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Live Blogging from the Chemo Chair: Cycle 2.1, A Chemo Picnic

Vacation is over, and it’s back to “work.” Here we are, cycle 2, treatment 1. When I realized I would be doing chemo, I promised myself I would do my best to make every treatment a fun event.  My friend Shelley is with me today, and we’re having a chemo chair-side picnic!

Menu for Two

  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Prosciutto Sandwiches
  • Apple Rounds
  • Orange Slices
  • Ants on a Log (no picnic is complete without ’em!)
  • Assorted Cookies (from my favorite bakery)
  • Virgin Sangria (after all, today is Cinco de Mayo!)

Recipe: Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion flakes

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Refrigerate until needed. (Note: I made this the day before to give the garlic powder and the onion flakes time to blossom.)

Recipe: Cucumber Sandwiches

  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 of Cream Cheese Spread, listed above

Wash the cucumber. Some people may prefer to trim off the skin — I like to leave it on for the extra fiber. Also, you can remove the seeded center — or not if you want the fiber. Carefully, cut it into thin slices. (Note: I sliced the cucumber, mixed it with the dill, and stored in a zipper bag the day before.)

Spread the Cream Cheese Spread on the 4 slices of bread. Next, layer the cucumber slices on 2 of the bread slices. Sprinkle the dill on the cucumbers. Place the other 2 slices of bread (cream cheese side down) on top of the cucumbers. Trim the crusts. And cut into triangular quarters.

Recipe: Prosciutto Sandwiches

  • 4 slices brown bread
  • 4 to 8 slices of prosciutto
  • 1/2 of Cream Cheese Spread, listed above

Spread the Cream Cheese Spread on the 4 slices of bread. Place the prosciutto on 2 of the bread slices. Place the other 2 slices of bread (cream cheese side down) on top of the prosciutto. Trim the crusts. And cut into triangular quarters.

Recipe: Ants on a Log

  • 4 to 6 celery sticks
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins

With a knife, neatly “stuff” the celery with the peanut butter. Next, gently push the raisins (the “ants”) into the peanut butter.

I used golden raisons, seperating the lighter ones fro the darker ones. I used the lighter ones on the celery stuffed on the maple flavored almond butter, and the darker ones on the regular peanut butter.

ants on a log-done


Recipe: Virgin Sangria

  • 4 cups cranberry-grape juice (refrigerated)
  • 3 cups of Ginger Ale (refrigerated)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups lemonade
  • 3/4 cup frozen berries

Day before: Pour the lemonade into ice cube trays. Add the frozen berries. Freeze.

In a pitcher, add the cranberry-grape juice, the Ginger Ale, and the lemonade ice cubes. Pour into glasses making sure each glass gets at least 3 lemonade cubes.

Packing the Picnic

Did you know that you can get wax paper with pretty designs on it? We use it for Christmas cookies, and I had some left over with red poka dots on it. I used it to gently wrap the cookies I got from one of my favorite local grocers, Dorothy Lane Market.


I packed the picnic in a cooler, starting with a layer of ice. I’m also using the ice for the virgin sangria to add some coolness.


Lastly, on the top of the cooler, another layer of ice and some flowers — what’s a picnic without flowers?
top o cooler


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Today is not only signiicant because it’s Cinco de Mayo, today is also the 12-week anniversary of my surgery. That means, the end of my short-term disability. That means, I no longer have a job. Yes, my job has been eliminated in the re-organization of Mars Petcare that’s been going on since last August. My new job is to regain my health, and then to decide whether I want to find another job or not. I leave the company with a very happy and grateful heart.

So here I am at the end of my 4th chemo treatment. Only 14 more to go! The food was delish (if I do say so myself), the company was prime! Hope you’re all having a fabulous Cinco de Mayo!