My poor sister in law got some serious culture shock. Our home is rustic, to say the least. With the exception of my awesome kitchen appliances, we live much like they did on Little House on the Prairie. Instead of canisters for flours and sugars, I have mason jars of all shapes and sizes filled with raw honey, spelt, oats, rye and wheat flours and wheat and spelt berries. For soaking or already sprouted, of course. I have gallon jars filled with live bacteria in the fridge and on my counters. Ewwww. I call it yogurt, Kefir, vinegar and kombucha, some call it nasty. Real food is healthy and delicious, but it is also alot of time and effort. I say effort instead of work because because that is how I view it. I take great pride in preparing food for my family of humans. That is my role in this family, to nourish, raise, protect and guide each family member to be the best that they can be. That is why I became a wife and mother. I felt called to it.
Now, my sister in law is a wonderful wife and mother, but we do things a little differently. She was a bit overwhelmed with all of the food. I have a dear friend who had her fifth daughter a couple of days before Thanksgiving. She had a few complications and the birth took a couple of days. Monday at 11 a.m. her water broke all over my suede boots in the middle of her kitchen, then labor stopped and didn't start up again for almost 30 hours. She ended up going to the hospital and the rest was a bit difficult. When it was over, she was not able to walk, much less prepare her family a meal. Now I believe we should all help each other in times of need and thanksgiving. So... I doubled the quantity of each dish I prepared to feed our family of 8 and her family of 7 1/2. Also, I am one to take advantage of seasonal foods for winter storage. What does this mean? 1 22 pd. turkey, 1 9 lb chicken, 25 lbs of sweet potatoes, 8 pounds of fingerling potatoes, delicata squash, pumpkins and butternuts squashes, green beans, brussel sprouts, carrots, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn muffins, pecan pie, pumpkin cheese cake and an apple pie. All in one day of cooking. What did I get? I fed her family for 4 days and mine for 4 days, plus.... i made soup base with the turkey and my friend is doing the same with her chicken. I will get over 60 servings of turkey soup base for turkey rice, turkey noodle and turkey n dumplings. Also, the sweet taters were frz. and portioned into 6 more pies. The pumpkin and butternut will be for pies and cheesecakes, probably 7 more. The extra cooked beans went into the soup base and the other 5lbs of beans were blanched, frozen and then bagged and back in the freezer for winter. The extra mashed potatoes will go with some base and be made into potato clam chowder with leeks. The muffins and 3 loaves of sandwich bread I split between us for dinner and left over sandwiches. All in all, it is Monday and I still haven't cooked any new food. Well, I did use up some extra eggs on a couple of flourless chocolate cakes and a sweet potato pie.
Oh, did I mention, like the Ingalls, we don't own a dishwasher? Yes, that is right, my 21 yr old son and my sister in law did about 70 percent of the clean up. I put my aching feet up with glass of pinot noir. I was thankful for the help, even if they thought I was crazy and the quantity of food was ridiculous. I could have picked up a Turkey dinner at the grocery store or the local deli, but that would not have been me. Cooking healthy, delicious food is worth the effort and the time. If only I could show all Americans that their health is worth it, that the minds and bodies of their children are worth it.