As promised, for the third installment of the “My Happy Place” series, I am giving you a peek into my refrigerator. You can find part 1, where I show you around my kitchen, right here and part 2, where you are invited into my pantry, right here.
Here she is, in all her glory:
Typically, the front of my fridge is COVERED with my children’s artwork, magnets we have collected over the years and beloved family photos. However, since we are selling our house we have very little of those personal touches hanging out anymore. She’s not much to look at, that’s for sure.
The top shelf holds most of our dairy products and tall containers. So exciting. But wait, it gets better.
Here are some of the more unusual things that might not be found in a typical fridge. From left to right, a liquid probiotic, some of my homemade apple butter, some blueberry peach jam we got at the Farmer’s Market, some flax seed (I sprinkle this on just about everything, plus use it in all of my baking), coconut milk, my kids’ vitamins and an antibiotic.
A back story on the antibiotic: a few weeks ago, the baby was pretty sick and I took him in to the pediatrician. He had bronchitis and the doctor said his ears were “a little red” and prescribed the antibiotic. I filled it but then decided to wait a couple of days and try some natural remedies to see if he got better on his own and he did so I never used it.
I strongly believe antibiotics are WAY over-used in our society and can actually do more harm than good in many cases. But there have also been times that they have LITERALLY saved my children’s lives so I am so grateful for when they can be used judiciously.
The same baby, at five weeks of age, contracted a systemic Strep A infection that very well could have killed him had we not got him to the doctor right away. It was a scary time with lots of tests, needles and a several-day hospital stay. I was VERY thankful for antibiotics during that time.
So, I hang onto the antibiotic, in case it is needed in the future-why pay for it twice, right? Of course I will throw it out in a few weeks if no one gets sick.
Here are some of the interesting things lurking on the next shelf. In the tupperware on the right are all of my seeds I am saving for next year’s garden. Then I have a couple more jams from the Farmer’s Market, including a dark chocolate raspberry jam. Yes, you read that right. Let the drooling begin! On the left is some leftover salad-a definite staple in our house.
The cheese drawer-I just can’t resist the interesting flavors that you can only get once a year. I have some cranberry white cheddar, some blueberry vanilla goat cheese, some cranberry cinnamon goat cheese and lots of other goodies in there.
Eggs, eggs and more eggs. I always have 4-6 dozen on hand. With this crew, we can do through several dozen in just a few days! There is also some leftover dump cake that I made for our small group the other day, more Greek yogurt and our butter dish. I tell you, it’s a never-ending party around here!
Hiding behind there is my almond butter and some of my homemade applesauce. I’m glad I saw that because I didn’t know we had one open. Would hate for that to go to waste!
Butter, some Greek yogurt, Peppermint Mocha creamer, salsa, Neuchâtel cheese, a lovely chicken carcass for making broth, and a bag of leftover pancakes from this week.
My veggie drawer includes some celery, cucumbers, green peppers and a head of cauliflower that is past it’s prime. Which was promptly thrown in the garbage after taking that picture. See, I am so real with you guys!
My “fruit” drawer contains a bag of avocados, some mangos, another bunch of celery-obviously someone didn’t check her fridge before going shopping-some ham cubes, and some shredded cheddar cheese. If you will remember, most of my fruit lives in my pantry.
More butter. We like the real deal around these parts.
That Mountain Dew has been in there since before The Chick Magnet left. I probably should just dump it. I personally can’t stand the stuff. The rest are our very normal, mundane condiments, including lots of different salad dressings.
More condiments. Nothing but excitement around here folks. And yes, that is white wine. Yes, it’s used for cooking purposes.
There is also some Welch’s sparkling grape juice down there. It is a tradition in our family that we ring in the new year with a glass of that bubbly. And yes, that is from LAST New Year’s. Think it’s still good for 2012?
Because I love boring you to tears, I am going to save my freezer for another post since this one is already so long. Good times! By the time this series is over, I’m going to have one reader left. Hi Mom!
And, now, for your viewing pleasure, some serious holiday cuteness:
It’s a total miracle that they are all looking at the camera at the same time!