Monday, October 8, 2012

TWD/BWJ: Whole Wheat Loaves

If you're lucky, there are very few times in life when the world turns upside down. But that's exactly what happened to us on Sept 17th. I'd just eaten the first bite of a fried egg on toast when the phone rang. Two minutes later, the egg was in the trash and I was headed out the door. "They think it's cancer," he'd said.

Eight years ago my husband had surgery for colon cancer. There have been annual colonoscopies, and CT scans with every abdominal pain. Nothing indicated cause for concern. 

It was chest pain that took him to the ER this time. His heart is fine, thank God, but the cancer has returned and spread. And so we take the next step.

He had his first chemo treatment last week. It went pretty well. There'll be many more. I am grateful for miracle drugs and insurance. 

For the first week I had to remind myself to breathe. Repeatedly. 

It's coming a little easier now. 


I made the bread a week late. Then took another two weeks to post it. Better late than never. 

Comfort food, literally.

The bread recipe can be found here or here, and links to the other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers are here

We actually saw THREE shoes in the road on our way home from the hospital. I take that as a sign that all will be well. Here's a picture of one of them.


  1. My first thought when I saw this, what beautiful loaves! Then after reading, my heart sank with the words "the phone rang". My thoughts are with you and hope for the best. The three shoes - I'm sure are a good sign.

  2. Oh, Margaret - I am so sorry to hear that you and your family are going through this. My thoughts are with you.
    Yes, when I am at my lowest, time in the kitchen does help me to re-center my personal universe.

  3. Margaret, my thoughts are with you and your husband. Just as Cher said, I often bake when I am overwhelmed! It is somehow calming and reassuring.