Standing in the midst of the blissfully cold air billowing around me, I organized all the bread products on one side, all the frozen vegetables and cold packs together and got to the very back corners to check the dates on frozen meals from days gone past. It was a walk down memory lane.
In June 2006, we made key lime pie from scratch. I can't remember the occasion, but I remember the process. Do you know how many of those tiny @#$%& key limes it takes to get a 1/2 cup of juice? My hands were tired from squeezing the limes, so Mike took over. (Note to self... use regular limes next time.) Me and the kids moved on to smashing graham crackers in a big ziploc bag with the rolling pin. It was fun! We ended up having a little too much fun, and therefore too many graham cracker crumbs, which I found in the freezer today. (And tossed.)
- Key Lime Pie Recipe (Note: if your key lime pie recipe calls for anything with a "Kraft" label, it is not really key lime pie!! I'll let ya get away with a ready made crust, but it's not quite as good.)
- Good Healthy Soup (I vary my own recipe depending on ingredients on hand, but this version is very similar to the way I make it.)
I've realized over the years as a 'household manager' that even though it makes sense to stock up on frozen vegetables and meat when it goes on sale at Polly's or Meijer, fairly often we throw away the unused freezer-burnt items months or years later. My family seems to eat healthiest and most frugally when we buy about 6 days of groceries at a time, use that 7th day as an excuse for ordering pizza, and then go shopping again. Less waste, more options.
Now, with a nicely organized freezer, I vow to not let it get that way again. From now on, I will make sure that the freezer doesn't get overpacked with food and will only keep frozen foods for the appropriate life of the item and.... oh... nevermind! If I do that, then I won't have an excuse to stand in front of the cold freezer on a muggy August day.