Friday, November 1, 2013

Food Waste Friday and True Food Conressions--Nov. 1, 2013

It's time for Food Waste Friday, when the Frugalgirl encourages us to post pictures from the previous week of wasted food from our household. This accountability hopefully will help us to be more careful with our food and maybe save some money. Also, I am using this public forum to encourage us to eat out less which includes better meal planning. You can follow how we are doing in this endeavor by reading True Food Confessions. (Thanks to Jo from Simply Being Mum for sponsoring FWF this week.)

This Week's Food Waste

Two Stalks of Celery

At least that's what I can remember. When I got the celery out to put into some chicken soup, two of the outside stalks were bad. The fact that only two of them were bad was actually quite remarkable because I have had this celery at least a month. I contribute this to the fact that I stored the celery with a paper towel to prolong its life.

This Week's True Food Confessions

Highlights from the week:

Last weekend we went to a cookout at my-father-in-law's house. This smoker was made by him from an old hot water heater. Two briskets, stuffed squash, and a pork roast were cooked in it for the picnic.

At the cookout, I got to try a new thing--black rice. It was in a Thai dish with fruit, nuts, mint and other spices and was quite good. I will share the recipe later.

Monday, work started on our kitchen and downstairs so the house is rather discombobulated making regular food prep difficult. We were thankful to be eating leftovers from the weekend some of the time.

This is our temporary refrigerator in the basement. One day I used the slow cooker down here to fix pork barbeque.

It was raining on Halloween, so we got no Trick-or Treaters. Ward and I took the opportunity to go out for dinner at the local pizza place. We couldn't remember the last time that just the two of us went out together and really enjoyed it. We had Halloween candy for dessert. And if we're going to have True Confessions, I broke into the bag of candy bars during the afternoon. However, I made it a whole week before I gave into the call of chocolate, so I consider that a major success. :)
Until next time...

But wait there's more,

This is a fire pit that my very clever father-in-law made from a dryer drum. A couple of these helped keep people warm during the cookout.