A Normal Saturday

So this morning, I woke up with a huge list to do. Well actually every Saturday I do since that is the day for Emma will be distracted by my wonderful hubby until I am finished and I don’t have to worry about her. Any way, I woke up and started my bread for the week and get it rising, then I had to do the pizza dough for the next couple weeks to put in the freezer, then I had to make soup for the next two nights and get it in the crock pot, then the bread dough was ready to be split to rise again, then the I got to sit down for a couple minutes before they had to go in the oven, and finally I prepared sweet potato fries to go in the oven when the bread was all done. Whew! That was a busy morning.

Why am I bringing this up? It is not because I am bragging. Trust me, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch with my family and watch Tinker Bell for the 100th time, but I was instead in the kitchen all morning. The reason I did this was because it saved my family over $30.00 in products.

Each loaf of bread only costs $1.50 each (I made four) and in store they go for $3.00 a loaf. That’s $9.00 saved there.

The pizza doughs cost about the same and they go for $5.00 in the store (I made 3). That’s $10.50 saved.

The fries go for a small bag at the store $2.29 and I made enough to be the size of two of the bags. The bag of sweet potatoes only costed $1.79 to that was $3.00 saved there.

And with the soup, I used left over chicken from a chicken I had already made two meals out of, the veggies were already in my fridge and costed me all less than a dollar and I have bone broth in my fridge so I didn’t have to spend any money on chicken broth. If I had to buy it in a can, it would cots me at least $2 a can and I made enough to make five cans so $10 saved there.

In total that was $32.50 saved (before taxes that would be included on the purchased items), and all it costed me was a few hours this morning.

So for me it was worth it. That doesn’t even considering the health benefits from them being homemade but that is another post 🙂

Have you considered doing more home cooking but don’t think it is worth the time and effort? Well I can tell you it is. My husband and I are now saving for a house and retirement for the little areas that I can help save money will make a bigger impact later for us. And that to me is worth three hours in the kitchen 🙂

Hope you have fun in the kitchen and have a blessed rest of your day!

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Anybody hungry?

Love Your Body Part 2

Here’s a fun topic when it comes to loving our bodies and that is being in the kitchen. Random at first but it is true. How we learn to love our bodies is how much effort we put into what we make. Notice I didn’t anything about health, I said effort.

How does that make any sense? Well think about it. If all I did was throw a microwave dinner in the microwave every night, then I am showing that I don’t really care or want to do anything in the kitchen. Now you might work full time and don’t have the brain power or will to cook a five course meal every night which is totally fine and that’s not what I am suggesting. I am just saying that the effort you put into your body when it comes to food preparation will show in other areas of your life.

I can say this from experience since there was a time in my life where I did nothing but eat fast food and binge eat with a boyfriend. I hardly cooked for myself and just relied on the next drive through window to supply what I wanted to eat.

It was horrible and now looking back at how little I did to make the right food in order to fuel my body to love it makes me ill. Now, do I still enjoy eating out sometimes, yes, but not like I used to. The closest thing to fast food my family eats now is Panda Express and my daughter’s favorite dish is the mushroom chicken and rice. I was no where near wanting to eat zucchini and mushrooms with my chicken back then. All I wanted was to have it fired with lots of gravy poured over it.

After that relationship ended, I took a look in the mirror and was horrified. I was unhappy with how I looked and felt at that point therefore I didn’t love my body any more. I thought I was ugly and unworthy of love again like any young woman after a break up but I knew my feelings about my body were self induced.

So I began my journey to getting back to basics. I started cooking for myself and found that I really liked cooking and preparing meals for my family. I would use them as test dummies on my latest food adventure and my parents sometimes loved my experiments but other times it wouldn’t work out so well. But that wasn’t the point. The point was that I was trying.

I got a few cook books that most of the time seemed to be written in latin and I worked through a lot of trial and error. But in the end, I love cooking and now make many things from scratch. It works out since I mostly eat Paleo now and there is hardly anything that is prepackaged and ready to go. If I didn’t start back then, I wouldn’t have dared to try the Paleo lifestyle now. But that is not the topic of this post.

This post is simply about loving our bodies through cooking. The more that I cook and see the creation of my hands and what goes in my body, makes me feel more loving and compassionate to my body. Because it is important what goes in and in the next post well will touch on health. But for now – let’s get cooking! 🙂