Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk

Don't cry over spilled milk.  But feel free to cry when your freezer door accidentally is left open and everything within that freezer thaws and expands into what appears to be a puddle of mucous and vomit.

Yes, cry then.

I'm not sure what was worse about this recent experience: knowing that I easily was tossing over a hundred dollars worth of food into the trash, or knowing that some of that food was in the form of actual meals that I had prepared in advance for days when our schedules are too hectic to prepare a decent dinner.

In advance!  Advanced planning!

This was a painful loss.  Meal planning doesn't come naturally for me.  I excel at arriving at 5:00 in the afternoon and being surprised -- yet again -- that it's nearly dinner, that I have children, and somehow I'm the one responsible for feeding them.  For the past seven years I've been caught off by dinner on a somewhat regular basis.  (Don't judge.)

So, at this moment, my freezer is entirely empty -- a clean slate, a fresh start, an invitation for half gallons of ice cream and probably a frozen pizza or two.

I'm going to rally, my friends.  I'm going to harness this desire to be a better cook (something that always occurs in the fall, as if the cooler weather holds the power to trigger latent domestic abilities within me.)  I'm going to try again and make meals in advance.

And when I do, I'm going to make sure that the freezer door is closed tightly.

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7 comments:

  1. MichellepfileSeptember 19, 2012

    Damn! That just sucks!
    Good luck with that domestic pull!!
    M

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  2. You'll be happy to know that we're having hot dogs for dinner. Aren't you impressed with my advanced planning? It's not even 3pm and I already know what we're going to eat. See how easy that was. :)

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  3. Oh no!!  I lost a freezer full of food once because of an extended power outage due to an ice storm - definitely not fun!  I meal plan weekly, but don't do the freezer meals way ahead of time.  I say re-stock with a couple Stouffer's lasagnas and call it done! :)

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  4. Gina PoirierSeptember 19, 2012

    Aww I would cry for sure. Maybe consider a deep freezer in the garage? It might keep things colder longer if the lid is accidentally left open. 

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  5. smoothstonesSeptember 19, 2012

    I would cry, too!!! So sorry!!!

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  6. Ahh, that does stink. I hate throwing food away! I hear you on the being caught off guard. You mean you need food and I need to provide it? Haven't I already done that this week? LOL. One day I will be able to plan ahead....

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  7. What a horrible feeling, especially when you take the time to prepare meals AHEAD of time and freeze them! My heart goes out to you. And I know how you feel go always go a but crazy with cooking and baking in the fall.

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