So I figured you were probably dying to know what I got at Costco yesterday. Above is a but a portion of our booty. For my birthday (August 22nd, if you want to put that on your Blackberry) my very generous mother is helping me to establish a pantry of basic bulk items, such as rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, oatmeal, dried beans etc. I can use to feed my family healthier and cheaper than I do currently. We also ordered a whole, grass-fed cow to be split between my parents, my brother's family, and our own. Eventually, we would like to find a consistent source of local organic produce. Our goal is to step outside of a system that irritates me to no end. I was at Jewel (our Midwest chain of grocery stores) last week and nearly broke down in tears from spending so much on tasteless genetically modified fruit, hormone laden meat and dairy products, and high fructose corn syrup. I am T-I-R-E-D, tired of being at the mercy of an FDA who assures us that all the tampering being done to our food so that it lasts longer, looks prettier, and can travel further is A-O.K. for my growing sons and daughters. Now, I am the antithesis of a radical, but every mothering instinct I have coursing through my veins is screaming "hold up a minute, I am pretty darn certain this is not what God intended: for His children to become obese, pumped full of chemicals, and completely out of touch with the beauty and perfection of His health sustaining provisions within their natural environmental context and timetable."
And with those ranting thoughts (who knew I was on the verge of a rampage?), I wish you all a very lovely weekend filled with wholesome emotional, physical and spiritual nourishment!
Flattened cheese Pascha
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