First of all, thank you so much for including my neighbor, Bill in your prayers. I spoke to his sons today, who looked like this is taking a huge emotional toll, and said that he had gone through the chemo today. I shared with them that a lot of people are praying for him between my church, this blog and some mutual friends. They said that it really means so much to them. I mentioned that he is one of my favorite people to talk to (I like to chat a bit, myself...) and I really enjoy chatting over the fence with him. They said he hasn't stopped talking at the hospital either. I can picture it. He is a character and loves to tell his stories.
I was cleaning out the fridge the other day and had some interesting odds and ends like half a pork chop and half a steak. After seeing those commercials on television about how much food Americans waste per year, the guilt set in. It is really not acceptable for me to do that. I have made a deal with myself that I will no longer throw out any food. I will keep better track of what is in there and use it up. So I made an awesome black bean chili out of them and other ingredients in search of a pot. Oh my goodness, it was so good. Sadly, this is a once in a lifetime recipe because I will never be able to repeat it based on the stuff I was pulling out of the fridge.
So now I am better at taking inventory of what is in there. I also have a freezer full of stuff and I have made another promise to myself that I am going to use everything in it before it gets freezer burn. So I will not be buying any meat for quite a while. I buy it on those clearance sales at Safeway and I am fully stocked to the point where I can barely close the freezer door.
The best part of this is that I have decided to not buy any more processed foods and start making things from scratch again. I have a bread maker that I never use, and I seem to recall that a homemade cookie tastes much better than a store bought one. Plus if I plan well it should not take very much time. I am kind of excited about this endeavor. I will let you know how it goes. (Oh, and I will confess that I do have a small stash of Hamburger Helper and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Can't help it, I love the stuff. )
I was also thinking this applies to my craft stash. I have a drawer full of beads and bead strands that have bought over the years. Some of them are even semi precious stone beads and pearls. I buy them because they are pretty and I have good intentions. My son says that I am like a raccoon and attracted to shiny objects. LOL I also have all of the findings, wire, thread, etc. I think it is time for me to make some really pretty gifts for my homegirls.
Well, it is off to sleep. I am hearing snores from the doggie bed next to me so I will take this as a sign for me to go to sleep, too.