Last night my husband did indeed come home with boxes of carry out pizza. "It's all gluten free!" my elated 5-year-old with Celiac squealed.
My husband had found a pizza place near his office that made decent gluten free pizza (in my opinion it is VERY hard to find gf pizza in a restaurant that tastes good). Well, you might as well have brought Santa Claus home for dinner, we were all so excited.
It's been a really busy couple months for our family. We moved, I went to my first blog conference which entailed being away from my family the longest ever (five whole days!), a friend died, family visited, kids had birthdays and more. Just a lot of life.
Maintaining the gluten free diet has become very easy for me, well maybe not easy, more like routine. It's just the way it is. A lot of it involves fresh veggies and fruits, not a lot of snacking and being prepared. Sadly, since I've been so busy, I've devoted less time to trying new recipes and learning to be less dependent on Gluten Free Bisquick.
We had family in town a couple weekends the past month and I did manage to wow them with a chocolate chip scone recipe (the first time I ever used xanthan gum), click here for the recipe. I also threw together my guacamole which everyone loves (except a couple of my kids).
Even though it is much easier to live a gluten free lifestyle now than it was two years ago when my son was diagnosed with Celiac disease, it gets tiring. It gets tiring to make everything from scratch and be prepared all the time. Maybe not even tiring, but annoying. It makes me miss the nights when we were busy with life and we'd pick up a carry out pizza. Or pick the inexpensive (nicer word than fast food) restaurant for a junk food treat. Just to get a break from cooking/baking/heating up/mixing!
To think about all those years I took for granted Dominos or Pizza Hut. Last night's pizza didn't taste anywhere near as good as those, but it was okay. The break from cooking/baking/heating up/mixing, worrying and being prepared was priceless. Also priceless? How much my family appreciates going out to dinner (carrying out to dinner).