I recall a conversation that we had with our priest a few years ago about why so many people have gotten away from self-sufficiency. His opinion is that modern society has taught us that we CAN’T do things for ourselves. I have pondered this for a while, and it makes sense. We have grocery stores with pre-packaged meat and we have no connection to where it came from. We have mechanics and Jiffy Lube places that change the oil in our cars, and landscape companies that cut the lawn so we don’t have to worry about it. Today we have grocery stores and fast food restaurants; not only do we not have to grow our food, but we can get anything we want within minutes. It would seem that we have evolved as a society and that things are just easier now- but what have we lost in the process?
When we bought our house 3 years ago, we decided that we were going to make use of our 1 acre and live from it as much as possible. We also wanted to learn how do to as many things for ourselves as we could; it is important to us to show our boys that we can grow our own food and bake our own bread, among other things. The idea of being good stewards of what we have been given goes right along with our Orthodox faith, and we want them steeped in that as much as possible. We have a long way to go as far as self-sufficiency is concerned, but we have been working on some routines which are putting us on the right track.
One of the simple routines that we implemented about 2 years ago is baking our own bread every week. This was the slippery slope that made us want to do everything ourselves! There is absolutely nothing like taking a loaf of bread out of the oven and buttering a slice to devour while it is still warm- delicious! The fact that we know exactly what goes into the bread and that there isn’t a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients is also a great comfort to us. We regularly make 2 different types of bread- honey wheat sandwich loaves and french crusty bread; the sandwich bread is our go to for weekly lunches, and we love the crusty bread for just about everything else! We have passed the recipe to many friends who now make their own bread and vow to never go back. I will give them each their own post with recipes and pictures, so you can see how easy it is! The honey wheat loaf will be up first!
What are some things that your family does to get back to basics? I would love to hear from you!