All this crunchy momma and crunchy family stuff. Love the terms, much better than hippie momma that they called it when I was young. By definition I am crunchy. Always have been to some degree or another. I was raised on sugarless cereals, casserole dishes and gardens with our own chickens and raw milk many times, but we also had soda pop and Hersey bars in the house. Most importantly when I was a kid we were reading the OLD time Mother Earth News.... the OLD ones, you know before glossy paper and pages of advertisements? Yeah, I am that old. I even have a few of the old issues somewhere if they didn't get damaged by water. So my momma was a crunchy momma but was not a hippie momma, cause we ate meat, hersey bars, and and we drove old gas hogs.
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My Grandma Audrey was a canner and baker. She also made her own clothes until my own momma started sewing them for her. I remember seeing jars of jam, relish, and beets in her pantry from a very young age. This was back in the early 70's. She used cast iron for her cookware and thought sitting on the porch was a great pastime and something everyone should do. It helps one to slow down I now recognize as I get older. Sitting on a porch swing, glider or chair in your front yard slows the world down. More people ought to practice it. It also makes the world a little smaller as you see who your neighbors are. Porches that are functional and used really should make a comeback.
My Grandma Nada was a sewer. She made her own patterns and was amazing with a needle and thread. Knitting and crochet as well. I have proudly inherited one of her own machines, but sadly not her talent, though I work at it. I admit though, my Grandpa Bob was more crunchy in this family. He believed hard work was good for the body and he would recycle everything, including old nails. I'm not sure his children were fond of his crunchy ways though. *Grin* Maybe in light of today's fashion his recycling methods would be viewed as revolutionary?
My Great Grandma Charlotte. She raised her children during the depression and you want to talk about crunchy.... well canning in everything glass that you could find (reuse was the term before recycle become popular) and not having the money to buy things in a store will make anyone crunchy. She spent time living in a covered wagon as a young girl and she even raised her children for a time in a cave when times were really tough. Homemade shampoo, homemade soap, washing soap was boiled soap, hand made clothing, fixing what you have instead of buying new, and more. Gardening, oh yes, much of their family food came from their own hard labors. Yes, she was a crunchy momma as well. I have much to aspire too.
Well, looking back, I would say all my family has been at varying degrees of "crunchy" but they didn't call it that. They called it living.
So what kind of crunchy things do I do?
Well let's see. Here are some top 10 crunchy things I do...
- I homeschool--yeah that's pretty crunchy especially since I do child led homeschooling...
- I make my own bread and even grind my own flour (Well, most of it anyway. *grin* I admit I have bags of store bought as well)
- I "put up" food for the winter, and stock a pantry with our needs
- I have a kombucha growing in my kitchen
- I juice fairly often, with my champion juicer
- I garden (Hubs calls it our victory garden)
- I make my own laundry soap
- I use vinegar a lot for cleaning
- I believe in walking in the grass, barefoot, and sitting in the front yard swing
- and I recycle and reuse (i.e., re-purpose as my momma called it)
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So, I am a snicker bar.... how about you?
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Tend the gardens well my gentle friends.