The past two and a half weeks have been odd and things are just now starting to get back to normal. First, I went to Texas to visit my family. My grandfather had been very sick, and I really wanted to get to see him again before he passed. I'm so thankful that I was able to get a trip planned and time off of work on such short notice [My grandpa passed away last night, so the memories from this trip are even more important to me now]. Also, I hadn't seen my little niece in nearly a year and she's been busy growing up. I had a great time with my family and ate some really fantastic food!
Fried avocado lettuce wraps from Matt's Tex-Mex. Yep, fried avocado!
Spinach and mushroom enchiladas with salsa verde (they made them special with no cheese! Yay Matt's!) and the best drunken beans ever.
My mom's home cooking! Fried okra, yellow squash with cornmeal, fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob, fresh lima beans and chow-chow (pickled veggies)
But after all this amazing food, visits with family and a road trip back to Minnesota with my mom, I was left with the most horrible stomach pain! I didn't eat anything THAT unusual while on my trip (okay, maybe fried avocado...) and I've never had too much of an issue with heartburn before...But for 8 days after my trip I couldn't eat anything without unbearable burning pain in my abdomen. Plus, I had a fever, lethargy and no appetite. Needless to say, I wasn't cooking much last week! It was basically just veg. broth, bananas and crackers for a while there.
My garden, meanwhile, was growing out of control with the heat we've been having here. I made it outside to water a couple of times, but, honestly, I barely recognized my garden! Everything grew up while I was away and I didn't have any energy to weed or harvest!
But, now, today, I've had 3 square meals, no stomach pain and no fever. I'm feeling very normal again and I'm happy to be munching on some oven-baked kale chips as I type. I'm hopeful that this bout with severe heartburn (?) is over.
And now I can think about food again and get back to sharing it with you!