Thursday, May 19, 2011

On my mind: 'Always been there' makes unused stuff invisible!

Unused bread box, why did you continue
to take up space even after I stopped using you?
Space, glorious space--top shelf says goodbye bread box!
Some 29 years ago, Hubby and I received this bread box as a wedding gift. Don't remember who gave it to us. Not long after getting it, we learned the prevailing wisdom that nothing would make bread mold faster than being in a bread box. So we took the top off but continued to store our bread in the box in a cabinet, figuring it would keep the bread from being smashed.
   All was well and good while DD was living at home. Bread got used up quicker than it could go stale. When DD moved out leaving just Hubby and me, we soon learned a whole loaf of bread goes to waste around here.
   We then divided each loaf in half, freezing half, but even a half loaf would go to waste in the bread box...out of sight, out of mind. Nowadays when we have bread around, half gets frozen and half sits on the counter or in the fridge so we will see it and eat it.
   This unused bread box continued taking up space in the tiny cabinet by the stove. The box was in there only because the old habit of it always being there somehow made it invisible to me! It would be there still if I weren't inspired by Zero Waste Home to take a look at everything with a minimalist's eye.
   Hauled off a load of stuff to give to charity yesterday. Bye, bye bread box!
"Slow Carb" Update 
   On another note, I'm really getting a kick out of practicing my own version* of the 4-Hour Body recommendation of eating only slow carbs (veggies/protein/legumes) with one cheat day per week. (*As my goal is to eat less sugar, I allow cheese/yogurt.)
   Here's a pic of the mish-mash I made the other day. Yesterday, I put the little bit of leftovers into a bowl & topped them with a couple of beaten eggs & gruyere for a lovely makeover crustless quiche mish-mash. Too easy! I haven't eaten this many veggies in my life, so I'm really getting a kick out of this new eating plan.
   But don't get me wrong, I LOVE cheat days. I've got a cake cooling on the counter now--just have to keep my hands OFF 'til Saturday! Hope something yummy is cooling on your counter right now??
Latest minimal meat mish-mash: broccoli slaw, yellow peppers, sausage, Greek seasoning.
   Thanks, Rhonda at down-to-earth, for sharing this On My Mind concept. What's on your mind today? Share your link here or on down-to-earth. 


MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I am going to make blueberry scones for this weekend, I can't wait! I am loving that mish mash of veggies. Delicious.

I couldn't agree more with you on pretending like stuff we don't use just isn't there. It is a very bad habit of mine, especially with clothes :-/

Susan said...

Funny isn't it how things just stay around, because they always have! It's a pretty box :D)

Love the mish-mash... I always get inspired when visiting your blog!

Practical Parsimony said...

That was such a pretty. I hate to see it go, and it's not even in my house. Did you ever consider using it for something else, like bags of beans? Spices? Nothing is cooling on my counter. Come on down and I will lend you the kitchen so something will be cooling on my counter.

Alynia said...

Funny, I also forget to eat bread when I don't see it. Same goes for my Hubbie, while he loves bread...

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is amazing how we get used to things being around like your breadbox. It is hard to have an objective eye sometimes.

Veronica C. said...

What a great idea! I always admire the people who can let stuff go...if I was in your position I'd have to donate the box too!

Niki said...

This is funny, because it's true. It's the same thing about home repairs too. You just get so used to it, you forget it ever needed to be fixed.

Buttons Thoughts said...

I used my bread box and canister set which is wood on my counter in my dining room/office to store calculators, pens, pencils and staplers and such. Telephone books and paper also. It works fine and looks great. Love the look of your dish. Yum. B

Sarah said...

I love your bread box!!! It is so good to see people repurposing items - great job!

101 Centavos said...

Well, if you're not using it, makes sense to let it go.
Nice old bread box, though.

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