Food and returns

Being a temporary diabetic i have realised how bad white bread and pasta is for us. I eat white bread and my levels go off the charts. No wonder kids are so hyperactive these days with all the processed stuff they are eating. I know some schools wont allow kids to bring prepackaged foods to school. Home cooked only. Seems a little extreme but then again with the rate ADHD is being diagnosed its not suprising. Contrary to some peoples belief having panadol or an epidural when your pregnant does not cause ADHD. Usually its just an intollerance to processed foods and the chemicles contained in them. A blog i read Innerpickle has a little boy who goes totally hyper from some addatives which are even in rice crackers! So all of this has me back on the home made bandwagon even if it does take longer and sometimes cost more. I got a food dehydrator for my birthday which i made dried tomatoes in over the weekend (took 3 days not 6hrs like the instructions said) and will preserve them in oil for sauces etc. A friend asked if i was too cheap to just buy them. I think he would change his tune if he realised it actually costs more to do it yourself. But at least this way i know whats in there, tomatoes, and oil! No preservative 857, no collorant 343. Even bread is packed with extras. Bread should have flour, yeast, salt and water. Thats it. Yet the list of ingregients is nearly 20 items long. Many with just numbers, is it even food?? The blog i mentioned above also calls for not hiding vegies in foods. If you hide it the kids wont know they are eating it so when they get older wont realise how great vegies are and will most likley over eat the wrong foods. Even if it takes them 2yrs to finally pick up a carrot voluntarily at least they know they are eating a carrot. So on my shopping list will now be wholemeal flour and alot more baking will be done at my house!

The other thing that struck me today was how the return mentality has struck us. When did it become acceptible to give someone a gift with the reciept so they could return it if they didnt like it…its a gift folks. Why take the time chosing it if you know they will just return it. Why not just give them money??? Alot of the ladies in my baby group are buying clothes, keeping the tags on them and keeping the reciept incase they need to swap them for another size. Now i grew up with the knowledge that once you buy something, its yours. Unless its faulty or damaged, you buy it, you have to keep it. Now though it seems to be every day that my work colleagues are returning this or that because they changed their mind or got the wrong thing. A colleague recently tried to return a $1 packet of hair ties becuase she got the wrong type…How about taking the time to not buy things before you have thought about it!Take some responsibility and admit that once you buy it, there are no take backs.

 

My next project. Making my own butter! Easy, basically whip cream until it seporates then kneed out the excess moisture and add salt. Remind me why we buy it?? Image from: Innerpickle Butter DSC_0008

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Its not easy being green

So im sitting here wondering whether or not to wake my BD. He has been asleep all afternoon and has a tendency to not sleep at night when he does this, like, at all. But I have a rule not to wake nappers so I might just subtitly poke him lol

Anyway, im actually blogging about green and gifts today. Why green? Well people seem to hate it…I know. It was a total shock to me too. As im not a fan of pink a lot of the stuff im buying is

blue, green or grey. Even when we know the gender I still love green. Yet when ever I buy green stuff people make a comment. Buying the carseat the chick told me I wouldn’t want a green one because its a horrible shade. I insisted she get it in for me, and I love it! Then yesterday I was doing some sneaky shopping (I actually am very poor so shouldn’t have been shopping) and grabbed a super cute set of 3 green onesies. A work colleague came past and commented not to buy yucky green and to get white instead. I mean honestly, I was already holding it why would you comment and white is so boring!

But this brings me to another point I may have already blogged about. People keep telling me not to buy things because people will give it to me as a gift. Well folks I’m nearly half way and have only received one outfit from my sister as a congrats and a few op shops finds from mum. Am I meant so sit around on my hands and expect the world to be given to me? Its like buying a house but not putting anything in it because you might get it at the house warming…Sounds dumb right? So yes I am expecting some gifts near the end or when bub is born but I figure they will be things like creams and gift packs and toys, not practical stuff like a firstaid kit, wraps, bottles, a cot, or pram. And frankly shopping is half the fun, why have a kid if you don’t get to chose what they wear or what their room looks like? So no im not just going to sit back and hope the world throws free things at me, im going to go out and get the things I need, and yes, they will be green!