I'm going to attempt a secondary blog devoted to our search for allergy-friendly foods that score a "yum" on the tasty scale. Basically, a place to post my successful recipes, and little tips I learn as I go. If you're at all interested it will be located here http://everythingfreeallergyeating.blogspot.com/.
Time: 6:30am Setting: Handsome- out with guys for breakfast and disc golf; monkey #1- waking up to Monster's Inc.; monkey #2- sleeping in
...she pulls back a curtain covering the large front window and takes in the beauty of a rainy October morning in Oregon...
...and is inspired.
"Pumpkin waffles. Today's the day."
Fortunately, she's been obsessively pursuing her favorite foodie blog, http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com, and yesterday found just such a recipe. Yum. Pulling out the dozens of necessary ingredients for successful "everything-free" baking, she fights back dark memories of foiled attempts at gluten-free waffles past. This time will be different....
Twenty minutes later she may or may not have broken another waffle maker.
Not to be deterred by failure, or long distracted by the cute confusion of her son mistaking the baby's denim skirt for a pair of shorts....
...she adds a bit more water to the mix and resurrects pumpkin pancakes from the (literal) ashes of failed waffles. Ohhh- Perfection.
Rainy morning, Peet's Coffee, pumpkin pancakes, and maple syrup. Does October get any cozier? I submit that it does not.
Well, despite my high hopes, I'm going back on my insane allergy diet again. That means until further notice I will not be eating
*sigh* These are all things that showed up on the blood test I had done not long after we found out about Westly's allergies. The symptoms disappeared during pregnancy, which is good because eating allergy friendly foods made me really sick. But, unfortunately, they have been slowly returning- which for me looks like migraines, back muscles constantly knotted and incredibly painful (pain killers and muscle relaxants don't even begin to bring relief), and extreme fatigue- as in going to bed 8pm and feeling even more exhausted when I wake up. I've been trying to just deal with it, because facing this diet again really doesn't sound like fun, but the pain and fatigue are interfering with caring for my family and are becoming more than I can handle.
So, you ask, what can you eat? The answer.... not a whole lot. Corn tortillas, lettuce and turkey, plain rice cakes, apples, grapes, some home-baked everything-free goods. The prospect is less than exciting. What concerns me most though is how to feed my family. I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed at the idea of making three separate meals.
The good news? God is still on His throne and I am His. I'm just passing through this life, on my way home where I will spend eternity with my heavenly Father.
Also- it looks like the baby weight will be coming off a lot more quickly than I anticipated! :)
Please be praying that I will be Spirit-led through this. I don't tend to do well hungry or in pain, and until my body adjusts to less food and works the allergens out of my system, that is where I will be.
Paul and Ashley have been married since 2007 and are so glad that was part of God's plan! Westly was born 10 months later (surprise!), and Briella followed about 2 years after that.
Although there have been many joys, the past decade has made it clear that life is not a fairy-tale, and neither of us are perfect people. We are still standing because God is our foundation, and He will not be moved by the storms that hit our family and marriage. We're thankful :)