Tuesday, January 25, 2011

No Thankyou List

James 4:17
Therefore, to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth
it not, to him it is sin.

Life is back to somewhat a normal routine.
No more travelling, holidays, parties and cookie exchanges.
We ate horrible during the days of Nov-Jan. 
Cakes, candy,chips, dips, sugar and more sugar!

I've been so motivated to get us back on track with our meals.
I've been throwing candy out just about every day.
So much candy is given to the boys.
I've taught them to nicely say, "No thankyou" but I think
that gets hard to do over and over again each week to friends and teachers
at church.  So they bring it home and I've been throwing it out.

Yesterday my Beeyoutiful winter catalog came.  Oh, I love it when it comes!
I took it to bed with me and couldn't wait to jump in.
The very first article was so good!
The author talked about their family's journey into better eating and
thus better health.

She talked about an easy way to start. Read ingredient labels.  It may be easy to
find these bad
ingredients but you'd be suprised at how many products
we regularly eat that
these are in.  The boys have learned to read ingredient labels and warn me when
the BAD things are in them!

The list is:
* MSG (monosodium glutamate and all its secret cousins
like yeast extract, autolyzed or hydrolyzed soy protein, spice extract, to name a few)

* Nitrates or nitrites

*High fructose corn syrup

*Artificial colors

*The massive list of preservatives

*Soy products (this one is on my own list)

Pretty much everything not made by scratch has one or many of these in them.
I just checked our ketchup bottle, it has high fructose corn syrup.  BAD! 
Shame on me and we use alot of ketchup!

This is one of my huge goals this year.   I want to make all our own tomato
products from tomatoes I grow.  Salsa, sauces, ketchup, pizza sauce, etc.

This past week, I got together with two of my friends and we
discussed our garden plans and ideas.
It was so fun sitting with all our seed catalogs and comparing veges
we hoped to grow and stock our shelves with.
I said I want to grow 50 tomato plants.
I found a tomato seed that said they all yield at the same time. That would be
convenient, all the tomatoes ripe and ready at once.  Oh, but all the work
at once too!

 It made us all 
 laugh, my 50 plants and ALL the tomatoes I'd be processing!
Oh, to have Amish friends and can together like they do.

Life is fun with the journey of taking care of our health.  I know
most of the foods we eat are due to my cooking and preparing.  I want
to do right by our family.

I've heard so many say flippantly that they want to eat and enjoy it. They
don't care what it does to their body.
Life is short so why not enjoy my food?!

The problem with that is that is DOES affect those around us.  Our children, grandchildren
and others.  When we eat unhealthy, we usually leave this world with a struggle.
Someone is going to have to tend to us while we're sick and dying.
I want to die from just old age.  No struggle.  Just peacefully die in my sleep.
There's no guarantee for this but I want to do my best to take care of
myself and our  family so we can serve the Lord to our fullest with good health!

I Corinthians 6:19 &20
What!  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in
your spirit, which are God's.



  1. I can all of my vegetables. I agree, it is a lot of work, but I think it is worth it. What kind of tomatoe plants are you look for? I put up Roma's as they don't have a high water content. They make a great sauce or you can just can them whole.

  2. It's a plant called Big Month. It says it's a Roma type. Do you start all your seeds yourself? Do you use a pressure cooker or just hot bath? I'm not sure I'll find them b/c I don't plan on starting by seed,, well, maybe just these plants. Oh, I think it's totally worth it. No pesticides and it's better to eat tomatoes stored in glass rather than can. We use a ton of sauce so I'll be busy! :)

  3. When you make your ketchup, here's an important tip: if you double the recipe, you DO NOT need to double the spices. I didn't know that til after mine was done, and it's way too strong! I'd like to find a good tasting ketchup recipe as it's a lot of work/time and I want it to taste better than it did. It's okay for cooking, but horrible for just eating on things. Well, except for Lillie: she eats anything. :)

  4. Great, Tonya! Thanks for the tips, I'll have to find a good recipe before I do all the work. Do you use the mill for it?

  5. We start our plants from seed. I live in coastal South Carolina so we have a very long spring growing season and also a fall season. I use a pressure cooker for all of my vegetables that I can. For tomatoes, I cold pack them in jars and then pressure cook. For the sauce and ketcup, I hotpack.