“Using Scratch”


I didn’t always listen closely as my Mum explained about how to prepare and cook for a Family and as a result, my Cooking ability was practically non-existent when I got Married. But, I did remember Mum mentioning that she did make Cakes, Pies and other things from Scratch.

 So my first priority after the Honeymoon, was to locate some Scratch.

 With mother’s delicious Cakes and Pies in mind, my first trip to the Supermarket was to buy some Scratch.

  I found the aisle that read — Baking Items. I spent a good 15 minutes looking at everything from Vegetable oil, Sugar, Flour and Chocolate without seeing a sign of Scratch. I was sure it wouldn’t be with the Pickles or the Meat.

 I asked one of the sales Staff if they carried Scratch.

 He looked at me funny and finally said…

“You’ll have to go to the Store on the corner.”

 When I got there, it turned out to be a feed store. I thought it rather strange, but I decided Cakes were food.

 “Do you have Scratch?” I asked the clerk. He asked me how much I wanted. I suggested a pound or two.

 His reply was …”How many Chickens do you have? It only comes in 20 pound bags.” I really didn’t understand why he mentioned Chickens, but I had heard Mum say she made Chicken Casserole from scratch.

 So, I bought 20 pounds and hurried home.

 My next problem was to find a recipe calling for Scratch. I went through
every single page of my lovely “Better Homes and Gardens” Cookbook,
which was  a Wedding gift.

 I looked and looked for a recipe using Scratch. There I was with 20 pounds of it and no recipe.

When I opened the Scratch, I had doubts that a beautiful, fluffy Cake would
ever result from such a hard looking ingredient. I hoped with the addition
of liquids and heat the result would be successful.

  I thought I would mention my problem to my new Husband.

 He had suggested very early in our marriage that he liked to Cook and would gladly help at anytime, but I really wanted to try myself first.

 One day he made a Pie and when I told him how good it was, he said that he made it from Scratch. That assured me that it could be done.

 Being a new Bride is scary and when I found out he made Pies, Cakes, and
even Lemon pudding from Scratch, well, if he made all those things from Scratch, I was sure he had bought a 20 pound bag of Scratch also. But, I couldn’t find where he stored it, and I checked my supply it was still full!

 At this point I was ready to give up because all the people knew about Scratch except me. I decided to try a different approach.

One day when my Husband was not doing anything, I said, “Honey, I wish you’dbake a Cake.” He got out the flour, sugar, eggs, milk and shortening.

But,not a sign of Scratch.

  I watched him blend it together, pour it into a pan and slide it into the Oven to bake. An hour later, as we were eating the Cake,

 I looked at him and smiled and said…

 “Honey, why don’t we raise a few Chickens?”


 Confusion and ignorance with many things can cause mistakes and misunderstandings and this is the same as understanding God’s Truth…

We need to be sure we don’t go by our own or someone else’s  worldly understanding it needs to be confirmed as God’s Truth and to know if it is we need to ask  God for His wisdom which we all lack…

 Jesus Christ tells us we don’t have because we don’t ask but we must believe we have received when we ask and then we will know the Truth and it will set us free and we won’t be scratching around looking for worldly answers or will we be confused.

 Proverbs 3: 5-8 & James 1:4-6


About Freedomborn

My name is Anne although some call me Grannie Annie especially Children whom I share with in my Funday School . I live in Queensland Australia. I’m very much a People person believing we are all People of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free now.
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15 Responses to “Using Scratch”

  1. I wonder if Scratch works the same as Stitches… Hmmmm – A Scratch in time saves saves 9, Meals not Stiches.

    Blessings – Grannie Annie.


  2. ansuyo says:

    He he. Reminds me of the story of the young woman who cut off the end of the ham because mom did, but mom was making it fit in her pan. Communication has glitches galore, and our oddball language doesn’t help much. Thanks for the laugh. Angie


    • Freedomborn says:

      So True my friend Angie and I just have to say… your nice in your own way … now what does that mean, your not in others, Hmmmm you are so right, by the way your nice in my way too! and yes I have the ham story, perhaps I will post it for you and add your link if that is ok in your way.

      Christian Love Anne


  3. jams4JESUS says:

    😉 Food for thought!


  4. Ron says:

    Scratch is on the same list as jiffy, or when I`ll be back in, and get it clean with a bit of elbow grease, wouldn`t find any on a shelf. Dont look too long Anne, how long.?”As long as a piece of string” !



    • Freedomborn says:

      Wow Ron, I have been looking for years, my elbows need mosterising meaning greasing badly, so are you saying they don’t sell it anymore. Of course I know how long a bit of string is when I cut it, Hummmm don’t you??? perhaps you will in a jiffy 🙄

      Annie said… go figer it!


  5. Johnson says:

    Funny and truthful post. Thanks for the humour, and message.


    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Johnson, we were thinking about you yesterday, Ron was going to visit you, great minds as they say. Thank you for visiting and I’m pleased you enjoyed the message, I often use humour to share God’s Truth, but Satan of course uses it to do harm and as we have heard, many things said in jest are often True, well at least to those saying them.

      Christian Love Anne


  6. T says:

    This is so cute! I remember being married at 17 and not having a clue how to cook. Actually the first meal I made we both got sick. I never knew if it was what I cooked or we just happened to catch a virus right after eating. We still laugh about it 31 years later. Thanks for making me smile 🙂 and the message was great too 🙂


    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi T you made me laugh, poor you, but yes funny, what a memory to have. Mum taught me well so I have always been a good cook and I have cooked professionally and for Church Camps and their outreach Lunches and Dinners, mostly with Ron’s help, he is also a good cook, we both enjoy it very much and yes often we start from Scratch! 😀

      Christian Love Anne


  7. Ha-ha-ha-ha! Loved it!


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