Teeth are Expensive – even in Meret’s mouth.

I dropped Meret off for her first dental cleaning this morning at 8:30 am. Wandering home, my mind was an utter mess with what could go wrong (horror stories of how cats don’t always do well with anesthesia) and guilt over not watching over her better. This morning was a wash for me doing just about anything until I heard from them, I was so distracted. Getting home and *not* hearing her bell jingle as she scampers away from the door when I open it is just *wrong* to me. While I am traveling and am often away from her right now, this is the first time in over a year that I’ve been home, and she *hasn’t* been…

The vet called: Meret is doing well, but they’re going to have to pull an additional 4 teeth to take the total to 6.

Thankfully, because one of their techs was out during the month of Feb (and the screw up with the dates), they’re continuing to observe the discounts they had running through Feb (dental month) as well as work with a sliding scale when more teeth have to come out.

Instead of 1200, her teeth work will come in at $1100 (with $100+ of that having already been for the original blood work ), and it’s totally supported by the care credit – so I’ll be able to spread it out over the next several months in stead of getting slammed all at once.

It’s worth it, to stop her being in pain (even if derp tongue was cute) and the vet thinks she’ll be able to go back to her normal food once her jaw is healed with no real problem – she doesn’t exactly stop to chew at the best of times as it is.

I’m so relieved. I appreciate that the vet whom I’ve been dealing with gave me a personal call to give me all the details. I know that’s probably status quo for them, but it means a *lot* to me to hear from him directly that she’s doing well under the anesthesia, exactly what they’re going to have to do to her, etc. I feel like I can actually get some work done now that I’ve mentally digested what he’s said, instead of being a mental mess until I can go pick her up. I can begin to stop feeling guilty for not recognizing that her teeth were in worse shape then we thought back in Nov when we first talked about it. I’m incredibly thankful I’m in a place financially where this can be taken care of with some careful planning for the next few months, I couldn’t be ok with spending money on fripperies for myself knowing she’s in pain.

Foodening Friday – October 24, 2014

Sweet Cinnamon Applesauce
Delicious and makes the house smell divine while it’s cooking!

Sweet Cinnamon Applesauce

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Total time: 4 Hours, 40 minutes
Fills 2-3 canning jars

8 – 12 Apples, any type!,
1 cup Water,
1/2 a Lemon,
1 teaspoon Cinnamon.

Combine the water and lemon juice in the crockpot.
Core, peel and slice the apples, then mix into the lemon water. Peeling the apples are optional – if you leave them on, it will add colour and texture!.
Add the cinnamon, and mix until the apples are well covered.
Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stir once an hour.
When cooking is finished, mash or puree for a smoother blend..

I have a relatively bad habit of buying a bag of apples and then forgetting to eat them. Thankfully, you can always find excellent uses for them on Pinterest!

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Now, why I never thought of making my own applesauce, I have no clue. I absolutely loved it as a child; if I wasn’t eating it on its own, I smothered almost everything with it, even mixing it with plain spaghetti! Yeah, I was a strange child.

Haven’t really changed much, now that I reflect.

I found myself with a large bag of apples this weekend and a craving for something sweet to enjoy. I also wanted to start using my crockpot again, and low, I had the brilliant remembrance of seeing a recipe for Crockpot Applesauce. I decided I wanted to add a little kick to it, so borrowed a suggestion from a second pinner and added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the above recipe.

Oct 24_2 Also, I don’t care HOW amazing you are in the kitchen, you CANNOT peel 8-12 apples in 10 minutes if you are doing it by hand, solo. So MY version of the recipe (as above) includes the ACTUAL amount of prep time it took. Because when I’m looking for a recipe, I kinda NEED A REAL ESTIMATION. So there’s that. Knife cuts are also not super important since it’s being cooked down to pulp and then mashed, but it will reduce more quickly if the slices are thinner. Cut accordingly.

Oct 24_3I figured once everything was into the pot it would be annoying to come back every hour just to stir stuff around, but total cook time is 4 hours and you can get anything else done you might need to during that time (laundry, cleaning, blogging….) so it was super simple to set a timer and come stir once or twice around the pot, scrape the sides, etc.

Oct 24_4 Once the final timer went off, I snagged my Potato Masher and went to town by hand. I haven’t yet pulled the trigger on getting a food processor so I couldn’t get it perfectly smooth.

It makes absolutely no difference – the apples are cooked so perfectly that they all but melt in your mouth, so you don’t really “chew” through this perfection. It’s amazing on its own, both warm up or straight from the fridge and can be used as fruit compote on toast (though it’s a little liquid to be spread too thickly). It is AMAZING over a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. I’m certainly not going to take bets on how long this stuff is going to last, more likely I’ll need to remind myself that I need to eat solid food once and a while!

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