As I look over my list of recipes shared here, I am cracking up a bit about all I used to make back when I made everything from scratch.
There was (mostly) nothing wrong with what I did. But I will say that my focus was a little more on doing than being. I felt so accomplished when I made all these foods. But what was I missing out on by taking so much time on what wasn’t actually necessary??
Peace. Calm. Joy. Time. Energy. Love.
I became known as the mom who made all her food from scratch. I found that the title stung just a little. I didn’t want to be known for that. I wanted to be known for how I loved and cared for people. Thank God He continues to show me better ways and lean me more toward focusing on what is more important.
Is it ok to make everything from scratch?
Of course, if that is what God has called you to do. If food allergies make it necessary for your family. If you serve people because of it. There are all kinds of good and healthy reasons to make food from scratch.
But I don’t believe that I had healthy reasons. I think my reasons were prideful, and that’s the truth. Here’s part of a former “make it from scratch” list that now has me in shock:
- Tater Tots
- Whole Wheat Crackers
- Onion Rings
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Ricotta Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Cream Cheese
- Honey Whole Wheat Bagels
- Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal
- Grape Nuts Cereal
- Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
- Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns
- Homemade Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
You really should click on some of those and see what goes into making these. Some aren’t hard, and I actually might make some of them again, someday. But Tater Tots?? No. (They weren’t worth the effort.) Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns and Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns? No. (They weren’t that good, ha.) And Homemade Peanut Butter Captain Crunch?? Why did I actually try that one?
What we miss
Our older boys talk about our homemade tortilla days. Now those were worth making and I hope I can make them again someday!
These Pretzels are amazing and I WILL make them again when my hands aren’t so full.
We love this Ranch Dressing and it isn’t even hard to make. But I can’t keep up with it right now. Maybe again in a few years.
This Peanut Butter!!! Wow it is hard to beat!
It’ll be interesting to see, won’t it? What God will do a few years from now. What He has planned. What will matter and what will go by the wayside.
How grateful I am that we can all grow and change and that God stays the same while He grows and changes us!