helped because the nurses and doctors both noticed that I get stressed very easily and telling a simple story of going to the store for example, would raise my blood pressure. Going to the store. Can you imagine! 

Talking-Antidepressants

Thankfully, the doctors decided that I needed something for my anxiety. Controlled substances aren’t a friend of mine and I try to avoid them whenever possible so it was nice to know that they were able to prescribe something that wasn’t going to be addictive; an antidepressant. There’s a lot of stigma around antidepressants/depression that causes people to be silent about the way they feel and not speak with their doctors and a lot of stigma that causes people to be ashamed of being on an antidepressant.

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I can’t say that I really care what people think of me taking an antidepressant to be honest but some people do and I’m here to state that there is nothing wrong with needing medication. As someone once described it to me; “some of us have chemicals in our brain that work more & some that work less. These people need medication to help keep their brain chemistry balanced“. I happen to be one of those people! My brain creates too much of a certain chemical that causes extreme anxiety and the antidepressant that the doctor prescribed for me is helping me stay calm in situations where I would normally be overly anxious as well as helping keep my blood pressure in check. So don’t be ashamed of medication that helps balance your chemistry. There are more people than you could ever imagine that take similar medication but keep quiet about it. I for one don’t care what anyone thinks because for once in my life I feel at ease and I’ve never felt better! 

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Everything Happens For A Reason

​Well, I received “THE” call for my transplants last week. Everything was a match which means that, my blood type matches the donor and my antibodies didn’t reject the donors. This is a great time for me to reflect on how thankful I am to everyone for their donations, caring words and support. It was because of you that I was able to stay strong and we all know how many times I was tired and just wanted to throw that towel in!

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Unfortunately, I had health problems that didn’t permit me to receive the transplants but I’m not off the list and it was less than a year since I’ve been active on the transplant list so this next call could be “the” one that I’m awaiting. Everything happens for a reason right? I was told that the issues that I’m currently dealing with could have turned drastically worse so I’m taking this false alarm as a sign of fate. It just wasn’t meant to be this time around. We’re definitely prepared for the real thing now. Not that this wasn’t real because the three people who had no sleep for 2 days definitely know that this ⬇ was absolutely real!

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This is a perfect time for me to mention how grateful I am for organ donors and organ donation. If it wasn’t for someone signing their donor card I may never have had the opportunity to receive these transplants! I urge those of you that are capable of donating; SIGN THAT CARD because YOU could help save someones life that will be forever thankful for your choice. Like me 🙂

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This has been a wild ride that we definitely were not expecting but everything that needs treatment is being treated so that I WILL be prepared for my next trip to Montreal which will hopefully be soon again. I thank you all for staying positive for me and with me. This will happen in short time but when everything is right.

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