I can vividly remember learning how to cook spaghetti in my local 4-H club. I remember how excited I felt about cooking my first spaghetti dinner for my family and even more excited that my dinner actually turned out to be pretty darn good. Cooking and baking was something I really did enjoy as a child and into my adult years, but somewhere along the line I allowed convenience to stand in the way of doing something I enjoyed. I got in a rut. It became easier to throw a frozen pizza into the oven, drive-thru at lunch or have hubby bring dinner home from the nearest Chinese restaurant.
Gardening was another love I discovered in my early adult life – digging in the dirt, sowing seeds, planting starter plants, watering, weeding, watching things grow and enjoying the tasty fruits of my labor – it is so satisfying and rewarding to me, yet it was something else I allowed to be pushed aside for a lifestyle that is more convenient.
Unfortunately, by trading in the things I enjoyed for convenience, I became someone else. I became someone I didn’t know and someone I didn’t necessarily like a lot. I became lazy and unmotivated. I honestly believe that homesteading will allow the real me to emerge. Living the homesteading lifestyle is like finding me again.
To prepare ourselves for a life that is going to be very different from the one we’ve been living, I am making changes now. Instead of convenience, I am working harder and trying to be more creative. Instead of buying a loaf of bread at the grocery store, I’m making my own. Instead of having hubby stop for some take-out on his way home, I’m using what we have at home to create meals. I’m trying things I’ve not done before and setting goals to try more new things as the year progresses.
Here’s a great example. Yesterday, Naomi asked for graham crackers. I haven’t been to the grocery store in about a week and didn’t have any graham crackers so she was out of luck. Or was she? I did a quick search on-line, looked in my cupboards and discovered I had everything we needed to make our own graham crackers. So, we got out the mixer and prepared the dough. After lunch I rolled out sheets of graham cracker dough, pulled out 3 cookie cutters and let the girls cut out different graham cracker shapes. After 12 minutes in the oven they were done.
They took about 45 minutes of my time, were fun to make and cost a fraction of what I would have spent on a box of graham crackers off a grocery store shelf. The girls and I did something we’ve never done before and we used ingredients I already had on hand. That’s homesteading and homeschooling at its finest 🙂 But the icing on the cake is the satisfaction and enjoyment I got from creating something fresh and tasty with my own two hands.
There is so much to look forward to!! Like the day I can actually dunk my fresh, homemade graham cracker into a big glass of goat’s milk from our very own goats. That will be pure satisfaction and enjoyment for me!!!
It feels good to be finding me again and you know what? I think I might actually like me!