The Crazy Suburban Mom: What's in the Pantry Today? Bags and bags and bags of ice... and ravioli...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What's in the Pantry Today? Bags and bags and bags of ice... and ravioli...

I haven't gotten out much lately.

Much of what I've done over the last week involves this:

My contact with that is limited to walking into the bathroom and having a "Whoa Nelly" moment, turning around and going into the boy's bathroom.

A "Whoa Nelly" moment of a whole different flavor occurs there.

And this...

This is a CPM machine. According to About.Orthopedics:
CPM, also called continuous passive motion, is a device that is used to
gently flex and extend the knee joint. The CPM machine can be
used after surgery to allow the knee joint to slowly move.

It's a remarkable thing. You put the surgicalized leg on it and the machine moves it slowly and gently. It's used for 6 to 8 hours a day.

The first day you could just hear the healing.

"Ow. OMG. Ow. It's too high, it's too high"

And it's heavy as all get out.

And this?

This is cryotherapy.

In layman's terms? A beer cooler with a pump. You put in 3/4 of a bag of ice, top off with water, wrap the blue pad thingy around the knee and plug the sucker in. Cold (Very, damn cold) water circulates to keep swelling down and manage pain.

You can hear the sounds of healing with this one too...

Ahhhh, that feels so good. Thank you . Thank you...

As you can imagine I'm using a lot of ice. About 3 bags a day. Yesterday I did my daily ice run to Rite-Aid and they had 2 bags left after I took my 3. Seems I've cleaned out their inventory.

The Rite-Aiders are starting to look at me funny. At first I just looked like someone stocking up for a party. Now after buying 3 bags a day for a week, they whisper when I walk in.

I ran into a friend on a recent ice run who asked me if all the 'nursing stuff was getting to me' which seemed to me to be kind of... I don't know...Rude? Sometimes you just 'do', you know? Like you would want someone to do for you? I said I didn't think of myself as a nurse as much as an ice bitch.


Shopping for groceries?

Hasn't happened lately. But while I was in the freezer tending to my ice bitchery the other day I ran into some frozen stuff and realized I the makings of a dinner.

This one...


A meatball ravioli casserole

Forgive the photography... I know it's a bit of a 'Who did it and ran' mess, covered with too much cheese. But when I'm stressed? Cheese seems to work as well for me as Xanax.

Hence, the casserole's covered with much too much meltingly gooey Xanax. I mean cheese.

It's very easy. It's even better if you par-boil the ravioli for about 3 minutes first and pre-heat the meatballs in the sauce... but I didn't. I didn't really have the time.

The recipe is so easy and, as almost always, more of a method.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Get a casserole dish big enough to hold:

1. The bag of frozen meatballs you have

2. The jar of pasta sauce you have

3. The bag of ravioli that you have...

Dump the above three things in the casserole dish (if you're not par-cooking the ravioli you may want to add a bit of water. Try to keep the ravioli covered with the sauce).

Cover with foil or a lid and bake 20 minutes.

Take off foil, stir everything together and add:

4. The other 1/2 of the bag of shredded mozzarella cheese, stir.

Bake another 20 minutes.

Take the casserole out and see if it's bubbly and all the ingredients are hot (I cut a meatball in half and checked the temperature). Cooking from frozen is tricky and it may or may not be done. If not put it back in the oven until all the ingredients are hot!

When everything is hot and bubbling:

5. top with the rest of the cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted gooey and delish!

If you have times to pre-cook the ingredients a bit, it bakes faster, if not it takes longer but the prep time is much less... You can go either way here.

I've done this before and some nice add-ins (when I had the time and energy) are:

basil or oregano
Parmesan cheese
ricotta cheese

I consider this a dump lasagna.

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Anonymous,  6/3/09, 7:20 AM  

Ice bitch - love that.

MBNAD woman 6/3/09, 7:53 AM  

A real live ice-dealer. Fantastic. Love the ice-bitch.

tracy 6/3/09, 8:24 AM  

Lisa and MBNAD - ice is my life :)

the ice bitch...
sucking up all the ice in the free world

kiddiescorner 6/3/09, 8:35 AM  

Yum I love cheese and ice bitch love it!

icedteaforme 6/3/09, 11:04 AM  

hmmm was there a knee replacement in your home? those items look too familiar from my mom's....and just wait it gets better.....physical therapy 3x a week for the patient that cannot drive! I swear someone should warn the caregiver!

love the ice bitch, should have an ice pick for your calling card!

Venti Vixen 6/3/09, 12:49 PM  

So many things about this post are beautiful...where to start?

ICE BITCH - OMG, flippin' hilarious!
Cheese is the new Zanax
Layman's Terms = beer cooler with pump

I love your blog!

tracy 6/3/09, 1:42 PM  

Kiddiescorner - The cheese was so good. and calmed me right down :)

Icedtea- yes a partial knee but being the left one? Driving is in the cards soon! YAY! LOL on the ice pick!

Venti - Thank you, you are too sweet! If I didnt make fun of my life? Swear I'd lose my mind!

The Mom (aka Amy) 6/3/09, 3:10 PM  

I had my ACL recontructed 2 years ago. I am very familiar with the screaming that can accompany the usage of the CPM...Love that cooler thing. I still have mine in the garage..just in case.

Vonlipi 6/3/09, 3:25 PM  

The Rite-Aid people wisper : The ice bitch cometh!

I got to say that your casserole sounds good but the picture ressembles road kill with cheese! LOL!

I hope nobody get knee replacement surgery in my house, my sister in law had it and she didn't have the cooler with the pump. Nor the flex-o-matic exerciser....The difference a border makes...

tracy 6/3/09, 4:58 PM  

Mom - Yep, lots of screaming with the CPM!

Vonlipi - A pound of cheese covers a multitude of sins :) That casserole... I so wish I took a better pic lol...

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) 6/3/09, 5:18 PM  

Very impressive. Surgery in between posting. Hope you're doing ok, (when you're not screaming.... ummm, I just read your commment above).

btw, I think the meatball ravioli casserole looks yumm!

tracy 6/3/09, 5:44 PM  

JAM - I'm just taking care of the knee...its not my knee :)


Mom 6/3/09, 5:57 PM  

OMG, when I was scrolling slowly, I saw just a smidge of the lasagne photo, and I thought it was going to be a pic of a surgery! Ack! LOL

But now that I see it's Italian fave!


Anonymous,  6/3/09, 6:28 PM  

You are so funny! Ice bitch.

@eloh 6/3/09, 7:09 PM  

Alright damn it, you made me wet my pants laughing...and the chair, floor.....the chihuahua got excited and followed by useless run for the I have to wash the dog too.

Thanks bunches Tracy.

Veronica Lee 6/3/09, 10:10 PM  

LOL, ice-bitch!!

Valerie 6/4/09, 1:56 AM  

Ice Bitch... I need an ACL replacement, but think I might just keep putting it off after this post. You are too dang funny!!

tracy 6/4/09, 4:54 AM  

Mom - LOL omg..

Baba -- Thank you!

life exaggerated thanks for stopping by!

eloh! laughing's good for you, it releases endorphins...and apparently other things :O)

veronica - :)

Valerie - The thing is the pain of healing is better than the pain of pain. at least that was the please get it done already argument I used


King J's Queen 6/4/09, 5:02 PM  

You can never have too much cheese! Yummy!

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