Let’s see. What’s happenin’ on the food waste front?

The only possible bit of waste I have is this lemon, which came in a bag of lemons and was squishy when I brought it home.

bad lemon

(Check the bag better next time, Kristen!)

I may see if I could possibly salvage it for a stove-top air freshener, though.

So, that’s all I’ve got waste-wise.  Could I have some thunderous applause???

Alllrighty.

Here’s a peek at a few things I did to avoid waste.

I grind my whole wheat flour from grain I purchase in bulk, and I had ground a little too much.

Freshly ground whole wheat flour gets a little stale-tasting if you don’t use it or freeze it somewhat promptly, so I decided to use it by making some whole wheat bread.

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I tried a cinnamon-raisin experiment with the dough this time around and while it was good (my children all approved), I think it needs a little more tweaking.

More cinnamon!

More raisins!

In other bread news, I thawed some frozen sweet potatoes and used them in a pumpkin bread recipe.

sweet potato bread

Nutritious?  No.

Delicious?  Yes.

In fruit news, I ended up with many bananas ripening all at once, so I sliced and froze a few of them both for snacking and for smoothie-making.

frozen bananas

I also froze some leftover fruit salad that no one seemed to want to eat.  No one complains about these same bits of fruit when they’re smoothified, fortunately.

frozen fruit salad

I made a cheesecake for Mr. FG’s birthday, and he likes it topped with canned cherry pie filling.

The cheesecake was gone before the pie filling, though, so I rinsed off the remaining cherries and froze them to use in a smoothie.

frozen canned cherries

I’m not sure how nutritious cherries from pie filling are, but this still seems better than throwing them out.

Here’s how my fridge is lookin':

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It’s a little full at the moment because I went to the grocery store yesterday to buy things for Sonia’s birthday meal.

(Why yes, it IS birthday season at our house! 4/6 of our family’s birthdays occur within a six-week period.)

I don’t have a lot in the way of leftovers in my fridge, which is always good news.  There are a few grilled veggies, which I will probably eat with my eggs this morning.

leftover grilled veggies

And there’s quite a bit of tortellini soup left from last night’s dinner.  The kids and I will eat a fair amount of that for lunch today, I think.

Leftover soup makes such a great lunch meal.

tortellini soup

So! It was a good week at Chez Frugal Girl.  I don’t know why, but I’ve just been in a good food waste groove of late.  Hopefully it’ll continue!

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How’s the fight against food waste going at your house?  Tell us about your losses and saves, and feel free to leave a link if you’ve posted about your food waste this week!

Zoe, the faithful snowman builder

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

Of my four kids, Zoe is probably the most enthusiastic about playing in the snow.  Her favorite thing is to build snowmen, and even when we have dry, crumbly snow, she still gives it her best shot.

zoe building snowmen

Fortunately, she got some wetter snow this past week, so she was able to create snowmen with a little less effort.

At the start of this winter, she asked for help in procuring something for eyes, and I realized that avocado peels would work perfectly with a little help from a pair of scissors.

bunsen the snowman

(This one is named Bunsen, probably inspired by the Muppets.)

Thanks to my avocado-eating habits, there’s always a peel or two to be found in the compost bucket, so this has turned out to be a pretty handy way to give faces to her snowmen.

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P.S. Would you do me a personal favor? Remember my friend Erin who was selling tshirts to raise money to adopt a little girl from the DRC?  Well, due to political issues, she hasn’t been able to bring her daughter home for the last year and a half, despite the fact that she’s legally adopted.  And she’s not alone…hundreds of kids are stuck in the DRC.

The families feel certain that President Obama could fix this issue, but they need to bring it to his attention by getting 100,000 signatures on their petition.  Would you take two minutes of your day and sign the petition?  It’s super quick and easy and only your first and last initials are displayed on the petition.  They need 100,000 signatures by March 10th in order for this to happen.

Thank you!!