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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Aug. 17, 2009 5:55 pm 
Updated: Aug. 19, 2009 4:29 pm
All you moms out there who have high school/college kids I'm sure know what I mean.  Between school, work,sports, friends etc...we can rarely sit down and eat a meal together!   People are coming and going and eating at all sorts of hours!

I've come up with this method that I only wish I had thought of earlier....I keep different colored lids on containers in the fridge and a white board on the outside of the fridge.  Each week I try to keep the following catagories going:

-a hearty soup like bean
-a pasta dish with veggies
-a meat dish like swedish meatballs
-deli meat
-cooked chicken breast sliced
-strawberries cleaned and sliced
-blueberries, washed
-ready to eat salad
-washed grapes

I keep the fruit and vegs in containers made for salad and the entrees in glass dishes with lids

I list them on the white board showing the date it was made, the name of the dish and the lid color

This way I know what's in there, they know and don't eat expired food! 

It's worked pretty well.....everybody can eat when they want to  Usually I try and make things up the day I go grocery shopping.

Give it a try!
Aug. 17, 2009 6:10 pm
I had 5 kids...I feel your pain! That sounds like a great system, I wish I had thought of something like that.
Aug. 17, 2009 6:11 pm
I'm so impressed with anyone who is this organized. I'm not. I'm also so exhausted when I get the groceries in the house (because I usually do all my errands on one day & can make as many as 10 stops), that it's all I can do to get them put away. I usually buy all my meat at Costco, so this entails separating & repackaging everything in smaller meal size portions, besides just putting everything else away. I applaud you. What I do with our schedules is we wait until the last one is home & we eat. On my husband's birthday, we didn't eat until 10:15 PM, but the candle light was better at that time than at 6 PM. I think whatever works for your family is best. I like to have family dinners. My 25 year old son who lives a long way from home now, brags to his friends that his family always sits down to dinner together. It's our only time really together.
Aug. 17, 2009 8:03 pm
Dang, where were you when all of my kids were home? Sometimes, things would get lost in the bowels of the fridge and I would discover them when I would clean it out. I would call this the science experiment. You never knew just what kind or color of mold you would get. Gross I know.
Aug. 18, 2009 10:24 pm
What a great system Jo!!! Wish you had thought of this when all of my gang was still at home. But...I think I may need to use the system for me and my dear old husband anyway. Due to my menopausal brain I forget what is in the ref and a nice sign on front of the ref might help. :-)
Aug. 18, 2009 10:25 pm
Now....if only you could come over and cook the delicious list that you posted.
Aug. 19, 2009 4:29 pm
Avon & Paula.....yeah, I wish I'd thought of it when my kids were younger too! Roxanne....hat's off to you mamma! That takes committment to keep those family dinners going!
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