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Sweet Fridge Full of Food

fridge with cat

Our idea of shopping doesn’t involve clothing. We spend our money on food.

In this house, we love food. You might say that food is our religion.

The cats feel the same way. Hence the furry huntress up there, curious ears twisted back, framed by the crisper drawers.

We switched to organic food five years ago. Whenever I get into a conversation with someone about my beautiful groceries, they complain about how expensive the good stuff is. Yet they’re wearing the latest trends, drinking their expensive coffee drinks…need I say more?

Food is medicine. It’s the most important thing we put into our bodies. Truly good food will pay for itself, while a shit diet will cost you.

I never understood what food was, how it was made, and where it came from. I lived in the burbs, without a farm in sight.

I grew up with my dad in sunny Southern California—middle class, I suppose. Dad did the best he could with me, in between the full-time job and need for sleep. Sometimes he cooked one of his go-to meals: tuna casserole, spaghetti, chicken and rice, and the occasional luxury…pork chops.

Back then frozen dinners were a thing, so I had a lot of those too. I still remember the Salisbury steak one with the mashed potatoes and gravy—it makes me shudder. Then there was the fast food (eww, I know). I lived for McDonald’s chicken McNuggets with barbecue sauce, and never cared about the toy in my happy meal.

I was always happy to be eating, even though none of it was actual food.

Mr. H on the other hand, grew up in Waterford, Wisconsin. Farmland. He understood what food was, how it was made, and where it came from. He had a big family, and not a lot to go around—so food was a precious commodity.

That never left him.

When we first met each other, we saw eye to eye on so many things, even though we came from completely different places. One of those things was food.

We spent our paychecks on restaurants, but realizing we didn’t make enough to eat out all the time, Mr. H learned to cook. Over the years, he crafted his skills to become one of the best chefs I know. And I’m lucky, because I get him all to myself.

Those of you who follow me on social are forced to see drool-worthy pictures like this occasionally…

homemade pizza

Besides making all of you jealous, what I wanted to share is how I often feel when I look at my fridge.

Whenever life confuses me, when I’ve convinced myself that I want more than I need, I look at my fridge right when I get home from the grocery store. It soothes me. I know that I have more than enough, just by looking at my full fridge.

Mr. H and I get funny when our fridge is empty, toward the end of the week when we’re zapped from working our tails off. We try to make do, grabbing things here and there, but something’s off. If we aren’t surrounded by food, the thing we love so much, we just don’t feel like ourselves.

I’ve been crazy busy at work and with writing—helping grow the marketing agency I work for, while holding down this blog and slaving away on the second draft of my novel.

Somewhere in there, I’m doing my best to live. I started trail running again a little over a month ago, I’ve been amping up my Yoga and meditation practice, and bringing dance back into my routine. And then there are movies and books, good conversations with good people at our neighborhood bars, petting my cats’ bellies and playing laser mouse—and hugging Mr. H tightly whenever I can…because I don’t get to see him enough.

So when I was looking at the fridge the other day, I realized just how damn lucky I was—to have this life and to be fed.

I won’t preach to you all, because it’s not my style. But with the holidays upon us, it’s a good time to realize how immaculate the simple things can be.

For me, that’s seeing a full fridge. For you, that might be something very different.

I know that others in the world don’t have it this good, which is why I try to stop and appreciate. And you bet your asses I’ll be rockin’ the lunch lady look again next month when I volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank with my coworkers.

Because though I have a sweet fridge full of food, there are many who wish they had one.

oregon food bank

38 thoughts on “Sweet Fridge Full of Food

  1. My sister-in-law is all about organic food, and she cooked us all a big Thanksgiving dinner — sooo good. Unfortunately, a full organic diet is too expensive for me and my family (and I don’t buy coffee or the latest fashions — I wish I had that excuse so that I could swap over to a healthier diet). But, I try to cook as often as I can from scratch with fresh ingredients, and that makes me feel good.

    Love the lunch lady look!

    1. Organic food is definitely more expensive. I was just telling Casey up there that Milwaukee had a big organic/local movement happening and it was much more reasonable than Portland. Our food bill has risen significantly since being here. 😦

      We started in stages, buying only organic in the fruits and vegetables that were edible (skin and all). Anything with a skin, you can technically get away with. Though, of course, it does not taste as good and some say the nutritional value is lessened.

      Cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients…that’s good stuff! The processed mumbo jumbo out there needs to go.

  2. I’m not sure anything beats a home-cooked meal using fresh, natural ingredients. I love farmer’s markets, and next summer, we’ll be mixing some veggies in with the flowers in the new garden bed we’ve excavated. Although, I have to admit to some curiosity about whether we’ll be sharing the goods with some local critters!

    1. We need to be better about farmer’s markets next year. We are always so busy, and the grocery store is around the corner from us. It is definitely convenient and most of the produce is organic/local.

      A veggie flower garden sounds amazing! We’re finally going to start up an herb shelf in here. We always end up wasting so much of the herbs we buy from the store.

  3. Right on. Giving $1 to our local foodbank provides three meals.
    I grew up as a latch-key kid and I hated that my parents shopped daily. Snacks were minimal, breakfast was healthy and boring, and dinners were gourmet. In contrast, in school, I’d go to my (not then) MIL’s house where she didn’t work outside the home. She always had baked goods and snacks. I used to walk into her pantry and just stare.
    I stay home, too. I bake, too. Our fridge is usually full, pantry, too. When it’s not, I get uncomfortable. I did keep the gourmet sensibilities to buy fresh meat, use fresh herbs — fresh is always better, I admit. We lean to the healthy side, but not so much that our kids feel deprived 😉
    Blessings abound.

    1. You just taught me latch-key kid! I was one too. 🙂

      I remember eating a lot of cheese when I first came home. We always had a big block of crappy cheese, and I was starving so I would dive in.

      Sounds like you’ve got it down, doll.

  4. Britt I get it and there is nothing better than home cooked and fresh from my veggie patch. I am blessed to have a gardener for a husband, he does not like to cook but I am extra happy when he brings in the fresh peas, corn, silver beat and yummy tomatoes from our garden. It always tastes better. Ps also home made pizza with home made bases and cooked to perfection on the stone plate on top of the BBQ is heaven. Don’t get me started on the fresh eggs from our girls, we would be here all day.

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