Mmmm, my breakfast this morning....I wish you had been here to share some of the goodness with me. I fried up a slice of ham and 2 large eggs (over medium) and put them on a plate with a piping hot biscuit, some cinnamon apple sauce, and a steaming dollop of grits. Oooohhhweeeee!
At first glance of all that goodness on a plate, I felt a little stab of disappointment (I know right?) That slice of ham didn't grow up here, I got it at the grocery. And the biscuit wasn't homemade, it came out of a can that I got at the grocery. The grits? I'm never, ever going to be able to grow that kind of grain. I felt kind of silly pouting over my lack of a pure "homesteady" meal.
So I gave myself a quick kick in the pants and forced myself to reevaluate my breakfast. Five years ago the thought of owning chickens was just a little idea in the back of my mind. But today I had fresh eggs that I'd plucked out of the nesting box myself. On top of those fried eggs was a good dash of pepper sauce that I'd fermented myself- from peppers that I'd grown myself. Our apples didn't survive last spring's frost so I'd made the applesauce from local orchard apples myself. That's something I'd been getting off the grocery store shelf forever before. Sure, my biscuits came out of a can (THIS time) but I'd saved the money spent on them instead of just tossing them. And the second one I sneaked got a spoonful of homemade blackberry jam made from blackberries I picked in my own back yard.
So there. My sustainable ideals ARE getting more obtainable all the time. I'll never get to perfect but I'm going to start celebrating my small accomplishments more! Woo Hoo! I'm a happy-and very full- Hoosier Girl!