This might not be obvious in my online home here, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and very tight-fisted when it comes to delegating and sharing responsibility. I’m totally selfish about being in charge.
Every so often, I’ll entertain a guest post, but most of the time I don’t relinquish the reins so easily.
However, when Tiffany of Don’t Waste the Crumbs sent a draft of her first post for this Back to Basics series, I was totally blown away. I immediately replied, “Perfect! I love it!” and we were off to the races.
Tiffany emailed me last summer with a seed of an idea for a guest post or two. She told me she had actually used my “Overwhelmed? Start Here.” post as a sort of 10-step program to makeover her kitchen and family’s eating habits, and she wanted to share how it was going with the KS community.
First, I was absolutely flattered that someone took that foundational post so seriously.
Next, I couldn’t wait to hear about her experience – and I knew right away that we had to make it happen.
What began as tiny as a mustard seed has blossomed into ten weeks of encouraging, back to basics, baby step posts. I’m going to hand over the writing of the Monday Missions – something I’ve never done before! – so you can hear Tiffany’s successes, failures, and sage advice.
The next ten weeks of Monday Missions will be a sort of “Reader’s Digest Condensed Version” of Kitchen Stewardship, with all the most important kitchen changes broken down and detailed out – perfect for a rookie to real food, anyone trying to make positive changes for their family, and a good review for those of you who have been on this journey for a while.
Posts during the week will generally support the theme of the “Back to Basics” Monday Mission but will have new content for every reader, not just rookies – including my new and improved water kefir method, and the launch of Better Than a Box, the newest KS eBook, which is focused on helping you reverse engineer “old favorite” recipes that use processed ingredients you don’t want in your kitchen anymore.
I might even get to finish a partially written post I’ve been working on titled “How to Boil a Husband.” You’re going to love it! (It’s far less graphic and more helpful than it sounds.)
Or check this out: Follow the Baby Steps board on Pinterest by clicking HERE.
Buckle the seatbelts on your dining table chairs, visit Tiffany to say hello, invite your newbie-real-foodie friends, and get ready for an excellent ten weeks at Kitchen Stewardship.
Here are the topics coming at you —
- Cut out trans fat.
- Utilize meal planning to include more nutrient dense foods in your diet.
- Try a new healthy fat.
- Tiffany’s Monday Mission post – a great roundup of healthy fat information
- Make homemade yogurt. (advanced step = other fermented foods)
- Use dry beans in your meals.
- Cut high fructose corn syrup (and artificial sweeteners too, plus a general reduced dependence on sweeteners in general).
- Tiffany’s high fructose corn syrup Monday Mission.
Is Orange Juice a Good Option?(Link no longer available)
- Perfect Maple Syrup Bottle
- Make traditional bone broth.
- Do something about grains. (We’ll explore soaking grains and a grain-free diet this week.
- Tiffany’s Monday Mission and the story of her grains baby steps
- Does Satan Hate Bread?
*3-week break from Back to Basics for a natural health theme in March.
- Make non-toxic homemade cleaners.
- Final week: more “green home” tips and review
We recently took these “Back to Basics” Monday Missions and got them all spruced up to send to your inbox – once a week on Mondays as an email course, so you can learn to be a kitchen steward one baby step at a time, in a doable sequence.
Sign up to get weekly challenges and teaching on key topics like meal planning, homemade foods that save the budget (and don’t take too much time), what to cut out of your pantry, and more.
You can see the whole “overwhelmed” list with more information on each point HERE, and you’ll see that we moved some weeks around and combined some topics for the purposes of the 10-week baby step mini-challenge.
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Need More Baby Steps?
Here at Kitchen Stewardship, we’ve always been all about the baby steps. But if you’re just starting your real food and natural living journey, sifting through all that we’ve shared here over the years can be totally overwhelming.
That’s why we took the best 10 rookie “Monday Missions” that used to post once a week and made a printable checklist so you can track your progress.
Sign up to get the checklist and weekly challenges and teaching on key topics like meal planning, homemade foods that save the budget (and don’t take too much time), what to cut out of your pantry, and more.