Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to make tortillas this week.
Level of Commitment: Making Strides
I’ve been making my own for three or four years now, and although I’ve shared the whole wheat recipe on the blog (and here’s the newly updated whole wheat tortilla recipe), I’ve never actually had a tortilla Monday Mission.
Tortillas have a little controversy in the blog world – from a purely frugal standpoint, it’s pretty well-known that Crystal at Money Saving Mom, for example, states that making one’s own tortillas just isn’t worth the investment of time for the pennies saved.
While that is true when comparing standard grocery-store tortillas with homemade white flour (or even wheat flour) tortillas, it’s time to compare apples to apples.
The more I look at ingredients on tortillas, the more I’m disheartened. Until you start getting into prices like a dollar per tortilla (yikes!), it’s almost impossible to find a brand with whole grains, healthy fats (especially no trans fat, which is really, really common in tortillas), and no weird preservatives. I’ve even seen parabens, which I avoid putting on my skin in personal products, listed on some otherwise “clean” corn tortillas!
So if you want healthy tortillas, it’s incredibly frugal to make your own instead of purchasing fancy ones, if you can even find a clean ingredients list in your local stores at all.
If your family likes Mexican food and you don’t want to rely on organic tortilla chips all the time (too much corn probably isn’t a good thing for any of us, anyway, non-GMO or not), it’s time to make your own tortillas. This week I’ll make sure you have resources for whole wheat, traditional corn, and grain-free tortillas.
I’m also excited to share with you some videos I’ve taken of making tortillas with 3 different ways of rolling and cooking, both to compare and find the fastest method and to show you how easy and quick it really is.
Do you make your own tortillas already? If not, what has stopped you in the past?
A Quick Announcement
Some news: I am not in a bundle sale this week.
Today was supposed to be partially dedicated to sharing and promoting a health eBook bundle, but last week I pulled my book out. I’ve debated on whether I should mention it or not at all, but I decided that Christians have so few overt opportunities to truly sacrifice, to be persecuted for the faith in America these days, that I wanted to let you know it’s possible.
I was downloading the review copies of the books a week ago, and when I got to the Bs (and thank God this book didn’t start with “The” or I might not have caught it in time!), I came across one designed to help people choose the right birth control.
As a Catholic, I’m fundamentally and morally opposed to anything that comes between a married couple giving themselves to each other freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully, both spiritually and physically. I’m also opposed to the crutches our society uses to make it so much easier to have sex out of marriage, whether that be pre-marital or adulterous.
It had previously been an arduous and difficult decision whether I should participate in this bundle in the first place from a business perspective: Would it be “too much selling” or annoying for my readers? Did the bundle provide real value? Was I going to have enough time to fill out the forms and do the promotions?
When it came to the moral decision, it was black and white. I knew within a minute that I could not promote a bundle with a book promoting birth control, could not stand on the same platform as the book and certainly couldn’t make any profit from the situation.
I immediately wrote an email pulling my book from the bunch, effectively losing what was most likely a few thousand dollars plus the time I’d already invested.
I rejoiced for the opportunity to sacrifice something meaningful, to live the Beatitude, “Blessed are they who are persecuted in my name.”
For the same reason, I’ve been sharing about an NFP information night that I’m organizing at my parish on Facebook, whether that hurts my business or not. This topic is too important, too vital to resurrecting family life and respect for life in America, to cower under the “what if people are upset?” excuse.
Our culture of moral apathy, where the stigma on living together and contracepting has been completely obliterated, is more toxic than ever for children, both those who wish to be faithfully chaste and, quite simply, in the age of over 50% divorce, all children who want to feel secure, period.
I’m concerned some may respond that I’m putting myself on a pedestal here, that to share about the sacrifice I made is to nullify and diminish it, perhaps that I’m looking for approval or praise, and that the Bible says not to let my left hand know what my right is doing.
I’ve prayed that it’s not my pride nudging me to share this story. It is my hope that you will be encouraged and built up, as it is not by my own strength that I was able to so easily say no to a lucrative opportunity and trade it for sacrifice. It is no coincidence that I had been praying for this NFP information night and was about to start a novena for it the very next day. I am certain it was a direct attack, and I welcome it and all its implications with open arms.
I pray that you, too, may look for and find opportunities to stand up for the truth this Respect Life month.
I pray that you have the strength to do what’s right, to make the little sacrifices that we are offered rather often, whether it’s to state your beliefs gently to an unbelieving friend or acquaintance, to choose to offer up sweets for a day for a special intention, or to make a point to talk to your kids about love, marriage, and the singularity of the Christian relationship – that it should be permanent, holy, and freely given. (And this isn’t dooming your children to a life of boredom; far from it, in fact, since devout Catholics statistically have better sex than any other demographic.)
Can you find some time to volunteer to make a difference in an area of moral apathy? Can you share something on Facebook that will get people to think about the faith? Can you pray a Rosary for an end to abortion, contraception, and divorce, for an increase of holy marriages and families? Would you offer your next opportunity for sacrifice, no matter how small, for our NFP information night, that many hearts may be softened and wills turned to the truth of God’s Word on this subject? If you live in the greater Grand Rapids area, contact me for a bulletin announcement and flyers to share with your church (or maybe a young engaged couple you know), and come on down to St. Sebastian on October 24th from 7-9:00 to hear the presentation from teachers of three different Natural Family Planning methods yourself.
I am ever grateful for your support and prayers, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to speak to such a large platform on a daily basis. May I never take that for granted.