One of my very most favourite blogs of all times is Soule Mama. Amanda writes so beautifully about the simple life she is living with her family. I read her posts and feel inspired to slow down and connect with my family, using what we have and making our own when needed. But we are a far cry from the Soule family. And I do need to remind myself every so often that it is okay. Just because I admire Amanda and her lifestyle does not mean that I should try to duplicate that life with my own family. I love reading her blog because I find that it grounds me and reminds me to find joy in the simple moments. If our simple moments are in the city at a park, and theirs are on the farm with lambs, that is just fine. Connections are still being made, and we are still living the simple life we strive for. But I am always looking for more ideas to bring healthy and simple living into our home.
For the past few months we have made one simple change that I feel has greatly impacted the health of my family. Since this idea is so adaptable for any family, I thought I would share. We do grow some of our own food, but we buy most of it. So, a few months ago we decided to choose one single thing that we eat a lot of and make it ourselves. For us, the choice was painfully clear. Something the kids eat morning, noon, and night – and so do we – is crackers. I had no idea how simple crackers are to make! Not only are they easy to make, and save us a bundle, but they taste so yummy.
The recipe we use is one from Soule Mama. I will let you click over there for the (oh so simple) recipe if you are interested. The only thing we do differently is mix by hand instead of using a food processor. I tell you, a little flour, salt, oil and water … and you’ve got crackers – and delicious ones at that!
I love knowing what myself and my kids are eating. Processed crackers are full of things that I cannot pronounce. I feel good knowing that I am taking one simple step and positively changing the health of my family. We are certainly not eating completely healthful and organic foods – but we have taken a meaningful step to improve our health.
I like taking things one step at a time. I find it more manageable and less stressful. Making our own crackers is certainly not going to have a major impact on our health – but it is a step in the right direction, which is all we are after. Simply one step in front of the other towards healthy and simple living.