There is something very rewarding in being self sufficient. Whether it’s making blueberry muffins from the blueberries that you picked yourself or filling a wood stove to heat your home rather than turning up the thermostat, there is a sense of pride in providing the essentials of life for yourself. It’s so easy to take heat, or food, or shelter for granted when you don’t have a part in acquiring and maintaining it. I am thankful that I have had the chance to be involved in those things growing up and I want to give those experiences to my own children. I am also thankful that I have always had food, heat and shelter.
A couple of months ago I tried to make granola bars from scratch. I figured they would be more healthy and save us a lot of money based on how many we eat. Unfortunately, The granola bars did not turn out the way I had hoped and I have yet to try again.
Cooking from Scratch is a tricky business. Firstly, you have to have the patience and time to develop your skills. You also have to make decisions about what things make sense to make yourself and which ones make more sense to buy. For example, granola bars are fairly easy to make and are definitely cheaper to make yourself. On the other hand, Apple sauce, though fantastic when it is homemade, is a lot of work. For me, making applesauce doesn’t make sense. I’m going to stick to granola bars for now.