My two youngest girls are off with their class in the mountains today. They left a little after eight this morning and won’t come back until after almost six tonight. They were so excited to go.
All the mothers watched the children get on the train with their teachers. The children looked so big and so happy.
I prepared their picnic lunch this morning. I made peanut butter sandwiches using the bread I had baked last night. Of course, the sandwiches will be the best ever because they were made with all my ‘Mama love’.
Or so they tell me. :)
I am looking forward to hearing all about their day when they get back.
For dinner, I am preparing a cassoulet because I know they will be hungry. It is the first time I have made this from scratch.
The smell from it cooking is filling the entire apartment. It is divine and I haven’t even added the meat yet.
Vilay and I are trying to pay close attention to what we spend on food. I am cooking almost everything from scratch. Truely, from scratch…As in I make as much as I can using basic ingredients.
I am even making my own egg noodles now.
I am dreaming of a pasta machine so that I can make my own.
My goal is to eat as little as possible from the box. Any box.
Even if we live in Switzerland, we are not rich.
In no way whatsoever.
So, I am looking to the days of my great-grandmother for inspiration.
I want to give my family the best while spending the least. Luckily, home cooked meals are far more tasty and healthy while being cheaper than anything else.
It isn’t hard to cook or bake from scratch.
Most of the time it only takes a little more time while other times it takes a lot more time.
However, it is worth it.
The things I make from scratch taste so much better than what you buy at the grocery.
I was afraid to cook from scratch before because I thought it was hard. Now, I understand that it isn’t hard and it gets easier and easier the more you do it.
You begin to understand how everything works together in a recipe.
I think that in the past I was afraid to slow down and look at my life.
Afraid to break from the mainstream thinking.
Afraid to step out of the safety of the box that I had created for myself.
Today, it is all about breaking the rules.
It is about living my life.
For my family.
It is about going back to the things that matter and the things that are good for us.
…Like making meals from scratch.
When I cook I relax.
It isn’t work.
It is an art.
I am creating.
I take my time and I grow as a cook, a baker and more importantly, a person.
I am making my life and not relying on a box filled solution.