Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Feast

I recently discovered that I have some food sensitivities. My younger son also has food sensitivities so I have been learning and cooking for an alternative diet for almost two years now. I suppose that his diet has forced me to learn some new basics, and my diet is now forcing me to learn more advanced principles in food preparation. As one dear friend said to me recently, "Isn't it amazing how God puts people into our lives that we don't even realize we need?"

The Lists

Son: Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Bananas, Corn Syrup, Eggs
Me: Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Mold
Husband: Fish, Shellfish

This is just what we know about. And for some reason, I don't think these lists are going to get shorter any time soon. And my older son has NO ALLERGIES OR SENSITIVITIES WHATSOEVER. Do you think I should get him tested? ;)

So, here's my (after-Thanksgiving) lunch for today:

Shredded Turkey Rice Wrap

Shredded Turkey from cooked carcass
Romaine lettuce, sliced thinly
Thai sweet chili sauce, to taste
16mm rice wrapper, dried

1. Be sure all fillings are ready and prepared to fit properly in your chosen-sized wrapper
2. Soak one wrapper in a bowl of hot water for about 30 seconds, until it is soft, then place on clean work surface
3. fill with a little bit of meat, topped with sauce, then lettuce
4. fold wrapper around filling like a burrito
5. repeat as necessary until you are full!

This is the basis for my new wheat-free, soy-free sandwich. Want one?

A great big "THANK YOU" goes to Karina and this website with the great photos.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fall Apart Friday

I'm falling apart. My body is getting old, and it's trying to tell me so in not so many words. I can't change the fact that I am getting old either, which really bugs me. If I'm getting age-related illnesses, why do you have to call them "age-related"?? Is it just so I really feel that there is no hope at all for my condition? Or is it to remind me that others get these conditions, too, and not to worry about it 'cause there's nothing I can do about it?

I went to a naturopath yesterday to get tested for food sensitivities. I tested sensitive to wheat and soy. I'm still in shock and starting to go into auto-pilot to attempt to save my sanity. I really don't want to have food allergies. Or sensitivities! Or whatever! But I don't want the symptoms even more, so I am removing wheat and soy from my diet to see if the symptoms that I have been suffering from will disappear. I pray they do.

Now I feel like I have four kids. I have one healthy child, one with food allergies (that makes it feel like double the work!), and now I have food allergies myself, which feels like yet another child in my family. Maybe the Lord knew that even though I wanted 4 children, they wouldn't look exactly like I hoped they would (you know, small and cute). Two of them look like they are supposed to, and two of them look like phantom food allergic people, that I can't see, but still have to shop for, and cook for, and clean for.

I ran across these song lyrics today that really hit home: "If sacrifice requires that all my kingdoms fall, I surrender all." Lord, help me to surrender all to You. Amen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Wild and Wooly Wednesday to you!

Today is playgroup day for me. Oh, and my almost 3 year old! LOL! This means I will be busy all morning. And I'm not ready for that.

Lord, give me peace and contentment for today and all that it brings. Help me to speak wisely, but only when I must speak at all. Work through me in the moms that you bring to playgroup today. Help me to be a blessing to them! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday Surprise

I'm going to try to start blogging here regularly. That's part of the surprise. The other part: I think I'm allergic to something in my favorite sweet and salty peanut butter bars. And of course I bought a box at our local discount club store. Oh well. Looks like my 5yo has a lot of peanut butter bars to eat for snacks now.

Blessings! ~Jen