Sunday, February 01, 2009

A Look Inside

Yesterday I did something I've been wanting to do for quite some time. I'm not saying I invented this idea or anything, but I'm proud I did it. I took some pictures because I was so pleased about it!

Behold, the beautiful produce drawer:

I bought lots of different fruits (and some vegetables too, just not as many! baby steps, baby steps) and washed them all up, then bagged them all in little snack size baggies. There's watermelon, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, broccoli, carrots and cucumbers. (There's also apples, bananas, and pears on the counter but I didn't think they would fare too well being cut and bagged.)

The whole idea was for the kids (well, me too) to eat more fresh stuff. It's working for all of us except one and I'll let you guess who the hold out is. If you don't know then you obviously haven't been reading my blog for very long. It feels so great to munch on a bag of blueberries rather than cheetos. And it feels even better to see my kids eating things from that drawer rather than junk. I'll definitely keep doing this!

I'm wondering though, do you think the Dr Pepper and the container of cookie dough right above the produce drawer hinders my effort at all?

Nah, I didn't think so either.

See that thing covered in foil in the picture below? Do you know what that is? I can only tell you because you don't know where my house is now, otherwise I fear people would be breaking into our house to get to it.

That, my friends, is a homemade blueberry waffle. There was a whole stack of them, but John David and I both LOVE them so you do the math. Mimi makes these heavenly treats and wraps them individually and brings us a batch at a time. Normally we freeze them, but I got smart. They cook faster in the toaster when they're not frozen and since there's no way they last long enough to go bad anyway, they now reside in the fridge. Everyone should be so lucky to have a Mimi!

And while we're looking at this picture, take note of the gargantuan bottle of parmesan cheese in the back left corner. I inherited it from Sandy who I believe inherited it from a big spaghetti dinner. At any rate, how in the world will I ever use all of that? My conscious won't allow me to throw it away, but we don't even use it. Not ever. Should I host a big spaghetti dinner myself in the hopes of using it all up? Or I could stand at the doors of Walmart handing out cupfuls to shoppers as they exit. I could try to sell it on Craiglist. How much would I ask for it?

Do you see the package of croissant rolls there on the right? I bought those the other day because I was planning on making chicken salad. I took these pictures last night before I made it so I can't show it to you. It's a thing of beauty, my chicken salad. I've been making it for a number of years now, and I have to say that it's getting better and better. Tonight's might have been the best ever and since I'm in a generous mood I thought I would share. I don't use exact measurements because you just kind of do it to your own liking, but I can give an approximation.
  • 2 cans of chicken ground up in a food processer (not to a pulp but just until it's not in huge chunks)
  • 2 large apples chopped up very well in food processer
  • About 2 cups red grapes (you guessed it) chopped up in a food proceser
  • Chopped pecans or almonds (or not, if you don't like nuts - but nuts give it a nice little crunch and add to the flavor)
  • salt and pepper
  • mayo or miracle whip (a few globs)
Mix all of the ingrediants really well and put it on your croissant roll and you're ready to go! It's also pretty good to add some romaine lettuce and a slice of tomato if you want.

The drawer on the left is where all the juice boxes, yogurts, apple sauces, jellos and puddings go. It's so much easier to just reach in and grab one. Underneath is the long cheese and meat drawer, but there's just not anything interesting there. Just some cheese and meat. Maybe I'll add it later when I have nothing else to post. That would probably really boost my blog's ratings - a picture of meat and cheese. Please don't steal my idea....

I'd love to see what all of you have in your refridgerators too! Be sure to leave a comment telling us you're playing along. Pretty please with chicken salad on top???


  1. My fridge is a mess, so I won't be sharing, but yours looks great!!

    I see you got your camera/computer working again, so I can't wait to see the rest of the Piece pictures!!

  2. you will not be seeing a pic of what's in my fridge, because I don't clean mine quite as well as you do. but i will say, the only way i eat fresh is pre-cutting as well. especially if you go through the trouble of getting it all ready, you kinda feel like you should eat it!

  3. You're kidding, right? After seeing that beautiful, clean, organized refrigerator?

    Not in a million years.

  4. I used to be great at doing the whole cut-up and bagged fruits and vegetables. The habit is easy to get out of, so beware:)

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  6. i just started a "get-fit" kick so i'd love to discuss what's in my fridge. i really loved this post. that drawer of cut up produce is so pretty! however, ahem, you may never look at me the same if i take photographs of my fridge.

    or...maybe that should be motivation to clean it! i clean it out fairly often -- nothing is growing green in there. but the cleaning of shelves and arranging everything just so? nah. i suck.

    we should look at photos of kylah's fridge. now that is amazing. all cokes must face the same way. fun game: turn some the wrong way and watch her fix them when she gets in there. repeat. over and over. hilarious! (sorry, jo.)

  7. that was funny steph!!!! i can't wait to try the chicken salad. i will do mine this weekend.

    such a neat clean fridge!!!! i can only aspire to have such a fridge!!!

  8. That's funny. The whole time I'm reading your post, I was thinking about commenting on how you would never see a photo and full description of my fridge!

    Although, I will say that having a small refrigerator forces me to keep it decent.