Not A Fun Afternoon….

Well, turns out I am one sick girl!

I have literally been at the doctor since 3:00 this afternoon (it’s almost 6:45) and have been diagnosed with severe tonsillitis! The doctor said my tonsils were so swollen she thought about hospitalizing me but instead gave me 2 shots…one of steroids to bring down the swelling and one pretty potent antibiotic.  I was sent home with both a sore rear-end and with new antibiotics plus vicodin to help with the pain (this should be interesting). Goes to show—you can feel fine except for one little thing, ignore it, and it can easily become a big problem! I don’t know if I will go to school yet tomorrow…the doctor gave me a note but I’m going to just play it by ear because I really don’t want to miss a day if I don’t have to. I’m so so SO glad I made this soup before I went to the doctor because it was just sitting on the stove waiting for me when I came in and is SO GOOD!!!!! Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Soup with Walnuts.….the perfect remedy! It was very easy to make, too, because you just have to roast the veggies/apple and then puree it all in a blender with some chicken stock. Now I wish I would have made more though because it looks like soft foods are all I am going to be eating for awhile. 🙁

You guys were way too low with the biscuit game! Each biscuit came out to be a whopping 539 calories packing in 16 grams of fat. THAT is why most of Americans are overweight. Right there! I’m glad I am learning though the basic techniques in making all this stuff though, even if it is fat-laden, because it gives me something to work with and attempt to make healthier! For starters…I basically refuse to cook with shortening. I hate the stuff. I bake with real, old fashioned butter. I know shortening is what makes pie crusts and biscuits so tender and flaky but there are ways around that. In my kitchen, shortening and margarine are banned!

In perfect timing, the new Gourmet and Bon Appetit came in the mail today. I bought some sorbet at the drugstore and I may just relax, eat some sorbet and read my magazines later in an effort to get well again!



This soup weighed in at about 275 calories per serving, including 5 grams of walnuts on top.

When I was at the doctor’s office I ate a kashi crunchy granola bar….bad idea not only because it killed my throat but because I just ate it because I was bored. I wasn’t hungry….I was just bored sitting in the waiting room for an hour and wanted something to do. Don’t do that!!! (especially when your tonsils are the size of golf balls)

Oh, and needless to say I DID NOT make it to the gym today. That was a no-go when I mentioned to the doctor I was heading to the gym after….she sort of just gave me a strange look and told me to rest for a couple days. Oh well….

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    January 8, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry! You should definitely take it easy! I hope you sleep well tonight and feel better very soon 🙁

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    January 8, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Feel Better Jenna! Soup looks delicious!

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    January 8, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Wow Jenna, Super sorry! Take it coming from someone who used to get chronically sick (we’re talking pneumonia at least once a year, glad I grew out of that!), I know how you feel. Take it easy- I know that when I’m feeling gross the minute I start to feel better I think it’s okay to exercise and be back to my old self again. Well, that attitude caused mono to last about 7 months! Maybe take Bon Appetit and Gourmet into a bubble bath? Haha. Either way, kick up your heels and think of how good that sorbet will feel on your aching throat (and how good the bath will feel to your aching backside! Haha, dang those shots!). Feel better soon, sleep a lot, and see how you feel in the morning. If you do go to class (which is understandable since it’s so interesting- and baking!) then maybe take it easy the rest of the day- but as long as you’re not going to infect anyone I’m sure you’re golden! Sorry, this turned out to be really long, haha. Sweet dreams (of food, I’m sure!)
    -jess 😉

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    Susan Barnes
    January 8, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hope you feel better!!!

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    January 8, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Thanks you guys!!!!! 🙂 Just drank some tea, took some meds and feel a little better already….

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    January 8, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Feel better!!

    That soup looks mighty fine! The idea reminds me of the Trader Joe’s butternut apple soup which is quite delicious.

    539 calories for a B-I-S-C-U-I-T??? That’s like a breakfast and a 1/4 of lunch in one tiny fluffy carb nugget…boo..

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    January 8, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Hope you feel better!! I have HUGE tonsils – so I know how swollen ones feel!

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    January 8, 2008 at 1:18 am

    539 calories…..YIKES!! I never ever would have guessed that high. Wow when you say loaded with shortening you weren’t kidding! teehee 😉

    I am sorry to hear how sick you are! I have been quite sick the past week and I am finally getting to the doctor. I always put it off way too long. I hope you feel better soon…and you are doing yourself a favour to skip the gym. More energy to go toward healing your body, right? I’m sure you will be back in fighting shape in no time.

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    January 8, 2008 at 1:46 am


    The soup I made tonight was screaming your name. I think you would really like it! especially with the walnuts on top! 🙂

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    January 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Feel better, rest up and drink lots of fluids!! 🙂

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    January 8, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I just started reading your blog, I found it via Kath’s. I’m just starting to get into healthy eating/ nutrition. I love all of your recipes, and this soup just looks so delicous! I can’t wait to try it.

    Feel better soon!

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