Found this writing prompt over on my friend Ginny’s blog and thought I would copy her! A random post on fridge contents seemed fun to write, until I actually opened my fridge…
1. Coffee creamer. Duh. This is self-explanatory to those who know me, but in case you’re wondering, YES it is imperative that I have five different varieties of creamer open at the same time. Two are sugar-free and therefore not consumed by me because they are awful. Those we save for Grandma, who comes each morning to shuttle my daughter to school, and if the only thing I can do to repay her is to keep sugar-free pumpkin spice and peppermint mocha flavors available, then so be it. I keep the hard stuff, the REAL peppermint mocha, on hand for me, but only during the late fall and early winter months. Yes, I know it’s available year round. But drinking peppermint mocha creamer in July is wrong. There are certain cues I look for to signal the seasons are changing and the holidays are approaching, and the arrival of peppermint mocha creamer is one of them. The first time I saw it displayed in the dairy case in the early summer, I nearly panicked. Also, my new favorite? Vanilla caramel (my good old year round standby) mixed with just a little vanilla heat. Vanilla heat on it’s own is a recipe for a gastric ulcer, but tamed by a tablespoon of vanilla caramel? It’s perfection.
(Anyone else notice my passion for describing coffee creamer? You have no idea how much editing I just had to do on that paragraph because apparently I could have gone on for quite some time. Am adding ‘passion for coffee creamer’ to my ever-growing list titled ‘Why I Am Single’.)
2. Containers of pre-cut vegetables and fruits. There is little chance my child and I would ever consume veggies if I didn’t run my fridge this way. I dread the buying and the prepping and the cutting and the goddammit-where-is-the-round-red-lid-to-fit-this-round-red-bowl that precedes the shelf full of veggies, but let me tell you, it makes packing lunches in the morning a dream. HAHA! Kidding. I hate packing lunches and nothing will ever make it dream-like, short of a healthy lunch that packs itself. But it does help. If I had to contemplate peeling carrots at 5:45 in the morning just to make sure we both get a serving of veggies at lunch? Yeah. It would be Doritos all the way.
3. Buttermilk. I’m far too lazy to prepare real breakfast foods early in the morning, plus the ingredients are usually buried behind all that coffee creamer and let’s be honest, the creamer is all I’m interested in for most of the morning. Lately I’m a fan of breakfast-for-dinner, which means yummy yummy pancakes made from scratch instead of Bisquick. I compensate at dinner for the skills I lack at breakfast time. Bonus: they re-heat nicely in the toaster the next morning.
4. Three quarters of a bottle of Asian Ginger salad dressing that I will never finish because it leaked from my lunch bag all down the back of my scrubs as I was walking in to work one morning. It took me 20 minutes of sniffing to realize my backside smelled of ginger, and then I had to go home and change. The lingering stench in the bottom of my lunch bag made me gag and proved impossible to wash out. I don’t think I want to smell this salad dressing ever again, let alone eat it, so if you’re over at my house any time soon feel free to take it off my hands. Otherwise, it will probably sit in the fridge until it grows mold.
5. Approximately 12 applesauce squeezy packets that my daughter just loooooved until I bought the Costco-sized box of them.
Thanks for the blog prompt, Ginny! This has been fun to write, even if four out of five of my items are liquids. Trust me, we eat real food in this house. I guess we just have to dig around the fluids to find them.