Archive for July, 2008

Friday’s Feast – Texas Style

The chef is having technical difficulties, so Texas Tanya provided today’s feast. Enjoy!

When was the last time you had some bar-b-que?
Real BBQ – it’s been a long time, maybe since the spring… Grilled food, though, I had about a week ago.

How many pairs of cowboy boots do you own?
Not a single one. My Texan roots aren’t showing very strong, are they?

Finish this sentence: Mommas, don’t let your babies __________.
Mommas, don’t let your babies play in the street.

Main Course
Name a song that makes you think of Texas.
The Yellow Rose of Texas.

Cowboy hats – Black or White?
I didn’t realize these were the main choices in cowboys hats. I guess I’ll choose white because it’s hot in Texas and that will reflect the light rather than absorb it all.

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Dairy-Free: Day 67

After about 2 months of staying clear of all milk proteins and even adding a slight avoidance of eggs for the past week, Josiah seems to be all cleared up and we’ve all adjusted pretty well to the change. Eila knows that her brother cannot have ice cream, cheetos, or goldfish and won’t share them with him even if he says “peas”. Josiah doesn’t seem to understand that he can’t have cheetos or ranch or cheese sticks, but loves the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and so do I. I also really like the Earth Balance vegan buttery spread. I don’t like Rice Dream – it does not taste like any kind of ice cream I’d eat!

I’ve learned a lot about the things that go into food and that eating at a restaurant or another person’s house is a real pain with a food allergy. I always feel like we’re imposing and being difficult, even when I bring own our food – of course, then I just feel like I’m being ungrateful and rude, but really I’m just trying to do what is best for Josiah.

It is hard and last week, I really wanted to quit, but he has had a couple of times where he had some of Eila’s dairy-full food and then had some sort of adverse reaction, so it seems to me that the sacrifices and inconvenience are worth the health and well-being of my little boy. It could be so much worse… he could need to stay away from dairy, eggs, gluten, and soy – and then we’d only be able to eat fruits and veggies, which might be healthy, but hard since it seems like Josiah is a strict carnivore, unless ketchup counts as a vegetable.

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Friday’s Feast

When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?
I think it was in April, but it could’ve been at Christmas. I have long hair and don’t need much in the way of cutting to keep it that way.

Name one thing you miss about being a child.
Not minding cold water or cold weather and playing in them until forced to stop.

Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil.
Normally, I’d choose butter, but in my dairy-free world that is off limits so I’ll have to go with olive oil.

Main Course
If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why?
Mandarin Chinese, because it would enable me to communicate with the most people and expand my phonetic vocabulary the most.

Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…
a little bit wiser.

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After a week of no TV or computers and a weekend in the great outdoors camping, I’ve more than made up for it by catching up on the various blogs that I enjoy and emails as well as some stuff for MOPS. It seems like there is no end to the amount of time that I can spend on the internet.

I enjoyed taking time last week to enjoy my family and not “trying to get things done” while I could be relating to them in various ways. We took a walk as a family after dinner as well as played trains and princesses a whole lot. I want to be intentional to continue to enjoy the people more than the things around me. That can be a little challenging when my hubby is on the computer, but that is a good time for me to read a book – especially since my list of books I want to read is always growing. On that note, I’m off to read and sleep.