Sunday, October 17, 2010

Back in the kitchen

Here's Arianna onto meal #2: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The recipe called for a layer of Cheddar and a second layer of Monterey Jack (or Mozzerella).
Very tasty with the mix of two cheeses!

Here's my GF Udi sandwich. My first sandwich in months!
It was amazing!

Apples cut so the star inside is revealed.
Kids thought that was pretty cool.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Arianna & Cooking

Our eldest has shown an ever-increasing love of all things "kitchen". On a whim the other day, I handed her a Kid's Cook cookbook, pen, and paper and had her pick out a few recipes she wanted to try. I'd pick 2-3 of her recipes, add them to our menu plan for this week, and she could make them. WOW- was she ever thrilled! That not only kept her busy for a good long time as she meal planned, but her "recipes" was all we heard about for the past several days!

Up first, Purple Cow.
6 oz. grape juice concentrate
1 C milk
2 C vanilla ice cream
Blend on HIGH for 30 sec.
Everyone agreed it was "so-so". But Arianna definitely had a blast!
We even made it more special by adding twisty straws with grapes on it.

Up next: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (layered with Cheddar & Mozzerella). And I can't WAIT because I just purchased Udi's Gluten Free sandwich bread last night! I haven't had a sandwich in months!!!

As I have mentioned on earlier posts, I discovered this summer that I am gluten intolerant. For those of you who aren't familiar with gluten intolerance, it basically means that grains (such as wheat, oats, barley, etc) cause intestinal inflammation, which totally messes with the whole digestive tract, and then causes all sorts of digestive "issues" (which I'll spare you the details *grin*). Basically, a gluten intolerant person's body cannot process and digest grains right. Rice and corn are fine, though, so it's not a totally depriving sort of lifestyle.

There are SO MANY GF products on the market, too, that taste and feel like the real deal (and texture is huge with me). Plus, I've also been experimenting with all sorts of baking using a GF All-Purpose Flour. King Arthur flours has a whole GF section with recipes for pancakes, waffles, scones, muffins, bread, pizza dough... and it tastes SO GOOD. You'd seriously never know there was no wheat or grain in it! I just have to read LOTS of labels. And if we go out to eat (which is pretty rare) I have to carefully question the management about ingredients.

This has been a night & day different pregnancy for me. Perhaps it's what would be called "normal". Yes, queasies and nausea and tiredness. But the only time I "lost my lunch" was when I accidentally got a hold of something containing gluten. Paid for that mistake for 5 DAYS!!!

All my other pregnancies have been absolutely miserable. Basically, I can't hardly function and go into what I call "the black hole". Survival mode. Everything backs up. If dinner gets on the table that's a good day! And even doing that takes everything I've got. It's bad. Nausea. Vomiting. Lying on the couch in misery. The whole nine yards.

But this time... it hasn't been bad at all! I've been able to eat. No weird food cravings. And as long as I got a power nap in the afternoon, I was good to go. It's been amazing the difference this GF pregnancy has been compared to the other ones.

PRAISE GOD He revealed what was wrong before this pregnancy occurred! He has been SO gracious and kind to me! I have so much to be thankful for!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The "Bump"

11 weeks today!


I see things like this:

... and this:

... and I find myself drooling. I LOVE IT! Oh... if only I had a creative bone in my body!

When I see what I like it's like "oh, oh, oh! That's it!" But I can't seem to replicate it. Nor come up with an idea like that on my own.

And as we're standing at the gate of someday very soon purchasing our first house, my mind is rattling with decorating ideas. Wish so badly I could afford to hire an interior decorator. "Here's what I like. HELP ME!"

Some women just seem as though they are oozing with creativity. And I sit back in awe at what they create.

So anyway....

I've been out of the blogging world for a darn good reason these past couple months.

We're having another BABY!!!

Yep yep. May 4 is the due date and I am quick approaching the 12 week mark. Next week on the 20th, RD and I are going to our first prenatal appointment to hear the heartbeat. We are SO excited. And yes, a bit nervous. Baby G's due date is a mere 10 days off of what Francesca's was last year. She came early (April 9th) but her official due date was April 24. I try not to think on it too much because my mind will go in a thousand different not-so-good directions.

God gives and He takes away.

For SOME reason Francesca was supposed to pass from our hands and into heaven. Now we see in part, but one day, we will see the whole picture. It doesn't feel good. But the Lord IS good. And He uses bad things FOR good.

God gave us another baby. And right now He is within me molding and shaping this baby's features, personality, and body. He or she is so very intricately made. And if I learned anything through Francesca's experience is this: God is in control! I can eat right, exercise, take my prenatals and herbs... But ultimately, there is nothing I can do. God is in control of the womb! He is sovereign and can be fully trusted.

And so... we walk in faith.

And I've got a little bump. Belly pics to follow. :-)

God is so good. We are so blessed!