Un-Processing The Way We Live and Eat

Perhaps we should do a better job of it year round, but we use summer as a time for our family to really come together and live life un-processed.

What this means for us is that we cancel any television subscription services for the entire summer (we currently have Netflix and Hulu) and really encourage the kids, and ourselves, to get outside, enjoy nature, and enjoy spending time with one another.

Summer Means Less Screen Time

The hustle and bustle of winter, with school, work, errands, and just…life often leaves the kids with a bit more screen time than I’d like, summer is a time that we can really let all that go. 

To get the kids ready for the transition to less screen time and more time playing and exploring outdoors, I sat down with them and asked them to each list two activities that they really want to do at some point this summer.

The guidelines were simple. It must be something outdoors, and it has to be something we don’t normally do every day (like going to the park, going for a bike ride, etc.).

My two oldest came up with these great ideas:

  • Go fishing
  • Go kayaking
  • Go on rollercoasters 
  • Go camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking all in one 🙂

The great news is, we had already planned on doing all of these things except camping, but I’m going to try to plan a weekend camping trip for the family so the kids can check that box off their list!

Summer Means Fresh, Unprocessed Foods

One of the best things about summer is being able to enjoy fresh food right from the garden! I don’t have a garden of my own, but my mother-in-law has a pretty substantial garden that the kids help with. They love picking peas, green beans, and broccoli right from the garden and eating it fresh. 

This also allows them the freedom to have a snack whenever they are hungry without having to stop playing!

In addition to the fresh garden foods, we try to eat very little processed food year round and eat as healthily as possible. 

Unprocessed Dairy – A Great Choice!

We typically choose Organic Valley dairy products (partly because my husband works there and partly because we just love their products).


The Best Cheese For Grilled Cheese

When I’m making a grilled cheese, the best cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches has to be something that makes a really nice melty sandwich, and tastes great too! I love ooey-gooey cheeses, and the Organic Valley sliced cheese is exactly that. It is so creamy and smooth, and melts like a dream!

We recently made some fantastic pressed grilled cheese sandwiches using our panini maker, and they turned out amazing with this great cheese from Organic Valley! This soft, creamy cheese is the best cheese for grilled cheese.

The great thing about these sandwiches is that you can customize each sandwich to everyone’s tastes.

In addition the to the sliced cheese, we added turkey slices and spinach.

We sometimes add tomatoes, or whatever we happen to have on hand that would be a great addition to our grilled cheese sandwiches. Just set up a little prep station and let everyone choose their favorite things!

Using a Panini Grill makes the grilled cheese sandwiches nice and flat, and in my opinion, a bit easier for the kids to pick up and eat. 

Just look at how ooey and gooey these turned out – just like we like them! 

best cheese for grilled cheese


Jesica H

When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica is busy helping other parents make their lives a little less stressful with homemaking hacks, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, and more. On her successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, her Cricut crafting tutorials are the most popular articles and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own. Jesica started rockyourcraft.com where you can find loads more craft tutorials and business advice. In her FREE Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Business, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers, and utilizing smart social media strategies. Join us!

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6 thoughts on “Un-Processing The Way We Live and Eat

  • May 24, 2017 at 8:17 pm
    Oh we haven't done grilled cheese in ages! We love being outside as much as possible in the summer too! We have a campfire several nights a week and just hang out together outdoors! Thanks for the reminder to live unplugged! Reply
  • May 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    Xanthan seems like a pretty sweet alien, but not a great ingredient in food!!! I love finding foods that are healthier option that whay I am using! That grilled cheese looks amazing btw. Reply
    • May 26, 2017 at 10:43 am
      Congrats, Kara! You were selected to receive a shipment of cheese just for commenting. Thanks to Arla for sponsoring! Reply
  • May 25, 2017 at 7:43 am
    Mmm you had me at cheese! I like adding sliced tomato to my grilled cheese too... Ohh yes now I know what I'm having for lunch today! Yummo! Reply
  • June 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    Arla sounds awesome! My grandchildren love to garden also. That grilled cheese looks yummy! Thanks for all the great information! Reply

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