Friday, July 8, 2011

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life...

I have successfully navigated my first major food related holiday.  This 4th of July was my first holiday post-Eosinophilic Esophagitis and food allergy diognoses. I spent the weeks leading up to the 4th obsessing over what to take.  I knew that there would be NOTHING I could eat at my in-laws' house ("I am making hot dogs, hamburgers, potatoes salad, and fruit salad with pecans.  I also made a cake and we have ice cream!" they announced.  I mentally checked off each item, "Um, nope, nope, nope, no, no, nope, no-sirree-Bob, yep, that would be a nope...nada.")  Since we were going to be there for about 12 hours straight, I had to plan well.  I spend several hours at several stores getting everything I needed, and cooked all day Sunday; by noon on Monday, I was fairly certain I had slayed that dragon.



The 4th went off without a hitch.  Admittedly, it is a BEAR making a day's worth of food to take to someone else's shin-dig, but this was always an important holiday for my in-laws, kinda their "thing," so to speak, so I figured it was worth the extra effort.

Admittedly, I have no intention of doing this for all the holidays, Thanksgiving is MINE, dude, my house, my food, MINE.  And Christmas is rather a shared holiday...Christmas Eve is theirs, but Christmas Day is a time for kids to jump from their beds, wake up their parents with a shriek, open presents in a frenzy...only to fall asleep among the litter of paper, half pieced together presents, and empty boxes.  It is NOT a day to haul a bunch of food around from house to house, making the rounds, while other people eat things that suddenly look better than what you brought.

One perk of having a lot of food issues is there is no more battling over who has which holiday where, and didn't so-and-so do Christmas last year?, and what shall I bring?, and when does it start because some other relative wants us to come by there, too?  Shudder.  Nope, no more.  No one wants the responsibility of dealing with cross contamination and allergy accommodation.  So we are the outcasts when it comes to the Three Major Food Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter).

Heh, heh!  Finally, I got them back.  All the holidays...they are MINE!

See, there IS a bright side to this whole food allergy thing.

I kid! I kid!

Kind of...

And now for something completely different...

7 comments:

firespark said...

Lol! I'm whistling now! Thanks for the song. It made the whole day worth it.

And, for the record, I would like you to know that *I* fully plan on having you over for food-infested shindigs that will have Ginger-friendly items for your whole clan and I'm not the least bit afraid of keeping it all uncontaminated. So... take that, in-laws! ;)

Love ya, hon. :D

GingerGirl said...

But then, you are just awesome like that! And I fully intend to hold you to that. Oh, oh! We gotta do a Devouring dinner party (or, you, know as dinner party-ish as we get) and totally blog it!

Kristen said...

Hey girl! I was wondering how you were making out with food stuff. So what did you take? Just wondering. And... for the record.. I think it is awesome that you put so much effort into making it "ok" at an outing. It takes FOREVER for me to pack up all of our supplies to go somewhere... but I know it is important to the other kids - so ... I do it. Great to see your post. I've been missing you :) Kristen

GingerGirl said...

I went with veggie sandwiches, with the very best vegan baguettes I could find, and piled it high with a dab of vegan mayo, cucumbers, lettuce, red peppers, Cherokee purple tomatoes, and sprouts. I made some vegan baked potatoes, and some quinoa salad with black beans, cucumber, mixed heirloom tomatoes, with a light lime dressing. DELISH! And for dessert, I made my Stonefruit Patchwork Pie (used fresh peaches and cherries). I ate a SHAMEFUL amount of that pie...and I am making another one today, so I can blog about the pie and share the recipe at http://devouringtheseasons.blogspot.com

GingerGirl said...

Ok, for those interested, the Stone Fruit Patchwork pie recipe is up here: http://devouringtheseasons.blogspot.com/2011/07/ripe-peaches-dripping-with-juice-and.html

tinsenpup said...

It's slightly off topic, but I can't tell you how I shudder at the words, "Bring a plate to share." these days. In my head it usually translates to, "Bring something for all of us to share and also bring a bunch of other party food, because otherwise your kid is going to be pretty bummed when she sees that there is nothing else here that she can eat. We pretty much take all the food we need wherever we go now. Im working on having more foods on hand that we can just grab and go, because all the planning and preparation gets a bit tiresome sometimes. Whinging aside though, your menu sounds fabulous.

GingerGirl said...

Tinsenpup, I totally know what you mean! I was just thinking about how school will be starting back in just over a month, and how I need to get together some new ideas for lunches and snacks for the kids. The girls HAVE to take their food, since everything they serve at the school seems to be breaded (don't EVEN get me started about school lunches!), and that also means figuring out "treats" for the teachers to have on hand so they don't feel like freaks when all the other kids get to eat cupcakes and cookies for birthday parties, etc. And then their is PIZZA day, when other kid's moms send $2 and lunch is taken care of, and when MOI stays up late making gluten free pizza crust and baking a "mini pizza" so she doesn't miss out, and arranging for the pizza to be kept in the fridge in the teacher's lounge, and then begging that someone please microwave it so they can have hot pizza. Some days it is EXHAUSTING! But, darn it, at least I can feel good about what my kids eat, and when they tell me that some food is even better than the gluton-y food they remember...sniff...well it makes it all worth it! :) Not easy, but definitely worth it.