Making something out of nothing

I am feeling a little guilty tonight – my enthusiasm about the ‘Unprocessed October’ challenge has gotten in the way of reality.  

I have been posting everywhere – hoping to bring awareness to the problem of “too much processed food”.   
I was brought up short tonight and given some food for thought.  I forgot something really important.  Some people, perhaps many people, don’t have the option to go shopping, to choose the groceries from the shelves of a supermarket – there are those that are just trying to get by with what they have in the freezer and on their pantry shelves.   
Not just until tomorrow or till Friday but for the next two weeks!  
There are a few things I do well, one is the ability to make “something” out of “nothing”  –  it is a gift I have been blessed with.  But you see the difference is, I could or would go to the market if I wanted to.  Often, I choose to, sometimes I am stubborn and opt to not to make that run – but here is the difference, I have that choice! 
You have all heard it, and probably said it, “There is nothing to eat in this house!”  But what  if there really wasn’t anything to eat?  What if we were faced with looking at the bottom of an almost empty freezer?  
Sadly, this could be your elderly neighbor or a person you meet everyday on the way to drop off your kids at school.  Actually, thinking about this, I have only met this person online – I wonder if in real life I would even recognize their need, probably not.
In my quest to bring awareness of the problem of  “Too much processed food”  I may have come across as an ‘elitist”.  If that is the case, I am sorry!     
It is one thing to say, make this from scratch and it is cheaper.  But if you don’t have the option to buy “ABC” to make “XYZ” from scratch?  Then you make “LMNOP”  with what you have and feel proud that you put dinner on the table.
So with this in mind, I am going to focus on not only Real Food but also using what I have on hand.  It is time to do a some freezer diving and not fall prey to running to the store for one or two missing ingredients.    It is time to make something good out of what I have on hand and be thankful along the way.  


About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


Making something out of nothing — 3 Comments

  1. A few years ago I slowly began to make more things from scratch because it drove me nuts when the kids would eat up all the freezer warm ups from Costco and let my home cooked meals go to waste. So I stopped buying all that stuff and realized how much healthier and economical cooking from scratch was. I really wanted my kids to have the same wonderful food my mom served us growing up. It’s hard being a working mom and cooking all the time, but it’s worth it. Your readers should know it’s possible if they even want to change one meal a week. The more food education, the better. People can absorb what info they want. I don’t get any judgment vibes from you, so thanks for the info.

  2. Thank you Patty. It just breaks my heart to know there are good people without access to good food.
    I never want to come across as an ‘elitist’ – never!
    There but for the grace of God go I.

  3. Love you Too much Penny!! You are so wonderful and Thoughtful, always thinking of others:) Hugs!!