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Lives of Doctor Wives: June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Happy 4th of July

I can’t believe that July is here!!! I personally love July.  Start of a new medical year.  Bright sun and blue skies.  Swimming.  Flip -flops. No school.  Fireworks. Red, white, and blue. BBQ. Watermelon.  Fishing….  Seriously my list could go on forever. 

This year my husband has off.  I know that’s a phrase we don’t get to say often, but he’s studying for boards, so NO CALL.  This means I’m in “feast” mode.  Bring on the BBQ. YUMMM!!! One of my best friend’s dad used to make crock-pot brisket.  I know GENIUS!!! We are headed to the beach and I thought this would be a perfect, somewhat budget friendly, and easy 4th of July meal for the family.

Here’s what’s on our menu this weekend (serving portions for 4-6 people)…. Also check out the FB post about summer holiday menus (6/30); thank you for the ideas ladies!!

Crock-Pot Brisket
Brisket the size of your Crock-Pot (~5-6 pounds)
½ bottle of Allegro Marinade
½ bottle Liquid Smoke
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder

*Put all ingredients into crock-pot and set on high for 6-8 hours and then turn to low until ready to eat. Either slice brisket into strips or shred it with two forks (my favorite because then you can use it for brisket tacos and quesadillas late in the week).

Sautéed Green Beans
1 Pound Green Beans
½ Stick butter
1 TBS Garlic Salt

*Place all in a non-stick skillet. Turn heat on low medium.  Place lid on top of skillet.  Sautee until beans are soft but still have a firm “bite” to them.

Watermelon Slices
*Cut a watermelon however you’d like!! Sometimes I just take a spoon to half a watermelon and start scooping it!! This year I’m trying the Pinterest idea of cookie cutter shaped cutouts.

Chocolate Pie with Meringue
            Pie Filling
Pre-Made Pie Crust
            1.5 Cup Sugar
            ½ Cup Cornstarch
            ½ tsp Salt
4.5 Cup Whole Milk
6 Egg Yokes (only yokes)
4.5 TBSP Butter
2 ¼ tsp Vanilla
4.5 Squares of Baker’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Squares

* The secret to the filling is that you MUST USE a double Boiler (of course if you don't have a double boiler you can make one with a bowl and pot of boiling water).  Mix first three ingredients in the double boiler.  Set over Boiling water.  Slowly add in milk.  Stir well to dissolve (I use a whisk the entire time).  Add in chocolate squares (break them for easier mixing).  Continue to stir until thick and bubbly.  Then stir two minutes more.  Remove from hear.  Add a couple of spoonfuls of the hot filling to the beaten egg yolks.  Stir well and gradually return to the filling mixture over heat.  Continue to stir until bubbles begin.  Then stir another two minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in butter and vanilla (make sure they are mixed well).  Add everything to the baked pie shell.  Top with meringue or whipped cream.  Cut pie with a cold, damp chef knife. 

4 Eggs Whites (whites only)
¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
2 TBSP Sugar
½ tsp Vanilla Extract

* Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl and whisk (I use the stand mixer with a whisk attachment).  Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Top pie. Bake at 375* for 10-12 minutes or until meringue is golden.  Make sure pie is completely cooled before cutting.

Hope you all have a blessed Medical New Year and a Happy 4th of July!!

*Next Tasty Tuesday: Family & Budget Friendly Quick Dinners

Monday, June 29, 2015

Med School, Baby!

My last post was April 6th. In it, I said something to the effect that at some point in medical school, God willing, we would have a child.

What I didn’t know as I posted that, with what I thought was a stomach ache from deviled eggs that sat in my mother-in-law's car too long the day before for Easter, was that I would find out in a few hours that God was indeed, willing.

DH was seeing patients that afternoon around the corner from where we live and texted me to tell me he was leaving and would be home in 5 minutes. He didn’t know I was nervously wandering the house and trying to breath. When I heard him open the garage to put his bike away, I went in the kitchen and when he walked in, I told him we needed to talk about Christmas. He was super confused and then I broke down crying and said, “because we are going to have a baby”.

Am I scared of adding a baby into the med school, full-time working mix? Uh, ya! Pregnancy in itself hasn’t been super easy so far. I feel some degree of “not good” every day, even at 16 weeks. Most days that includes a headache, horrible gas pains even though I am still thin, dizziness and shortness of breath. I don’t sleep more than an hour at a time without waking up, at least a little bit. I had a subchorianic bleed for nearly a month with fears of another miscarriage (I got pregnant last fall and found out by having an early, painful miscarriage). I think about 3rd year which will start around the time our little one is 5 months old and get a bit of anxiety. I don’t want DH to miss out. I don’t want to feel overdone.

We will get through it though, like we do everything, one moment at a time.

Medical school does indeed make a lot of things interesting and different, but I can’t worry about what will/could be, too much. Instead, here is what has been different about pregnancy so far being married to a med student…

·      We found out I was pregnant while he was in the Reproductive Endocrinology block. You’re welcome, DH. Books and diagrams not needed, we got the live act right here.

·      Nothing fazes him. Did he enjoy seeing blood or watching me get the lovely probe? No. Did he even bat an eyelash at it or feel grossed out? No. He would ask to see my spotting at times (TMI?) so he could better monitor if we should contact the doctor, it was getting better, etc. That’s love… and medicine.

·      He palpates my belly for my uterus. He will feel around my belly and tell me right where the uterus is. Handy, especially since you can’t tell I am pregnant at all yet.  Has helped me really discern what is my digestive system revolting and something that could be concerning.

·      He doesn’t let me eat anything I’m not supposed to and I can’t lie about it. His last block taught him about listeria, what pregnant women shouldn’t eat and how it can hurt them. He’s now militant about it with me. Freaking A medical school, I just want a Blizzard and cold cuts!

·      He’s not emotional at ultrasounds. He’s a sappy guy at heart. Way more so than I am. I didn’t cry on our wedding day, he wept like a baby (a manly, tough guy baby). You’d think that seeing his child on ultrasound would get him all sorts of verklempt, but instead he is studying technique, the computer program, the baby’s structure, the placenta, my ovaries, etc. He still gets a little of the “oh look there is my kid!” feeling and reaction, but he still kinda puts his “medical student” hat on when in there. He doesn’t want to look like a total civilian.
      Second year will sure be different than first year! Baby is due on December 16th and the block final is on December 22nd, which means we better hope baby is very late! Which then puts it being born basically on Christmas, which is its own challenge. At least he will be on break for two weeks to get me back on my feet, or at least a bit, before things ramp up again! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LDW OFFICIAL FEATURE: SHOW-OFF SUNDAYS! It's that time again! Show-Off Sunday! Link up your blog posts, website, Etsy shop items, etc. This is your chance to SHOW OFF! We can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


It’s that time of year again… the Annual Medical New Year Lives of Doctor’s Wives Giveaway! 

While the rest of the world looks to January 1st as the beginning of everything new, us here in the medical world look forward to July! July is a huge month for us! It is often accompanied by new beginnings, especially for those of us who are closer to the beginning of the adventure! It’s can be full of many changes, including but definitely not limited to: possible moves, saying goodbye to good friends, meeting new friends, advancing another year in your medical training or medical practice, and a plethora of other emotions and life changing events that those outside of the medical world have a hard time understanding! The best part of LDW is knowing that you are not alone in this journey. There is almost always someone who has some words of advice and encouragement for what you are going through! 

Because July is such a big month for many of us, each year in July LDW likes to celebrate the Medical New Year by holding a giveaway! Many generous ladies have donated some awesome prizes that can be won! All you have to do is enter.

First, let’s take a look at the rules:
(These rules were copied and pasted from the rules from years past)

  • You must be a member of the Lives of Doctors' Wives Facebook Group
  • You must reside in the United States
  • We will be verifying all entries, so please be honest about which requirements you choose to do on the Rafflecopter widget. You can log into it though your FB account, and then just read the directions, follow them if you so choose, and click on them confirm that you entered. It is a bit of work, but you are not required to do any of the for entry other than leaving a blog comment. Going through the other options will earn you extra entries and give our amazing donors a little love! 
  • The contest will be open for one week, at which point we will use the Rafflecopter widget to randomly draw winners. Because the computer will be doing all of the drawing, EVERYONE in LDW is eligible to enter - including our donors, moderators and administrators. I don’t choose the winners, we just email them to tell them they won. We will email winners once I have verified the entries. If winners do not respond to our emails within 24 hours, they forfeit their prizes and another winner will be chosen.
  • Due to the sheer volume of entries and prizes, you do not get to pick and choose your prizes. We will simply go down the list of available prizes. The first winner drawn gets the first prize on the list and so forth. If you do not want your prize, that is fine, but you will not get another one. You will simply be choosing not to win anything. I apologize for any disappointment that this may cause, but we simply cannot keep up with the requests and switching around prizes this year! 

And now on to the donations! 

1. Youique  
3D Fiber Lash Mascara, Lip Gloss and Make Up Brush
Donated by Jule Turner 

2. Keeping Warm Crochet Package
Baby Blanket OR a Grey Alpaca Wool Scarf
Winners choice of two colors 
Donated by Holly Hsu

3. Good For Your Heart 
Welch Allen triple- head stethoscope / dynamic blood pressure monitor
Donated by: Amy Luskin

4. Keurig K45 Elite Single-Serve Brewing System
Donated by: Li Khan

5. KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor with Exact Slice System
Donated by: Li Khan

6. Ninja Food Blender
Donated by: Li Khan

7. Keurig K45 Elite Single-Serve Brewing System
Donated by: Li Khan

8. State Wood Art
Custom State Piece 
Donated by: Bethany Kelly

9. Scentsy Warmer
Donated by: Beka Dougherty

10. Scentsy Warmer
Donated by: Beka Dougherty

11. Jamberry Mani-Pedi Pack
Matching Nail Wraps and Application Tools
Donated by: Maria Fischer

12. 21 Day Fix Program
21 Day Fix, Shakeology Sample, and Program Support
Donated by: Diane Vander Brink

13. The Lavender Apple Product
Product of your choice from thelavenderapple.com
Donated by: Christie Nelson

14. Leather Studded Wrap Bracelet
Bracelet in the color of your choice
Donated by: Amy Redfield
Designs by Spring Lily

15. Crochet Shawl 
Donated by: Veronica Chavez

16. Medical Spanish Textbook Package
Medical Spanish Textbook, 7 disc CD set and a baseball cap
Donated by: Cindy Nelson

17. Menstrual Cup *Brand New*
Donated by: Alli RN Chan

18. Le Creuset Cast Iron 2 Qt. Heart Shaped Dutch Oven (Red)
Donated by: Brittany Mitchell

19. Printable Party
Winner’s Choice or $50 toward custom designed party
Donated by: Carrie Reed
Frolic Parties: http://FrolicParties.com

20. Baby Foot
Donated by: Melissa Crum

21. Online Interior Design Service
This will include a mini design 
Donated by: Danielle Oakey
www.danielleoakeyinteriors.com/portfolio or follow on instagram @danielleoakeyinteriors

22. Paparazzi Accessories Fashion Fix Set #1
Donated by: Kristin Trejo

23. Paparazzi Accessories Fashion Fix Set #2
Donated by: Kristin Trejo

24. Paparazzi Accessories Fashion Fix Set #3
Donated by: Kristin Trejo

25. Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara
Donated by: Erin Fielden
Younique by Erin

26. KEEP Collective Leather Reversible Bracelet
Donated by: Shelley Buch

27. Custom Graphic Design Item
Donated by: Alden Gilligan

28. Personalized Photo Book
Donated by: Stacie Johnson
Once Upon a Memory Books

29. Kate Spade Necklace and Earrings
Donated by: M. Elaine Pahilan

30. Writing Home Designs Print
Donated by: Bridget Maley
Writing Home Designs

31. Lilly Pulitzer Wristlet Clutch
Donated by: Annesia Lin

32. Adult Coloring Book and Colored Pencils
Donated by: Michelle Chaiffetz

33. Philosophy Bath Set
Donated by: Leah Guinn

34. Stack of Books
Donated by: Tif Sweeney
Tif Talks Books

35. Scentsy Bricks (3)
Donated by: Lesli Swearingen

36. Princess Inspired Apron Dress-Up
Donated by: Shannon Langager

37. Baby Foot
Donated by: Priya Raje

38. Ultimate Body Applicator (“wrap”) and a sample of Greens
Donated by: Aleecia Hibbets
It Works

39. Jamberry Nail Wraps (sheet)
Donated by: Ashley Rodenkirch

40. Younique Stiff Upper Lip lip stain (choice of any tint)
Donated by: Megan Buell

41. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Top Coat
Donated by: Lauren Richardson in honor of  www.facebook.com/ICSFoundation?fref=ts

42. Wen Cucumber Aloe Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment (2oz)
Donated by: Clara Tsai

43. Wen Fall Ginger Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner (16oz) 
Donated by: Clara Tsai

44. Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner (16oz)
Donated by: Clara Tsai

45. Black Coach Wallet
Donated by: Clara Tsai

46. Black Coach Purse
Donated by: Clara Tsai

47. Pearl Set
Donated by: Janie Branscomb
Sierra West Jewelers

48. 31 Picnic Thermal
Donated by: Stephanie Girling
Thirty-One Bags

49. 32 oz Choffy french press and a 2 lb bag of La Espanola
Donated by: Melisa Mons in honor of Assistance in Health Care

50. 5 Copies of For Doctors’ Eyes Only
Donated by: Larson Financial

51. Avita Wellness Gift Certificate
1 month of free health coaching
Donated by: Heidi Willis
Avita Wellness
52. $50 Target Gift Card
Donated by: Rebecca Peterson
53. $50 Target Gift Card
Donated by: Rebecca Peterson

54: $25 Target Gift Card
Donated by: Michelle Chaiffetz

55. $25 Gift Certificate for Littlest Things Boutique
Donated by: Sarah Hughes

56. $25 Target Gift Card
Donated by: Amanda Silveira

57. $25 Target Gift Card
Donated by: Amanda Silveira

58. AMAZING SCRUB Certificate (JoElla)
Donated by: Veena Jetti

59. The High Wire Shop Certificate - $30
Donated by: Elizabeth Leavitt
The High Wire Shop

60. $100 Amazon Gift Card
Donated by: Lien Nguyen

61. Mama’s Nests Jewelry Certificate - $50 or less
Donated by: Sarah Vaca
Mama’s Nests

62. Mama’s Nests Jewelry Certificate - $50 or less
Donated by: Sarah Vaca
Mama’s Nests

63. Powell’s Book Gift Certificate - $25
Donated by: Tif Sweeney
Tif Talks Books

64. Photographers Element - $150 Gift Certificate
Donated by: Sarah Allred
Photographer’s Element

65. A seat at The Photographer's Element Mastering Manual Course (x5)
Donated by: Sarah Allred
Photographer's Element
Mastering Manual is a 3-week course taught 100% online.
No more auto or priority modes! We're going full manual from day one and you will love it! This is the essential technical foundation that will set the stage for success on your photography journey and all other courses at the Photographer's Element.

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