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Food Waste Friday | And thank you.

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.

I responded to quite a few of the comments you dear people left on yesterday’s post, but I wanted to say thank you here as well, in case you guys don’t visit and revisit the comments section (that’s probably wise because you could waste a lot of time that way!).

Though the point of that post was to trot out what I’ve written about my imperfections (because I truly, truly don’t want to be all fake and perfect-looking), I wanted to say thank you to all of you that reached out and encouraged me through comments and emails.

Your kind words have touched me, the tales of your own struggles have humbled me (you all manage to be content after losing babies and husbands, and even while being terminally ill!), and the testimonies of how my blog has helped you…well, those give me the inspiration to keep on going.

Thank you.

I am freshly motivated to carry on and do what I feel called to do without letting fear dictate what I write and share. Fear-ruled blogging won’t be fun for me or helpful for you.

Jon Acuff recently wrote a post about making sure you disappoint the right people. For me, that means blogging on cheerfully without fear of upsetting people who don’t like incessant positivity or people who want to see more imperfections. If I worried about that audience, then I’d disappoint all of you that ARE served by my typical blogging style. You, the 99.99%, are the people I need to blog for.

I’m just going to be me…100% natural Kristen.

My blogging will never be perfect, though, so it’s awfully good that things don’t need to be perfect to bless others.

I’m preachin’ it to myself, people! 🙂


Maybe we should talk about some food waste, huh?

Seeing as this is Food Waste Friday, not Thank You For Being Lovely People Friday.

(though that would make a lovely feature)

Here’s my photo.

The pyrex container sadly has a little bit of leftover beef and some jus. I am mad at myself for wasting this, because the Beef Au Jus I make is really stinking awesome if I do say so myself. Oh well.

And at the bottom, we have a completely unopened package of zucchini. It’s been a long, long time since I bought produce and didn’t even touch it before it went bad, so I suppose that’s a good thing.

It happened allllll the time before I started blogging, though. I can’t even tell you how many untouched cucumbers went completely to mush in my produce drawer over the years.

So, boo that I let these ones go, but yay that I’ve mostly kicked the habit of wholesale produce waste.


How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your info into the widget below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment.


Today’s 365 post: I dare you to look at this and be sad.

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giddy tigress

Saturday 29th of October 2011

I really feel sorry when I have to throw away stuff that has not been opened, so I know how you feel. Hope it will be a better week next week?


Saturday 29th of October 2011

I was thinking more about the recent commenting craziness and thought perhaps you could do a post sometime about stress--how you manage your own stress? Thanks!


Saturday 29th of October 2011

I am appalled to hear about yesterday's fiasco! I am thrilled that your readers came out in droves to support you and to ask you to 'keep doing what you're doing'. I loved the comment about your blog being a warm and homey place... those are my thoughts exactly. You feel like a friend from afar.

Your blog makes me aspire to be a better person. You are an inspiration and I'm so fortunate to have found your blog. I am inspired because you are real. I don't need perfection, but I do need a cheerful voice encouraging me to keep moving forward.

Thank you.

Angela Warren

Friday 28th of October 2011

i'm embarrassed by my food waste. No picture up yet either.


Friday 28th of October 2011

God Bless You! Keep up your beautiful posts! Your great tips! Simple, positive, frugal...i love it! That's one of the problems in the world...the constant negativity. I can get all that negativity on the internet news or CNN or other blogs. I love to read your posts. Most of us mothers (working outside or inside the home) are compassionate and can read between the lines when you are down and tired while still trying to persevere and stay positive. You are the real deal and a hard worker and a person God is so proud of and your goal of your life being to glorify God is a lovely reminder for me. I'm glad to see you are keeping up your way of blogging and who you are!! Its cheered me up many lowwww times. BTW, I didn't waste any food today because I didn't clean out my fridge ( ignorance is bliss. See? A little humor is great! But I don't feel sooo guilty if its veggies as i just compost it then too like you do....Nite nite.

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