Thursday, April 3, 2008

More Recipe Reviews from "Cooking With Kids" and Finally Some Good Rainer News!

Over the weekend I got a chance to try some more of the recipes from Cooking With Kids. I made the Grant bread, which is a yeast bread that has no kneading or shaping (just mix it in a bowl, dump it into the loaf pan, and let it rise, then bake), the frittata, and a lemon loaf cake. All were good. It was especially nice to learn how to make a frittata because that is something I've always wanted to make but never have--and it's so light and healthy with its eggs and fresh vegetables.
The bread I had some issues with--what can you expect with such a simple recipe? It certainly doesn't have a fine crumb--that's fine, but my issue with these types of bread recipes is that I can't seem to get them totally cooked through. Still, it made quite nice toast and I wouldn't mind trying the recipe again and baking it in two smaller loaf pans. I do love fresh bread.

The loaf cake was the hit of the evening--it has fresh lemon zest in the batter (I used lemons from the yard) and a syrup of lemon juice and sugar is poured over while it is still hot. It was light and delicious.
And finally I can report some good news about little Rainer! His bone marrow results came in early and preliminarily it looks like there are no leukemia cells left! Hooray! Next step is to have the sample analyzed at a different lab using a different, more sensitive technique. If that test shows there is no MRD ("minimal residual disease") then he can move on to the next treatment phase (more chemo). Otherwise he'll have two more weeks of induction. I'm very anxious for him to come off this induction phase because the corticosteroid that he is on has made him weak (and puffy). I'm hopeful he'll be feeling better soon. Either way, it's wonderful to get a piece of good news.

31 comments:

amy t sharp said...

great news babe!!! xo

Carrie said...

SOOOOOOOOOO Happy to hear the great news! Yay!!!!!!

Kelli said...

I am so happy for your son and your family. Great great great news.

Sarah and Jack said...

That is wonderful news!

Sheila D. said...

*giggle* Didn't bother to read the recipe until I had found the Rainer news first! That is wonderful news! You all continue to be in my prayers!

Amy said...

That is the best news! Soooo happy for you all! We will still be having good thoughts sent your way along with more prayers!

Cassi said...

How wonderful to get some good news - I'm so happy for you!

Susan said...

Hooray! So glad to hear that bit of good news!!! Even puffy, he has the sweetest little face. ;-)

Carrie said...

That's SO GREAT!

dottycookie said...

Such great news about Rainer!

Amy said...

Great news! I'm happy to hear about it.

Erin said...

Hooray for Rainer! We'll keep sending healthy and happy thoughts his way.

Sarah said...

Wonderful news about Rainer! I'm so happy for him and you!

Barbara said...

Glad to read the good news about your little boy. Good luck for the next test.

MamaBlogger said...

hi! just found you via your comment on a flickr pic of mine. lovely blog and projects!! I'm sending healing thoughts to your little guy. what a cutie!

Marie said...

I am so glad your little man is getting some good results. My one year old son has been sick the past three days and it has just hurt my heart. I cannot imagine how you must feel as you think about what your son has to go through. I wish all the best for you and your Rainer.

driftwood said...

lovely looking baking, and great to hear good news. xx

Gwyn said...

Go Rainer you little legend!

Meg said...

Oh, yay! I'm so glad you've gotten some good news. And Rainer is so precious in that picture.

Mike said...

Congratulations on the good news!

Cass said...

I recently found your blog and just wanted to say congratulations on the good news

Sadaf Trimarchi said...

Delurking long enough to just say congrats on the wonderful news!

S

Christy said...

Prayers from here......seems like you're getting support from everywhere!

Great news!

Heids said...

so happy to read the good news. Prayers will continue for the next results and phase.

About Us: said...

Looks like you have been busy. I am so glad to see your news about Rainer and a pic of him. Wonderful news!

Molly

Laura said...

I was so hoping for some good news about Rainer!!!!!

The lemon bread/cake looks divine!

taimarie said...

I am so glad to hear the good news about your sweet little boy.

amanda said...

So glad to hear the good news about Rainer!! I'm sure you know by now that people all over the world are thinking of him and sending their prayers. ~!Here are three from Minnesota~~

I love the recipe reviews here. That lemon cake looks awesome. And with your own lemons plucked from the yard? hurrah for that, and yum!

Julie said...

I found your blog through a comment you left on Crunchy Peas. Just wanted to say hello and let you know I will be praying for Rainer... and your family! It is wonderful to read that you have received some good news!

Florence said...

That's fantastic news about Rainer - I'm so pleased for you.

Your new hair cut looks fantastic.

Thinking of you. x

Colleen said...

Yay for Rainer. What a cutie.