What and Why

How we live and why we live that way.

This is a broad statement I know.  When I clean I tend to think through my conversations and relationships with people.  I was cleaning on Monday, and thinking about the finishing touches I had to put on my future-sister-in-law’s Christmas gift.  I was making her a recipe book with all my favorite recipes in it.  Ones I’ve acquired over the past 3 years of marriage and some classics from my mom and grandmother.  Many are from Better Homes and Gardens, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, or various other places, but all are tweaked to be mine.  See I live a little differently than I was raised, and I love it.  This thought of the various recipes I’m giving Missy (name changed for privacy) and the naturalness of all of them lead me to think about why I care about the food as I do.

I can truly say I have made this gigantic change of my own volition and not by force.  It all started when, through studying about food and how it gets from the animal/plant to my plate I came to see that it really does matter what an animal ate or how a crop was grown for nutritional, moral, and Christian reasons.  Nutritionally the meats and produce have no rival.  Morally I can defend how all is done.  And my Christian beliefs are uncompromised by the fact that I am caring about something that God cares about too.

But it’s bigger than that.  I rarely use a microwave oven.  Why?  Because I have done my homework and don’t like that the molecular structure of the water molecules and molecules of the food is being altered.  And beside that… if water that has been microwaved kills plants I don’t really want that in my body.  I also don’t buy breads except for rare occasions (I can think of less than 5 times in the past 3 years)  Why?  Because it’s easy to make, and I can regulate the ingredients going into it.  If regular bread has more than 6 ingredients in it and I can’t pronounce some of them I don’t want my family nor I eating it.  {An aside with that.  I have picked up 3 breadmakers from GoodWill.  I paid a max of $7 for one and less than that for the other 2.  I use them to mix and knead my dough and then rise them in my own pans.  So easy!!!}  I make my own tortillas, sandwich buns, hot dog buns, and toaster pastries!  It’s easy to do these things if you make it a point to set time aside.  Something else I try to avoid are Genetically Modified Ingredients.  Why?  Because I believe that God had a perfect design when He created the world and we shouldn’t be mixing the genetics of animals with plants to achieve something that can’t stand in nature.  This means I try to avoid sweeteners other than Pure Cane Sugar in my cooking and use un refined cold pressed oils as I can.  I don’t buy things with MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG) Why?  Because that’s a chemical that is designed to addict the consumer to the food.  Look at where you find it and you’ll find yourself craving those things!  I cook with butter (making my own as I can) and never with margarine.  Why?  Because margarine is totally comprised of chemicals that our bodies were never designed to process.

Now let me state that I am not a purist and I don’t believe that it is possible to be entirely pure in this area of life.  It’s more costly to eat seasonally and locally and naturally.  I know this.  My grocery budget is primarily consisting of cheese, other baking supplies, come canned items (primarily organic) and some dry goods like noodles & condiments.  Our food budget/household budget is very tight.  $50 per week.  So extra things are rare treats.  Like Shrimp.  Pete’s new favorite food.  But when it’s on sale and in the budget I can do this. We don’t eat out unless we have a gift card that we’ve been given.  We have had to cut some things out of our lives, but we’re still happy!  And we feel great!

So when I tell folks that my kids only like Raw Milk and have only known homemade bread and tortillas, I get some funny looks and folks think I’m crazy.  To me personally, I can’t imagine feeding my boys something that I don’t know where it came from.  To me that’s neglect on my part.

Let me encourage you that caring about your food can be done.  You don’t have to live on a farm!  I’m always encouraged by blogs like 100 days of Real Food and Biblical Homemaking.  One has the food part correct, but not so much involving the Creator.  The other gives all glory to God but isn’t as caring about other things that I feel are important to God too.  I am always here if you’d like to ask questions cinnamon rolls grahams

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