In today's' age I really believe you need to have a plan and be prepared, be a good steward in every area of your life.
So now we are in the home Steve grew up in, in a beautiful country setting, I'm planning my garden and my workshop, Steve is planning his wood shop and we are both working very hard and loving it!
A full kitchen renovation is scheduled for next year, but we've made the kitchen fully functional for our life style now. We had this console made for my kitchen cooking area about 9x10 :
Saturday morning I dehydrated apples for my oatmeal mix and trail mixes
this is 2 bags of apples; you know the less expensive ones
I have a lot of great kitchen tools, they were all planned purchases, these were investments in "us".
By dehydrating and canning, I never throw food way, I am much more conscious about planning and eating healthy. Yes, these things are expensive to purchase, but going out to dinner 2 times a week is much more so and lets not even talk about the cost of being sick.
On Sunday I turned this bunch of Kale that was on sale
into this by dehydrating for 6 hours: perfect for my veggie bread and soups, they taste pretty good as chips too, and so healthy!!
On Sunday I also turned one can of Pumpkin into
12 pint jars of delicious bread! Perfect size for snacking, one of these jars will last for 2 days for us.
Whole grain no white sugar and ready! These breads could last a year! Simple oven canning I learned on YouTube!
While that was baking
I had a pot of chili on the stove, ground turkey was on sale this week
3 pounds of turkey became 8 quarts of really yummy chili!
With more planning than effort, I am able to have meals ready when I don't feel like cooking, with food that I know is top quality and healthy. so I don't have to go to a restaurant for something fast, it is in my pantry! My home chili meal: chili, rice or cornbread, and a big salad: about 1.75 per person. you can't even buy a soda for that at a restaurant!
Last week Steve and I went to a wake, we had to park behind a restaurant that we really like, and have gone to. I noticed next to the restaurant dumpster another smaller dumpster ( just thinking about this makes me kinda gag) the smaller dumpster was used to throw away their grease! I pointed it out to Steve, it was so disgusting, dripping with who knows how old oils and fats. It looked like it should have been behind a garage, not a restaurant. If that wasn't bad enough, when we were walking back to the car, a guy came out the back door with a 5-gallon bucket, lifted the lid ( gag at the smell) and poured it in. All I could think of was, that was one meal away from someone's belly. UGH, not mine!!
I hope that wasn't too revolting, but the point is, we need to have a plan and we need to work the plan for our dreams to come true. we need to have good health and stewardship to enjoy the blessings The Lord brings us. We need to respect the marvelous creation God has made us and take care of the temple the soul and the spirit.
I hope you are living a healthy lifestyle and if not, Start!!
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