…until Holy Week. I’m not ready, but then I never am. I look at where I have failed this Lent. I have been very weak. But, as my spiritual director reminds me, there is always room to begin again, and this last week can be marked with great intense work.
Still, I am the little child who climbs into Jesus’ lap. I tell Him how he knows how weak I am. I can’t do any of this on my own. I ask him to please carry me and walk me through all the hard things of my day.
I just wrote a long piece at Catholic Culture: Holy Week Preparation. It’s long. Did I mention it’s long? But it’s good for me to write it all out to understand why I’m always tired at Easter. It’s a lot. Even if I were to only do the Liturgical Preparation and attend the liturgies, I think we would still be tired.
This week I tested my oldest son on some of his allergens. He is allergic to eggs, wheat and dairy, with dairy being his worst. He is near the age where he should be starting to outgrow the allergens.
- He tried bread that had eggs, and he had no reaction.
- He tried two saltines and had a delayed reaction (itchy mouth).
- We had pancakes that included eggs and no reaction.
He was disappointed the wheat didn’t work, but I was so proud of him because he didn’t throw a fit or cry, but very grown-up.
Our final test on the egg will be eating them straight. He’s eager to try.
He couldn’t stop talking about the pancakes. He was just thrilled. And I’m thrilled, too.
And why do I put this on a Holy Week post? Because I am hoping to find some recipes that are wheat and dairy free, but can use eggs. You don’t know hard it is to make baked goods without eggs. It’s just a crumbly mess.
I dislike testing recipes in Holy Week, but I think it’s the best way. If you have any suggestions for recipes, please let me know. I think in particular I’m looking for Hot Cross Buns. The recipe can have sugar, it can be with almond meal or other paleo flours or other flours, it also can contain oat flour. I can substitute milk with almond milk. Butter I usually substitute with coconut oil.
Thanks for any suggestions!