Longer term thoughts

I hope everyone is safe and healthy and for those celebrating Holy Week, I hope you find comfort and peace in your days.

It’s probably good that we’re all different! Some of us have long term views; my husband, for instance, is anticipating Thanksgiving and turkey (which I have never served). With an optimistic nature, I have a shorter view. I see joy in every day things like fresh ice cubes -Thursday was National Gin & Tonic Day, I hope you celebrated.

 

 

 

 

 

Do whatever you have to to stay sane but my plea is that you listen to the daily White House press briefing and turn all other TV news off. We are smart enough to hear what is being said and not being said without someone giving their interpretation of it. Things are getting better every day.

What we should have remembered:

  • washing your hands frequently is smart
  • if you’re sick, stay home
  • if in doubt, use a thermometer

What we should have considered:

  • reusable bags that aren’t washed after every store visit, transports germs in addition to groceries
  • our food chain and everyone in it is essential
  • hoarding, in the US, is uncalled for

What we should learn:

  • respect the food we do bring home which means storing it carefully with labels and dates
  • leave the grocery bags off the kitchen counters
  • never go to the market without a list

Eat well, drink (water) well, sleep well to be well.

Marcia

PPS I posted a new poll – I like to change them up every year or so – take this one on healthy habits!

PPS From Facebook: The truth is, it’s not so boring at home; but it is interesting to see how one bag of rice has 7456 grains of rice and another bag has 7489.

 

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So, what SHOULD we be doing in the kitchen?

You’ve probably seen the joke going around: After years of wanting to thoroughly clean my house, but lacking the time, this week I discovered that wasn’t the reason. Anyone with me?

Somehow, I feel differently about my kitchen; I enjoy scrubbing away. It may be because the tasks are small, I have a set schedule for it and you get immediate positive feedback. While we are all staying home more, it’s not like there are hours with nothing to do. So, my suggestions today, I hope, will get you started.

  • check out your freezer. It might be time to do something with the package of chopped frozen spinach that is an obligatory freezer staple.
  • ID what else is in the freezer; if you can’t figure out some of the items, it might be time to toss. If you see ice crystals, aka freezer burn, on something you’d like to eat, know that it is safe but has lost moisture, primarily. If it’s solid piece of meat, you could trim away the frost and it might be best used in a soup or added to a dish that naturally contains a lot of moisture.
  • freezers work best when full, so, if you need to, make some ice cubes, bag them and toss them back into your newly organized freezer.
  • investigate your fridge door. Do you really need everything there? Is everything in good shape?
  • check the dates on everything. We’ve talked before about the terms: use by, best by, sell by and EXPIRATION. It’s that last one we care most about. The others may/will reflect other qualities but they are not indicative of safety. EXPIRATION DATES are indicators of safety. Pay attention to that one.
  • dried herbs and spices can be checked just by opening and smelling them. If it still smells like it should, you’re good to go. If it’s less potent, just use more. Adding a date to the bottle/jar/can helps you track freshness.
  • clean off those counter tops. Cluttered counters encourage mindless eating…I’m not certain why I have a chainsaw on one of my counters but do as I say…

Be safe and clean in the kitchen to be well,

Marcia

PS Are any of you thinking, like me, if no one hoarded TP, there would have been enough for everyone.

PPS And what if we had a pandemic and didn’t panic??

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