“Of course you are,” he’d joke, with a smile.
“Just be glad I’m not like this– the blogger that I got the granola recipe from makes her own chicken stock, and it takes like 24 hours.”
“That weirdo,” he’d reply with mock surprise.
“I know, right?” I’d say, gathering the oats and coconut oil and raw nuts for the granola.
Well, I’m going to move several steps further along the spectrum, right into the “making my own bread, crackers, broth, and beauty and cleaning products” camp since I actually prefer making my own *everything* over paying outrageous prices for inconveniently small portions of specialty products that fit my needs. I include beauty products because this summer when I used a certain kind of sunscreen, I noticed that even hours later, June would break out in hives on her face where her skin touched my arm as I cradled her. I discovered that some sunscreens have milk products in them. How strange and inconvenient.
So, I’m nearly a full-fledged hippy “weirdo*” now. But like when I went dairy free, my family has already been handsomely rewarded for my soy-free efforts with the discovery of the BEST CHOCOLATE EVER. It uses coconut oil, just like the previously discovered BEST COOKIES EVER. I’m even going to try some manner of a Kale smoothie, which isn’t quite as exciting. The adventure has officially begun!
*jokingly used as a term of endearment; if you make your own chicken stock, I’m actually thoroughly impressed and now I need your recipe