Monday, Nov 12: Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.
Without further ado:
1) A jar of home-canned pickles. A friend of mine won the bread-and-butter pickle contest at the local 4H Fair over the summer, and was kind enough to give me the recipe he won with, a hand-me-down from his mother. Except that he forgot the sugar when he was writing the list of ingredients...good thing I like sour pickles! I laugh every time I see the jar. He was horrified when he figured out what had happened.
2) The entire door shelf of Asian condiments. Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, nam pla, sambal oelek, etc, etc. These make me nostalgic: I went to junior high and high school in Hong Kong and have traveled extensively in Asia. Those were happy years and the flavors take me back.
3) Calcium-fortified orange juice. The word for this is resigned: I battled Petunia for years on the subject of dairy consumption. She's not lactose intolerant; she eats ice cream cheerfully and cheese on occasion, but will NOT drink milk or eat yogurt under any circumstances. After consulting her pediatrician, I finally gave up, started buying this form of orange juice and Viactiv chews for her, and decided that life was too short to spend it fighting with one of my children three meals a day.
4) Organic milk. I try not to go too crazy about what I feed my kids, but I do draw the line at their dairy products: no hormones, no antibiotics. The two who actually drink milk go through a ton of it. Mom-guilt, perhaps? Seeing these cartons reminds me that I should probably be feeding them all kale smoothies and wheat germ and tofu instead of the occasional chicken nugget or hot dog that they get now.
5) Half a loaf of homemade pumpkin-raisin bread. It's Himself's favorite kind, and Petunia loves to bake with me. Making memories with my girl and something good for my family to eat at the same time...it's love wrapped into one bread pan.
I don't usually pass along the prompts, but if any of you feel like telling me how you feel about something (or five things) in your refrigerator, I'd really love to read it. I didn't realize how much insight the contents of a refrigerator lend into their owners until today!