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

on August 15, 2013

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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.

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One response to “Going All Natural or I Fought the Garden and the Garden Won

  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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