curious thoughts {use it up}

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A frequent mantra in my home is “There’s nothing to eat!”. I remember saying these very words to my mom when I was younger. She would give me that look and say that I had no idea what they really meant. She was, of course, completely correct. Years later when I went on a mission trip to some of the poorest parts of the world, I saw what hunger truly was. It was devastating and life changing.

As a small part of attempting to live by my new motto of use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without, I am making an effort to clean out the freezer and cabinets of food that is perfectly good, but doesn’t get used. I have meat in the freezer and canned goods and pasta and rice that is ready to be prepared, but needs to be done so with a little creativity. I tend to get in a rut with meal preparation, and it takes a conscious effort for me to use up items that are out of my normal routine.

To make it easy, I took stock of what is in the fridge and freezer, and what snack items we have in the cupboard. I listed “easy” meal options for the boys, since neither of them like to make anything too complicated for themselves for lunch or dinner when I’m not around.

Another one of my goals in the “use it up” exercise is to clean out the old so that I can intentially stock our fridge and shelves with healthy, natural foods. I am looking forward to shopping at our local farmers market this summer, and growing my own veggies in the garden. Which, by the way, I have been planning out over the course of the past few evenings. As soon as my plan is finalized, I will share it here with all of you.

Happy Friday everyone… here’s to a happy, healthy weekend filled with good things to eat, content hearts and satisfied souls!

  1. Eryn says:

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to see what you have planned for your garden!

  2. Leslie says:

    Is this your fridge, and if so did you paint it with chalkboard paint or did it come that way?

  3. Bethany says:

    Leslie, yup this is my fridge! It was originally beige and boring. All the rest of our appliances are black, so I decided to try my hand at painting my beige fridge with black chalkboard paint. It was incredibly easy, and has been so much fun. I’ve had it for about two years and have loved it!

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