A comment Kelly Lovejoy made while she was visiting has me thinking about refrigerators. So here’s a blog challenge for whoever wants to take it: What does your refrigerator look like on an average day? Is it crammed and messy? Neat and organized? What’s in it right now?

Here’s what ours looked like Thursday. Jon went grocery shopping the night before, so this is pretty typical.

(Not everything is what it seems. We re-use containers – particularly jars – over and over again.)

(Petunia is diligent in her efforts to make sure no food escapes from the fridge unnoticed.)

Here’s what’s in our fridge right now (items marked with * are made by us):

Orange Juice
Grape Juice
Pineapple Juice
Iced Tea (I kinda wish Kelly Lovejoy would move here just so she could make us iced tea all the time. I do have her recipe. Not sure Jon would want to live without his Arizona, though.)
Sour Cream
Heavy Cream
(We currently get our milk from a farm but are hoping to be able to start getting it from a different one that’s trying to get approval to sell raw milk – either way I’m planning to experiment with making butter and yogurt soon.)
*Peach Habanero Marinade
*Blueberry Honey Butter
*Strawberry Honey Butter
*BBQ Sauce
*Rose Petal Jelly
*Habanero Peach Preserves
*Maple, Strawberry, and Blueberry Syrup
*Strawberry and Blueberry Preserves
*Hot Sauce version 3.0
Various condiments and dressings
Blueberries (We’ve planted 18 bushes, but they’re not producing much of anything yet.)
Strawberries (We’ll be planting a LOT of strawberries next year.)
Herbs and Veggies including (off the top of my head…) broccoli, sweet and hot peppers, greens, garlic, cilantro, carrots, ginger, zucchini, summer squash (I paid a lot of attention this summer to what veggies and herbs we eat most, so I can better plan next year’s garden.)
Alfredo Sauce
Salsa (Last week I made fresh salsa and, while it wasn’t as spicy as I expected, it was really good.)
Bread (You’ve got a good shot at fresh bread in our house, but that’s on the counter.)
Pizza Dough (I’m on the lookout for the perfect pizza dough. Got a favorite recipe?)
Eggs (I’ve always been interested in having chickens for ‘eggs and atmosphere’ as someone said to me yesterday, but I don’t think I’d deal well with the inevitable losses. I’m happy to be able to get our eggs from Chloe’s chickens, who seem to have everything chickens could possibly want.)
*Peanut Butter Bars
Vegan Marshmallows
*Smashed Chickpea Salad
*Toasted Ravioli
*Fried Rice
*Rice Pudding
*Sundried Tomato Pesto
*Mac and Cheese
Deli meat
Sliced , Chunk, Shredded, Ricotta, and Cream Cheese (Yes, that’s a lot of cheese. Jon and Rowan are going to be learning to make cheese in November.)
Veggie Stock (I don’t know why I don’t make my own veggie stock when it’s so simple.)
Applesauce (I make a mean applesauce, but this jar’s not homemade.)
*Cookie Dough
Hot Fudge and Butterscotch
Hershey Syrup
Whipped Cream (We love homemade, but sometimes you just need a tub of Cool Whip.)
Frosting (Again, we like homemade, but sometimes you just need a tub of frosting.)

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Next blog challenge: planning, buying, and eating food.


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