it’s a christmas miracle!

by Janetha on July 20, 2009

in meals

okay well maybe not a christmas miracle seeing as how it is july.. but it is a miracle none the less!  i woke up today and i could finally taste!!!

before we talk about that, i better recap yesterday because it was another day of tortuous, non-smelling, non-tasting hell.  lovely, right? 


well i think i left off with a glass of OJ and a protein shake down the hatch, correct? yes. well i never ended up getting marshall out of bed to head to the pool, he was crying because he stayed up for over 24 consecutive hours. gee, the poor thing.

i got some things done around the casa which was nice, i made a small dent in the heap of clean clothes that has officially swallowed my bedroom.  i baked the vegans some muffins and i watched a whole lot of food network :)

while i had some coffee & a braeburn


we went to the parents’ for dinner.  once again, a tasteless meal that i am sure was phenomenal! i am not sure why i ate.. but i did..

i ate 73 pounds of watermelon.. dude, it was 100 degrees out.. even though i couldn’t taste, the cold watermelon was so refreshing!


the bean wanted some. she got a trader joe’s PB dog treat instead.

the spread was grilled chicken, green salad & fruit salad for the most part.. there was some purple steamed cauliflower somewhere too…


here is my plate. i didn’t bother putting dressing on the salad since i couldn’t taste!


not much, i know, it is because i filled up on watermelon before dinner!

okay, now that we have covered sunday’s eats i can talk to you about what went on afterward.  i couldn’t taste.  i haven’t been able to smell or taste for about 10 days now, you all know this because i won’t stop bitching about it (sorry about that by the way.. but hey, you choose to read my ramblings!).. SO, it was family to the rescue!

first i took some mucinex


(that green dude creeps me out!)

and then my mom suggested i try the neti pot.. i have heard/seen a lot about this thing, everyone always raves about them and some of you even suggested i use one during this sickness..but never had i attempted to use one on my own!!  until yesterday.

i can’t believe i am posting these photos, but it was hilarious so i just have no shame!! gotta document this kind of thang.  you mix some medicine up in some water, put it in the pot, pour the magical solution in one side of your nose and it comes out the other. (gross)

not so sure..


woah. weird. so weird.


hi marshall (camera man), i am sure you would love to kiss me looking like this :)


hahah. ok, so sorry if that grossed anyone out but at least it was just water.. nothing gnarly came out of the woodworks! and i thought it was funny looking, for all those inquiring minds that wonder what a neti pot is.. no ya know!

and that didn’t help a bit.

so then my brother in law gets some crazy idea to make a magical voodoo brew for me to drink and regain my senses..


i think some of the ingredients were chicken broth, garlic, lemon, cayenne pepper, onion.. hmmm i don’t know what else, but it took him forever to brew it up and everyone but me could smell the potency of it!

appetizing, no?


here i go.. yeah i am looking real haggard from blowing my nose for a century and a half, whatevs


um. it was hot, but i couldn’t taste anything.


the cayenne pepper burned my throat and mouth, but with no flavor what so ever.. it was the weirdest experience!


my mom tried it. she wasn’t a fan. she also wasn’t sick..


brother in law’s reaction to my mom’s reaction to the brew:


and my brother in law, the creator, also gave it a whirl.


apparently he dug it!

anyway, i couldn’t taste after that either. i went home feeling defeated and full of watermelon.

on the upside i got to catch the new episode of the next food network star!  ohhh i knew they would give jamika the boot!  i hope melissa wins.  who do you guys want to win?



since i didn’t eat much yesterday i woke up at 5:00 AM hangry! i went to let the dogs out and snatched up a vegan blueberry banana muffin that i made for the vegan dudes at marshall’s place.  i could taste a hint of something, but nothing amazing.  i went back to bed for 45 minutes and then got up and ready for work.

along with monday comes the usual sales meeting at the original pancake house.. surprise surprise.

today i got coffee, dry wheat toast & egg beaters+spinach+mushrooms+onion+avocado.. my boss said, “there is no possible way to jam any more disgusting ingredients into one dish”.. whatever, he has no clue what good food tastes like!


i took one sip of my coffee and started FREAKING OUT!!!


i could taste!! I COULD REALLY TASTE!

i was ecstatic!

that scramble was massive.. i didn’t eat it all. but i did douse it in cholula after the photo shoot!


oh man.. i sure to appreciate my sense of taste you guys.  you have no idea.. try not being able to taste for 10 days and you will REALLY appreciate the way food tastes when it comes back to you :D

for lunch we had a luncheon fiesta thing like awhile back. but i wasn’t hungry at 11:30 when we had it because we had eaten breakfast at 8.  i stay full for awhile.  i did make a salad for everyone though:


  • spinach
  • romaine
  • diced chicken
  • slivered almonds
  • basil & garlic feta cheese
  • craisins
  • avocado
  • poppyseed dressing


this salad takes .2 minutes to put together and it is always a hit, always delicious. this is the star of the show:


this stuff will seriously make a salad of shoelaces and rubberbands taste amazing. try it.

around 1 PM i got hungry so i decided to give my newly found sense of taste a treat and eat some of my salad. i normally wouldn’t unless it was a “free day” because of the higher fat content in the dressing. but come on, i can finally taste!!!


i had this small bowl and now i am enjoying my third liter of water for the day.  it is my own personal daily goal to drink a gallon of water every single day this week!  i was slacking a tad near the end of last week so i need to step it up.

so who knows what made my senses come back?  not me.  maybe it was time.  maybe it was the neti pot.. but i know my brother in law would like to think it was his magical home brew.  i guess it is possible.. maybe he should patent that concoction? i will tell him that it was the cure all, just to make him happy.  because i know i am happy now!



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well that is enough out of me for the day :) i leave you with the usual suspects, questions!

1. what is your personal goal for the week? if you don’t have one.. make one now in your comment :) mine is to drink a gallon of water a day!

2. favorite salad dressssing? while i love that poppyseed one up there, nothing beats home made ranch dressing

3. do you or anyone in your family have some gnarly home remedies you use to cure/fix something??

answer one, answer them all, don’t answer any.. the choice is yours.

xo, janetha b.

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mom July 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Hallelujah!! Wahoo!! A true sign from heaven above, you can SMELL and TASTE!!!! It is because it is Monday July 20 and that is a good date, hey they landed on the moon 40 years ago today!! Glad we had the whole fam working on a cure. The salad looks GREAT!! Wish I had some to go with my oh so boring chili…… and best wishes to you on this short work week xoxoxoxo

jenngirl July 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Yayyyy!! I’m so happy your taste buds woke up! :)

1. study for the GRE AT LEAST once each day until I take it next friday! ahh!

2. Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette

3. Sadly my family is a “go to the doctor and medicate yourself until you feel better/the meds are gone” type

I’ve heard of neti pots and they freaked me out, but thanks for showing us what they are like in action!

Kailey July 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

yay for your taste buds returning.
Oh goodness that picture with the water coming out of the other nostril cracks me up!! too funny.

thats so exciting that your 100th post is coming up!

julie July 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm

HAHAHAHAHA I almost died reading this post. those pictures are HILARIOUS.

um I love watermelon babies. end of story

personal goal? hmmmm I like yours! I’m gonna drink a BUTTLOAD of water everyday

we don’t have any cool remedies. just to bitch at eachother haha

kristi (sweet cheeks) July 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

YES. i love this post, lady!! I have tried the netti pot, too and it is definitely weird at first!!

Well, whatever got you feeling better, I’m glad it did!

Sarah W. July 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I <3 the Neti Pot – though I don't use it nearly as often as I should. You really should do it once a day even when you're NOT sick! And its not really medicine that goes in, its just salt & water to draw out the moisture :)

glad you can taste again and feel better – your mom's reaction to the brew is HILIARIOUS!!! she's super cute!

1. what is your personal goal for the week? drink 80 oz water daily. (and actually stick to my workout plan for the week)

2. favorite salad dressssing? I don't use dressing – filled with too much junk – but if I want something I will use oil & viinegar

3. do you or anyone in your family have some gnarly home remedies you use to cure/fix something?? Not really other than Jewish Penicillian – MATZAH BALL SOUP – I swear to god it cures anything! Back in May I got real sick and took off work and hubby was off too, and by the end of the night I was begging for some even tho it had chicken stock in it – I ate the entire container – broth, matzah balls, noodles, chicken, spices and carrots – yum yum yum!!!!

Sarah W. July 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

oh, i sent you an email earlier thismorning……

Sarah July 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Thank heaven your sense of taste is back! That would drive me INSANE.

1. personal goal: better sleep schedule
2. fave salad dressing: honey mustard without a doubt
3. no funny home remedies, papa is a doctor, so i just get medicines!

Angharad July 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! It is a christmas miracle! So glad you got your buds back lady.

That egg scramble looks pretty baller to me. Don’t you hate it when people say sh*t like that?! Sorry, it makes me cross. It’s like when people act like I am clinically insane for enjoying running. Gah.

HP Sauce is kind of (but not really) like steak sauce. That’s the closest I can get but it’s fruitier and goes on bacon sandwiches, bangers and mash and cheese on toast. Annnnnd now I’m home sick.

I really enjoyed your step-by-step nose watering by the way. Necessary and hilarious both.

1. personal goal: do not die during 10K
2. fave salad dressing: annie’s honey mustard vinegairette.
3. nopes

ksgoodeats July 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Purple steamed cauliflower? That’s what I like to hear!!

YAY for getting your taste back!! No lies, that netti pot kind of freaks me out! I’d probably breath the whole pot in and then choke.

1. Ahhh I don’t know – I can’t think on the spot, I get flustered!
2. Poppyseed is always good but I’m not a big dressing girl. I like salsa :)
3. No family secrets unfortunately!

Susan July 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Ahhhh!!! YAY for having your taste back!! Those netti pot pics are too funny. I saw that crazy contraption on Oprah, it scares the bejeebus out of me.

1. To make it through to Thursday – the start of my “weekend”!
2. Balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.
3. My mom used to give me shots of vodka to clear my sinuses. I wish that were a lie…

Emily July 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm

YAY for tasting!!

Hub uses the neti pot. Kinda creeps me out.

1. Mend my purple sweater.

2. I’ve always been a homemade dressing girl. My favorite, simple blend is hot sauce, Bragg’s, and apple cider vinegar.

3. Hm. Can’t think of any? My dad always gave me a spoonful of honey or some brandy when I had a sore throat, but that’s not so gnarly. Oh, and he used to give me cod liver oil too, and I would pretend to like it because I wanted to be cool like him.

Erin July 20, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I 1million percent swear by Mucinex…even for my very worst sinus troubles. It’s a miracle worker. I cannot believe you’ve gone 10 days and HADN’T had Mucinex yet. I had assumed you had.

Silly Janetha. Erin’s going to monitor your ailments now and make sure you are a good girl.

Thank goodness for taste right! Yay!

Anne K. July 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Hallelujah! And hahaha the nettipot pictures are hilarious. I also love the reactions to the brew–that thang looked NASTAY! haha! Your scramble looks delish, and so glad you could taste it :D

1) Get to Arizona safely and deal with changing my major!

2) I looove Annie’s Island Marinade as a salad dressing.

3) Nope, thank goodness!

insideiamdancing July 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm

yay yay yay! so happy for you :D that neti pot looks interesting!

1. what is your personal goal for the week? if you don’t have one.. make one now in your comment :) to turn up to everything I am supposed to… ;)

2. favorite salad dressssing? tzatziki! does that count?

3. do you or anyone in your family have some gnarly home remedies you use to cure/fix something?? my mom’s chicken soup…cures everything!

broccolihut July 20, 2009 at 11:02 pm

HALLELUJAH! You can taste again! I think taste would have to be one of the last of my senses that I would be willing to give up.
Fave salad dressing=Annie’s goddess Dressing. Truly killer.

peanutbutterprerogative July 20, 2009 at 11:54 pm

glad you can taste again! and i’m a huge fan of brianna’s dressings too…they have lighter ones if you haven’t given them a try they’re pretty good!
1. eat everything in my fridge before i leave for the weekend!
2. balsamic vinegar…that’s not really a dressing i guess but i love it!
3. my mom’s an acupuncturist so we would always get treatments…moxa, needles, the whole bit

Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 21, 2009 at 12:34 am

hallelujah! congrats on the taste bud rejuvination!

buffmuffy July 21, 2009 at 1:19 am

LOL DUDE! That is so hilarious!!!!! (the neti pot)
The fruit salad looks so freaking amazing, i bet i could eat that whole platter. haha!
glad you can taste again! WOO HOO!

Jessica (jesslikesithot) July 21, 2009 at 1:49 am

Right before I read your boss’ comment I was thinking about how delicious that scramble looked!!! Ha ha….

But woooop! I’m glad your taste is backkkk!!! And girl, you look GREAT for having been sick for so long. When i’m sick, my nose and face become one big dried out mess. It’s REALLY attractive, i’m tellin’ ya. :)

Jessica (jesslikesithot) July 21, 2009 at 1:54 am

Oh shoooot, I forgot to answer your q’s!

1. Personal goal=complete back to school to-do list! There’s a lot to get/organize/prepare/plan before heading back to school in 3 weeks!

2. Annie’s Woodstock and Goddess are the best!

3. Nothin’ gnarly, but my dad always sets me up with a bag of grapefruit/oranges when i’m sick. When i was little he’d be like, “eat this whole bag of fruit over the next day or 2″….and by then my sinuses would be cleared! Thank you vitamin C and rest!

lookingforserenity July 21, 2009 at 7:21 am


Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) July 21, 2009 at 7:54 am

first things first…

your mom is too cute – she was even your first comment :)

hahahahaha…between the home brew + netipot, i am more convinced than ever we were meant to be friends.

yay for TASTING FINALLYYYYY!!!! that brekkie looks bangin girl – peeps don’t know what real food is, obv.

(1) personal goal: ugh, i should have like a million of these – get back on track with marathon training, starting with 12 miles today!

(2) fave dressing – that poppyseed of yours is up there, hidden valley light ranch and EVOO+honey. soooo good!

(3) my mom’s remedy for everything: saltines + 7-up. gotta love barbie.

Katharina July 21, 2009 at 7:54 am

YAY!!! You should eat all your favorite foods till you can’t handle it anymore :D Man, I can’t imagine not tasting anything for that many days. That dressing sounds awesome by the way.

1. Start packing!

2. My favorite dressing is… this sweet tomato vinaigrette that this restaurant down in Florida makes.

3. I swear by honey heated up for like 7 seconds for sore throats. And green tea… lots of it!

p.s. lol those netipot pictures are hilarious!!!

April (Foods of April) July 21, 2009 at 9:03 am

I’ve been wondering about those neti pots! Too bad they didn’t work :(

But yay for your taste!! I think the egg beater combo sounds delicious.. that guy doesn’t know what he’s talkin about!

dailygoods July 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

haha those neti pots are crazy!!! lol. that was a fun pic though! glad you got your taste back :) i loveeeeeeeeeeee poppyseed dressing! and i need to try that brand !

jocelynsteiber July 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

You are hysterical! You seriously crack me up : ) I’m laughing at working right now! Nice Neti Pot pictures! I’ve never tried one but I heard that they work miracles.

And I’m the same way when I’m sick! I still end out eating (for the texture of foods!)

Glad your feeling better : )


The Fit Collegiate July 21, 2009 at 11:31 am

Haha those pics of the Neti Pot thing are hilarious!!! Too funny!

I ALWAYS fill up on fruit before dinner…how is it that watermelon is so filling?

Tay July 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm

First I gotta say I LOVE your cute mugs!! I am a sucker for cute mugs :-)

glad you can taste!! Nothing’s better, right?!

poppyseed dressing is one of the many gifts from god. But I also love TJ’s peanut asian dressing & their raspberry gorgonzola dressing. mmmmmm

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