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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted August 5

Pasta Salad

Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the weekend, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like.

What's on your menu this weekend?


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  • ThomasG Aug 6, 12:38 p.m.

    OBSERVANT - Thank You for asking about the rehab facilities ! I did not know you could take food to a recently transferred patient either . I am glad your mother did not have to stay long and I hope she recovered well.
    Today - afternoon spent with family - having fun and cooking out .
    Menu includes :grilled chicken, ribs , corn on the cob, potato or macaroni salad , baked beans , slaw ,green beans (?) watermelon and cantaloupe probably some dessert before dark

  • observant Aug 6, 9:40 a.m.

    Tonight ( not set in stone yet ) - BBQ'd chicken, scalloped potatoes , green veggie TBD ( salad , coleslaw , or green beans ) .

  • observant Aug 6, 9:33 a.m.

    GJAN1 - My mother was not on a special diet nor diagnosed with any chronic illness . Her care was excellent and she was home in only 4 days . I will keep your ideas in mind if I hear of someone who will be a facility for an extended time .

  • GJan1 Aug 6, 1:25 a.m.

    OBSERVANT- They did not have any restrictions or at least they didn't try to enforce any on us. This was an upscale facility as well. I did not cook. I catered in K&W Cafeteria, BBQ, etc. I guess it might also depend on the patient's diagnoses. My Dad is not diabetic nor was he on a special diet. Also, most people don't know their patient rights. Any facility is required to give you a copy of Patient Rights if you ask for it. Even if your Doctor orders a special diet, you have a right to refuse it. Of course, your Doctor has the right to refuse to continue to be your Doctor with written notice if you don't listen to them. I don't know of any Doctor that would quit a patient on a regular diet for eating non-facility food. They may not have messed with us because I'm an RN. I can and have at times had to be a formidable advocate. I'm sure they probably are concerned about food borne illnesses from sources out of their control. Better whatever from wherever than not eating!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Aug 5, 10:03 p.m.

    ascherer and observant - thank you for the birthday wishes for my dad. We had a great time.

    ascherer - I am sure the family really appreciated the meals you are making for them. It's such a wonderful gift when you have a new little one at home.

    GJan1 - thank you for all the wonderful tips! I will definitely be using them - especially snacks and PT clothing. Luckily, my dad can rehab at home. My brother and I (he is flying in from MO for a week) will be with him 24/7 until he is good to be alone. He is only getting one side replaced and many people recommended he avoid a rehab facility if possible.

    observant - that is great to hear about your friend who had the surgery. He is really looking forward to feeling better. And you dinner sounds great. If there were awards on this blog for fancy and creative, I would most certainly loose. lol

  • observant Aug 5, 6:40 p.m.

    tonight : roast beef , mashed potatoes, broccoli .
    ( not fancy or creative but DH eats it so I'm good )

  • observant Aug 5, 6:36 p.m.

    Faye- Happy (belated) Birthday to your Dad ! Prayers for a Successful surgery !!
    A dear friend of mine had hip replacement surgery several years ago at the age of 82. She come home in only a few days and is wonderful !!
    The Physical Therapist came every day for her therapy (then stretched to every other day and so on) . The home health aides/nurses stayed with her for 4 weeks ( approved for 8 ) .

    GJAN1 - You can take all that food and stuff to rehab ??
    The facility had no restrictions on what your dad could eat ??
    An expensive facility where my mother stayed was was very strict - no "off sight" food unless it was pre-approved first ( not much they would approve : "this had too much sugar", "that had too much salt" .homemade was totally NO ) .

  • GJan1 Aug 5, 6:02 p.m.

    Continued - pitcher. A rolling duffle bag works wonderfully for schlepping laundry, food, etc. Also, you might want to find out facility specific requirements. Dad's required a non-ventilated hamper, very hard to find. I found a medium sized container with lid at Family Dollar and lined it with trash bags. Laundry had to be removed every other day. I also stocked his stash with disposable plates, cups, utensils, napkins, and instant coffee and sugar (he doesn't take cream), and instant hot cocoa. Yes, he is spoiled rotten. My turn to do the spoiling. Also, light weight sweat pants (not fleece-lined) with elastic waist and pockets and wicking shirts to wear for PT (from WM). Tennis shoes are also needed for PT. A private room is preferable (close to an exit if patient is a retired firefighter and definitely first floor only). On vacation it has to be first floor! I hope this will be of help. I'm a planner and wish I had been able to plan ahead. But, you can't plan for falls!

  • GJan1 Aug 5, 5:31 p.m.

    Faye- Will your father go to rehab after his surgery? If so, I have some tips for food. My Dad is a persnickety eater so I had to stock his room with ready to eat or microwaveagle emergency meal items in case I was not able to cater in his meals. The facility he was at had wonderful nusing care, low nurse to patient ratios, and great physical therapy. Unfortunately the food s**ked, and I told them so it those terms. Dad would eat their breakfast but not their lunch and dinner. He did have the option to ask for soup and sandwich as a substitute for lunch, but he didn't want to be a bother to the people that were receiving multi- thousands of dollars for his care. OK to run me to the state of exhaustion schlepping in his meals and laundry. Yes, they do laundry, but he wanted hid done at home. I stocked his cabinet under his TV with fruit cups, candy, granola bars, heat and eat compleats (beef stew), cookies, peanut butter cr**kers, etc. He would put his fruit cup in his ice

  • ascherer Aug 5, 3:49 p.m.

    Tonight is the extra chicken salad and fruit salad. I made them to take to a young couple that just had a baby. The Church is helping with a few dinners while they get adjusted to having a child at home. As a bonus, I'm taking sausage and biscuits for breakfast tomorrow.

    Happy Belated Birthday to your Dad Faye.

    Enjoy the weekend everyone.