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Why We Cook From Scratch {Most of the Time}

Genesis 3

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

We believe in Intelligent Design. We believe that our Heavenly Father created the world and everything in it in six literal days.

In those 6 days, God created everything that Man would need to survive: food, medicine, shelter, water, and He created them in a way that we would receive optimal benefits.

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After the 1950s, we have seen an unnatural alteration in our food culture. Consumers wanted food to be easier, faster, cheaper, and more of it– so, the food industry ramped up their scientific approach for production to keep up with the demand.

Food has been broken down, dehydrated and ground up, fillers added to make it go farther, not-your-grandmas-preservatives were added to make it last longer, colors were added to make it prettier, pesticides are sprayed on it so corporations would have bigger harvests so they would make more money…more, more, more, MORE… Should I even start on what’s happened with our meat and dairy?! …UGH!

Now look at us. We are a generation of disease ridden, obese, malnourished people. {Myself included– but I’m working on that}

Coincidence? I think not.

Over the last few years, my idea of food has evolved. I see the need for Back-to-Basics-Living and am slowly working my household over to that. Not ‘hardcore’ back-to-basics. I’m not a purist’s purist, but I do try to limit the amount of processed foods that come into my home.

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The Wheetshire Garden 2013

The first steps that I have taken are to cook from scratch and grow some of my family’s food {check out my 2014 garden here}.

Cooking from scratch it isn’t really a huge change, it just requires more meal prep and planning.

Now, before you start thinking that I am one of these haughty, granola crunching {mmm..granola}, tree hugging {not that there’s anything wrong with that}, out-of-touch-with-the-real-world people, I want you to know that I DO live in the real world and I know that sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for gray sea salt, gluten-free this, free range that, organic everything… and blah, blah, blah. I don’t get them all time. I can’t. That’s why I say ‘when possible’. Cut yourself {and me} some slack. We do the best we can, when we can. Most of the time, the best I can do is buy whole foods and staple items for “from scratch” cooking. I can’t always get organic, either. It’s Oh. Kay. I don’t always have time to make my own cream ‘o soup, so I get it from the store.

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Wheetshire Tomatoes 2013

Did I mention that I am also a working mom? Yeah. I have a work schedule and a $50 to $60 a week grocery budget. How’s that for “in touch”? 😉 Cooking from scratch is possible in a working mom’s schedule– we just have to plan a little better.

For funzies, let’s look and compare sandwich bread– Factory made vs. Homemade.

Homemade bread has: flour, yeast, honey, water, extra virgin olive oil and salt. That’s a total of 6 ingredients.  

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Homemade Sandwich Bread


Sunbeam Bread Ingredients:

Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Water, Wheat Gluten, Cellulose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast. Contains 2% Or Less of Each of The Following: Whole WheatFlour, Salt, Wheat Bran, Yeast Nutrients (Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate), Dough Conditioners (May Contain One Or More of The Following: Mono- & Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono- & Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Enzymes), Corn Starch, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Distilled Vinegar, Caramel Color, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour. Contains Wheat and Soy.

**Um, dough conditioners? Caramel color? What the what?!

 

Now, let’s get real. Right now, there is a half eaten loaf of store-bought bread in my pantry. There is also a mostly eaten loaf of homemade sourdough bread on my counter.

I have homegrown organic vegetables in my freezer, as well as non-organic, non-free range chicken.

I have a box of raisin bran next to a jar of homemade granola.

You see where I am going with this? This is a gradual, do-the-best-you-can-with-what-you’ve-got process.

If we want to live a more natural, wholesome lifestyle, let’s take it one step at a time. Do the best you can with what you’ve got. Some improvement is better than none. I’ve heard this called “imperfect progress” and I feel good about it.

 

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Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Psalms 115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

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Farm Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap: What is it?

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Do you have acne, blackheads, eczema, psoriasis, dry or oily skin, dandruff, dark spots, athlete’s feet, rough cracked hands/feet, diaper rash, or any type of problem skin?

Do you have pets, babies, children, farmers, deer hunters or mechanics in your life?

Pup Scrub

Do you hate mosquito, gnats, bees, wasp, or any other pesky insect?

Buzz away

Or, do you just like to smell really fresh?

Soap

If you answered YES to any or all  questions than I have the perfect soap for any YES answer!

It’s a little something called Goat’s Milk Soap.  Here are a few things you should know ……

Farm Fresh Goat Milk Soap Facts

  • Aids in treating acne, reducing skin inflammation, and soothes dry skin.
  • Goat’s milk soap is less allergenic than synthetically loaded commercial soaps.
  • Helps reduce wrinkles.
  • Goat’s milk soap has alpha-hydroxy acids that soften the skin.
  • Goat’s milk is the closest to the PH level of the human skin and helps protect the skin from bacteria and chemicals.
  • Goat’s milk is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.
  • Goat milk soaps are mild and safe for use on all skin types and conditions.
  • Goat’s milk consists of natural emollients and triglycerides that act as natural moisturizers.
  • Cleopatra was known for her natural beauty and amazing skin. Her secret was bathing in goat’s milk.
  • Each bar of Candace and Kids goat’s milk soap is approximately 35% goat’s milk. We do not use any water. The liquid in our handmade batches is 100% fresh goat’s milk.


Important Facts about Candace and Kids Soaps

  • All of the liquid in the bars is 100% farm fresh goat’s milk. We do not use water. You may see a white substance on top of our bars. This is “soap dust” and is proof that we use goat’s milk in our batches. It will wash away after first use.
  • Made of saponified olive oil, unrefined shea butter, palm oil, soy oil and coconut oil.
  • “Pure” is the base bar. It is made of approximately 35% goat’s milk and the above oils.
  • The colorants in the bars are All Natural. We do not use any dyes, etc….
  • Several bars have botanicals. They are “wildcrafted” which means they are grown in the wild without chemicals and pesticides.
  • All bars cure for at least six weeks before they are polished, wrapped and sold. The bars are nice and hard. They will last approximately twice as long as a traditional bar of soap.
  • The soaps are shampoo bars too. They lather and condition well.
  • Each bar contains Vitamin E which is a natural preservative. This is an important ingredient in soap making. Due to the amount of Vitamin E in each bar, it doesn’t matter if the bar is used immediately or a year from purchasing, the consumer will still get the skin benefits and aromatherapy.
  • The corrugated wrapper is made of recycled cardboard. The labels are printed on recycled paper with recycled ink.

I use the Charcoal bar daily as a facial cleanser.  It’s less expensive than other OTC cleansers and last longer.  My skin has never looked better!

I also have rough dry scaly hands, especially in the winter time.  The goat’s milk soap helps to keep my hands healed and smooth.

My hunter use the camo or camo and dirt soap to bathe in before heading out to the woods so they will smell like the woods.  Ya have to fool those deer ya know!

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I work a lot outside, especially in the garden and the bugs aggravate me to death.  The Buzz Away soap helps to keep bugs (mainly mosquito’s) at bay.  I don’t bathe in it, I just simply swipe it behind my knees, the bends of me elbows, behind my ears, basically anywhere there’s a pulse point.  Amazing stuff, really works.

Are you ready to soothe that acne, eczema, athlete’s feet, rough cracked hands/feet or soothe your babies diaper rash the all natural way?

If you answered YES then follow this link, shop around to find the best soaps to fit your needs.

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http://www.candaceandkidssoapcompany.com/?Click=523

Let me know how you love it, because I know you will:)

Dana

Grandmother’s Hand Written Recipe!

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Posted by Dana

I was cleaning out boxes of “stuff” from where we recently moved and I found an old recipe box.

Within that box I found this hand written recipe for Pineapple Salad and Orange Salad from my Grandmother.  God rest her soul.

She went to rejoice with Jesus in 2006 and I miss her often.

Especially when I want to pick up the phone to call and ask her a question about cooking, baking or canning.

My grandmother had several handwritten recipes because this was the only way she had to write things down.

Oh how I wish I had more of these handwritten recipes.

Most of them were distributed between her sons, daughters-in-law and grand-kids.

Maybe we should get all these recipes together and publish a cookbook?

Hum, now that’s a thought……

Grandmother's hand written recipe

To Paint or not to Paint? Help me decide!

Posted by Dana

I had this old oak entertainment center that didn’t fit any TV we have.

And here it is.  I made the curtain to go over it because I had a bunch of needless stuff shoved in it.

I thought about getting rid of, but then again, I just knew it could be good for something.

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And this is what I came up with!

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My husband, Lance, worked very hard to put me some shelves in this old thing so I could store my canning and I love it!!  He’s just the greatest!

It still houses our DVD player, WII and a speaker for our surround sound and I use the bottom for storing my crockpots and miscellaneous kitchen items.

Now here is my dilemma!

Do I leave it as is, stained oak, or do I paint it to make it look old?

I thought about painting it a milk paint color (which is an antique color) and then crackling the paint and sand here and there to make it look as if it’s an antique.

Please vote, because your opinion matters.

You 24 hours before the poll closes.

If y’all decide that I should paint the ugly ole thing (subliminal message) I will post pics when I have the job, task, ….. when I have completed the project!

So have fun deciding ……

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