Welcome to DC. This place is full of fun, information and a lot of good laughs. At one time I had four teens living in the house at the same time. I am lucky to have survived it. But that lasted only for one year. The oldest boy left home and got married. So I know from experience, you have your hands full.
I am alone now. Have outlived two husbands. And am not looking for a third victim.
Buying them cost too much money that I could spend on shopping instead.
I too cook from scratch. More out of necessity than any other reason. When the kids were growing up, I think I spent more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house. But it was worth it. They all turned out to be excellent cooks and now cook from scratch also. They had no choice. They all had turns in the kitchen learning to peel veggies, how to salt, season, etc. And once the fun part was over, they all had turns not only setting the table correctly before the meal, but washing the dishes after. Including the pots and pans. They learned real quickly, how to put a pot to use for more than one chore. One less pot to wash.