Don’t Waste the Crumbs chronicles the real food journey of a family on a real budget.
Several years ago, my husband and I scrimped and pinched and scraped up every penny we possibly could so that we could pay off our debt. It took a few years and more hard work than we ever could have imagined, but in the summer of 2009, we finally sent off our last payment and officially became debt free.
Since then, we’ve gradually become more aware of the impact that food and common household chemicals have on our health. Over time, we’ve slowly transitioned to a real food lifestyle, eating foods that are unprocessed and even experimenting with homemade makeup, homemade cleaners and home health remedies.
It’s impossible to know everything there is to know about food, and the lessons will continue throughout our entire lives, but there was one lesson we learned almost immediately:
The cost of real food adds up quickly and if we aren’t careful, this new lifestyle could easily make us go broke. Again.
In order to not end up where we once were, neck-deep in mounds of debt, we are committed to living our real food journey on a real budget. You can do this too and we want to help. There’s just one small step we need you to take first:
Allow me the pleasure of chatting with you through your inbox – our virtual kitchen table – and I promise to help you eat real food on a real budget.
I can’t sum up how to do it all in 10 words or less or even in 10 posts. There’s way too much to cover and I don’t want you to miss anything. That’s why you should subscribe.
Still not convinced?
Four Reasons Why You Should Subscribe to Crumbs
- I am not a food professional. My experience comes from being a wife and mother of two – just like most of you! There was a time where I couldn’t cook a box of macaroni and cheese if I tried. My part-time job in high school was waiting tables in our small town Tex-Mex restaurant… does that count?
- I am not a health expert. Call me crazy, but I’m thinking all those chemicals listed on the labels of some food products probably aren’t so good for us… what happened to “real” food, like milk, grains, cheese and vegetables? I can’t pronounce most of those -ites and -ates listed… I didn’t think life required a chemistry degree!
- We were once in a great deal of debt. My husband and I bought more “wants” than “needs” and in general were not very good stewards of our finances. Thankfully, God gave us grace to cut our budget by 50% in order to get through it and learn our lesson. That’s why I’m still meticulous about our grocery budget, nearly three years later… is that a bad thing?
- I sometimes get overwhelmed. When little people are tugging at my feet, preventing me from answering a much anticipated phone call, all while milk is burning on the stove… it can be a little too much at one time. I work better in baby steps… one thing at a time!
If you can look past my shortcomings (and those are just the highlights 😉 )…
Here’s What You’ll Find on Crumbs:
- Encouragement. Life is hard enough as it is without other people telling you how much (or often) you’ve screwed up. You will only find upbeat, encouraging and supportive words here on Crumbs. I believe that God’s grace is sufficient in all circumstances and His supply is endless!
- Information. We are each responsible for our own decisions and in order to make the best ones possible, we must be informed. Besides, those weird unpronounceable ingredients are in my food too! I want to know what all that stuff is, so as I travel my read food journey, I’m sharing what I’ve learned with you.
- Recipes. I like to eat food that tastes good AND is good for my body. Kitchen experiments are first tested on my family. Those that receive two-thumbs up are shared with you. If they’re really good (or have been recommended by trusted sources), they’re included in the monthly frugal real food menu plans.
- Teaching. Allow me to be the teacher. We can all have the same book and read the chapters for homework, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone pull out what’s really important and explain it in plain English. I’m told I have the gift of teaching and I’d like to share that gift with you one section at a time.
- Community. Crumbs readers are loyal and aren’t afraid to offer their own experiences or advice. This is such a blessing! I’ve learned so much from the readers and I know they rely on each other as well. Crumbs is a community of like-minded foodies where no one is left behind or in the dark.
- Small Bites. Understanding how our body uses food and learning how to properly prepare real food doesn’t happen overnight. It’ll take a lifetime to undo the years we’ve been taught wrong! Crumbs is all about taking small steps in the right direction. It starts with a fresh start. It continues with doing something else. Just keep the momentum going and we’ll succeed!
All the above reasons (both lists 😉 ) are why we keep writing every day, and if you haven’t already, see how Crumbs started in the first place. You’ll quickly see that I’m really no different than you. I’m a human that makes progress AND mistakes… and they’re published for all the world to read!
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