I have had some really long, difficult, and tiring past few days. Today was no exception. I didn't feel so terrific, and the heat really compounded how I was feeling, making me barely functional.
But supper needs to be made and served to my family. If we weren't on a gluten free diet, I'd absolutely be tempted to buy takeout for tonight's supper. Of course, not having takeout in my area and not having a car to get takeout from further away makes this not a realistic possibility, even if we'd felt like spending the money.
But of course, being gluten free makes everything more complicated, and even many of the quick staples many people have in their home for times like these (crackers, sliced store bought bread) are things I can't really stock because finding frugal gluten free versions of those are nearly impossible, and I still haven't gotten good enough at gluten free baking to make my own. (My last version of gluten free bread was the first food I threw out in a while. It tasted and had the texture of a dried out Scotch-brite sponge.)
On top of that all, I'm trying to really cut back the use of dairy in our home because I think pasteurized cows milk causes us stomach aches (haven't had access to raw cow's milk to test that out) and because goat milk and cheeses are quite expensive, so I'm keeping those to a minimum. So none of my previous quick and frugal dinners that I used to make, like homemade mac and cheese with a salad on the side, are options. Pasta is pretty much out, as is cheese. Bummer.