Family is coming to visit for a few days. I have learned it’s impossible to predict what they will want to eat. I no longer try. It’s a perfect time to visit all the favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.
It’s also a great time to revisit my pantry to toss out the outdated foods and meds. I do this regularly yet I found some antibiotic ointment that expired in 2011. How could that happen?
There are things we like but grow tired of fast. Like peanut butter. I can never finish a jar without it going out of the ‘best by’ date. I am not talking about a month either. This jar was a year out of date.
There were some foods that made me smile. I threw out a kit for making pad thai. What was I thinking? If I want pad thai I’ll go to a restaurant and have some with the girlfriends. I could have it with a nice cocktail, a little gossip, a lot of giggles and no clean up. How good is that?
There was oatmeal for the oatmeal cookies I never made and lasagna noodles for that project. I stopped eating artificial sweeteners like sorbitol which eliminated gum. Then there was pumpkin, coconut milk and few other things that I can’t remember why I purchased them.
I figured out the real problem is the beloved husband. He’s a basic meat and potatoes kind of guy. If I stick to that I’m good.
If I wonder too far into the exotic, it’s not so good. I’m not talking real exotic here. Brussel sprouts and butternut squash are exotic to him.
He’s not a fan of the cabbage family. You can’t disguise brussel sprouts and have him eat them. It won’t happen. Not so big on cauliflower either. Too bad! I just love cabbage!
What’s interesting is that I rarely donate cat food that my cats won’t eat. They eat most anything except chicken that is chopped fine. Even that they will eat, it if I disguise it with a can of chicken with gravy.
I wish it were that simple with the beloved husband.