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Thirty Days Without Walmart

Dec. 30, 2011 6:08 am 
Updated: Oct. 2, 2014 6:18 am
My family thinks I'm crazy for going out of my way to prepare homemade foods.  Take today as an example - this morning is Megan's Granola day (to be followed with homemade yogurt, pita bread, and engligh muffins).  My cousin shook her head and said "What a waste of time.  One trip to the store and you're done".

As I'm assembling the ingredients for the granola, I was reminding myself to be sure to check the almonds and walnuts for shells as the grandkids always seem to miss them (which reminded me of our trips into the hills hunting for nuts and how my youngest grandson scolded the squirrels for only eating half nuts and leaving the rest to rot - oh, and how they fought over which nut cracker the other got);

Almost out of sunflower seeds - make a mental note to plant more sunflowers this year (which led to memories of my husband parading around this summer with giant sunflowers in his hair).

Honey - I must get more honey (recollections of my daughter screaming for help in the health food store as she couldn't figure out how to turn the honey machine off ).

Oats - oh how I loathed them! (grandpa scolding me to eat my all oatmeal or I couldn't go out riding today and grandmother secretly slipping a little more brown sugar into my bowl).

Yeah - maybe I am crazy.  I could have just gone to Walmart and bought a box of granola.

But all in all, I'm glad I'm nuts.
Dec. 30, 2011 6:19 am
I'll share your insanity! I hear that too. Why grow it when you can buy it? When make it from scratch when you can buy it? Finally told everyone that kept asking the same silly questions because fresh is best, I know exactly what is in mine and my stuff tastes better!! Would you pass me some of that granola? :)
Dec. 30, 2011 6:52 am
One of my best memories (cooking zone) is watching my ex MIL cook. She takes such enjoyment and pride from the moments she spends making things for the people she loves. You can see it in the very way she moves when she is at the stove or counter. And boy oh boy is she ever a good cook! Thank goodness for the 20 years+ that she helped me to learn how to cook. The husband got rid of me after 20 years but she and I kept speaking for another 15 years. As to homemade and homegrown? My Dad has Parkinsons and I recently saw an article about how Parkinsons was never documented as a disease until they started using pesticides. It's always better to know what is in it and to enjoy your crafting/cooking time. What Cat Hill said! Oh by the way, why enjoy a handmade quilt and the artistry and effort that went into it? They sell ugly polyester blankets at Kmart.
Dec. 30, 2011 6:57 am
The quilts end up in art shows and museums.
Dec. 30, 2011 8:23 am
I must be nuts too. My DH says I am crazy for spending so much time in the kitchen. I agree with Redly-there are illnesses related to foods that are chockful of pesticides, additives, food coloring, and preservatives. I like to eat fresh including knowing that the cow was not shot up with steroids. I love the 1/2 side of beef I just bought. The meat taste so much better than the Wally World kind.
Dec. 30, 2011 9:30 am
Oh no ... nothing beats homemade. Store bought doesn't even compare and Megan's Granola is the best! There are many things now I will not buy because I have to have homemade instead. So much more better for you too! Keep cooking and enjoy.
Dec. 30, 2011 9:46 am
My name is Shearone and I am a homemade nut! Glad to meet all you other "homemade nuts". Litegal1, we had to purchase two identical nutcrackers because we had the same "arguing over who gets which nutcracker." LOL I love being a grandmother! Enjoyed your writing. :)
Dec. 30, 2011 9:58 am
I'm so glad I'm not alone! Redly, Lisa & Linda - I'm with you 100% concerning health issues. There are just so many preservatives and additives nowadays - chemicals and *taste manipulators* - etc. I was just reading about a company that slapped a patent on this chemical component product that tricks your mind into ignoring *bitter* flavors. And you won't find it listed on your ingredients as the FDA allows it to be posted under "other flavorings". Blech. Shearone (grin) we have 6 different nutcrackers and 5 grandchildren. Todate, squirrel nutcracker is the out and out favorite! Going to bop on over to your recipes and take a peek if you don't mind!
Dec. 30, 2011 10:55 am
Just this morning my dentist mentioned the problems commercial granola causes. The sugar content being foremost- especially in granola bars- causes deposits that will weaken enamel before they get brushed away. When the next is eaten, the deposits will be in the same place. Eventually a damaged area shows up that requires professional attention. (That's his nice way of saying, "Gotta drill it!") The other problem he mentioned was some of the granola can be hard enough to damage a tooth or two.
Dec. 30, 2011 11:12 am
Homemade can't be beat, if you have the time and you enjoy cooking and clean up, well...maybe not enjoy the clean up, why would anyone want to eat boxed with chemicals?
Dec. 30, 2011 11:26 am
What's crazier? Taking the time to make quality food for the people you love or buying them food from the store that you're not sure what's in it? I'd take homemade over maufactured just about anyday of the week. ^_^
Dec. 30, 2011 2:05 pm
If you are nuts then it is a fine, fine madness that many of us share. I call it responsible, especially when you read about all the recalls in commercially prepared food.
Dec. 30, 2011 3:25 pm
I think there are plenty of us who must be nuts. : ) I would rather make homemade things than buy processed stuff at the store, simply because I know what I am eating then. I grew up with the mom who only made homemade stuff, like mac and cheese, for special occassions and I don't want to do that for my family. It might be easier to go to the store and get it, but it doesn't make it better.
Dec. 30, 2011 3:30 pm
It's a nutty world here, for sure. Homemade is sooooo much better. Some of you know I can't eat gluten, and that's what made me start going homemade. I tell you it's addictive. I've got onion dip mix (dead ringer for Lipton's), ranch dressing mix (ditto, Hidden Valley), and Memphis rub for ribs sitting in my pantry right now. Heck, I've even begun using Baking Nana's recipe for homemade laundry detergent! Homemade is cheaper, better for us, and tastes better, too. One thing, though, I could never bring myself to try Mom's canned beef. It just looked too disgusting for words, LOL.
Dec. 30, 2011 4:34 pm
I try to avoid processed foods as much as I can, so that means homemade much of the time. So much better for all of us! On Christmas day, I made homemade Sangria from an AR I was at the last second, people due to start arriving at any minute..and I'm squeezing lemons, limes and oranges. I was stressed to the max trying to get everything done. My niece arrives with a lovely bottle of Sangria in hand. We tasted the homemade version, and something was missing. We opened her bottle...perfection. Try as we might, adding this and that to the homemade Sangria, we just couldn't get it right! SO, bottled is what we went with. Oh well!
Aug. 26, 2012 2:17 pm
Bravo to you. I also prefer the homemade stuff that doesn't contain all the extra additives than store-bought stuff that is mass-produced and filled with chemicals you can't even pronounce! :)
Oct. 2, 2014 6:18 am
Started home cooking exclusively when I started cooking for our gluten free grandson. Now it's a way of life and can't compare to store bought. I retrieved my old bread machine the other day and use it constantly. So easy. Thank you for the bread recipe by the way. My profile picture is of our grandson. Easier on the eyes than mine. Lol
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