Starting from Scratch

A beautiful golden loaf of homemade bread and some burger buns.

It’s hard to say exactly when my journey began.

What I consider the first “official” step was making foods from scratch, which seems almost poetic somehow.

I believe it was in 2011 when the news broke about the ingredients in the bread at a certain sandwich chain – ingredients that could also be found in yoga mats.

Should anything in a yoga mat be in my sandwich? My thought was “no!”

That led to what was probably the first official step I took toward living more naturally – knowing what was going into the food I was consuming.

In 2012, I made a resolution to make one new food item from scratch each month.

I started with bread. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the easiest place to begin, but probably in part due to the fact that it’s the item which had inspired this mission in the first place, it seemed like a logical starting point for me.

 

It may not be as pretty as store-bought bread, but it tastes much better, and I can feel good about what’s in it!

I learned about yeast and proofing and different types of flours, and I realized that it wasn’t as difficult as I had anticipated. Sure, it took time – a lot of it! But much of it was time waiting for the dough to rise, and I could work on other things while I waited. I could only bake bread on days I didn’t work, but if you’ve ever eaten homemade bread fresh out of the oven, you know that it’s well worth it!

My other adventures that year included other bread items, such as burger buns, pita bread, and pizza crust, as well as things like peanut butter cups, jam, and more.

My advice if you’d like to take on making food from scratch? Start with what interests you, so you’ll be more likely to stick with it. For me, it was bread, crazy as that seems. For you, it might be something simpler, and that’s fantastic! Wherever you feel led to begin, start there. But don’t be afraid to try something more difficult. It’s all a journey, and what matters is the lessons you learn along the way.

The Journey

Welcome! I am so glad you here to join me on my journey!

What journey is that, you say?

In short, it is a journey toward a life lived more naturally, more purposefully, and more abundantly.

It is a journey from the mindset of accepting things at face value to a brand new mindset of living life the right way, even if it’s not the easy way.

It is a journey I have been on for several years now, one that I hope never ends. I have learned so much already, but I know there are still aspects that I haven’t even thought about yet.

I know I’m being vague. I’m sorry for that, but if I get started on specifics, I won’t be able to stop, and I am trying to keep this post somewhat shorter than a novel.

Rest assured, I will tell you the whole story, one chapter at a time. This is just the brief overview, so you can get a general feeling of what the journey is about.

What I plan to write about will cover a wide range of topics – making food from scratch, ridding my home of artificial fragrance, lifestyle changes that support overall wellness, overcoming debilitating grief and anxiety, and more. Each of these is just a smaller stretch of the long road I am traveling along.

It isn’t always an easy journey, but it is one I know will be worthwhile in the end, and I hope you will join me for the portions that can be of value to your own journey.

Like the road in the photo, I can’t see what’s ahead, but it looks promising over that hill.