Do you ever find yourself thinking about how things are NOW compared to how things USED TO BE? Then wondering if we're really better off for it? I do that a LOT!
For example, I've talked with my brother about it. Since having my cell phone, I can't remember peoples numbers anymore. I'd have no way to contact someone without my phone. Substitute Smart phone for address book, better or worse?
In trying to be prepared I've pinned Sustainable Ideas to my Pinterest board 'If this were a Real Emergency...' I'd be up Salt Creek, the reason I've started 'Notebooking' and List Making again!
Back in February,our NO-SPEND MONTH, I wanted to get by without buying unnecessary food items. When going over my checklists, I decided Velveeta ™(processed cheese food) would be something I'd try to do without.
I came up with an alternative for Macaroni and Cheese made with processed cheese food.
Well... I didn't come up with it...but I searched until I found a recipe for Mac and Cheese that used real cheese and not the over processed stuff. I wanted REAL CHEESE. It didn't matter to me if it was Cheddar or Monterrey Jack ...I just wanted it without processed cheese food.
Incidentally, did you know that processed cheese first came about in the late 1800? I was surprised to know that, until now, I honestly thought it was a Mid-Century Modern invention.
So I searched recipes and experimented with them until I found one we really like. I found this recipe and like it pretty well, though I'm not regularly making my own pasta--T.H. would love it if I did! I have been using this recipe from Heavenly Homemakers. The secret to making it creamy is boiling the pasta in the milk!
I can say, we've not bought Velveeta or any other processed cheese food since before February. I was spending an additional $6-12 a month on this stuff. I still buy blocks of cheese; Sharp Cheddar, Jack, Mozzarella, etc., all cheeses that can be used in mac and cheese. :)
For lunch today I ate leftovers. Home Cooking the original FAST FOOD,another substitution?
There was just enough for another serving of everything I made for supper last night.
- Chicken Fried Backstrap (Venison) vegetarians look away
- Mac and Cheese
- Cream Peas
Back to my question, wondering if we're really better off or not with some of the SUBSTITUTIONS WE'VE MADE, that got me thinking...
How backward is that really?
Hmmm... it's almost like we've Substituted our Smarts for smart phones, our Independence for Dependence and we've EVEN SUBSTITUTED real cheese for fake cheese food; which STARTED OUT being a substitution for real cheese?
The things we do in the name of PROGRESS!
What else are we substituting that REALLY IS NO SUBSTITUTION?
Therefore be careful how you walk not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. ~Ephesians 5:15-16~