Just Like Uncle Jesse

My sister and her husband welcomed a new baby into the world a couple of weeks ago. After 9 long months of pregnancy, a beautiful girl was born. Every labor has it’s story to tell, but this one is a good one. I am going to tell you the true story…but as I imagined it happened.

4:00 am
Andy wakes for work. Colleen stirs, starting to wake up.

Andy: (to himself) Jeeze, my stomach hurts. I don’t feel that great.
Colleen: (to herself): Jeeze, my stomach hurts. I don’t feel that great.

5:30 am
Andy: I love you honey. I am off to work.
Colleen: I love you honey. Please don’t leave for work. I am pretty sure I am in labor.
Andy: Holy cow, are you serious? That’s great! Hey, my stomach hurts a little bit.
Colleen: Your stomach is NOT allowed to hurt today.

7:00 am
Labor is in full swing. Off to the hospital.
Andy:(to himself) Okay, my stomach really hurts. I wonder if it’s okay to complain yet.

8:00 am
Colleen: Um, doctor? I am ready for that epidural.
Andy: Can I get one too?
Colleen: SHUT-UP!

Colleen: Wow, those epidurals are a dream.
Andy: My stomach still hurts.

Andy: Push, Colleen! Push!
Baby: Wah, Wah, Wah.
Andy: Love you, Colleen.
Colleen: Love you, Andy.

Andy: I think I am going to be sick.
(sounds of throwing up)
Colleen: Fine. Go home. Now.

5:00 pm
Colleen: Can you take Andy to the doctor?
Me: Sure.

5:30 pm
I arrive at Andy and Colleen’s home. Andy is curled up in a ball on the floor, pouring sweat, with a puke can next to him.
Me: Um, I am taking you back to the hospital, except you are going straight to the ER.

7:00 pm
Doctor: Yes sir. You have appendicitis. You will be admitted this evening and will have surgery in the morning.

Fade to Black.

Isn’t it romantic? Husband and wife, separated by just 3 floors in the hospital. One giving birth to a baby, the other his appendix. Today, everyone is healthy and all is well. Mommy, Daddy, and baby are all happy.

EXACTLY like the Full House episode when Becky goes into labor and Uncle Jesse’s sympathy pains turn out to be…appendicitis! I mean who doesn’t want their life to mirror a Full House episode?

What did I do next for them? Well, made them a casserole, of course!

Sweet Potato and Vegetarian Sausage Casserole
serves 6-8

4 sweet potatoes
2 c dried ziti pasta
1 c thawed vegetarian sausage crumbles (can use real sausage if you are a carnivore)
3 Tb olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 Tb sugar
2 c vegetable stock
2 c Monterrey jack cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375F.

Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Place in a 2 qt. pot with enough water to cover potatoes by 1″. Cook over high heat with a lid on, until potato is soft.
Remove from heat and drain.

Cook pasta as directed on the box. When done, drain and place in a casserole dish.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add 1 Tb of olive oil. Saute garlic for 1 minute. Add spinach and cook until all of the spinach is just wilted. Place spinach in casserole dish with pasta.

Using same saute pan, heat remaining 2 Tb of olive oil and saute onion until translucent. Add sweet potato cubes and cook for an additional to minutes. Pour into a blender with stock and sugar. Blend until smooth.

Pour sweet potato sauce into casserole dish. Pour in veggie crumbles. Stir so all components are incorporated. Sprinkle cheese on top.

Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

3 thoughts on “Just Like Uncle Jesse

  1. colleen

    You are quite funny…you don’t give yourself enough credit! I think next time I tell our story it will be from your point of view. I actually think you probably made me out to be nicer then I actually was that day. Thanks!
    Oh, by the way the cassorole was the best ever! We’re having the frozen one you made for us tonight!


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