Back before I had a little nugget running around the house, I was the queen of all things homemade. I made my own marshmallows for s’mores when we went camping. I sewed all my own baby wipes before Juniper was born. There were a few years where I even handmade all the Christmas gifts for my large family.
And like all super naive first-time-parents-to-be (there is literally nothing that can prepare you for it—nothing), I assumed I’d just go along in my happy homemaking ways after the ball of cuteness that is Juniper arrived. I even bought a pattern and some new fabric to sew a new travel bag during my maternity leave, because I thought I would have so much free time!
It took me a good six months after Juniper was born to accept that I wasn’t going to be the homemade-everything kinda girl I was before. Another six months to not feel guilty about using jarred pasta sauce and buying burp cloths and handing out gift cards to my nieces at Christmas. And another six months to feel proud for doing what was best for me and my family at the time. And now, slowly, a few months after that, I’m beginning to incorporate back in some of my handmaking ways.
The truth is, I still crave homemade. I still desperately love my back to basics tendencies, but I’ve also come to grips with the fact that in order for me to be a good mom, a good wife, a good businessperson, and still take care of myself, I have to let go of some of those desires to be all from scratch all the time. There are some moms who can juggle it all and do it beautifully, and I am so happy for them. I am not one of those moms. So, at least for now, I still buy jarred pasta sauce and my nieces and nephews still get gift cards for birthdays and holidays. And it’s fine.
But, like I said, now that the nugget is closing in on two (!), some of my old ways are making a return. She’s a little bit more independent, and I (sometimes) get to (almost) sleep through the night, which means I (sometimes) have enough energy to do crazy things like grind my own flour, bake my own whole wheat crackers, and make my own hummus. Which makes my heart very, very happy. My heart sings when I can live a from-scratch life!
Now that I’m back to some of my homemaking ways, I’m back to loving some of my favorite from-scratch-friendly brands. Today, I’m working with one of them—Palouse Brand—to talk about all things wheat berries and hummus!
Palouse is a family farm out of Washington state that focuses on sustainably growing lentils, beans, and wheat berries. I’ve been buying Palouse Brand wheat berries for years (they sell them right on Amazon—even with Prime shipping!) for eating and grinding into flour. Grinding your own flour is one of those things that is something I think everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Freshly ground flour has such a wonderful nutty, fresh flavor to it!
If you get really into grinding your own flour, you can invest in your own flour mill, but if you just want to try it out for funsies, most high-powered blenders or food processors will do the trick. Even a coffee grinder will do it (albeit a tiny bit at a time). Without a highly quality flour mill, don’t expect to get really fine flour—but you can get flour that is ground enough to make a nice rustic loaf of bread. And know that you made it from scratch!
Let me talk a little bit about these whole wheat crackers! If you’ve never made crackers at home before, you HAVE to try it sometime. The ingredient list is short, it doesn’t take long to make, and they are so much tastier than crackers from the store. I love this recipe because they are 100% whole wheat (using white whole wheat flour that you either grind yourself or grab pre-ground from the store), and have a nice, light cheese flavor. Perfect for dipping in all your favorite hummus recipes!
These whole wheat crackers will stay good in an airtight container for upwards of a week or two—honestly, you’ll probably eat them all before they even come close to going stale. This recipe makes a decent-sized batch (about four dozen crackers), but I tend to double it so we can snack on them for weeks at a time. Enjoy!