Hoarder Child

I have a confession to make.

For decades, I thought that the only way to make a cake was from a packaged mix.

By the way my Mother stocked the pantry, I just knew that using a box was the only way.

After all, why would she have bought just so many mixes if it were simple?

As I grew older I learned a hard lesson.

My mother stocked so much stuff in the pantry because she was a hoarder. She was incapable of leaving a grocery store with less than 4 bags of groceries.

Our family of 8 was just a convenient excuse for her compulsion.


Like I said, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Like I said, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

I just inventoried my chest freezer, preparing to eat it all before we move at the end of the month.

Realizing that although I don’t store cake mixes like my Mom, I do hoard.

I hoard foods that make my life simpler, like homemade chicken stock-lovingly cooked down to a double density.

Berries-picked at the peak of their season, with joy and friendship nestled into each bag. Memories of the day in the sun and the kids who helped pick incorporated into each pre-measured cobbler amount.

I hoard quality that I have a hard time accessing year round. The harvest season for grass fed beef is a short one, but our 1/4 cow keeps our family happily eating healthy beef year round.

and I hoard for others, to be able to teach classes, create recipes, develop new product.

But for now, I’m going to be creating lots of very interesting recipes while I use up the contents of my pantry.

After all, the world didn’t end,

It is time for new beginnings.

Our family has wanted to simplify our lives for a while.

This move will let us live walking distance from people and places we love.

Allow us to divest a car.

Allow us to use our feet and bicycles for transportation.

We are truly looking forward to the result.

The process of sorting, divesting, packing, unpacking and settling in.

Not so much.


    • says

      Home move went well. we really love the new house. It is almost 100 years old with lovely details.
      We are now moving our office! Funny how this happened 8 years ago too. You would think we could manage to get a breather between. :)

  1. Jennifer Smith says

    I’m new to gluten free cooking, my 5yr old was just diagnosed w/ a wheat allergy so we’re playing it safe. Where do you buy your alternative flours in bulk? We’re a large family, 6 children and 2 adults, and prior to my son’s diagnosis we bought our flours by the 50lb bag. Now all I see are small bags that I feel the need to be stingy with and limit my baking because they’re expensive.

    Thank you for the wonderful resource in your website.

    • says

      Hi Jennifer,
      You don’t mention where you are from, shipping flours can be expensive.
      I buy all of my flours from Bob’s Red Mill in Portland Oregon. I trust them, they have a dedicated gluten free mill. The quality is very high and the flavors are true. I can get many of the flours I want in organic as well. Just wished they carried organic sorghum. They will ship using UPS in 25lb bags.

  2. says

    I am so guilty of the same thing! When we find new stores that carry new ingredients I think we can add to our diet, I buy them. I buy them before I have any idea what in the world they are or how to cook them :-) I have cabinets of taro starch, and star anise, and sumac and mung flour… in the fridge yucca, taro, tamarind, and more :-)

    Thanks for this post- you have reminded me that it would be a good idea to shop in my own pantry this month!

  3. says

    The title caught my attention. I am a border line hoarder too, but with craft supplies. I used to be really bad with food though. Growing up in the country and being 45 miles from the store taught me to buy a supply. I was use to buy for 3 weeks at a time or more. Although living in Chicago and with time, I have learned to buy for the week or just a few days. A huge benefit is living 2 blocks from a fresh market with a huge deli. I love being able to get fresh veggies and fruit.

    Good luck with the move and the sorting.