Going All Natural or I Fought the Garden and the Garden Won

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I apologize for such a gap in posts. I was on vacation with the furry boys and came back with a stomach virus. Not the type of thing that makes you want to eat or cook so I don’t have any new recipes yet. I have also been really busy with our garden.  We had a very mild summer with lots of rain and the garden went crazy! We got more than 40 pounds of tomatoes, 15 cantaloupes, 5 pounds of zucchini and eggplant, 10 pounds of peppers, and I am just now bringing in the beans. I have been pickling, canning, and freezing day in and day out. While I was on vacation my husband didn’t eat chili dogs or other junk he ate fresh food and when I came back I made a commitment to eliminate all the processed food from our lives if I could. I can’t really get rid of things like crackers or fruit snacks but I can at least buy organic versions. I did try to make my own fruit snacks but they were just gross and I have enough work without making crackers.  I bake my own bread, make my own pitas and tortillas, my own jam, and I am hoping I get a starter kit to try out cheesemaking. I thought about bees but with 3 boys, 3 cats, and a dog I just don’t need more living things to be responsible for so I will just keep paying for local honey.  So far it is going really well and we are well on our way to having nothing processed in the house. We have a lot less trash now. I actually saw the trash collector open our can just to check if there was anything in it which made me smile.  I feel better already and even though the scale says nothing has changed my clothes are looser. I haven’t gone on any diet or changed what I ate except for not eating anything I didn’t cook myself or buy organic. My husband is slimmer too and the kids are acting a lot better towards each other and seem to have more energy. I know not everyone can or wants to spend hours preparing their own food but if you can make small changes it is really worth it. I will keep you updated on how it goes and I will try to come up with more recipes once I get all this gardening done. Thanks for visiting and please look back at some of my old recipes. The one for my tortillas is in there.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Aunt Cindy in Waco says:

    please turn to page 100 and sing ” Bringing in the beans, bringing in the beans, we will come rejoicing, bringing in the beans”

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