They’re everywhere! On the island, in a lower cabinet, in an upper cabinet
In a china cupboard, converted to pantry storage, where they contain grains, beans, seeds
in an upper pantry shelf, where they contain nuts, flour, sweetener
In the refrigerator crisper drawer, where they contain broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bok choy, brussel sprouts and kale.
They’ve spread into other parts of the refrigerator, where they contain strawberries, beets, applesauce and homemade dog food.
All of this because I saw a blurb in a magazine about “salad in a jar”, then a friend and I were talking to a friend of that friend (you’re following this, right?) and she was saying she keeps a lot of her fresh produce in jars in the refrigerator and it seems to last longer. Lasting longer is a good thing, what with a 30 mile trip one way to go to the grocery store where I live. Worth a shot, I thought! But, woe is me, I need mason jars. Then, I need more mason jars. Good grief, now I need cupboard space! Out with the glassware bought many many years ago in discount stores because I liked the shapes and colors, but never used because they had stems that were too long to fit in the dishwasher. In with the jars of – food items. Lots of food items. Those food items purchased so that I could prepare healthier meals, meals designed to balance my body’s PH.
And my dogs’ PH. So now I’m feeding my dogs only a small portion of commercial dry dog food with some commercial canned dog food for breakfast, that small portion of dry food with some home made dog food for dinner. Home made dog food that contains lots and lots of chopped veggies of different kinds, old-fashioned rolled oats and small amounts of meats of various kinds, depending on what I feel like using in the batch I’m making at that moment. I prepare a large batch, put it into (you guessed it!) mason jars, refrigerate what I’ll use in the next 3 or 4 days and freeze the rest.
Which led to deciding to make healthy dog treats. Which led to “hmmmm, that seed cake I buy for the birds costs me $8 in the store – there has to be a recipe available to make my own for much less”. Yes, there is. There are. Several of them.
I’m spending much of my life in the kitchen. It’s never been my favorite room, but guess what? I’m actually enjoying this.
Take my temperature. I must be ill. It’s probably fatal.