It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

H & H Assignment: Your Fridge

It has been a while since we had an H & H blog assignment, so I threw one out yesterday: Take a picture of your fridge and tell us about it. I think you can tell a lot about a person by the contents of his/her fridge!

Fridge's symbolize more than you realize. A full fridge is a sign of things being good. That could mean that financially things our well, or at least safe at this moment. Our fridge is fullest when we have guests. I guess that to me a full fridge also means time with friends & family! Who uses your fridge can also be symbolic of your relationships: do you have fridge friends? You know, people who are close enough to you that they are comfortable helping themselves to things in your fridge?

A little fridge humor. 

In the US, our fridges are larger than most other countries. We tend to shop are large super markets with carts (buggies if you are from the south!). People in other countries often have smaller fridges (think dorm-size!) and shop more often. Not only do we have larger fridges, we sometimes have more than one. In my family's case we have two fridges and a large upright freezer. I usually don't notice these things until we have foreign guests (we are preparing for one next week). They often remark about the sizes and amounts of things we have here in the states. Hearing it from someone else's mouth and typing it out here really does help me to realize how fortunate we are.

The inside of our fridge. 


  • the bag is a several pounds of blueberries we picked in Michigan last weekend. 
  • 2 dozen delicious brown farm eggs
  • a cheesecake with blueberry topping
  • several packages of lunch meat
  • leftover garlic bread
  • the blue basket contains our yogurts. I eat plain, non-fat fage Greek yogurt, Michael eats flavored Greek yogurts, the girls eat whatever they can get us to purchase that has the highest sugar content
  • several bags of different kinds of lettuce
  • sour cream
  • leftover Italian soup
  • cut up musk melon
  • the yellow container has apples and pears 
  • 2 bottles of plain kefir and 1 strawberry flavored 
  • defrosting package of ground beef
  • bottle of grape juice (passed on from my sister when she cleaned out her fridge to move, we rarely drink juice unless we have guests)
  • Sam's size jar of On the Border Salsa (our favorite!)
  • soy sauce
  • quart of homemade applesauce
  • leftover spaghetti sauce
  • container of blue cheese
  • left over blueberry pancakes
  • 2 lunchables (yes, lunchables are common) 
  • top drawer contains: like 15 packages of shredded and sliced cheese, baby bell cheese, cheese sticks, and another package of lunch meat (that really should be thrown out)
  • One drawer contains: red and green grapes (a lot because they were on sale at Meijer) 
  • Other drawer contains: carrots (mini and regular), head of cabbage and a red pepper
The fridge door
First of all, this fridge was in the house when we moved in. It is not the one we would have picked. It is smaller than our old one and the way the shelves have to be makes it weird to stack thing. (And a 2-liter bottle of pop won't fit.) The biggest negative is that the door shelves aren't very secure. Occasionally they disconnect with the door causing the contents to fall out. We glue them back but I think the temperature of the fridge makes the glue not last very long. Anyway....

Contents of Door: 
  • 2 jars of smuckers just fruit jam
  • thermometer 
  • medicine for the cat's ears
  • salad dressings 
  • buffalo wing sauce
  • hershey's chocolate syrup (from sam's...that comes in a twin-pack...don't judge)
  • water bottles
  • bottle of root beer leftover from when friends brought it for the kids (and beer for adults)
  • grape jelly
  • mayo in a squeeze bottle
  • ketchup
  • bbq sauce - sweet baby rays
  • cat food
  • feta cheese
  • mayo in a jar
  • dijon mustard
  • flax seed oil
  • green olives
  • homemade apple butter 
  • bbq - open pit
  • Parmesan cheese (yes, sam's size)
  • yellow mustard
  • horseradish mustard
  • another bottle of dijon mustard (we use this a lot because I made salad dressing with it)
I am embarrassed to tell you how much I love condiments...the garage fridge door is just as crowded as this one with pickles, relishes, marinades, and sauces. 

the freezer
The contents of the freezer: 
  • tub of Neapolitan ice cream
  • container of chocolate brownie ice cream
  • that bucket has ice in it
  • sugar cookie dough
  • sam's size bag of frozen strawberries for smoothies
  • pecans
  • dilly bar
  • chunk of frostbitten ginger
  • open bag of green beans
  • frosted mugs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • yellow molds contain ice for the snow cone maker (that we never use)
  • serving of sauerkraut. (I freeze it that way since I am the only one who eats it)
  • bag of miniature peppermint patties
  • container of daiquiri ice ice cream from Baskin Robbins (A teacher appreciation gift from my sister)
The reason this looks so neat and tidy is that we have another one like it above the fridge in the garage. That one stores ice, ice packs, frozen butter, and freeze pops. The large upright freezer has everything else. 

On top of my fridge I store my large crock pot, my cuisnart food processor (a much loved gift from my MIL), and a basket that contains all the parts to our Ninja. We bought the Ninja this spring and LOVE it way more than our old blender! 

The side of my fridge is pictures, postcards, invitations, and First Aid/CPR directions

Front of my fridge is a magnet activity thing that I don't like because it doesn't stick well, a handprint craft Jo made at preschool, a soccer schedule, and a business card to a tree removal place (that I can't get to call me back now that I really want them to take down the tree). I don't like stuff on the front of  my fridge even this little amount is not something I enjoy. 

So, how about you? Want to join in our assignment? Post your link in the comments if you do! If you aren't into that much work, just let me know.  Do you like stuff on the outside of your fridge like pictures, artwork, notes, and magnets or do you like a "clean" fridge?  

Read about the contents of the other H & H member fridges: 


  1. My fridge front and sides are chock full of pictures and kid doodles! And why is there a thermometer in the fridge?

    1. I am a little crazy about temperature since I took food service and sanitation years ago....

    2. Oh, never thought about that! What temps are they suppose to be?

  2. Oh it's a fridge thermometer. I thought it was an oral thermometer! Lol!