Friday, November 8, 2013

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--Nov. 8, 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.

This Week's Food Waste

Cole Slaw 

Aunt Martha gave us some extra cole slaw last week that we didn't quite finish before it needed to go. I think that was because I was the only one eating it. It was very good but I could only eat it twice a day for so long before I needed to give it a rest. Too bad. I hate to waste anything especially a food gift. However, that's how it goes sometimes.
This Week's True Food Confessions
While we still have no floor or appliances, this little bit of finished work is exciting. It shows a  promise of good things to come.

It is Day 14 of construction and the work is progressing well although certainly not ahead of schedule. The basement is our main center of activity including our eating as our midlevel is in upheaval.

Highlights from last week:

--The foam cooler "refrigerator" is working well. We change out a gallon jug of ice every morning and the milk and other things we store in it are kept very cool. Once a day or so, we uncover the regular fridge from it's hiding place in the living room and restock the cooler. 

--We are getting better with the dish washing procedure after the drying rack fell into the clothes washer and a plate broke. Now we use towels to drain onto instead the washing machine tub. 

--We made another mistake when we put very ripe bananas in with the rest of the food like cereals and bread. They are in a plastic storage box to protect them from mice that occasionally get into the house this time of year. (And yes, one little mouse can sometimes escape four cats.) The banana smell was strong enough to flavor most of the other food in the box. Now stronger foods get their own box.  

--We've had breakfast burritos, hot dogs, bagel pizzas, spinach, and cereal to eat this week. We also tried out a new diner one night when were out choosing a light fixture for the dining room. I had a huge serving of tuna salad that was enough for 2+ meals and Ward had a New Orleans burger that he gobbled up entirely. (You know how those carnivores are.) I also made some trail mix for snacks to justify eating the last of the Halloween M&M's in a healthy way. :)

--We are certainly not suffering by eating in the basement. However, the lack of prep space and kitchen tools make things awkward.  We'll see how next week goes.

Until next time...