I wasted three avocados. (whaaaat.)

I always think it’s nice to get the bad news out of the way first, don’t you?

food waste friday

Top container: some leftover mac n’ cheese that my girls didn’t eat.

Bottom container: two bits of chicken.

Not pictured: 3 (three!!!!!) avocados that went bad.

This is sort of unheard of at my house because I eat avocados like they’re going out of style. Not sure what happened.

Alrighty!

The happy news is that my fridge is in super good shape (partially because I made the most random smoothie ever yesterday as I was cleaning out the fridge!).

The only two possible challenges are the cauliflower and the zucchini.

fg fridge

I could make zucchini bread, but I think I’ll do something less sugary.

(That thought is going to make you laugh later when you see my sugary bread usage…)

The cauliflower…I haven’t decided about that yet, but I need to hurry and make up my mind because the cauliflower’s good days are numbered.

fg fridge door

I made the most random smoothie ever as I was cleaning out the fridge…lots of fruity odds and ends!

And also, I finally dealt with the bread odds and ends from my freezer challenge.

I made some cinnamon croutons first.

cinnamon croutons

Super good. Although when I use old bread from the freezer, I find that I have to bake the croutons a lot longer than the recipe specifies.

I’m really not sure why because you’d think the bread would be unusually dry already.

After I made the croutons, I still had a pile of bread cubes left, so I did some googling and came across  The Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon french toast casserole, and it is in the oven as I type.

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So basically my use-up-the-bread philosophy seems to be: Add cinnamon and sugar.

I feel like this maybe needs to be rethought…

And I am definitely not making zucchini bread.  ;)

Let’s see…what else did I do?

-I froze some pineapple that was a little overripe. Pineapple is great in smoothies!

frozen pineapple

-a small visiting friend dropped a whole watermelon this week, so we ate the unbroken parts as-is and then I froze the rest.  I’ve never made a watermelon smoothie, but it seems to be a thing, so…

frozen watermelon

-I froze a bag of marked-down spinach for smoothie use.

So, I think that’s about all the food waste news from my house for this week.  All in all, it wasn’t too bad.

Except I’m kind of mad at myself for the avocados.

But I’m super happy that I don’t have any more miscellaneous bread in my freezer, so that kind of balances out.

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How did things go for you this week? Any wins? losses?  challenges? food you don’t know what to do with? Let us know in the comments!

About the sewing machine thing…

When I posted my summer bucket list, a lot of you noticed I put down, “Teach the girls how to use the sewing machine.”

And you’ve wondered why only the girls are learning, thinking maybe I feel that sewing is only for girls.

But I promise you that is not the case.

I have nooo problem doing things that are stereotypically men’s work (faucet installation, appliance repair, etc.)

That’s where the whole, “You don’t need whiskers to do that!” thing came from! ;)

removing old faucet

 

And I have no problem with men doing things that are stereotypically women’s work.

If you’re good at something or have an interest in it or you just flat out need to do it, then who cares what the stereotyped gender is for that role?

So.

Lisey and Sonia, my two craftiest kids, have been asking to learn how to use the sewing machine and this summer I’m gonna try to make time to teach them.

Joshua and Zoe haven’t been clamoring to use it, and since I’m not of the opinion that sewing machine skills are a super-duper necessary survival skill (You can do a lot of small mending by hand), I’m probably not going to push it unless they show an interest.

On the other hand, they ARE all going to learn to cook this summer.  ;)

Lisey's first pizza
Lisey’s first pizza!

And they all sweep, clean bathrooms, fold laundry, declutter, vacuum, and wash dishes.

So yeah…the sewing machine thing has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with interest (or lack thereof!)