A couple things for us includes:
- Two new vehicles this year, unplanned on both accounts.
- Hubby's new job which after working from home since last August has greatly increased his work commute.
- This change of job may also include a move down the road....but not right away.
- Oldest daughter getting her driver's license--both great and scary all at the same time.
I have to say that after dropping her back off at school after that appointment and then browsing through the grocery store to see what kind of options she'll have, I went back out to my vehicle and cried...and called my mother. I felt like dealing with the wheat issue was a piece of cake (yeah, punny) compared to this new diagnosis.
It was a temporary meltdown on my part, but right now I have a love/hate relationship with food because of all of this going on with my daughter. I think that is normal. I'm pretty sure I'll get over it, because we sort of went thru this when we discovered the wheat issue--denial, anger, acceptance, etc. all those grieving steps.
Anyway, the saddest part about all this for me, thinking of my daughter, is that she will eat anything, and likes about everything, and here she can't have all these things. That is probably a huge blessing too, because I'm not sure any of my other kids would have as many options as she has because of their food "pickiness". We're working through it and she is being a good sport as we try new recipes and I figure out a new way of cooking for my entire family, because I am not making a couple different things every night just to make everyone happy.
She and I have a shared love of tomato soup. Regular canned soup, i.e. Campbell's, has wheat in it--if you didn't already know that. Gluten-free canned soup is expensive, and really neither one is as good as homemade.
I found this tomato soup recipe from The Chew--one of my favorite shows to watch. I made it the other night night and it was delicious. #2 ate hers with some Glutino pretzels and was super happy with it. I've been eating the leftovers for lunch.
pic from The Chew
- I used 4 pints of my own canned tomatoes
- Substituted rice milk for the cream.
- And didn't use as much garlic as the recipe called for.
Down the road I'll probably be sharing some things here and there with what we are doing to make her life better and some things that I've learned or I am doing to switch up the diet. There are certainly lots of websites and books out there to help us out.
Here are a couple helpful books I found at our local library.