Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. Why do I do this? Because in March of 2008, I finally got fed up with the amount of food I was wasting, and I thought that showing my waste to other people would motivate me to use up my food instead of wasting it. Because this often embarrassing practice was so helpful for me, I invited other bloggers to join me in posting their food waste photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.
Because this is kind of not so stellar:
Rice with a few shrimp, half an avocado, some cilantro, and a piece of leftover chicken.
I wanted to beat myself up about it, but you know what? I may not have used up all of my food, but I used up a whole lot more than I would have if I hadn’t tried.
We had turkey on toast for dinner one night (I made some more gravy, since there wasn’t enough left to feed all six of us.)
Joshua and I ate leftover turkey for lunch with cranberry sauce.
I made six loaves of potato bread.
(I used some of the bread to make croutons for last night’s salad.)
I froze the last two cups of potato for more potato bread.
Despite these efforts, I still wanted to beat myself up, so I am reminding myself that this week, I homeschooled my kids, cooked dinners, washed laundry, bought and decorated a Christmas tree with Mr. FG and the kids, got out my Christmas decorations, and got some Christmas presents bought, among other things.
So, I’m going to give myself some grace instead of condemnation (which is what I need when all I can see are my failures. Grace, that is!), get rid of the wasted food, and start fresh this week.
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