That wasn’t so bad was it? Ash Wednesday?? Well, to be honest, it was a tough day for me. For many reasons. This move to the west is our life right now. What I am finding, is that keeping an open mind and a confident spirit will get me through this. Jason and I have, this whole time of two years since this idea conceptualized, prayed for guidance, listened to all of what is brought into our realm, and never tried to push a square peg through a round hole (so to speak). The market….ah, the housing market, is not a very ‘kind’ thing right now. We know how much we have into the house, and we know how much work we have done. To say the market is unfriendly, is quite certainly, an understatement. Short sales/foreclosures surely don’t help, but our home is unique. I don’t mean that with a sentimentality to this place. I mean it as you don’t find farmhouses, in this condition, with the amenities, the charm, the gardens, the acreage, the close-to-town, yet private. You just don’t. It took us awhile to find this home too. With that being said, we are praying for the peace and as many wise people have said ‘ do not worry ‘. To make my life harder, but of course, I have vowed to give certain things up during Lent that didn’t make yesterday go smoothly. Someone once tried to explain to me that during Lent the Lord doesn’t want us to suffer. I totally agree, however, I could not give up this opportunity to finally get serious about sacrifice and do ‘my all’, and even at that, those piddly things I gave up are not even touching the surface of what many saints and other valiant people of faith have endured.
Giving up gluten over a month ago now has definitely helped make me give up other things of similar idea. I don’t plan on divulging what I have given up. It is private. I do plan on sharing some recipes to help you through this Lent with meatless meal ideas, as well as some with meat.
Take these Gluten Free Wonton Wrappers. I didn’t even know you could make them yourself, let alone gluten free. They were a hit and super easy. Kind of like making homemade biscuits really. I filled mine with a combination of quickly sauteed spinach, shredded white cheddar, sauteed mushrooms, and a dash of salt and pepper.
- 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour
- 1/2 teaspoon xantham gum
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons of warm water
- 1. Combine flour and xantham gum. Add the eggs and 2 tablespoons of water, and beat together. Add enough water to create a smooth but stiff dough.
- 2. Knead the dough until smooth (can use hands or mixer using the paddle attachment)
- 3. Roll out dough onto floured surface until 1/8″ thick. Using a 2″ circle cutter, cut dough, taking remaining uncut dough together, re-rolling, and circle cut. (they will stick together if you stack them without first sprinkling each with a bit of flour).
- 4. Fill each circle with desired filling, moistening edges with water, and sealing with the tines of a fork.
- 5. After filling each one, heat a bit of olive oil in fry pan on medium heat. Fry each side 3 minutes. Keep those that are done in a 200degree F. oven while you cook the rest.
- This dough keeps well wrapped tightly in freezer. May be separated in 2 discs, and freeze one.
xo + lenten blessings,