An Italian friend of mine told me a few years ago about her grandmother visiting from Italy. She described the way that her grandmother ate EVERYthing off a chicken bone and how it made her (my friend) feel very wasteful for throwing away food on her plate.
My husbands grandfather has a collection of empty match boxes. I haven’t seen it myself, but every account likens it to a rather large collection. Apparently there is no designated purpose for these match boxes, but they are kept…just because you never know when you might want to….what exactly would you want to do with 50 match boxes?
My mother-in-law taught me to wash my gently used baggies. At first, I openly admit, I thought she was insane. Then a girlfriend told me about someone who threw out a gallon baggy after a package of opened crackers had been kept in it for a few days. Now, I tell myself I wash them sometimes–so that I don’t feel guilty for the times I don’t. *GRIN*
Let’s get to the point. As I was working on the menu for next week, considering what I have, what I will need to get, recipes, schedules, the “sensitive” palates of my children and their extreme displeasure for casserole type food…it occurred to me…”Why am I planning a meal I am not going to want to fix, and that no one is going to want to eat?” When this happens, there are left overs that no one wants to eat, and then they inevitably get thrown away. Combine that with some exceptional circumstances that are going to seriously mess up our daily “schedules” over the next couple of weeks…and I decided to embrace the simple. So the menu reflects just that: Sandwiches, pizza, & hotdogs (Now stop your grimacing, I can actually get these through CNY Bounty and they are Delicious! No preservatives and made with local meat.)
I hope this tactic works! I even think that I am going to try to make pizza’s this weekend and freeze them so that they are all ready and I will not be tempted to order pizza for delivery…a luxury we pay an extra $10.00 for, living out here in the boonies!