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What’s one of the first things you felt when you began to make the switch and live #LifeFromScratch ?
Were you overwhelmed? Excited? Anxious? Defeated? Happy?
For me, it was a combination of all of those things. Some days I’d feel overwhelmed with the amount of information I essentially had to relearn. Other times, I felt excited and happy — especially when I recreated something store bought in my kitchen. Read more about how my real food journey began here.
You know, living life from scratch can kind of be like living your life on Pinterest; there are so many awesome things you want to recreate but often times they get put to the back burner because you get overloaded with all the things you could do. Instead of focusing on one specific aspect, product, or recipe to change, you become engulfed with all the possibilities without actually taking action.
Let me help you change that!
What I’ve learned from my #LifeFromScratch journey is to take one thing at a time, to enjoy the process (even if that means making a recipe 5 times before you actually get it right), and to have fun! It’s equally important to find like-minded people to lean on, ask questions, and generally just be able to talk about crunchy granola things like kombucha, chapped lip remedies you can smoosh in your hand, and when you suck at DIY projects.
It’s also nice to have those like-minded people to help give you that extra loving nudge to take the first step of something you’ve always wanted to recreate or to just give you a bit of motivation since they are doing it, too. It’s amazing how influential people can be by just doing something like make homemade broth or gluten-free crackers from scratch.
One of the very first things I learned how to make from scratch was whipped cream. I have a bit of a sweet tooth (which is probably why a good portion of my recipes are geared around sweets) and I especially have a soft spot in my heart for whipped cream. Fluffy, dreamy, creamy whipped cream topped on whatever or just eaten by itself. I was notorious for taking the canned whipped cream and squirting a mouthful most times I walked by the fridge.
I can’t be the only one, right?
When I found out that homemade whipped cream was not only super easy to make but tasted a million times better than store-bought fake stuff — well, I was in heaven. Sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup and vanilla, heavy whipping cream is literally whipped until it becomes fluffy. All it takes is a hand mixer, your favorite bowl, and about 5 minutes of your time.
You can definitely substitute honey instead of maple syrup but I am obsessed with the richness and depth that comes from a real, maple syrup. Also, make sure you don’t whip your cream longer than needed — otherwise you’ll end up with vanilla and maple sweetened butter.
Oh, and PS. Over the next month here at Scratch Mommy, our theme is back to the basics. The Scratch Mommy team is going to be sharing their very first food and skincare recipes they created when they began their #LifeFromScratch journey.
You won’t want to miss it — it might just be that encouraging nudge you’ve needed.
- Hand mixer (like this)
- Mixing bowl
- Place cream in mixing bowl
- Whip on high with your hand mixer for 3-5 minutes, until cream starts to stiffen
- Add in your maple syrup and vanilla; add more to taste if necessary
- Continue whipping for another minute or so to throughly mix together the ingredients
- Careful not to whip too long or you'll have butter
- Use immediately or store in the refrigerator
- To "refluff," whip for about 30 seconds